Dreamstate SF 2017 and the LAST PHORIA SHOW AT RUBY SKYE

Brace yourself, Dreamers, because Dreamstate is on the horizon. Some Americans will be spending their Memorial Day weekend drinking a chill beer and BBQ’ing with their immediate families, saluting the fallen soldiers that have given up their lives for our freedom. However, for some of us in San Francisco, we’ll be honoring those with our extended Trance Families at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, fans will hear from the likes of Ben Nicky, Liquid Ace (Liquid Soul & Ace Ventura), Markus Schulz Presents Dakota, Menno De Jong, Paul Oakenfold presents Generations, Paul Van Dyk, Purenrg (Solarstone & Giuseppe Ottaviani) and Ruben De Ronde. Hopefully, that powerhouse of a lineup doesn’t burn you out because Astrix, Binary Finary, Bryan Kearney, Ferry Corsten, Fleming & Lawrence, Gareth Emery, John O’Callaghan and Vini Vici will be closing out Sunday.

 

It’s honestly hard to say who I am most excited for.

After missing his EDC set last year, Ben Nicky is one of the DJs that I am most thrilled to see on the opening night. The Englishman will be making his way from Chicago to The Bay to astonish us with his energetic style. If you enjoyed his set last year or like banging your head to his Headf**k Radio, then you have to check him out. Make sure your trance-pants are on tight enough, so they don’t slip off while you’re jumping away.

I know this is cheesy, but I am excited for Gareth Emery on Sunday. Yes, yes, yes, I know there are many DJs on this day that are just as good or, if not, better than someone whom I’ve seen many times before. However, there’s something about closing out a trance festival with a man who knows how to put together a perfect combination of uplifting melodies and touching lyrics. For us who have listened to his single “Saving Light” (a collaboration with Standerwick featuring Haliene) on repeat knows that it just feels sooooooo gooooood. If closing out another festival with Emery makes me a basic bro, then I will wear my tank top and indoor stunna shades with pride. #PLUR.

Of course, I would be committing a sin if I don’t mention how EXCITED I am to see Markus Schulz presents Dakota. For those of you who don’t know, Dakota is his alias for the darker, more techno side of electronic music. Read more about his return to this side of music with his interview on Dreamstate USA and his upcoming The Nine Skies project where he explores the “nine steps we go through in our quest for enlightenment.”

Schulz has some encouraging words for us faithful as he prepares for the first show for us in SF: “It’s not just music or a concert; it’s a whole audiovisual art show. It’s one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, but I feel like I need to do something like this right now.”

For those who want to keep the party going Saturday night, the Dreamstate After Party hosted by the Phoria Events team at Ruby Skye. Local acts Alastair James, Joseph Martinez, Dmitri Reign and Jonny Atom will open the stage for the legendary Simon Patterson. Phoria’s headmaster, Niko Zografos, will close out the evening (or late morning depending on how hard you wanna party for THE LAST TRANCE SHOW AT RUBY SKYE!!!).

Get tickets here.

What started out as an answer to the cries of trance fans for a stage that represents their taste in euphoric music and psychedelic synths have metamorph into a festival phenomenon. Compared to big room house or bass music, trance is a sound that everyone can find the warmth of a community, a sense of home for those who have felt like outcasts. Its survival and current zeitgeist in electronic music is a testament its success.

PS, on the topic of Memorial Day, I want to pay my respect to Rober Miles. I have danced my fat Asian a$$ to “Children” many of times on the DDR machine, and I know the Trance Family will be feeling the lost of a legend.

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Review: Niko Zografos Rework of “No One On Earth”

Since signing four tracks onto Future Sounds of Egypt, Niko Zografos has been on a trance music rampage. The San Francisco DJ released his remix of Cold Blue’s “Gold Rush” on Mental Asylum Records earlier this year. Now a month later, trance fans are having their hearts melted to his rework of Above & Beyond’s 2004 hit “No One on Earth,” featuring Zoe Johnson. Aly & Fila first debut Zografos’ remix at Dreamstate in SoCal to an emotional crowd that felt as if the song was 13 years in the making.

Compared to the original, this rework picks up the pace and kicks the gears into overdrive. The track begins with a pounding bass drum and taping hi-hats before a series of lasers introduces the beautiful chords that make up the main melody. It’s not long before Johnson’s iconic vocals emerge to haunt the electronic synths. As the climax approaches, Johnson’s voice slows down the bassline, allowing the melody to shine through before the soft percussions rev up the tone and take us to the drop.  Fans who remembered the original song 13 years ago, be warned for a sense of nostalgia as the musical magic arrives at its apex. The track leads us out with a perfect duality of sounds that is both uplifting and euphoric.

Zografos gives this trance classic the contemporary 138 feeling that is needed to blast this track into the modern dance scene. A few names such as Sean Tyas, Jordan Suckley, Heatbeat, Menno De Jong, Photographer, Daniel Skyvar, The Thrillseekers, Steve Allen and, of course, Aly & Fila have supported the remix. Many fans have complimented the SF DJ on social media of their love for his rendition of a classic that has been in their hearts throughout these years. Such praise can only add to the list of accomplishments for Zografos. And with one Dreamstate performance underneath his belt, I’m sure the future is only bright.  

 

Niko Zografos Answers Some Questions About PHORIA 3 Year Anniversary

Watch out St. Patrick’s Day, San Francisco has another big event in March! The local trance promotion company Phoria Events will be celebrating their three year anniversary on Friday, the 10th, with REORDER’s SF debut, Indecent Noise’s “Hard Trance Classics,” and the legendary John Askew closing off the night.

We have seen some changes in the scene since the launch of Phoria. So to make sense of our evolution as a premier name for trance in The Bay, Niko Zografos (the head honcho) is here to answer some questions for us.

 

Since starting the company three years ago, did you expect Phoria to gain the acknowledgment and success it has now? Just about how many members are on the team?

It’s definitely been awesome to see Phoria grow. The San Francisco trance fans have always been passionate. The growth has definitely been exciting. We have about 15 promoters and DJs. It’s a small, close-knit group.  

When you first started Phoria, how did you think your company would compare to TFSF? Can you describe your relationship with TFSF?

Well, I work very closely with TFSF, and I think it’s really awesome our end goal is the same: growing SF’s trance scene. We’ve done quite a few of events together over the past and alway fully support each other’s events.

Do you feel that your bookings requirement have changed within the last three years? Would you ever consider booking a DJ that is a little more house than trance? Or, maybe a trap DJ? Just kidding.

Haha, I think my booking ideas have been pretty consistent over the past three years. I want to bring the best trance possible. This includes new artists that have never or rarely played SF. I love progressive, techno, and psy, so you’ll definitely see that influence in the artists we bring out and support.

Have fans ever expressed negative feelings or comments on some of the bookings at shows? How should fans voice their opinions for future bookings or their opinions for Phoria?

I’d like to think there isn’t much negativity overall. I definitely feel it’s important to have a variety of different styles of trance so appease different fan bases. Any fans should definitely reach out and speak out with their opinions, good and bad, because we do this for them!

Have your feelings for trance music change since being in the business? Or, how do you feel the industry is now, considering what you know from working in the industry?

My feelings and passion for trance have grown. I love what I have learned thus far. The behind-the-scene stuff is definitely where a lot of the magic happens. The industry is always evolving and growing. It’s important to stay smart and on top of everything that is happening in the world of trance.

Trance has recently entered more of a mainstream light. DJs who have left the scene are returning. How do you feel about the trance scene now? Will Phoria take that into consideration when booking them? Who do you want to return to take the stage again at Phoria?

This seems to be a question asked a lot lately, and I feel that it’s great more people are getting into trance. This (the scene) is all about sharing music and having a good time. I’m excited to hear about some of the names returning to trance. Good music is good music, and I’m always on the hunt for that. I’m definitely open to booking any artist I think will help create a great experience for trance fans and of course has some great and exciting new music.

What are some of your most fun/favorite memories working at Phoria?

So many great memories! A few that definitely stand out are Open Up 100 with Simon Patterson & Jordan Suckley, Markus Schulz Open To Close, Ferry Corsten on a few occasions, our first event at Slide with Ilan Bluestone, then, of course, our first event at Ruby with him and Jerome Isma-ae and more. Slide was a great start for intimate shows for us, so there was definitely some special times there along with, of course, now countless special times at Ruby, with a few notable ones like FSOE Night at Verso.

What is one of the most difficult challenges you have faced while running Phoria? Did you have any fears?

Definitely, the most difficult challenge has been balancing Phoria Events with my music career. Not really much fears but at the same time, I always want to strive for each event to be as successful as possible.

How do you know when to perform at one of the Phoria nights? Is there a line that separates you as a promoter and DJ?

There is definitely a line that separates me from a promoter and a DJ. I don’t want to play often for two reasons; one is that I’m not a local openers/support act anymore so, two is it has to be the right night. For example, a good time for me to play was FSOE Club Night.

When would you say was the moment that made you realized that Phoria became a name people recognized and looked to for trance events?

Tough to say really because I feel like we’d had success from the start, but at the same time there have been some struggles in the beginning, too. I think it’s important to always be better than you were the day before. And if you aren’t doing that, you have a bigger chance of losing your success.

When fans leave a Phoria event, what is the one thing you want them to take away from their experience?

It’s all about the music! I want fans to have their passion for trance growing or for new fans to begin their journey into trance because of their experience at our events.

Do you have any words for EDM fans out there who are hesitant about attending a Phoria show?

Give Trance a chance! 😉

Do you feel like you have reached some of your original goals for Phoria? What are some goals you still wish to achieve? Any big news we should know from the Phoria team? Maybe we will see a Phoria festival or something?

We definitely have reached some of our goals, and I’m definitely proud that! I think it’s important we grow our events as much as possible and to make them more special each time.

 

Well, there you have it, folks, words from the man himself. The night should be an intense one, as most birthday celebrations are. Make sure you’re there to join us for a dance party that will leave you breathless and your trance-pants soaked with sweat! Let’s also give a shout out to SF’s very own DJ Blurr for providing the local flavor of the night.

 

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ICYMI: Niko Zografos New Single was Feat. in Aly & Fila’s Essential Mix

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Listen to my forthcoming track on Future Sounds Of Egypt Recordings “Mykonos” that was debuted on Aly & Fila’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix here

You can also listen to Aly & Fila’s entire Essential Mix on the BBC Radio 1’s official website on the link below. You will not be disappointed (:P)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06zqjh3

01.Tomac – Mehiel (Original Mix) [FSOE Excelsior]
02.Gordey Tsukanov – Underwater City (Original Mix) [JOOF]
03.John Askew – Can I Be Frank (Original Mix) [FSOE]
04.Masters & Nickson feat. Justine Suissa – Out There 2016 (Robert Nickson Remix) [FSOE]
05.Darren Porter – To Feel Again (Original Mix) [FSOE]
06.Luke Bond VS Cartel – Once More (Dan Stone Remix) [Garuda]
07.John Askew – Supersonic (Original Mix) [FSOE]
08.Ferry Corsten – Beautiful (Aly & Fila Remix) [Flashover]
09.Stoneface & Terminal – Earth To Brain (Original Mix) [Perfecto Fluoro]
10.Mauro Picotto – Lizard (Indecent Noise Remix) [CDR]
11.John Askew – Chop Salad (Original Mix) [CDR]
12.Niko Zografos – Mykonos (Original Mix) [FSOE]
13.James Dymond feat. Neve White – With And Without You (Original Mix) [FSOE]
14.Ludovico Einaudi – Two Trees (John O’Callaghan Remix) [CDR]
15.Ahmed Romel – Kenopsia (Original Mix) [FSOE]
16.Ferry Tayle – Twin Souls (Original Mix) [FSOE]
17.Pure NRG – Secret Of The Sahara (Original Mix) [Blackhole]
18.Factor B – We Rise Again (Original Mix) [FSOE]
19.Will Rees – Interlude (Original Mix) [Kearnage Recordings]
20.A & Z – Lyra (Original Mix) [FSOE]
21.Omar Sherif & Jonathan Carvajal ft. Crystal Blakk – Helia (Original Mix) [FSOE]
22.Miroslav Vrlik – Fly Away (Original Mix) [Always Alive Recordings]
23.Mark Sherry meets Space Frog & Derb – Follow Me (Psyburst Mix) [Outburst]
24.Liquid Soul – Revolution (Future Frequency Remix) [CDR]
25.Matt Bowdidge – The Calling (Original Mix) [FSOE]
26.Solarstone – Lost Hearts (Original Mix) [Pure Trance]
27.Simon Patterson & Magnus – Evoke (Original Mix) [Who’s Afraid Of 138!]
28.Aly & Fila x Luke Bond feat. Audrey Gallagher – A Million Voices (Original Mix) [FSOE]
29.Alan Morris – Elation (Original Mix) [FSOE]
30.Paul Denton – Searching the Sky (Original Mix) [Subculture]
31.Sergey Nevone & Simon O’Shine – Extraterrestrials (Original Mix) [FSOE]
32.Dan Stone – Venezuela (Original Mix) [FSOE]
33.UCast – Gearbox (Original Mix) [FSOE]

PHORIA Radio Episode 10!!!

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It’s the first Sunday of the month folks, and you know what that means! PHORIA RADIO TIME!!! This Sunday also marks the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. If you’re in need for some trance before the big game, tune into Phoria Radio 10 with Niko Zografos. we will be having the tenth episode of #PHORIARadio onAfterhours.FM at noon PST #PR10

Enjoy some nice melody’s before you watch big men try to tear each other apart. Can’t wait!

All of this Years Phoria Radio

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Happy Holidays everyone!!!

The end of 2015 only has a few hours left before we cheerfully throw on our party hats and stubble into 2016. This has been a great year for trance with its rebirth and popularity from fans old and new. Aside from the whole genre surge to mainstream success, San Francisco gained a new team of trance enthusiast who are dedicated to bring some of the best to the stages of The City.

Starting from just a dream by Niko Zografos, Phoria was birth and sprouted a family of dedicated people that are still working diligently to achieve greatness in the name of trance. With the emergence of a promotion team, Phoria created a monthly radio show, premiering the first Sunday of every month, to feature and showcase current hits and local favorites.

Just in case you missed Phoria Radio’s broadcast, we have compiled all of the episodes here for you to stream at your leisure. Enjoy it and listen to the evolution of an ageless electronic music genre all on one page. And don’t forget to catch a NEW episode of P.R. this Sunday, at noon, on di.fm.

As an added bonus, we have also included Niko’s End of Year Countdown set. What a better way to ring in your new year with so much amazing, euphoric, hard hitting trance to submerge yourself in.

Hoping that you fans out there have a good and safe holidays, Phoria Team.

All of Phoria Radio’s Episodes of 2015

Bonus Niko’s End of the Year Countdown