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.

 

Grab your tickets here: http://bit.ly/phoria3year

Meet & Greet + Giveaway: http://bit.ly/phoria3yearmg

Email phoriaevents@gmail.com for VIP Bottle Service

 

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Tonight, Start Off Your Weekend with BT & Kristina Sky

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The weekend is here again and we are excited to provide the stage for two Southern California DJs. No need for introductions for the legend BT as he will be coming in hot after releasing his new EP All Hail The Silence. We have another Dreamstate participant tonight with Kristina Sky. If you haven’t listened to her set then give it a go, you won’t be disapointed.


Local support from Martin Cisco
Tickets: http://bit.ly/btkskyphoria

Phoria Presents Ferry Corsten this SantaCon

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Hot from his Gouryella set at the SoCal Dreamstate, Ferry Corsten will be bringing the holiday warmth from The Dream Stage to the cold San Francisco night this Friday. Many trance fans will need some uplifting trance before the chaos of S.F. SantaCon, an annual event where a bunch of loose Santas drunkenly roam the holiday streets of The City. Of course this event isn’t related to red coats and limp Santahats, but this is still an event to attend. With local support from Billy Horn and Jonny Atom, Phoria has a lovely evening waiting for you with aspiring talents and superstar DJs alike. So come, my friends, if you’re looking for a night to party, an evening of euphoric feelz or just a simple place for shelter on the eve of the Santa pandemonium this weekend. This is a great way to start off your December, with a healthy helping of Trance from our Phoria family to yours.

Local Support: Billy Horn Official & Jonny Atom

Tickets: http://bit.ly/phoriaferry

Email phoriaevents@gmail.com for VIP Bottle Service

Three Exciting Trance Shows Coming This March!!!

How’s it going folks? I know it has been a white since San Francisco has heard from the Phoria team, but do not fret. We have all been busy bees working hard to find the right DJs to showcase to the trance fans of San Francisco. If you haven’t already seen the Phoria Newsletter or seen some of our exciting post on social media, then you can catch it all here!!!

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The good folk’s at Anjunabeats will be taking the stage again at Ruby Skye on March 5th. This isn’t going to be a night with just one of the Anjuna guys, but four DJs from Above & Beyond’s label will be taking the main stage that Saturday night. The massive lineup includes American progressive DJ Andrew Bayer, with London’s own ilan Bluestone ready to take fans on a lucid dream, while Scottish native Grum adds to the feels with his melodic sounds and LA’s own Jason Ross bringing the Cali style with his progressive infused trance. With such a diverse lineup, everyone in attendance will get their fill of electronic music.

Check out Phoria’s Event Page here

It is now SOLD OUT!!!

 

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Then, a few weeks later, you are cordially invited to Phoria’s 2 Year Anniversary Party with Simon Patterson and Will Atkinson. Patterson has been a frequent flyer here at the Phoria’s party, so it would only be right for us to invite him to the stage for our 2nd birthday! Nothing says a celebration of birth like the igniting, psychedelic sounds of Simon (freakin’) Patterson. However, don’t let your excitement for Mr. Patterson detour you away from Will Atkinson. Whereas Patterson is the main course, Atkinson will be the right feed-your-hunger-but-won’t-make-you-too-full appetizer for the night. Be careful to not fill up on all of the tech-trance  that Atkinson will dish out . . . Or you can. We don’t judge on trance gluttony here at Phoria.

Check out the Facebook Event Page here

Grab your tickets NOW!!! http://bit.ly/phoria2year

 

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On Friday, March 25th, Insomniac will be presenting another epic night of trance music at the iconic Exchange in Los Angeles. Aly & Fila will be headlining Awakening as our very own Niko Zografos kicks starts the night. I know that this show isn’t in San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go visit Mr. Phoria as he joins the stage with Egyptian legend’s of trance and Polish epic trance bad-boy Arctic Moon. The boss man is happy to return to decks in Southern California, and so are we.

Tickets & Info – torch.ly/AlyFila

Those are just some of the shows that are approaching in March. If you have had a great year with Phoria, make sure you come out March 19th to celebrate our 2 year anniversary with us! Everyone had blast at our One Year Anniversary Party, and it’s going to be a ball again this year.

Just a heads up, April will also be a packed month as Ben Gold, Protoculture, Luke Bond, Orjan Nilsen and Kristina Sky will be joining us for some good ole San Francisco fun. Be prepared! If you would like to find out more, make sure to check out our upcoming events on the Phoria Facebook Event page.

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

Darude & Kristina Sky Recap

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For all of the old school raver’s and Dance Dance Revolution fanatics, last Saturday was a trance filled night that Darude led us on before we hit the ‘Sandstorm’! But before the madness Phoria’s very own Christopher Terrance and Erika K set the mood for the night. If you missed out on the calm before the storm, never fear! You can listen and relive Erika K’s set and jam out while driving to work.

Up next on the decks is a rising star in the trance scene, Kristina Sky. After experiencing her set last Saturday it was no wonder that Armada and Ultra had her signed up with their labels. The transition between her and Erika K was in sync, keeping the cool beats going for the first half of her set, then brought in the FIRE. Kristina Sky brought the crowd to the dance floor, everyone dancing their feet off, and brought the feels when everyone sang along to ‘Reload’ with her own trance spin. It was hard to believe that we had another 2 hours, because Darude was just about ready to blow our minds.

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For those of you who only know Darude because of ‘Sandstorm’, I hope you all realized that he is more than just that hit single. He started off the night getting groovy with Oliver Helden and Tiesto’s newest collaboration

20151213_010222‘Wombass’ getting the crowd excited for what was in store. When he threw down Eric Prydz ‘Generate’ my fellow Asian, Airec Syprasert, and I went nuts; Darude really knew how to work the crowd up! I got the chance to talk to fellow attendees of the night and many were surprised with Darude’s set because they only knew him as the creator of one song, but in reality he is so much more than what we make him out to be. Darude continued to destroy us with massive tunes for the rest of the night and then we heard what we had all been waiting for…DUNDUNDUNDUN. Screaming. Dun dundundun. That’s right, it was finally time for the ‘Sandstorm’! I can’t even begin to tell you how many people were breaking out their DDR moves in the back and caused an earthquake.

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With that Darude took his leave and let Kristina Sky take over the decks, then to Michael Bricker, who debuted his very first trance set! Bricker opened up with MaRLo’s ‘Ignite’ and threw down other tracks such as ‘Dark Matter’ from Standerwick, ‘Rebound’ from Photographer, and my personal favorite ‘Cusp’ from Seven Lions. Although he doesn’t normally play trance, Bricker closed out the night strong!

Thank you to everyone that made it out last Saturday night and get ready for our next Phoria event on December 26th, Jerome Isma-ae OPEN TO CLOSE!

Facebook Event Here
Tickets here: http://bit.ly/phoriajeromeotc

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#PHORIAdark with Christopher Lawrence + Neelix!

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It has been some time since Phoria brought everyone some of the best in trance. So we return this weekend with a BANG! We’re also returning from our hiatus with the dark side of the force . . . Opps, we mean trance. It’s with great pleasure that we present Neelix and Christopher Lawrence this Friday, November 20th!

German native Neelix began to produce music in 1998 and finally released his first track in 2002 titled “The Fourth”. Over time,  he has accumulated an arsenal of productions with a multitude of singles on different labels. Although his sound might steer towards progressive house from time to time, it’s still no short from a psychedelic melody. With use of hypnotizing beats and eerie sounds bites from an old sci-fi movie, his set is unique to his own world. Be prepared.

Christopher Lawrence is no stranger to the world of psy-trance.  The winner of IDMA’s “Best American DJ” in 2011, Lawrence will step into Ruby Skye to induce Phoria with the darker side of trance. The American DJ is known to submerge attending fans with trance that he’s crafted with industrial  techno. If you’re not afraid of quick heavy beats and robot noise, then come on Friday to spend a night with Christopher Lawrence.

Lawrence will also be headlining Dreamstate in San Francisco, on January of 2016, alongside John 00 Fleming! If you can’t wait till Dreamstate to see CL, then don’t miss out on the chance to intimately see Christopher Lawrence at Ruby Skye, alongside the one and only Neelix! If you dare, of course.

Both scary DJs will be supported by sets from Jonny Atom, Billy Horn, & Iridescent!!!

Tickets on sale now! http://bit.ly/neelixlawrence

Limited GUESTLIST, register here: http://bit.ly/neelixclgl ‪#‎PHORIAdark‬