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Dreamstate SoCal Pilgrimage Year 2 [REVIEW]

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I almost didn’t go to Dreamstate in San Bernardino this year. The cost of flying during one of the busiest, most expensive times of the year in the US and booking a hotel cast doubt on my ability to afford the trip. Nor I was certain I would have anyone to watch my two girls over the course of two days so I resigned myself to traveling to Mexico City for Dreamstate the following weekend. The ticket, flight, and accommodations were all considerably cheaper than what I would have paid to go to Dreamstate Socal. Plus, Bryan Kearney was on the lineup so while I couldn’t enjoy two straight days of trance, I thought I might have the time of my life in a country I had never visited before. But as fate would have it, my mother made herself available to watch my daughters and with that, I was back to planning my escape to trance heaven in Southern California. I canceled my flight to Mexico City and applied those funds to my flight out to Ontario, bringing down the expense of flying and enabling me to plot my second pilgrimage to the ultimate trance destination in the States. I can’t even begin to describe the joy I felt at learning that I could return to the place I left my heart.

 

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So how was it you ask?

How was it that for a second year, a trance festival could take place and draw thousands to Southern California?

How was it that some of the biggest names in trance could converge at the NOS over not one, but four stages?

How was it that I felt exactly where I needed to be, among the most beautiful souls on the planet?

 

The Lit Grounds of Dreamstate

The Lit Grounds of Dreamstate

This year the festival grounds were transformed into a neon light spectacle with bright, glowing trees of different colors but the greatest light was that shining from within the dreamers who walked about. There were all manners of people of different nationalities and persuasions. I decided to become a unicorn for the first night, donning a wig that looked like a unicorn threw up. For one night, I wanted to be magical because I felt I was going to a magical place and that assumption was proven true!

 

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My friend and I made it to the event on Day 1 in time to see Neptune Project  who were scheduled on the Timeless Stage. I noticed something was off right away: the sound. The Timeless stage was in a small tent across from the Citrus building where The Sequence was. It was a nice little set up, with vendor tents to the left and some benches for you to sit on, but I couldn’t get into their set as much as I would have liked because something appeared off about the sound, even when I stepped inside the tent. The set itself was wonderful, but eventually I would wander off to go see Stadium4. I love Lange and Andy Moor individually. Together they did not disappoint. Later I would hear from others that they thought Stadium4 was kind of all over the place, but I enjoyed the flow.

After Stadium4 we skipped over to see RITMO, one of the artists I absolutely had to see. I discovered him earlier this year and he was a main factor in my decision to go to Dreamstate, along with Menno de Jong, but we will get to my Dutch crush later. RITMO’s set was powerful and unrelenting!!

It was tough choosing between the rest of the acts for the night. Squeezing more talent in the night with four stages is a grand idea in theory, but for the trance lover it’s the ultimate dilemma. I ended up splitting my time between the Timeless, Sequence, and Vision stages. As much as I wanted to enjoy the Thrillseekers and Binary Finary, I couldn’t due to the sound but I stayed for a good portion of their sets because the music was just too perfect to abandon those time slots. The production was pretty scaled down for the Timeless stage, which wasn’t too big of a deal, but I felt the legends they put in the Timeless tent deserved a grander stage and much better sound.

The sound was much better on Day 2 in the Timeless tent and whatever issues were present the first night were fixed. I arrived after 7:00 pm on Day 2 so I sadly missed Richard Durand but I did make it in time for Talla 2xLC, who has been around since the 80s. His set was passionate, emotional, and locked me in place. The guy even came down from the decks to shake hands and say hello to us all, which was so special. Dreamstate is a place where artists and fans mix, before, during, and after the event. It’s a place where you can turn to the person next to you, smile, and feel what the other person is feeling without saying a word.

I stayed for a little over an hour at Talla 2xlc and then went to see MaRLo, but found myself back at Talla 2xlc for the finish. Immediately afterwards I jetted over to Menno de Jong, the man I had been looking forward to for months and months. He was unbelievable and also very tall. The man really is a giant, a trance giant at that.  The next hour was one of the harder ones to make a decision on, for I was faced with missing Paul Van Dyk, John Askew, and Alpha Portal in favor of M.I.K.E. Push. The Sequence remained packed throughout the second night of Dreamstate, to the point they had to keep people out at several points in the night. When I saw that it was still filled to the gills around the time I wanted to check out Alpha Portal, that left a choice between Paul Van Dyk, John Askew, and M.I.K.E. Push. I stayed for a little bit of Paul Van Dyk’s set, to honor him after what has been such a crazy year for him, what with the fall and his miraculous recovery. I couldn’t miss M.I.K.E. Push, a trance idol, and he didn’t let me down!! He got on the mic a few times, but that didn’t bother me. As long as the music is good, a little crowd interaction is okay with me. By 1:00 am, I was exhausted but managed to drag myself over to see Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella before my body gave out and I headed home. I was treated to music on my walk, however, and so I got to hear a decent amount of Simon Patterson on my way out.

Dreamstate’s first year was very intimate and while there were more people at the NOS, it still felt like I was part of a close knit family. The food options were also pretty good. I tried a kimchi quesadilla and spicy pork tacos from the Kogi food truck. It was pricey, but good. It gave me the energy I needed to keep dancing. I was also pleased to see that there were actual bathrooms that I could use. I wish I had known this when I came into the festival day 1 because I used a porta potty and instantly regretted stepping in, but I had to pee and I didn’t want to chance stepping into anything worse inside the festival. The restroom available for everyone to use was tended to throughout the night, allowing for a comfortable, clean bathroom experience. To a woman, a good bathroom is everything at a festival.

More incredible than restrooms that stayed relatively free of body fluids on the floor, were the lights and lazers. The Dream stage was particularly fascinating. At points I felt like aliens were descending down, with lights flooding down and zipping all around the venue. Paper streamers were released and covered the crowd in yellow paper tentacles at The Vision. It took a bit of work to unwrap and unravel from all of it, but I walked away with a colorful hair accessory so no complaints from me. One of the moments that stands out in my mind is when the crowd parted so a person that was in a wheelchair could come to the front. The person in the wheelchair was immobile, but here he was, making his way to the front to hear trance. I started to cry. That is the power of trance. It compels you to face the odds. Hell, it enables you to forget your odds and heal the spirit, which can’t be contained at an event that allows the real you to transcend.

I’m so happy I was able to experience this wonderful event for a second year in a row. Trancefamily came out in full force. I was changed, once again, by two wonderful nights of friends, family, and the most energizing music on Earth. Dreamstate, I will miss you. Till we all meet again, trancefamily.

 

If you wish to see more videos, visit my Youtube page, mightydubkat. You can also follow me on Instagram @youbettatrance. Find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vivalavoom and https://www.facebook.com/youbettatrance/

 

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Prepare Your Head for Launch: Cosmic Gate Returning to Texas in 2017

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Yesterday a slew of announcements came down from the promoter powers at be, declaring the return of Cosmic Gate to Texas next year. In February, Cosmic Gate’s Materia album tour will make its first stop in Dallas on the 11th at Stereo Live Dallas and then clock in to Austin at Kingdom on the 17th. Trancefamily in Houston will get their chance to see Cosmic Gate the following month at Stereo Live Houston on March 18th.

 

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Yesterday Cosmic Gate released Phase 1 of their album tour announcement, with more dates to be added in the coming months. Tickets for Austin’s date are already available. You can purchase them here. Tickets for the Dallas and Houston show will go on sale Friday, November 18th at 12:00 pm CST. You can also buy tickets for other cities dates on Friday as well.

 

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Event page for Dallas: https://www.facebook.com/events/611370062398666/
Event page for Austin:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1519874914693389/
Event page for Houston: https://www.facebook.com/events/1779794705612709/

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Bobby Hass – The Force OUT NOW

 

This week EML Recordings released The Force, a track from Dallas resident, dj, and producer Bobby Hass. The Force puts the fire beneath your feet right away, not holding back in the first minute of the track. Around the 3 minute mark the track takes an interesting turn and harkens back to the trance sounds of the late 90s and early 2000s (think Da Phat Smokers’s The Light), marching to an energetic finish. This track has a steady bassline with powerful kicks and is sure to be a hit once it’s heard on a club sound system. Download your copy today on Beatport or Itunes.

 

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Be on the look out for Hass’s next track, The Big Bang, which is set to be released on November 28, 2016. Follow Bobby Hass on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, and Beatport.

 

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Help the Real Trance Family fight cancer

You Betta Trance has received word that the mother of the man behind the Real Trance Family has been diagnosed with cancer. We here at You Betta Trance wish her the best as she takes steps to battle cancer and we would like to extend our support to James and his family. It is easy to sit back and feel defeated, but James and his brother Gerard have decided to mobilize against cancer. On Friday, November 18th James and his brother are to shave their heads live on Facebook at 7.30 pm GMT (1:30 pm CST) in support of their mom who has been diagnosed with cancer. In addition to showing support, James and Gerard wish to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. For more on their cause, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Gerard-and-James-Lynas?utm_id=55.

 

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What is Macmillan Cancer Support? 

In 1911 Douglas Macmillan established the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer after his father passed from cancer. Macmillan wanted to provide information to recognize, prevent, and treat the disease. The information was to be shared not just with medical professionals but to anyone who desired to be armed with knowledge. In 1997 the organization changed its name to the Macmillan Cancer Relief and in 1998 the Information Line was introduced, which would go on to help more than 11,000 people in its first year of operation. In 2006 Macmillan adopted its current name, but throughout the years has remained steadfast in its mission to offer support and information to those who need it.
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An estimated 5.8 million people are affected by cancer in the UK, approximately 2 million of them being diagnosed with cancer and approximately 3.2 million of them being family members, colleagues, and friends. Macmillan’s health care services include Macmillan Nurses, who reached 594,024 cancer patients in 2015, allied healthcare professionals, benefits advisors, and other support workers that stand alongside one another to deliver not just care and information but compassion. Macmillan Cancer Support offers educational materials and workshops for those impacted by cancer, including caregivers, family members, volunteers, and those in the community interested in learning more about supporting those with cancer. For more on what is offered, visit their page outlining all of the resources available.

Macmillan is an organization that utilizes a variety of different tools to inform, educate, and provide counsel. One of these tools is the Macmillan Support Line, a toll free number that you can call Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Support Line has an interpretation service for over 200 languages and a Next Generation Text Service for the deaf or hard of hearing that can be reached by dialing 18001 0808 808 00 000. If you are in use of a computer, tablet, or smartphone, the NGT app will connect you to a relay assistant. This is but one of many services offered by Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan is also committed to providing accurate information about the various types of cancer, cancer treatments, how to manage symptoms and side effects, coping strategies, and how to tackle the unique issues that arise from trying to live and work with cancer.

The trance family is known for its love and community. Every little bit helps. Join us in supporting a member of the Real Trance Family and those impacted by cancer. You can find more information about Macmillan Cancer Support and the Real Trance Family below.

 

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More Information on Macmillan Cancer Support

Website: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/macmillancancer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/macmillancancer
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/macmillancancer

More information on the Real Trance Family

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/trancefamilybelfast
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trancefamilybelfast/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQpel6l4n-D9om6UWWQeCpA
Snapchat: Jamesjap

 

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Armin Only to be at Amsterdam Arena for 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Today Armin revealed one of his incredible plans for 2017. To commemorate 20 years as an artist, he will bring his Armin Only concept to Amsterdam and feature not only artists that have made this tour concept special but also exhibit what is to come in the future. This is absolutely some of the biggest news of the year. Armin will have been around for two decades of my life! It is an amazing testament to his drive and passion. Armin’s sound has gone in a few different directions over the years and some of those moments have made me cringe a little, but he always returns to trance. He pushes trance and has influenced so many artists, as well as brought so many of them up.  This is going to be a monumental event.

World-wide pre-sale starts on November 24th at 4PM CET. Be sure to register at www.arminonly.com/subscribe.

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Major Trance Weekend Ahead with the Unicorn Slayer & Ferry Tayle

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This weekend Nightculture is making room for trance on the dancefloor at both Stereo Live Houston and Stereo Live Dallas. Christmas has come early for trancefamily in Texas, so let’s give thanks for Saturday’s double hitter.

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Markus Schulz was last in Houston for a one of a kind, OTC set. Tonight he will be stopping in Houston as part of his Watch the World album tour. Watch the World was released back at the end of April this year and is Markus Schulz’s sixth artist album. Singers Nikki Flores, Brooke Tomlinson, Trevon Trapper, Delacey, Helen, Adina Butar, and Ethan Thompson collaborated with Markus on this release, providing the delightful, memorable vocal work Markus Schulz is well known for. The first CD consists of 17 original tracks while the second CD contains acoustic versions of some of the tracks that appear on the first CD. Markus has brought special guests on his tour stops, so attend to see who will appear!

Further north Ferry Tayle will be at Stereo Live Dallas. I last saw Ferry Tayle at Future State of Egypt’s 450 stop in Los Angeles, California at the Hollywood Palladium where he only played for 45 minutes. If I had known that the sets would be so short, I wouldn’t have gone but go I did and I enjoyed every bit of 45 minutes that Ferry Tayle was granted to play. Tonight the clocks turn back an hour so who  knows how long Ferry Tayle may go!!

Bring $10 to park at both locations. You can always try to park for free surrounding the venue, but from experience I can say that it is better to pay to park in the lot.

Markus Schulz event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/295323444190232/
Markus Schulz tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/markus-schulz-houston-tickets-25439694812
Ferry Tayle event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/325537947810216/
Tickets for Ferry Tayle: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ferry-tayle-dallas-tickets-28589454829

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Vampire’s Ball featuring Arnej & Freedom Fighters at Stereo Live Dallas 10/29/2016

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If you were wondering where you can find trance on Halloween weekend, look no further than Dallas. Freedom Fighters and Arnej are joining forces to bring the Texas Trance Family a night of music that you won’t find just anywhere. Nightculture is setting the bar high with these two special guests for its inaugural Vampires Ball at Stereo Live Dallas this Saturday, October 29th. Houston’s sister city better be ready for it is about to find out why these two are so highly regarded in the trance community.

Arnej is well known among the electronic music community for his sharp observations, music that exceeds expectations and trends,  and forward thinking attitude. In a time when it is easy to fall back on the same sounds produced by other people, Arnej sets himself apart. Trance is a label that has been loosely applied to tracks, but Arnej leads by example and produces not what is easy, but can be appreciated well into the future. Arnej has releases on Vandit Records, Black Hole Recordings, Armada, A State of Trance Recordings, and Anjunabeats. He also created a digital label called Arnej Music, the release home of Through the Darkness and Free of You featuring Sally Saifi. Dallas will be in for something special when Arnej takes the decks. Appearing before Arnej will be Shahaf Efrat, also known as Freedom Fighters.

Shahaf Efrat, the face of Freedom Fighters, has worked with some of the best in the trance music including but not limited to Astrix, Simon Patterson, Ace Venture, and Captain Hook. In a previous music life, Freedom Fighters was known as Buttersonic but has since incubated a sound all his own, crossing into different musical territories while still exciting the listener. For a taste of what you will be in store for, here is a mix from Freedom Fighters that consists of Freedom Fighter originals, VIP edits, and music he typically plays out. You can download it here.

Dance into the night and get your trance fix at Stereo Live Dallas this weekend. For more information, go to the event page. For tickets, click here. You can see two trance greats for less than $10. Parking in the lot (highly recommended) is only $10.

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Information on Arnej

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArnejOfficial/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/arnejofficial
Twitter: https://twitter.com/arnejofficial
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/arnejsecerkadic

Information on Freedom Fighters

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freedomfightersofficial/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/freedomfighters
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/FreedomFightersRiot
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FF_Official_
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/FreedomFighters/
Agency: https://hommega.com/

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Djs in the States Can Now Purchase the Technics SL-1200G

Djs around the world have been holding their breath for the reintroduction of the iconic Technics SL-1200 series of turntables. They can all exhale now that the Technics SL-1200G model has gone on sale in the United States. The turntables have a suggested retail price of $4,000 and comes equipped with a coreless direct-drive motor with no iron core that eliminates cogging, a former issue with previous models that would degrade sound quality. Other improvements include but are not limited to a re-engineered tonearm, brass-milled, gold plated phono and ground terminals, and the highest level of balance adjustment.

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For more information on these turntables, visit http://www.technics.com/us/products/grand-class/direct-drive-turntable-system-sl-1200g.html. To find a retailer to purchase the Technics SL-1200G turntables, visit http://www.technics.com/us/where-to-buy/.

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Guilty Spark’s Opening set for LazerTrance @ Stereo Live Houston 10/21/2016

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This past weekend Stereo Live Houston hosted another installment of LazerTrance filled with a talented cross section of locals including Elemir, Nassif, Lawrence & Celauro, and Fix & Castle. If you ask an up and coming dj what time slot they would like, it is usually the slot before the headliner which usually starts anywhere from 11:00 pm to 12:00 am in this city. That time slot guarantees more than a few people have arrived to the club, as it can be a ghost venue before 10:00 pm. It is also considered a big deal to open for the headliner(s). The first timeslot is not always the most favored since you usually start before a good majority of the crowd arrives. It’s not easy to play to a sparsely populated room. Djs are put to the test, with promoters and venue owners watching to see if the dj(s) can fill up an almost empty dance floor and get people geared up for the rest of the night. Going at it hard and fast may throw off the night, so you have to find a way to play something that will catch the crowd’s attention and segway to the mood set up for the headliner(s). The earliest opening set belonged to Jamie Allfrey, who works with us at You Betta Trance. Some people would be dismissive of the slot, but Jamie brought his A game.

I was not able to make it to see Jamie open, but he has put up a recorded set of last Friday’s LazerTrance which I have listened to. I love progressive trance and Jamie’s set exemplifies why. I like my faster paced trance and am part of the WAO138/140+ bpm crowd, but sometimes you just want to close your eyes and exhale. Jamie closed his set out with his new track which is soon to be released on Moonscape Records (release TBA) and it saddens me that I was not able to hear it on a big system. I was happy to hear it make an appearance though. Jamie, you have come a long way and we at You Betta Trance are proud of what you have accomplished. I know you are shy about tooting your own horn, but it deserves to be hooted so here you go. If you like what you hear, please comment and share. And let Jamie know that you like it!

 

MORE INFORMATION ON GUILTY SPARK/JAMIE ALLFREY

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamieallfrey
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dj-guilty-spark
Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/djguiltyspark/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DJGuiltySpark

MORE INFORMATION ON YOU BETTA TRANCE

Blog page: https://www.facebook.com/youbettatrance/
You Betta Trance Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tranceloveheals
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tharitz
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Sets from Luminosity meets Flashover Recordings, Club Panama (ADE 20-10-2016)

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My colleagues at The Department of Dance were able to journey to Amsterdam for a week of ADE shenanigans. I could not go, sadly, but this last week has been full of great live streams that makes me feel like I was there!! And now the sets are starting to roll out. Check out these set recordings from Luminosity meets Flashover Recordings at Club Panama!!!

More info: www.luminosity-events.nl | www.flashoverrecordings.com