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Ok, so I like electronic dance music, more specifically Trance. When I started in the 1990's, the US was a bit behind in that department.
Still, 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.
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

As a matter of fact, after another 10 years (2015 and beyond) 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.
Trance Family SF is definitely strong in the area, we've been getting more big trance parties every year, including many top DJs that come visit us what feels like every other week now (as of 2018-2019), and through those events, I made many friends in Trance Family SF. Thanks to you all.

Over those years, I got the chance to meet a few of my favourite DJs, including Armin more than once, and my last hobby has been to work on lights for my shirt and pants (version 3) and (version 4)



You can find all the pictures here

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2021/05/16 Cosmic Gate at Midway SF
π 2021-05-16 01:01 in Clubbing
So nice to see more shows in SF again, this time it was Cosmic Gate.

getting ready :)
getting ready :)


nice (but still cold) day
nice (but still cold) day


Natalie came to join us, yeah!
Natalie came to join us, yeah!







Thanks Cosmic Gate for the great show!

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2021/05/14 Kailey Grace, Triode and Haliene at Midway SF
π 2021-05-14 01:01 in Clubbing
OMG, Haliene coming to San Francisco, we're not worthy! Haliene is the Trance Angel fallen from the sky. I think only Jes also has enough tracks to her belt to sing over an hour like Haliene did. It was such a treat.
Jes and Haliene are my favorite trance singers because of their raw singing talent, we're lucky to have them.

Kailey opened the show with a great set, to the delight of her new fans:


triode did a great job recording and broadcasting the whole event
triode did a great job recording and broadcasting the whole event







Triode was next for another banging set:


you knew that given enough liqueur, Triode could sing, right? :)
you knew that given enough liqueur, Triode could sing, right? :)



I used the opportunity to continue beta testing my outfit :)
I used the opportunity to continue beta testing my outfit :)

And in damn cold weather, Haliene bravely came to the stage to sing for us:




Save the castles! Thank you so much Haliene for taking this timeless track to a next level
Save the castles! Thank you so much Haliene for taking this timeless track to a next level



Thank you so much Haliene for coming to see us, it was a fantastic show:


2021/04/24 Chri5py, Jonny Atom, Markus Schulz, Triode, and Niko Zographos at Midway SF
π 2021-04-24 01:01 in Clubbing
This was our first big TFSF party since the pandemic, over a year already. Both an outside party with Markus Schulz, and then the first indoor party (limited attendance) at Midway.

Chri5py opened up and Jonny Atom took over:



the whole crew was here to attend
the whole crew was here to attend

hi findtherabbit!
hi findtherabbit!


And eventually Markus took over:



got to use my new outfit (still work in progress)
got to use my new outfit (still work in progress)


Markus was nice enough to take a picture with me:


The indoor party used tables with assigned seating. After Markus was over, we went in for the 2nd party, pretty limited due to crowd size limitations, but still, first indoor party, yeah!







A few of us hung out in the back to keep twitch working:




After 1h30, Niko took over:






And that was it for an epic day/night, really a first after a year+. "T'ill we dance again" was today.

Video summary:

2021/03/13 Opel's Anniversary at MidwaySF with Dave Dresden
π 2021-03-13 01:01 in Clubbing
Can't believe it was my first party of the year, but it was. Thanks a mil to David Lewis (Blurr) for inviting me. Thanks to Opel Productions for the party.



DJ Blurr running the decks
DJ Blurr running the decks

Syd came next
Syd came next

he came prepared for the cold, thanks burning man
he came prepared for the cold, thanks burning man

plenty of burning man crowd, they were also prepared (yes, it was actually cold as balls)
plenty of burning man crowd, they were also prepared (yes, it was actually cold as balls)

Triode and Blurr, enjoying the party
Triode and Blurr, enjoying the party

As the sun was setting, Dave Dresden came on. Great to see club quarantine ouside of a computer screen:




This was not a trance event, but Dave played a bit for us anyway (thanks Dave):

This was also my first time to try my brand new high resolution outfit, now with 2 computers, and 4 times more pixels. It needs a bit of work still (plus a ridiculous amount of improvements I already have in mind for it), but it worked, yeah!




Thanks Syd, this was fun!

2020/11/22 Dreamstate Park n Rave
π 2020-11-22 01:01 in Clubbing
As the end of our trip driving across the southern states back to CA, we ended up in San Bernandino.

Yeah, festivals, it's been a while, we missed them. Park and Rave was nowhere close to what a real dreamstate would have been, and quite expensive ($360 for a single night per car), but eh, beggars can't be choosers. We're glad we had at least this :)

After close to 3000 miles coming from Dallas, we arrived an San Bernandino just on time for the show:




our vehicle was too big though, so we had to park in the back
our vehicle was too big though, so we had to park in the back

I took my outfit, and found a few friends. Thanks to Bryan Keyes for adopting me in his box:




I even happened to run into Triode (but got in trouble for it and sent back to my caged area)
I even happened to run into Triode (but got in trouble for it and sent back to my caged area)

Thumbs up to everyone who brought some partying spirit:






I was not very close to the front, especially with our campervan that had to be all the way in the back so as not to block the view, but with a proper zoom, it wasn't too bad to take pictures:
































The videso were more shaky on long zoom though (sorry):

I can say without doubt, this was the very best festival I went to this year of covid :)

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2020/09/11 TFSF Our Journey Release Party ft Christopher Lawrence
π 2020-09-11 01:01 in Clubbing
We're back!


It has been so long since the last show, 7 months for most of us. We now have so many talented TFSF menbers who took the decks one after another, before Christopher. The full lineup was:

  • Kailey Grace
  • Jonny Atom B2B Shane Alexander
  • Blurr B2B Taj [Vinyl Classics]
  • Christopher Lawrence
  • Unfortunately that day was one of the worst air days in the bay area with all the fires around us:

    drive to SF was quite hazy
    drive to SF was quite hazy

    my tesla model 3 was able to keep the air clean enough with full recirculating
    my tesla model 3 was able to keep the air clean enough with full recirculating

    but outside was terrible
    but outside was terrible

    I was prepared, though :)
    I was prepared, though :)

    The midway did a great job setting up socially distanced areas for groups of 4:






    Nice running into my friends I hadn't seen in person for so long:


    hi shane
    hi shane


    Afik, Alvin and Benjamin came to join me for our VIP table:




    haha, my dinky lights looked like crap when it wasn't dark enough yet
    haha, my dinky lights looked like crap when it wasn't dark enough yet

    Kelly was at the decks at 16:00, that was my first time seeing her play live and she did a fantastic job:




    + Shane Alexander and Jonny Atom were next, and did a quite enjoyable B2B set:


    Blurr and Taj were next, another great B2B set, with fantastic vinyl tracks:



    live on twitch for those who couldn't join
    live on twitch for those who couldn't join

    Christopher Lawrence was last. I'll admit that when I last saw him 10+ years ago at burning man, I didn't care much for what he played then. I much preferred his set this time, slightly unusual (for me) psytrance. It was a good way to end the evening:



    And eventually it was time to go home after a fun 5H (likely a 21:00 sound curfew):


    Yes, yes, it was just a few tables in the middle of a street outside in an industrial part of SF, in quite frankly unbreathable unsafe air, yes, we weren't really supposed to dance much and leave our respective little table area (there was some leeway), but no one cared. We all had a great time, and damn, it felt so good after 7+ months cooped up at home.
    Thank you Ulrich, thank you Midway, thank you all the DJs who played for us. Can't wait until the next time.

    Video summary:

    2020/07/14 Trancefamily SF X Our Tenth Anniversary
    π 2020-07-14 01:01 in Clubbing
    I can't believe that it had been 10 years already, so our heroes from TFSF, including the tireless (alphabetically) Sony, Triode, and Ulrich, organized a crazy 72H Trance stream for us, with so many DJs, including live sets from clubs and a very windy hill :)

    Needless to say that it's not every day that you see a set like this, actually I have never seen any event around the world with so many artists and hours. Even Lumi at its best was only 48 hours over 4 days:


    Yes, even if you were there, you likely missed a lot, because life and sleep, but not to worry, it's almost all here for you. Before you ask how, I basically ripped all the sets from twitch while they were playing live and before twitch started muting them, and then re-uploaded everything to youtube (about 90GB).

    Friday

  • 08:00 - Cofun - https://youtu.be/ChN14QmA5rA
  • 09:00 - Billy Gilles - https://youtu.be/ChN14QmA5rA
  • 10:00 - Trance Jesus - https://youtu.be/ChN14QmA5rA
  • 11:00 - Richard Durrand - https://youtu.be/BF-rhImi2-k
  • 12:00 - KhoMha - https://youtu.be/BF-rhImi2-k
  • 13:00 - Jordan Suckley - https://youtu.be/BF-rhImi2-k
  • 14:00 - Paul Webster - https://youtu.be/BF-rhImi2-k
  • 15:00 - Paul Webster - https://youtu.be/BF-rhImi2-k
  • 16:00 - Jason Reign - https://youtu.be/sKJ4hax2DwY
  • 17:00 - Cipher - https://youtu.be/eb5E4qSdPI8
  • 18:00 - Chr5py - https://youtu.be/OWyvkyaGEjc
  • 19:00 - Kailey Grace - https://youtu.be/f_DaniNTn_k
  • 20:00 - Ncturnal - https://youtu.be/dP-zyWtSbMs
  • 21:00 - Dustin Husain - https://youtu.be/Dg-txtLkDeg
  • 22:00 - Frederick Mathews - https://youtu.be/lzJxyXwYD0k and https://youtu.be/i6CUMKIrVi0
  • 23:00 - Carlos Arteaga - https://youtu.be/NAixWI7vYPE
  • 00:00 - Chris Schwitzer - http://twitch.tv/videos/676358363 (apologies, my own recording failed here)
  • 01:00 - Obie Fernandez - http://twitch.tv/videos/676358363
  • 02:00 - Vangar - https://youtu.be/2Jd3tFFtqTQ
  • 03:00 - Lost In Time - https://youtu.be/NcqlU-syUTY
  • 04:00 - Rub!k - https://youtu.be/Jvr7Zh1rW7k
  • 05:00 - Blurr - https://youtu.be/ZDhoSVl75NA
  • 06:00 - Blurr - https://youtu.be/ZDhoSVl75NA
  • 07:00 - Blurr - https://youtu.be/ZDhoSVl75NA
  • Saturday

  • 08:00 - Drival - https://youtu.be/ZDhoSVl75NA
  • 09:00 - Voolgarizm - https://youtu.be/ZDhoSVl75NA
  • 10:00 - Vlind - https://youtu.be/ZDhoSVl75NA
  • 11:00 - Dennis Sheppard - https://youtu.be/ZDhoSVl75NA
  • 12:00 - Greg Downey - https://youtu.be/ZDhoSVl75NA
  • 13:00 - Adam Scott - https://youtu.be/ZDhoSVl75NA
  • 14:00 - Tony Dex - https://youtu.be/BmoG1TrP1Ro
  • 15:00 - Amos & Riot Night - https://youtu.be/GJm7fG3rI_w
  • 16:00 - Amos & Riot Night - https://youtu.be/GJm7fG3rI_w
  • Live from Public Works:

  • 17:00 - Danny Fathom - https://youtu.be/uoBHaj_agJw
  • 18:00 - Shane Alexander - https://youtu.be/uoBHaj_agJw
  • 19:00 - Jonny Atom - https://youtu.be/uoBHaj_agJw
  • Live from Midway:

  • 20:00 - Alastair James - https://youtu.be/sDoxtXJcgL8
  • 21:00 - Dj Taj - https://youtu.be/sDoxtXJcgL8
  • 22:00 - Niko Zografos - https://youtu.be/sDoxtXJcgL8
  • 23:00 - Seventh Sign - https://youtu.be/sDoxtXJcgL8
  • 00:00 - Luccio - https://youtu.be/gzsRSxAae9U
  • 01:00 - RJ Van Xetten - https://youtu.be/Rb35ju2QHh8
  • 02:00 - TFSF Afterhours DJ Ulrich Capaul World Exclusive Premiere! - https://youtu.be/r0tR7tO8BcE
  • 02:20 - TFSF Afterhours Surprise - Triode - https://youtu.be/7vexKyVSrOg
  • 04:00 - TFSF Afterhours Surprise - https://youtu.be/uQIYYeV3rHY
  • 04:22 - TFSF Afterhours Surprise - Blurr - https://youtu.be/0TRlBWeZEdg
  • 04:45 - TFSF Afterhours Surprise - Blurr - https://youtu.be/72LOpak2M3k
  • 06:00 - Suzy Solar - https://youtu.be/F2DFG26BYH0
  • 07:00 - Mir Omar - https://youtu.be/F2DFG26BYH0
  • Sunday

  • 08:00 - Dave Neven - https://youtu.be/F2DFG26BYH0
  • 09:00 - Darren Porter - https://youtu.be/F2DFG26BYH0
  • 10:00 - Adam Stark - https://youtu.be/5eKmBNoton8
  • 11:00 - Jorza - https://youtu.be/JBa_Yo453FA
  • 12:00 - Robert Nickson - https://youtu.be/APpDW_WZ_BE
  • 13:00 - Exis - https://youtu.be/APpDW_WZ_BE
  • Live from Corona Heights until the wind destroyed the generator and blew everything away, including Triode's favourite hat. You should watch the end of the set for how endearing it is when they were battling the elements and the dying generator. Next time, we'll make things simpler and broadcast for a hot air balloon:

  • 14:00 - Northern Soul - https://youtu.be/_wxHkihzFTY
  • 15:00 - Triode - https://youtu.be/_wxHkihzFTY
  • A fun moment was when Triode's hat flew off just after he started:



    I still don't know how it was retrieved as it looked like it was on its way to Alcatraz, but the two were re-united :)


    After a bit of dead air, Ncturnal stepped up as "I am Spartacus" and took over the stream. Michael Bricker was next to help take over until we got back to our regular schedule (thanks guys):

  • 16:32 - Ncturnal Emergency Takeover - https://youtu.be/8N4PgQyKaj0
  • 16:40 - Michael Bricker Emergency Set - https://youtu.be/n71HdQG0pnA
  • 17:00 - Michael Bricker Emergency Set - https://youtu.be/n71HdQG0pnA
  • 18:00 - Michael Bricker Emergency Set - https://youtu.be/n71HdQG0pnA
  • 19:00 - Sean & Xander - https://youtu.be/DF_BiW7GDzE
  • 20:00 - Kepik - https://youtu.be/DF_BiW7GDzE
  • 21:00 - MarQ - https://youtu.be/aPM_D5leDNQ
  • 22:00 - Erika K - https://youtu.be/XRqCoUTsy7w
  • 23:00 - Kane Michael - https://youtu.be/0ehL70OmtrM
  • 00:00 - Liquid Soul - https://youtu.be/0ehL70OmtrM
  • Liquid Soul was the last set I was able to watch before having to collapse in my bed, and good psytrance is just what I needed before going to bed, thanks :)
    It would be difficult for me to tell you my favourite sets, because they were many for different reasons, and it wouldn't be fair to a perfect set from a skilled DJ who happens to be playing music I happen not to personally like as much, but I'll make an exception by saying how impressed I was by Kepik's set, both because of the amount his music that was in there, and also because I absolutely love the Seven Lions genre jumping. Kepik, you're the man.

    By then, the monster marathon set was on auto pilot with recorded sets during the night until Shane 54 on monday morning to finish the marathon:

  • 01:00 - Omnia - https://youtu.be/BIN_Ti3qe98
  • 02:00 - Ray Reverse - https://youtu.be/BIN_Ti3qe98
  • 03:00 - Eugene Luu - https://youtu.be/BIN_Ti3qe98
  • 04:00 - Martin Cisco - https://youtu.be/BIN_Ti3qe98
  • 05:00 - Martin Cisco - https://youtu.be/BIN_Ti3qe98
  • 06:00 - Shane 54 - https://youtu.be/BIN_Ti3qe98
  • 07:00 - Shane 54 - https://youtu.be/BIN_Ti3qe98
  • And just like that, 72H were over. Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered for this event, including the huge list of DJs, we couldn't have done it without you, thank you.

    2020/07/13 John O Callaghan's Wounds That Heal to Kill Bill, Salyu-Kaifuku suru Kizu, and All About Lili Chou-Chou
    π 2020-07-13 01:01 in Clubbing
    I still remember this day at EDC where I heard John O'Callaghan play his then new track: Wounds That Heal, a track that really touched me then, and still touches me today. I knew I knew the melody but I didn't know why (sorry, it's not on youtube, click the facebook link).

    It was after I went home and some googling that I figured out it was because of Kill Bill and this scene I love so much where she goes to get a Hanzo Sword and the melody is playing softly in the background:

    And how about this beautiful interpretation of it:

    The actual track is called Kaifuku Suru Kizu, here is the original:

    All about Lily Chou-Chou is a Japanese movie which, well, is not required viewing (it's a bit "special"), but given that I've started watching movies referenced in trance tracks, I figured why not.

    Other non required viewing movie from a trance track, is the last starfighter

    The movie is used in Push Universal Nation, a favourite track of mine:

    And if I didn't bore you yet, I invite you to read Down The Rabbit Hole Of Trance and Armin's Legendary Essential Mix of 2013, which took me to these movies:

  • Event Horizon, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119081/
  • Scarface
  • Shawshank Redemption and "Thomas Newman - Brooks was here" which itself came from "Compass and Guns" and had been played by Solarstone:
  • 2020/02/08 Armin Van Buuren's Balance Tour at Bill Graham, and Armin After Party at Midway SF
    π 2020-02-08 01:01 in Clubbing
    Armin's Balance tour finished in San Francisco, sold out in Bill Graham. He brought a lot of singing talent with him, it was a nice surprise.



    In addition to terrible communication on the show's hours that changed multiple times after tickets where sold and were not even really confirmed until the day of, the openers were not officially announced either. To be honest, they were disappointing:

    Elevven opened up, they went out of their way not to upstage Armin
    Elevven opened up, they went out of their way not to upstage Armin

    Rodg was next, same thing, not an unforgettable set...
    Rodg was next, same thing, not an unforgettable set...



    Then, Armin came after 2h30 and a quick setup to install a very cool addressable LED decor:







    first time I've seen a trance duet, very cool
    first time I've seen a trance duet, very cool

























    Video summary of Bill Graham (please forgive the bits with oversaturated sound, it's not all bad):

    After a very nice 2h30 set, we ran out and went to Midway SF where Armin also arrived around the same time than we did, and he palyed for another while before Elevven finished the night and played better than at Bill Graham:





    Midway Video Summary:

    Definitely a good night, first time we see a double Armin set on a single day :)

    2019/12/07 Triode and Marlo at our last TFSF Event at Mezzanine
    π 2019-12-07 01:01 in Clubbing
    Unfortunately, Mezzanine is not allowed/able to renew their lease, so they are closing forever at the end of the year. This was our last TFSF event with them, going out in style with Triode and Marlo. Too bad, as the venue had gotten quite nice:


    I was at my company's Xmas party that night, but ducked out early to attend the most of the event, and it was worth it :)

    Triode opened early at 21:00 and played all the way to midnight:





    Marlo then took over at midnight and finished the night:






    Triode and Marlo during Triode's Castles in the Sky mix
    Triode and Marlo during Triode's Castles in the Sky mix




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