Every Bay Area trance lover’s dream come true, Gabriel & Dresden will make their way back to their hometown and fill the night with a very special classics only open to close set at San Francisco’s very own Ruby Skye! With every DJ playing sets to only appeal to the mass crowd, Gabriel & Dresden is here to make a stand! S.F. is one of the several special locations where G&D will host a special open to close classic only set. Meaning that they will play only their tracks, as well as remixes, from pre-2008 and onward! So what exactly makes this open to close classics only tour so special? ‘It simply boils down to the fans. They have been asking us for this kind of show from the moment we reunited in 2011. After all the changes that have taken place in electronic music since then, we felt the climate was perfect right now, where genres are so tightly defined, to go in the opposite direction and do a show representing many genres,. tempos, sounds and moods. And by doing it open-to-close we could give the attendees an authentic nostalgic experience. When fans came to a Gabriel & Dresden show in, say, 2005, there was an energy to them that was unique and special. A familial vibe where you could tell many people on the dance floor were on the same page, enjoying the experience together. We’ve been missing that feeling over the last few years and really wanted to bring it back. It also came to our attention that many of our newer fans had no idea that classic songs like “Tracking Treasure Down,” “As The Rush Comes” “Beautiful Things” etc, were Gabriel & Dresden tracks. Not to mention, we’d get comments on Soundcloud from people acting surprised and excited to hear these old songs, or better yet, thinking they were new. More proof to us that now is the perfect time to showcase this extremely fertile period in electronic music.’ – Gabriel & Dresden
By Airec Sype. and Stephanie Q.
It wasn’t too long ago that we at Phoria celebrated our one year anniversary as a premier trance provider in San Francisco. Even though the party is long over, that doesn’t mean we can’t relieve the festivities. Thanks to some carefully blended words and Afterhours.FM recording of the sets Friday night, we can give those who were not able to attend a quick glimpse of what magic occurred at Ruby Skye.
Mr. Phoria himself started the night off for Mental Asylum. It may have been minimal, but it was a proper opening for a night full of talented DJs who were not afraid to tear up the dance floor. Zografos welcomed us with rhythmic house beats that hypnotically swayed clubbers from the bar and onto the dance floor. Towards the end of his set, Zografos introduced techno elements that slowly ushered in Billy Horn.
Billy Horn, another resident Phoria DJ, picked up where the techno left off. Horn spun those electronic snare that was enticing but still courteous to the headlining DJs as he was careful to stay within a respectful BPM. The consistent groove guided people on the dance floor. It wasn’t till the end of his set that Horn decided to kick it up a notch and play some upbeat trance, setting the stage for tech-trance mastermind Mark Sherry.
When it was time for the craziness of Mental Asylum to start, the lights blacken out as a dark figure approached the decks. The intimate trance lovers immediately knew who it was through the darkness and roared. With that signal, the lights flashed on and Mark Sherry emerged with his hard electronic sound. The speakers produced a haste thumping bass, accompanied with underlying synths and snares. It wasn’t quite techno as the trance elements choreographed the beats into something that was borderline uplifting. There may have been people new to the sounds of Mark Sherry, but at that moment everyone felt his presences as he came out swinging. It could have been that techno style loop of familiar beats, thumping bass or the flashing lights but one could have easily gotten lost as Sherry’s music surrounded everyone in an enclosed musical bubble.
Along with his own production, Sherry played tracks like his remix of “Remember This”, “The Evil” and “Generate”, Familiar tracks like those got the crowd revved up as they displayed their gratitude with claps, cheers and chats of Sherrys name. Amongst the hard beats of tech-trance, Sherry wasn’t afraid to uplift it up a notch. The best part of his set was something you don’t see often from trance DJs. If you pay close attention to the beginning of his set, you can hear Sherry ‘play’ with his tracks. It wasn’t exactly scratching, but he looped some beats and played around with the flow of the music, adding to the raw electronic feel of techno. His interaction with the decks kept us on our toes as we were thrown some unexpected DJing! It’s great to see a DJ actually DJ instead of pushing play. His set was energetic and aggressive all the way into the end. It was grand.
After the robotic trance style of Mark Sherry, it was finally time for the man of the hour to make his way to the stage. Indecent Noise approached the crowd and was met with cheers. Getting straight to business, I.N. turned up the speakers to rush the crowd with the dark eerie sounds of psychedelic trance. Compared to Sherry’s frontal assault, I.N. sound flanked the now packed dance floor with bass, psychedelic synths, and soundbites from what seemed to be from sci-fi movies. Nothing says psy-trance like sci-fi stuff. You didn’t know what to believe as the complex melodies that were carefully layered upon one another with a high tempo riff turned the fantasy of Mental Asylum into a dancing reality.
Nothing was safe from I.N. sound. The fan’s were bopping and jumping fiercely as they heard remixes of “Ping Pong”, “Fire Wire”, and the classic of all classics when you just wanna rave, “Sandstorm”. Our very own Niko Zografos was onstage when the crowd went nuts to this 90s hit. Then it was Zografos turn to go nuts as I.N. played Ferry Tayle remix of our home theme “Phoria“. The tunes this man was playing was MENTAL!
An unexpected remix that I.N. played was “A Thing Called Love”. It was amazing to see the heartwarming lyrics of Above & Beyond transporting the crowd into a euphoric state before I.N. hit the nos button with a harder and darker remix of the crowd pleasr. Even dedicated fans of Anjunabeats appreciated the new rendition of a beloved classic. “I love that these guys are starting to branch out to Ajuna. And I Love it!” Camele, aka Ajunaslut, said.
Not only did I.N. pull classics out of left field, but he also blended the idea of genre. One of the best surprises from his set was when he decided to switch gears and play hardstyle. This pleased professional ravers and weekend warriors alike. It was quite the trip I would say when I think back to his set. So check it out!
As the night started to wind down on Friday night, James Dymond took the stage to a still trance hungry crowd. While still keeping the momentum of the previous two powerhouse, Dymond feed the people below him euphoric trance that was energetic and a flavor only reserved for his own style. His set was musically enriched where only one of a history like his in classical music can deliver. This was definitely the part of the night where fans can hear a style of trance that flowed up and down a familiar euphoric journey.
Hands were in the air and eyes were closed during his set. The club may have lost some attendees due to the late of the night, but everyone who was there was still feeling the music as Dymond conducted the melodies to our ears. If Dymond was a seashell, you could hear the waves of beautiful music crashing into your soul. The highlight of his set was when he played a remix of the trance classic “Castles in the Sky”, adding a few harder bassline in the melody. His set was the perfect way to end a night of hard-hitting music.
And then it was time to bring in the trance legend, Ferry Corsten, for round two with Stephanie covering.
Warming up the dance floor for us was the one and only Niko Zografos. Experienced with opening sets, Zografos nailed his job. He had the perfect opening easing into the night with his cool melodies. Even at the beginning of his set, there were already small groups of people grooving and beginning to get others sitting on the sidelines pumped. As people began to mill into Ruby Skye, I left the floor to meet trance legend Ferry Corsten and I got him to sign my Tomorrowworld flag! Back on the floor, or lack thereof, I couldn’t believe what I had gotten into! I was squeezing through people just to find my friends while everyone was going wild to Niko’s set, the change of pace raising the crowd’s energy and excitement level. Soon Niko closed out his set and it was time to experience a magical 3-hour journey through the night.
Ferry Corsten brought the fire, throwing down some old school trance goodies like “Airwaves” from Rank 1 and surprisingly even throwing in Darude’s “Sandstorm”. The crowd went absolutely nuts! I’ve never heard so many people at once going ‘dudududududu’ and tried stepping on the floor like it was a giant Dance Dance Revolution pad! If you were standing right next to me, you would have probably heard me screaming when Ferry put on his single from 2012 ‘Live Forever’ featuring Aruna. Ferry kept the feels going that night playing sing-a-longs likes his own mix of Kaskade’s ‘Sleep Alone’ and Dash Berlin’s rework ‘Sky Full of Stars’. Then in the middle of the set, Ferry announced that his next track would be the first time it would be played live, his remake of ‘Gouryella – Anahera’! It was truly a moment and night to remember. Ferry continued strong throughout the night, even going past 3am and giving John Beaver only 20 minutes to play before Ruby Skye closed for the night. Beaver continued on strong for his 20-minute set giving it his all.
So there you have it folks, we know it was a thick read but we had to cover four amazing DJs for our birthday party. It was a great night for music and feels. Make sure y’all check out our other events coming up like the Gabriel & Dresden *OPEN TO CLOSE CLASSIC* set. it will be a great one. Before you leave, check out the pictures below of the meet and greet winners of that weekend. Till next time.
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Phoria has one more bash for y’all trance fans before we take a break till July 10th with Gabriel & Dresden. This Friday, Coldharbour Recordings will conquer the clubbing scene in San Francisco as Phoria presents Coldharbour Night with KhoMha, Grube & Hovsepian and Mr. Pit with Niko Zografos opening and closing the event.
For those of you who don’t know, Coldharbour Recordings is a record label ran by “yours truly” Markus Schulz. My feelings of admiration for Schulz aside, Coldharbour is one of those truly underrated trance labels as it houses DJs that have the abilities to explore different genres of trance that isn’t limited big room and uplifting.
So let me introduce you to some of them.
Mr. Pit was one of the first DJs I had the pleasure of experiencing when I first entered the dance scene in SF. His hit track “Shana” echoed everywhere during my early dance days in 2008. But this Romanian producer has been “discovering music production since 1996,” according to his bio. He even released tracks under his real name, Adrian, before he became known as Mr. Pit. His path as a DJ didn’t stop there. Coming off his hot Coldharbour hit, “Exposure”, Mr. Pit has recently been taking down nightclubs with a progressive trance storm. In his recent sets, you can hear the Coldharbour influences that drives his sets as his sound weaves in-and-out of the limitations of trance and progressive. This man will be sure to keep your head bobbing Friday night as you dance away.
Tim Grube and Mike Hovsepian are the two heads of the dragon Grube & Hovsepian. The two Miami based DJs found each other from across the nation during their solo-careers in 2008 to become a force to be reckoned with in the trance scene. Two heads are better than one right? It wasn’t long until the two found their sound as they teamed up with Elevation to produce the hit “City of Angels”. That track showed the two’s ability to produce a tune that is not only epic but simultaneously deep. Their producing skills didn’t stop there. The two were able to remix pop hits like “Lights” and “One More Minute” that kept the originality of the songs but were also appeasing to trance fans across the world. It wasn’t long after that this double headed dragon started to drop fiery tracks like “Venom” and “Trickster”, which have been supported by Mr. Coldharbour himself in numerous shows. Schulz even praised the two as he said that “they have become the most exciting duo to come along in the last 3 years.” Well, you heard it from the man in charge, check them out!
If there is one thing to be said about Colombia, it’s that they know how to make you move and groove as you dance like no one is watching. And KohMha does not fall short from that expectation. This man may be 23 years old, but he is already a star as he is supported by legends like Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and of course Markus Schulz. Schulz even hand-picked him as Coldharbour’s first artist of the year in 2011. It’s hard to describe and pigeonhole his style into a genre. His tracks such as “Hydra” and “Cyclone” are raw and energetic that makes you just wanna jump up and down in an endless PARTY!
KhoMha really flexes his production muscles with his mash-ups. For example, a perfectly combined mash-up of his was with his hit “Asylum” and “Mr. Brightside”. When he wants you to dance, he will spin his style of progressive-tech-trance. But when he wants you to feel the beats and enjoy the moment, he will play techno influenced tracks like “Elektrikute”. You cannot predict what he will play this Friday, you just have to open up your mind and embrace the “KhoMha style” of music as it takes you for a thrilling ride. No wonder his victims of the dance floor have said that they feel “KhoMhatized” after experiencing his exhibition of music. Ruby Skye will be his world in two days as you play his musically charged game. So get ready for this one because just like his country, it’s gonna be HOT!!!
Friday is going to be an EPIC night folks, so be sure to join us. Being that this is my favorite trance record label, I already know that I’m gonna have a hoot! I’m excited and I know from KhoMha’s recent post that he is too!
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“BIG weekend ahead in California! Getting ready for Los Angeles – Avalon & San Francisco – Rubyskye !!! ”
This Friday, Phoria will be hosting 3 Coldharbour DJs for a special Coldharbour Night. KhoMha, Grube & Hovsepian and Mr. Pit will be taking the decks at Ruby Skye for a night of power driven trance that will be sure to take you on a musical journey into a deeper side of trance while also energizing you on the dance floor. Our Niko Zografos will be also joining the party as he will open and close out the night!
This is your last chance to enter to win a meet & greet with KhoMha, Grube & Hovsepian and Mr. Pit two days from now, Friday, June 12th, at Ruby Skye before the show! Click on Schulz Army link to enter for a chance to meet these three trance powerhouse handpicked by Mr. Coldharbour (Markus Schulz) himself. It’s pretty simple and VERY easy to do!
Enter here: http://bit.ly/CLHRNightSF-MeetGreet
If you don’t want to take up the opportunity to meet these Coldharbour lads, then you can still take advantage of our FREE guestlist for Friday night. Just sign up and you’ll have your golden ticket.
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Hope to see you there, we know KhoMha is excited!
“BIG weekend ahead in California! Getting ready for Los Angeles – Avalon & San Francisco – Rubyskye 🔥🔥🔥!!! ”
Ruby Skye’s “Princess Nadia” is coming back to San Francisco tonight. Everyone knows of her hit “Rapture” and “Pressure.” So if you want to hear the voice of a trance angel, make sure you attend Friday night. We also have Two Phoria DJs, Jonny Atom + Erika K., warming up the dance floor and Phoria’s Dmitri Reign closing off the night. It’s going to be a good night.
If you’re broke but want to join the party, well you’re in LUCK! There is a free guestlist for tonight’s show. So now you don’t have any excuse. FREE guestlist till 12am. So make it “home” in time Cinderella.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT SUNDAY!!!
Sunday we have a special Anjunabeats showcase with Sunny Lax & Genix! This may not be a back to back weekend but it’s still stacked with top notched DJs and class music. Sunday maybe be a day of rest for religous reasons, but trance is also where we put our faith. Sunday is perfect for some euphoric beat that will transport us into a whole new light. So come have a midnight mass with us!
By Airec Sype. and Stephanie Q.
This weekend will be a special one for us at Phoria, it’s the celebration of our first whole year as a premium trance provider for the lovely fans in San Francisco. Since this is our first anniversary party, we decided that this kind of milestone can’t be crammed into one night. Instead we are spreading the love for two nights of birthday celebrations as Phoria host Mark Sherry, Indecent Noise, James Dymond and Ferry Corsten!!!
For the first night at Ruby Skye, Phoria presents Mental Asylum. This dark psy-trance themed night is stacked with three DJ’s that are sure to blow your mind with eerie psychedelic sounds of the dark side. Don’t worry club goers, Mental Asylum is the name of the record label; there are not going to be any mental patients running around . . . I think.
Indecent Noise is the head mental man of Mental Asylum Records. Representing Poland, Aleksander Stawierej is the man behind the decks providing that indecent noise that causes unsuspecting club goers to dance their face off. His music is unique as it combines elements of techno with his already hard hitting trance. The perfect combination of melody’s creates a psy-trance bombardment that confuses your senses in a perfect harmony as you dance the night away. His remixes of familiar trance songs will have you question your minds ability to remember the original tune as the new and infused remix stimulates your neurons. The noise of Indecent Noise isn’t just your run of the mil psy-trance, it’s something different that will make you also question the concept of musical genre and blur its boundary. If you like weird electronic sounds and a fast BPM, then this man is your man.
Coming from London, we have James Dymond. This 23 year old DJ is changing the game and sound of trance today. All of his success from producing epic trance can be contributed to his background in classical music. Dymond is a talented DJ who even caught the eyes of past DJ Mag #1 Armin Van Buuren. His bio claims that his music is “emotionally charged” with “uplifting melodies that fills the biggest of dance floors” and has “huge orchestral breakdowns that instantly lifts moods and driving percussion that raises pulses.” Well I can say that this claim is true. Listening to his liveset posted above, I can hear the careful precision of music that only a conductor can beautifully manifest. Dymond has a great ability to combine trance, tech-trance, uplifting breakdowns, progressive, whatever you name it, into a stunning electronic symphony. There may not be any live instruments Friday, but there will be a whole lotta bass conducted by a musical mastermind. So come check him out.
Scottish producer Mark Sherry is no stranger to the tech-trance scene and has been contributing to the rapidly growing world of trance since the early 90s. His remixes and productions are mind-blowingly awesome. Just like his genre suggests, his tracks and everything he touches contains a repetitive techno like beat that pulses throughout the song but rides a wave of feels as it’s trance elements kicks in. The beats goes up and down, in and out, repeating a similar tone that is refined to knock our socks off. You can’t help but jump around until there is silence. There is a sense of raw energy in his livesets that one cannot deny. The energy of synths and bass just keeps coming and won’t stop. Sherry’s tracks have been supported by other powerhouse DJs such as Markus Schulz and Max Graham. So if you’re looking for an energetic set that won’t let you rest, then make sure you catch Mark Sherry!
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Prepare yourselves, trance legend Ferry Corsten is coming once again to bestow upon us a night of feels and high energy electro music! With his success streaming from songs such as “Gouryella” with Tiesto and his popular radioshow Corsten’s Countdown, there seems to be no end to the possibilities! Ferry even hosts his own stage named FULL ON at festivals such as Tomorrowworld and has his own pick of other producers/DJs that he even plays back to back with. With a perfect mix of trance, progressive house, and electro, Ferry Corsten will take you out for the night of your life! Just like his class track says. “Everything is beautiful.” (Bonus points if you could figure out which song that’s from. And I’m sure that if you attend this Saturday with us and Ferry Corsten, it would be one of the “many ways to change a life.”
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Be sure to join us for our one year anniversary celebration. If you can’t make it then don’t worry, we’re very happy & proud to announce that our 1 year anniversary weekend, the first night will be broadcasted live on Afterhours.FM!!! The party starts at 9 PM West Coast time so tune in. Of course it would be better to witness this event live, but if you can’t then you have a way to join the party. Hope to see you this weekend, it’s going to be grand!
It was one Tuesday a year ago that Niko Zografos started Phoria Events. What started as a dream that a young trance music lover had manifested into a colorful and magical promotion company that continuously brings great talent to the decks in San Francisco’s nightlife.
Zografos shares some words with us via Facebook about Phoria’s first birthday:
Exactly 1 Year ago today I started Phoria Events! Wow so much has happened since then. Extremely thankful for an amazing first year. I’m also very excited for what’s to come. To the amazing DJs that have performed, to the Ruby Skye & Slide SF staff, to the fellow promoters & organizers that have helped with every show, to the agents who book out the artists, and of course the thousands of attendees that show their support at every show… I just want to say … THANK YOU! We wouldn’t be here without any of you! Cheers to many more amazing things coming our way! #PHORIA1Year #PHORIA #PHORIAdark #PHORIARadio
Despite Phoria’s young age, Zografos has brought many talented names to the stage at Ruby Skye and Slide SF. However that momentum doesn’t stop there. Phoria’s anniversary celebration will be celebrated on May 29 & 30 with big names like Indecent Noise, Mark Sherry, James Dymond and FERRY CORSTEN!
In honor of Phoria’s 1 Year Anniversary, we bring you Phoria Radio‘s very first podcast featuring our very own Niko Zografos! We were close to 1,000 listeners on just the first episode! Phoria Radio will be airing every 1st Sunday of the month on AH.FM at 12pm PST, 9pm CET.
Hope you all enjoy the VERY FIRST episode of this radio show. Also there is some big announcements about some LIVE broadcasts from shows very, very soon! In the mean time, stream the show here:
1)) K&LC – One Night (David Rull remix) [Ternary Recordings]
2) FRED BAKER – Rebirth (Adam Ellis Music remix) [Kearnage]
3) Darren Porter – Cause & Effect (Original mix) [Monster Force]
4) Majai – Phoria (Jorn Van Deynhoven remix) [Tetsuo]
5) Aly & Fila – Underwater [FSOE Recordings]
6) Mitka & Niko Zografos – Phoria (Original mix) [FSOE]
7) Zahir – Celestial (Dmitri Reign remix) [Cloudland Music]
8) Niko Zografos & Dmitri Reign – Midnight Skye [Tangled Audio/Alter Ego]
9) Robert Nickson – Spiral 2015 (Original mix) [Who’s Afraid Of 138?]
10) Aly & Fila, Roxanne Emery – Shine (Club Mix) [FSOE]
11) Markus_Schulz ft. Delacey – Destiny [Coldharbour Recordings]
Also, be sure to party and celebrate with us the last weekend of May for the first of many birthdays!
#Phoria1year anniversary weekend!
May 29th – #MentalAsylumNight with #IndecentNoise, #MarkSherry, #JamesDymond
May 30th – #FerryCorsten, #nikozografos, #JohnBeaver
#PHORIAdark #MAYGOESMENTAL #trancefamilysf #trance #trancefamily #woa138 #psy #corstenscountdown #flashover #spundae #anniversary #PHORIA
By Airec S.
Phoria was stacked with a triple headliner last weekend at Ruby Skye. It was an intense weekend and the packed/almost sold out nights were there to prove it; a rightful San Francisco greeting for three of the best names in trance.
Paul Oakenfold started off the weekend with a bang on Friday. I arrived a little after midnight and walked into a swarm of people jumping and grooving to the amazing sounds of Oakenfold. I was listening to his set from EDCLV 2014 on my way to work earlier that day, preparing myself for what was to come. Boy, did all that preparation go to the trash. Walking into Ruby Skye Friday night I was almost blown off my feet. After the first three songs, I knew that this set was going to be different then the last time I saw him in the Vegas desert.
There was just something magical about this set. It was the right mixture of trance. Oakenfold played contemporary remixes of songs like The XX “The Intro,” and weaved in-and-out darker trance and a little bit psy-trance. The organization of the different types of EDM kept us on our toes as we jumped up and down, pumping our fist in the air. Oakenfold would bring us up with some uplifting songs and then crash us with some hard-hitting trance.
My favorite parts of his sets were THE CLASSICS!!! Boy, he definitely helped me live my childhood rave dreams (the ones I had when I pretended I was at a rave when I was attending 8th grade dances) by playing remixes of “Southern Sun,” “1998,” “Big Sky” and that one song, I think it was . . . umm . . . DARUDE SANDSTROM!!! Everyone was in disbelief when we heard the mesmerizing da-da-dada melody of the classic hit. But when that da-da-dada dropped, everyone made the bounced.
It was nice to see a good mixture of people on Friday night. There were old-school ravers, new-school ravers, clubbers, EDM lovers, trance purest and even glovers giving light-shows. It was great to see all the people Oakenfold had in attendance. It didn’t matter if the person was there wearing fluffies, glowing cat ears or an expensive button down t-shirt, everyone was there for the music of Paul Oakenfold. And that was beautiful.
Also, a shout-out to our very own Niko Zografos and Jonny Atom for closing out the night. I know it must be hard following a big DJ like Oakenfold, but these two guys did it. Starting their set off with an energetic remix of “Beautiful Things,” their B2B carried that same energy that Oakenfold left off with and kept the club packed till the late of the morning.
By Stephanie Q.
Making an appearance at Ruby Skye for their tour last Saturday, double headliners TyDi and BT took the stage and gave club goers the time of their lives.
As one of the TranceFamilySF meet and greet winners, I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes to not only meet TyDi, but also play Jenga with him! TyDi explained that he would always play with his friends and would Instagram it, so at a show a fan brought in a sign that said ‘Play Jenga with me!’ and his manager loved that idea and began incorporating it into their future meet and greets. It may have seemed serious at some points during the game, but we had an amazing time hanging out, cracking jokes at one another, and playing Jenga with TyDi! Amazingly chill and funny guy and so happy that I was able to make it out to meet him!
Once entering the now packed dance floor, Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘The Hanging Tree’ creeped up, setting an eerie tone, but soon fired up the pace getting everyone dancing and singing along to throwback pop/rock songs like Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and The Killer’s “Mr. Brightside”. These classic throwback songs hit the hearts of those who grew up with them, looking as if there wasn’t a person in sight who didn’t know the lyrics of both. TyDi threw down other bangers with “Buenosaurus” by Heatbeat and his own tracks “Apollo” featuring Cameron Walker and closing out the night with “Redefined”. I have to admit, compared to his set from last year at Ruby Skye, Saturday’s show was a bit more poppy than what I was expecting. Despite the small drawback, the crowd (as well as myself) had a great time dancing easily to TyDi’s catchy tunes.
Next up was BT, the “Godfather of Trance” opening with one of Above & Beyond’s latest singles “We Are All We Need”, then playing his own tracks with “Skylarking” and “Love Comes Again”. Although BT moved away from trance after the beginning of his set the crowd fell in love with him and his wide variety of music, getting us to flow with “Palm of Your Hand” by Speed Limits and Jaco then ending the night with his own “Flaming June”.
Without a doubt, TyDi and BT gave Ruby Skye a night to remember and reminding us that trance is growing and constantly changing. As much as I love trance, I was definitely not disappointed with the variety both headliners had for us that night.
If you want more trance in your life, check out Phoria’s next event with Adam Ellis at Slide on Friday, May 15!
Phoria is bringing you a triple headliner this weekend with three of the best trance DJs in the world.
Celebrating his recent album release, 25 Years of Perfecto Records, Paul Oakenfold is going to start your weekend off with a BANG! this Friday. This legend has been around before big room anything was even a fart of an idea. With three Grammy nominations and the title of #1 DJ in 1989 and 1999 underneath his belt, the 51 year-old London producer is sure to bring the heat as he entice old-school ravers to dust off their trance-pants for a night of great music. I mean, who doesn’t remember listening to “Southern Sun” as a kid and wishing that you were in a sea of people dancing. I’m sure we’re going to hear some uplifting tracks, some funky house and a couple of dark trance beats that will satisfy the thirst of young and old school attendees alike this Friday.
Hope you’re not burnt out because we still have more to go with a double headliner on Saturday with BT and TyDi.
American song producer and electronic genius BT, Brian Transeau, is another Grammy nominated trance legend. Having the nickname “Godfather of Trance,” BT has been there from the start, paving the road for modern trance and electronic music of today. Being well endowed with different types of music (classical, punk, electronic, etc), BT has enriched his sound by working with many different artist (like Paul Van Dyke, Britney Spears, Madonna) and will bring us a type of trance that is sure to satisfy the pallets of every music lover. It’s no wonder that this man has also worked on scores for Hollywood movies and video games. BT is going to confuse your dance moves with his set as he brings all his weapons this Saturday as you face off a musical battle.
It wasn’t too long ago that 27 year-old Australia DJ TyDi was at Slide bombarding us with music from the wheels of steel. Met the guy, pretty cool and down to Earth. But let’s talk about his music. A graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, this Aussie holds a Bachelor of Music Technology. With titles like “Best Break-Through DJ” at the IDMA and Australia’s #1 Dj in 2008 and 2009, this man is a force to be reckoned with. His sets are a combination of trance and EDM. A sound that’s sure to put a smile on your face as you groove off into the night; this man will not disappoint you on your Saturday night adventures. If you don’t believe me, listen to that Soundcloud link just right about this paragraph. Oh, and his single “Stay,” featuring Dia Frampton, is one to surely touch your feels.
I hope to see y’all this weekend at Ruby Skye for two nights of incredible music!