Ok, so I like electronic dance music, more specifically Trance. Unfortunately, the US, it's let's just say... a bit behind in that department. If you ever hear such music on the radio, or even in the street, let me know (for instance, in Australia, I heard great Trance in even a waterslide park of all places, and in Europe you can easily get EDM/Trance on broadcast radio). At least that was very true when I wrote this around year 2000.
With San Francisco and San Jose nearby, I've had some opportunities to see some great EDM/Trance DJs. Back in the early 2000's, they sadly played club music in the US that was nowhere close to the hits they had composed and were known for, but over the years, as Trance started becoming more popular, those DJs finally started playing their good tunes in the US too, and maybe from 2004 on, it's only been getting better.
Since 2004 (it's now 2016), the good news is that Trance has grown quite a following in the US, and places like the SF Bay Area, and while Trance has been declared dead a few times in the last 10 years, it's still going strong here, and we're lucky to have at least one or two big Trance parties per year, so yeah! Trance Family SF is definitely strong in the area, I'm thankful of the friends I made there.
Over time, I've seen many of my favorite DJs across the world, whether it was locally, in New York City, Canada, Australia, and of course Ibiza, and at Halloween 2004, I finally attended some great local parties that proved that you could get the good stuff locally too (even if all the artists came from other countries ). Popsicle Halloween 2004 was really the beginning of great music parties in the San Francisco Area, and thankfully things have gotten even better since then
So, you're thinking I've gone crazy already, but follow my reasoning: EDC Vegas is awesome, but 3 days is gruesome, never mind from 19:00 to 06:00 or somesuch (usually not back at the room before 07:30 and sleeping by 08:00 just to get up again between 14:00 and 16:00 for another round). It's like an 8h timechange overnight for 3 days, and even if you use "help" to stay awake, that doesn't really work 3 days in most cases.
This is why Dreamstate Socal is a great event: 2 days is more manageable, and it was nice to have it start as early as 16:30 and end at 02:00, making it less of a timeshift. It was also nice to walk back to my hotel room in 20mn as opposed to spending 75-120mn getting back from EDC to a room.
The lineup was solid, with 3 stages (one being psytrance), it was impossible to get bored.
Nicely decorated venue:
Plenty of people were lit:
my sonic hedgehog found a friend :)
Great to run into friends again:
Video summary of day #1:
And that was it for Day #1, after some well needed sleep, I was there bright and early at 16:30 for Day #2 and Niko's set that was starting earlier than originally planned:
we ended with Gareth Emery's laserface
Video summary of day #2:
And just like this, after 18h30 over 2 days, it was over. It may not quite be EDC, but honestly the lineup and the music were great, and it was a lot easier/cheaper to attend. Heartily recommended. Hopefully I'll see you all for the next one: