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Why #Trancefamily should show up to Something Wicked

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Before you raise the pitchforks, my trancefamily, hear me out. When the full lineup for Something Wicked came out there was much ado about it after the initial reveal of the headliners for this year.  I won’t lie and say I was moved by the headliners. The only one announced I really wanted to see was Hardwell and that’s because my curiosity has gotten the best of me. I want to see the Dutchman. I also want to see Ghastly, Goldroom, Louis the Child, Marshmello, Slushii, and artists that fall outside of the realm of *gasp* trance. Slated to represent trance and progressive house are Gareth Emery, Ilan Bluestone, Jason Ross, Grum,  and Andrew Bayer. There is a lot of love being shown to Anjunabeats on this lineup and if you are a fan of the Anjunabeats sound(s), then you were likely happy with the announcement. If you are not a fan of the Anjunabeats sound, I can see why the lineup might have come across as disappointing.

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Yes, the majority of the artists have been through Texas before. I went to the Anjunabeats Tour at Stereo Live Houston back in February of this year and had my mind blown by the likes of Jason Ross, Grum, Ilan Bluestone, and Andrew Bayer. They were all good in their own right, especially Grum. Grum is an absolute treat and I don’t mind seeing him, Jason Ross, and Ilan Bluestone again. Gareth Emery was just in Dallas at Stereo Live Dallas last week, but I have not seen him live yet. The album 100 Reasons to Live restored my faith in Emery and since then I haven’t been let down by him this year. The Gareth Emery I fell in love with is back and is producing some really good stuff. I saw him in a different light when I learned of his Youtube #MakeitHappen series that offers advice on the industry. The tipping point for me was his set at Tomorrowland in Belgium in July of this year. You can view that great performance below.

I would like to think that redemption is also possible for Arty, an artist that appears on the bill that I at first was unsure about. Arty used to make some fantastic progressive trance and progressive house tunes but then his sound started drifting towards a more mainstream style of those genres. Back in 2012, Arty came to Rich’s in Houston and he was awesome. He is a much different producer now.  I am not too taken with his debut album Glorious as it is all over the place genre wise, but I can respect that he wants to experiment and move beyond the Anjunabeats box he was put in when he first came out. He doesn’t have to play trance, but I hope to hear something I like. Speculation aside, let me tell you why we, as trancefamily, should come out to Something Wicked later next month.

Something Wicked is not a trance festival so to expect a number of quality trance acts is expecting too much in my opinion. With that said, we have to give Nightculture a reason to keep on booking trance and progressive house artists. If we don’t show up, what reason would Nightculture have to book trance at festivals? They could easily have filled the bill with more trap and mainstage edm acts, but they didn’t. Is the lineup perfect? No, but there is a little something for everyone. I am looking forward to hearing artists I have never seen live before and make new friends. Here’s to it not being rained out.

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Gareth Emery – Save Me featuring Christina Novelli (Nonc3nts remix)

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This week I attended Coone at Stereo Live Houston in an attempt to branch out from my safe haven of trance. It’s not that I’m tired of trance. Far from it. Sometimes you just want to shake things up, so off I went to see a hardstyle artist on a weeknight. Providing direct support for Coone was Nonc3nts, a dj duo I wasn’t all too familiar with. At one point in their set they played trance much to my surprise. The track selection and mixing were on par with what I like, leaving me astounded.

Two days later their set was still on my mind so I went to their Facebook page and scrolled down with the intent to find out more about them. I learned that Nonc3nts are more than just djs. Over the last few months they have been hard at work, producing everything from trap to deep house. The focus of this article, however, is their remix they submitted for Gareth Emery’s remix contest for his hit Save Me featuring Christina Novelli . Nonc3nts’s remix ranked in the top 100 of Gareth Emery’s remix contest, playing at #83 for their remix of Save Me. It rates #1 with me.


Instead of laying out the vocal as is, they incorporated sounds I don’t usually hear in trance music. Soft tweets in the distance of the crescendo of Christina Novelli’s powerful voice make for a great lead into something completely unexpected — an uplifting, Whose Afraid Of 138 take on the popular vocal trance track. Really good job guys. Really good job.

Download this track for free while you still can. You can follow Nonc3nts on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Youtube, and Instagram.

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On the road with Trance Driver

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I can’t leave the house without my music. I play it loud and proud, drowning out the complexities of the day and boiling it all down to joyful notes. Trance is the most liberating music for me personally. Whenever I have it playing from my car speakers I feel less apt to use my middle finger and car horn when frustrating Houston drivers cross my path. It’s perfect as the precursor to a sunset and exhilarating after leaving a club night high on trance. It should go without saying that I found the perfect pastime marriage when I discovered Trance driver on Youtube, a person who shares my affinity for combining trance and driving.

Trance driver showcases some of the best music selections from Armin van Buuren’s weekly A State of Trance. At last count, he has posted over 200 videos on his Youtube channel. The music is set to video of Trance Driver and other fans driving. Trance driver allowed me the pleasure of sitting down with him and asking him more about his Youtube channel.

While looking through your videos, I saw one from Electronic Family this year. How wonderful it must have been to see Paul Van Dyk, given what happened, as well as all the other awesome talent there. Looks like you had a great time in the video!

It’s hard to describe in words how cool that was! It was my dream to see Paul van Dyk, and he rocked me out completely. I really enjoyed the other artists too. Every of them showed something special that will remain in my memory for a very long time. When I first saw the lineup about half a year before the event, I thought: “So many best class trance DJs, I cannot miss this one!” So I got my ticket very fast. I can say that the organizers exceeded my expectations. Also I want to thank guys from Trancefamily Lithuania. I have travelled with them and they were the best company that helped me feel all that good mood of the event.

So what led you to begin making and accepting videos of driving/riding and putting trance music to them?

My YouTube channel is a result of two things I really like – editing videos and listening to trance music. I have been experimenting with some mini movies before, but the break point for ASOT videos was a moment more than 6 years ago when I saw a similar video clip with landscapes shot from the car and the music put over them. So I called my friend, we jumped into car and took a night ride around my home city. And the ASOT sets were like a perfect renewing source of music where I could find so many tunes that I adore and that fit the views.  Soon it became like a hobby, like a way to express my passion to trance and share it with the world. The huge support helped me to overcome all difficulties, I must say. My channel has even been closed for a while because of copyrights, but now it’s more alive than ever and I’m not going home!

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If you could have any trance dj/producer in your car riding with you, who would it be?

Well, it all started with Armin van Buuren… One of my friends dropped me his ASOT set. I think it was like #289 or something.  Since then he’s my favorite, both because of the mixes and his production. I had a handshake and an autograph from him, so taking some road trip together would be a great next level.

 On that note, who are some of your favorite trance artists?

In addition to Armin and Paul, I want to thank Alex M.O.R.P.H., Aly & Fila, ATB, Craig Connelly, Dash Berlin, Dennis Sheperd, Driftmoon, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Jorn van Deynhoven, Kyau & Albert, Markus Schulz, Shogun and Anske for making me realize that I’m very into trance music. There are a lot more artists I like, but the list is just too long to mention everybody.

Oh, I really like vocal trance as well, so I must say that vocalists like Adara, Ana Criado, Audrey Gallagher, Christina Novelli, JES and Sarah Lynn are my favorites.

When is your favorite time to get out and drive?

During sunsets, when sky turns red. It’s not very dark yet and the cities already start to switch on the lights. Perfect combination! The videos become more colorful then and more pleasant to the eye I think.

What has been your most memorable road trip?

I have been travelling across the coast of Adrian Sea this summer and I can say that driving there was my greatest experience. The road is so beautiful, curvy, and interesting to beat that it seems I could do this all day long. Perhaps only a road crossing national park in central Slovakia was equal to that, but we will see. Maybe future trips will offer even more.

 

If you want to keep up with Trance Driver’s adventures, follow Trance Driver on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

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Texas Trance Round up for September 2016

With just a few days left to go before September arrives, I wanted to do a mini edition of Texas Trance Round up. Normally I do two to three months, but I wanted to narrow focus on some events fueled by locals with love in Texas! The first week of September will see another installment of LazerTrance at Stereo Live Houston. Houston trance locals will be waiting to show you a good time!! Get your free tickets while they last here.  You can register for up to 2 free tickets per person. Keep up to date at the event page here.

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The following day in Dallas Victor Dinaire will be the special guest at The Green Elephant.  Victor Dinaire is a long standing name in the trance community, having broadcast his far reaching, famous Lost Episodes show to tens of millions of people each week. Also playing at this show are S.Y.E., NeoQor, Bobby Hass, RoboJoe, Sickone & Miss CJ, TNA, Sean T-K’V, OMG & Distork, Medlo, and Ronin. Get your tickets here and check out the event page here for more information.

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Now we usually don’t mention San Antonio, but in this edition of the Texas Trance round up we have some good news for those who will be in San Antonio the weekend of September 10th! Djs Jociv Trance, Christian Sephi Hakubi Lalinde, and Dj Egha will be available to take you on a trance journey. There is no cover for this event so come out and support trance in San Antonio.

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In Dallas Gareth Emery will be bringing his 100 Reasons To Live Tour to Stereo Live Dallas. The album 100 Reasons to Live came out in April of this year and a lot of awesome remixes have emerged since. Catch what Gareth Emery has to offer on the 23rd of this month. Keep updated on the event page and get your tickets here.

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Later on in the month Trance State will bring Dan Willis & Jules Moyce, also known as Neptune Project to The Tango Room in El Paso on the 24th. The event page can be found here. Get your tickets here. Neptune Project will extend their stay in Texas and that is all I can say about that.

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Indecent Noise will be in Dallas at the end of September on the 30th at Levu in Dallas, with local support from Alexandro C and Tony Dex. I last saw Indecent Noise perform live when he came through for the Mental Asylum Tour at the club formerly known as Rich’s which is now formerly known as Limelight (It is now back to being Rich’s). That set was phenomenal and this exclusive 3 hour set will be no different. Watch the United Trance Nation page for special announcements, find information at the event page here, and buy tickets here.

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Dreamstate New York and Dreamstate Mexico announcements!!!

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The Dreamstate brand continues to grow, holding a two day Dreamstate festival at the Brooklyn Hangar in Brooklyn, New York starting today!! Both days will begin at 9:00 pm and end at 4:00 am. Interestingly enough, Markus Schulz is the only dj to get a two hour slot from 12:00 am to 2:00 am  today. Between all of them listed, I could have gone for a two hour John Askew set, but I am sure Markus Schulz will kill it and unicorns will be gathering the next day in remembrance of their slain comrades. Peep the rest of the timeslots below for both days below! The event page can be found here and you can still purchase single day tickets here.

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Not to be outdone, Dreamstate will also bring the party to Mexico City on December 3rd. While only one day, the first list of names announced seem promising. I can always go for some Paul Van Dyk. I had to look up Cesar Lugo. Apparently Cesar Lugo is signed to Vandit Records. He has also seen his stuff released on Monster Tunes, Fraction Records, Trance AllStars, and Edge EDM Records to name a few. Vlind I saw I already liked on Facebook. I think the b2b with Cesar Lugo is going to be really good! It would be exciting to see as I have never seen either artist play out live. For more on Cesar Lugo, check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, and Youtube. For more on Vlind visit his Facebook, Soundcloud, and Twitter.

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Dreamstate Mexico will take place at the Expo Santa Fe México. It looks like a big convention center, the thought of which is exciting. I am seriously considering selling my Dreamstate SoCal ticket to go to this, as flights are a hell of alot cheaper and this will put me in my first country outside of the United States. It’s a shame I live so close to Mexico being that I am in Texas and have never been, but this year is as good of a time as any. If you are like me and wanting to go, take note: Tickets go on sale August 30th!! The event page can be found here.

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Texas Trance Round up: August through September

It has been a very busy summer down here in Texas. I have put the Texas Trance Round up off and for that I apologize. The last few weeks has seen a host of trance all stars come through, trance all stars like Simon Patterson, BT, and the Thrillseekers with Monoverse. This past weekend Stereo Live Dallas held its second LazerTrance and much fun was had. More great events are ahead!!

August

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Sean Tyas returns to Houston for the next installment of Lazertrance at Stereo Live Houston. Sean Tyas has had a monumental year, releasing Turbo on Kearnage Recordings and being named one of the producers who will premiere material on new label VII, a collective of some of the biggest names in underground electronic dance music. This is a NOT MISS show. Find out more at the event page here and get your tickets here.

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Two days later Markus Schulz will be in Dallas at Stereo Live Dallas to continue his Watch the World Tour in Texas. He won’t come back through Texas until November when he will appear at Stereo Live in Houston, so if you want to see Markus Schulz before the end of the year, here’s your chance. Event page can be found here and tickets can be bought here.

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At the end of August is TranceLucent on ther 30th. This is on a Tuesday, but if you are in the Austin area, it is worth checking out. This event will have psychedelic dance music including psytrance, live painting, and a fully stocked bar. It is free for 21+ but you do have the option to make a donation. Anyone who is 18 to 20 will pay $5 for cover. Find out more on the event page here.

September

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The first week of September will see another installment of LazerTrance at Stereo Live Houston. Houston trance locals will be waiting to show you a good time!! Get your free tickets while they last here.  You can register for up to 2 free tickets per person. Keep up to date at the event page here.

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The following day in Dallas Victor Dinaire will be the special guest at The Green Elephant.  Victor Dinaire is a long standing name in the trance community, having broadcast his far reaching, famous Lost Episodes show to tens of millions of people each week. Also playing at this show are S.Y.E., NeoQor, Bobby Hass, RoboJoe, Sickone & Miss CJ, TNA, Sean T-K’V, OMG & Distork, Medlo, and Ronin. Get your tickets here and check out the event page here for more information.

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Now we usually don’t mention San Antonio, but in this edition of the Texas Trance round up we have some good news for those who will be in San Antonio the weekend of September 10th! Djs Jociv Trance, Christian Sephi Hakubi Lalinde, and Dj Egha will be available to take you on a trance journey. There is no cover for this event so come out and support trance in San Antonio.

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Later on in the month Trance State will bring Dan Willis & Jules Moyce, also known as Neptune Project to The Tango Room in El Paso on ther 24th. The event page can be found here. Get your tickets here. Neptune Project will extend their stay in Texas and that is all I can say about that.

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Indecent Noise will be in Dallas at the end of September on the 30th at Levu in Dallas, with local support from Alexandro C and Tony Dex. I last saw Indecent Noise perform live when he came through for the Mental Asylum Tour at the club formerly known as Rich’s which is now formerly known as Limelight (It is now back to being Rich’s). That set was phenomenal and this exclusive 3 hour set will be no different. Watch the United Trance Nation page for special announcements, find information at the event page here, and buy tickets here.

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Dash Berlin at Stereo Live Dallas 07.22.2016 [ REVIEW ]

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How can I possibly start out this review by any other word but “awesome?” The arrival of Dash Berlin at the new Stereo Live Dallas was an epic event to say the least. I was captivated by Dash Berlin a year ago and this was an amazing way to capture the full circle of his music craftsmanship.

I arrived at Dallas on Friday evening, checked into my Airbnb, and got ready for a memorable night. I had previously been talking to Dash on social media, telling him how I was super excited about the event. He was so sweet. I couldn’t have asked for a better fan experience.

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I arrived at Stereo Live Dallas around 9:30 pm. Albert Fix was the opening DJ. He played a great selection of opening trance tracks. Very uplifting and a great way to start the night. He was then followed by his partner from Fix And Castle, Shawn Castle.


They played a wonderful opening set of upbeat tracks that had the crowd moving and enjoying the open dance floor below the stage. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the open area for the crowd to dance on. Apart from the crowd area the VIP area was superb, setting itself apart from any venue I have seen to date. It’s exclusive and you truly feel VIP when upstairs.

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Dash arrived to the DJ booth around 12:30. He played till 2 am and I can honestly say I have never been more in love with one DJ set than I was with this one. He threw a huge party. Each track was selected according to crowd involvement. The more the crowd enjoyed themselves the harder he played.

Some favorites from the set were Are You With Me and his remix of Adele’s Hello. The night was just about the most sastisfing DJ experience I have had this year. I even sent a video and a selfie to Dash and he said thank you. I will never forget my night at Stereo Live Dallas.

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Outworld Radio with Beneath the Arctic Ice Begins

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Texas has several individuals with web shows dedicated to trance and we have another to announce! If you missed out on the first Outworld Radio with Beneath the Arctic Ice, we have it here for you! One look at the tracklist is all it should take to convince you to hit play, like, and share this great first episode.

1. Outsiders V.S. Symbolic – Life On Earth
2. 1200 Mic’s – Lsd (X-Noise & Space Cat Remix)
3. Invisible Reality & Atacama – Skywards
4. Sonic Entity – DreamCatcher
5. Berg & Orpheus – Stranger To Yourself (Major 7 Remix)
6. X-noise & Space Cat – New Drug
7. Pop Art – Disco Maddness
8. Ace Ventura – Going Back (Vini Vici Remix)
9. Simon Patterson – Smack (Waio Remix)
10. Mad Tribe – Tuned in Perfectly
11. Astrix- Disco Valley (Bliss Remix)
12. Undercover – Imaginary Friends
13. Psilocybe Project – Illusions of Love

Outworld Radio will air on the Phoenix Trance Family radio on the second and fourth Sunday of every month, then be available afterwards on Youtube and Soundcloud.

Beneath The Arctic Ice is a producer and dj currently residing in El Paso, Texas who specializes in tech trance and psytrance. He counts his influences as Jordan Suckley, Indecent Noise, Freedom Fighters, Gaia, Armin van Buuren, Astrix, Goa Gil, and many more. He now has a radio show that will bring you the most energizing cuts from the world of trance.  Follow Beneath the Arctic Ice on Soundcloud and  Facebook, and stay tuned for more from this up and coming artist.

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MaRLo takes Australia to new heights with Altitude tour

mountainpeakcloudsMaRLo has had a great August, selling out shows on his Altitude tour stops in Australia. Jano and MaRLo took to Facebook to announce on their respective Facebook profiles that the show in  Sydney had sold out. This followed another sold out show in Melbourne at Festival Hall! To say that the Altitude was well received is an understatement. Much love to MaRLo and company as he shares his incredible journey with us all.

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The Altitude Tour started on August 5th in Perth at the Villa Nightclub. This tour has been a long time in the making and it is clear by the response that the crowds clamor for the forward thinking, positive atmosphere that MaRLo and his team provides to event goers. Below are videos shot by two guys who attended the Melbourne show. The first is by Youtube user ItsMarcc, who filmed the beginning of MaRLo’s set and the second is a video shot by Sean Bradford.

August also saw MaRLo’s new single with Chloe, You And Me, climb to #1 on the Beatport charts shortly after release on August 1st. If the name Chloe rings a bell, you may remember her voice from when she teamed up with MaRLo to make Free. You can score a free download of the radio edit here.

After Chloe’s sweeping vocals come in on You and Me, you can’t help but clap to the beat. You and Me begins with a punchy bassline but quickly ascends into something otherworldly. The drop after Chloe sweetly sings, “It can be you and me” brings you into the beautiful core of the track. Well done again, MaRLo. You can purchase the extended mix of You and Me on Beatport here.

 

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Christopher Lawrence at Red Light in Dallas, TX 7-23-2016 [REVIEW]

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When the first whispers of Christopher Lawrence coming to Texas started circulating, there were a lot of blanks to fill in. When would he play? Where would he play? How much would it be?  Christopher Lawrence hinted that it would be sometime in July and not long afterwards it was announced that Green Hat Productions would be bringing Christopher Lawrence to Red Light in Dallas for FREE with RSVP as long as you arrived before 11!

I hurried up and got my free tickets, but was then faced with a dilemma. The Simon Patterson OTC show had been rescheduled to the weekend following Christopher Lawrence’s performance, leaving me to have to choose between Christopher Lawrence and a six hour, open to close set from Simon Patterson. I hated to have to choose, but living in Houston it costs at least $100 to book lodging and then there is the cost of gas, food, etc. I made the decision to go to Christopher Lawrence and bring a friend along with me to record some footage for a piece I have in the works.

My trip to Dallas couldn’t have been more perfect. I left on time, had a new friend to keep me company, stopped at Buc’ees, and got to my Airbnb with enough time to go out to eat and relax. What would later transpire would literally put me through the fire, but I am happy to say I emerged all the better for the experience. The first sign something was about to go wrong came when I rolled up into the complex of the Airbnb apartment I had selected. It was a place I had booked before and had no problems with it, save a lack of toiletries. This time around the gate code didn’t work. I double checked my instructions and entered the code a few more times before the gate finally opened for me. I’m not sure if it actually worked or if someone took pity on me. All I knew was that I made it inside and could luxuriate once inside our apartment, or so I thought. When my friend and I walked through the door into the apartment, we were met with humidity and extreme heat. It felt like the AC wasn’t even turned on, but I heard the air blowing from the vents so I checked the thermostat. It was 99 degrees in the apartment!!

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I remained optimistic, hoping that it was just hot because the people before us left the sliding door to the patio open, but an hour later when the thermostat did not budge from 99 I knew I was in for a steamy night. Getting a shower proved illogical as much of the steam from the shower stayed with me, so I had to opt for a much cooler shower. To say it was hot was an understatement. It felt better outside. Once the sun set, it cooled down to an uncomfortable 98 degrees. Needless to say, I was pissed but I wasn’t going to let that ruin my night. Normally I drag my feet a little before leaving, but that weekend I was happy to get out and about!!

One positive about the Airbnb apartment was that it was close to where we needed to be. It was easy enough finding the club. I wish I could say the same about finding parking. The club was off of a bustling street with lots of foot traffic. I ended up parking a few blocks away and made my way to the club along with other fun seeking hopefuls. I was happy to walk inside and be free of the humidity, if only for a few hours. The entryway to the club had seating on the right hand side, black booths that I hoped weren’t reserved (Thankfully they ended up being open to anyone). To the right was a staircase that led up to the rooftop, a quaint well lit patio. I didn’t go up there until later, as I wanted to hear Elliot Poston before I started exploring the place. The room that contained the night’s talent was, in a word, dark. There was a bar at the rear of this small room and a few tables and high seated stools to the left as you entered the room. When I got there, there was already a sizable crowd. I said hello to people I knew, gave hugs, received hugs, and settled in for the night. Elliot Poston was selected as the opener for Christopher Lawrence and he didn’t disappoint.

He led the night with a set of intense techno and then masterfully handed off the decks to Christopher Lawrence. The energy in the room was electric. It had been several years since I last saw Christopher Lawrence and ironically it was also in a small, dark place. Lol. I didn’t let the lack of lights deter me from enjoying myself as I don’t go to shows for production. The sound was okay. I’ve heard better, but being that the room we were in was small, it did the job. Christopher Lawrence destroyed us all.

If I had to describe the set, I would say it was a good blend of psytrance and the harder, edgier tech trance. It was nice to go to a set and not hear a lot of vocal tracks. Don’t get me wrong. I love vocal trance, but I also like the hypnotic web of sound that can be weaved in absence of vocals. Christopher Lawrence appeared to enjoy himself immensely up on stage. That smile lit up an otherwise dark room. By the end of the night, I was exhausted but I kept pushing until the very end. I would have loved to have heard him for one more hour, but the event ended around the time it was scheduled.

The apartment’s thermostat read 88 by the time we got home. I had to end up sleeping  above the covers and pretty much stripping down to nothing so I wouldn’t die of heat exhaustion, but we survived the night and left for Houston early the next morning. I did end up getting a refund for having to sit in what amounted to an oven over the weekend, but I wouldn’t change how the weekend went. Sure, I was hot but I probably sweated off five pounds and danced off a few more once I got to the club. I call that winning.