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
Paul Van Dyk at a club 10mn away from my house? Abolutely, sign me up :)
It had been a while since I went to Pure in Sunnyvale, given the ridiculous search they put me through last time, and the attitude of their bouncers that really pissed me off (never mind how pointless the search was anyway).
This time again, they did a weird search going into my camera pouches and looking at weird things while skipping the entire contents of my pockets which they clearly felt were no empty (I even had an umbrella in there).
I really don't get their logic... On the plus side, they didn't card me to ensure I was indeed more than 21...
Anyway, once in, the opening DJ was ok-ish but totally not playing the same kind of music, and around midnight PvD arrived and layed a decent set: