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.
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.
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
‘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.
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!
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!!!
Killing every show that he’s headlined at Ruby Skye, Ilan Bluestone makes his way back to San Francisco to once again blow our minds! With association with Adrenalin Room, Bluestone is making his way back to Ruby Skye next Labor Day Weekend on September 5th as part of the Anjunabeats Worldwide ’05 Tour; so make sure you buy your tickets in time before you’re stuck at home sitting in front of the TV regretting it! Besides, it’s a three day weekend so there’s no excuse to why you shouldn’t be trancing it out on a Saturday night with your favorite Phorians 🙂
Don’t know enough about Ilan? Well, he’s a an Anjunabeats signed, London-based producer inspired by Above and Beyond, Arty, and Swedish House Mafia and has worked with the likes of Maor Levi, Jerome Isma-Ae, and BT. He’s earned the respect of many with his progressive tunes that he’s known for today and many of his hits include ‘Under My Skin’, ‘Capetown’, and ‘Spheres’. Check out Bluestone’s latest collaboration with the one and only BT, coming out Sept. 25th! Maybe you’ll get to hear this song live, but you’ll never know unless you buy your ticket!
The London man aside, Phoria’s own Blurr will be hitting the decks with a back2back with Artimus Prime and featuring Central Valleys rising star Emerge back2back with local star SNR. The amazing new duo Element Six will be on closing duties after Ilan. These local acts will be sweet toppings for a night of too good to be true trance!
Blurr is a San Francisco trance DJ and a Phoria team-member
By David Lewis (aka Blurr)
Some of you have been wondering what I was going to say about last weekend. Only one word could describe it: EPIC.
Its been forever since I wanted to write a review, and thought last weekend would be fitting. Also had to download all the photos and videos from my phone took a while =)
The amount of awesomeness started on Friday, and ended on Sunday morning. I had known Thrillseekers would be in town, but didn’t know he would have the chance to hang out with us for the entire FSOE show. It was good to hang out with him both the night before, and then the night after with all of us attending. Starting off with Roger Shah and Thrillseekers at Phoria was a great idea.
I had never attended an event here at the San Jose Civic and was very pleased. Accommodations, FREE water in the smoking areas, Full Bar, Lots of space to move, mingle and walk around, and full A/C for the venue. The seats in this place were not crappy plastic, but plush foam. Way different than other venues with stadium seating. Aside from parking in a garage so my car would be safe, there was parking all around the venue.
For once, some of us who were hungry got to eat without breaking the bank. I think the price of a hot dog, drink and some nachos cost a total of like 12 bucks.
The Stage array was spectacular with a full on Triangle with Lasers, smoke, fog and HUGE LED screen. Some attendees were saying there was not enough sound, while others say there was too much. Those who were directly in the middle of the room for the night probably got to hear the best sound, I stayed out there for a few hours before slipping backstage to hang out for the rest of the evening.
Backstage was pretty dope. Got to hang out with Djs and Producers I have not seen in ages that we had booked in the past and are now superstars in their own rights. Bjorn Akkeson, John O’callaghan, Sied Van Riel, Jordan Suckley, Giuseppe Ottaviani, John O’Callaghan, Artic Moon, and of course, Aly & Fila. I also got to catch up with Trancefamily LA co-founder Jeff Su. I met Jeff in the past but like all my past adventures cant put my finger on where. Either way we got some time to chat and experience the event together =)
Hats off to Niko Zografos and Justin Duke (Mitka). It took us some time to get into the venue, but it was worth the wait. I am really glad I came early to capture you guys, and there are videos and photos I’ll upload, a lot of them here in this post.
HUGE thank you to Midnight events, Benjamin Rosenberg and FSOE. Thank you for your hospitality and for throwing such an awesome event for all of us to experience. I look forward to the next one and was pretty happy it was only 15 minutes away from my house for a change.
Aside from the Talking Voices, The MUSIC still connects us. It was really GREAT to hangout, see you, and be a part of the weekend with all of ya. Its a Blast to call all of ya my friends =) Videos will be posted soon as well, stay tuned.
See all of you for Bryan Kearny, Jorn Van Deynhoven, Photographer, me & Emerge on August 14th!
Phoria had the pleasure to host a Classic Only night with San Francisco’s own (Josh) Gabriel & (Dave) Dresden. The anticipation was killing many last Friday; nothing could have prepared us for the ultimate night of classics only with 7+ hours from Gabriel & Dresden at Ruby Skye other than lots of Redbull. A few lucky TranceFamilySF meet & greet winners got the chance to enter Ruby Skye before the madness began, starting out their night even earlier than those who arrived at 9pm! We don’t know how they survived the night, but major props to them! We would definitely like to know their secret, because we was definitely destroyed by the end of the night! But for the rest of us un-winning peasants, we still had the time of our lives even without getting the preview experience from the dynamic duo.
It may have been the beginning of a long night, but Ruby Skye was packed with classic lovers: the bar was lined up with people waiting to begin the party and the dance floor was packed with those ready to dance their feet off! Unlike any other night we’ve been to Ruby Skye, the club was for once not filled with an influx of drunken young adults, but rather with fellow passionate trance lovers that were only there for the music. Gabriel & Dresden brought their A-game even while they were opening up the club, warming up the dance floor with a cool melodic, minimal and progressive sounds, bringing in even the shyest of dancers to bob their heads and dancing in place. It was funky, groovy and the two DJs knew their home crowd and gave us what we wanted. The night may have started out early but oh how we all danced our hearts out.
The music that accompanied us through the night was not only filled with classics but contemporary tunes from Pryda, Deadmu5, and many more. Once the club approached the 2AM mark, the crowd thinned out and was composed only of fans who weren’t just weekend warriors. G&D rewarded us remaining classic trance lovers by turning it up and tugging at our heart strings with classics that we thought we would only hear from relic CDs and iPod Minis!
The two legends played tracks like “Mind Circus”, their remix of “Read My Mind”, old-school-trance-Tiesto’s “Into the Dark”, “Tracking Treasure Down”, and many more. G&D transported our minds, along with the crowd, to another world that was once thought to have only lived in the musical past; one of the best tracks that revved up the nocturnal crowd was “Southern Sun”. This trance classic got everyone to sing their lungs out as words that were once forgotten spewed out of everyone’s mouth to match the vocals of Carla Werner.
If people thought the sing-a-longs would stop there, the night continued with a crowd surged karaoke of “Beautiful Things” and “As the Rush Comes”. They even closed out the night with their remix of Above & Beyond’s “No One On Earth”! That blew our minds away and ended the night on a perfect note. We’re pretty sure we speak for everyone who stayed until 4AM when we say our voice is still recovering from bellowing out lyrics of the past. We all definitely left with a smile on our face and not regretting how destroyed we’d be feeling the next day.
Not to discredit other DJs whom have graciously spun at any other Phoria night, but this Classic Only night was a sort of magic that only classic tunes could conjure, making it was one of the best nights Phoria has every hosted. The majestic feeling of everyone in attendance was real; there was no emphasis on drops or breakdowns, just beautiful music that surrounded us with love. It’s a surreal feeling to be in a room with so many trance fans who were embarked on a musical journey piloted by G&D.
This unforgettable night was filled with a lot of group hugs, kisses, and simply the love for trance. Words just can’t explain how beautiful of a night we had. The people in Ruby Skye that night started out their trance-voyage as strangers, but slowly became a family of Phorians in the end. Without you, the fans, none of this would have been possible! We wished that everyone could have joined us, but we at Phoria understood if you couldn’t. However, if you were there then please spread the word on how amazing that night was.
After recharging your dancing shoes, make sure to join Phoria this Friday (tonight) as we host PhoriaDark with legendary DJ Simon Patterson and John Askew. If you want to hear the darker side of trance, then these two men are not to be missed. These two UK DJs will blow your mind with their sharp techno infused sounds, bringing out the more dangerous side of trance!
Derek Pryce 10-11
Simon Patterson 11-1
John Askew 1-3
Erika K 3 – Close