First, welcome to my new blog - dedicated to sharing my perspectives on what I think is the best in new trance music. I'll be sharing my views periodically (hopefully at least a couple times each week) with you and hope you'll submit your comments back. I'd certainly welcome that and so would the DJ's and artists who put their all into the music that I love with a passion.
As a matter of introduction, I'm just a regular guy living in Northern California. I "discovered" trance music about seven years ago via the music of Paul Van Dyk. Needless to say, I was hooked. Since then, I have gotten deeper into the scene. In fact, about 80% of the music I listen to is trance and 70% of my large iTunes library consists of trance tracks from many of the top trance DJ's today. I catch my fav DJ's whenever I can here in San Francisco and have seen Armin Van Buuren, Dash Berlin, John O'Callaghan, Markus Schultz, Blake Jarrell, Gareth Emery, Filo & Peri and Paul Van Dyk in 2011 alone. Add to these, I've had the privilege of meeting Giuseppe Ottaviani in person and am friends with the amazing Audrey Gallagher. With all of that under my belt and more to come, I think I'm somewhat qualified to air my views publicly.
I hope you'll find what I have to say informative, interesting and occasionally provocative. I also hope you'll become a follower and subscribe to my new FUTURE OF TRANCE blog! Thanks for participating.
To start things off, here's my favorite trance vocal track and video of 2011: "Disarm Yourself" by Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt > http://dashberlinworld.com/video/dash-berlin-feat-emma-hewitt-disarm-yourself-official-music-vid-1
Here's what I said when the video was released and my view remains the same today:
One of the best trance videos I've seen in a long time for a deceivingly powerful song. By shooting in black and white and alternating the fast-paced exterior scenes with Ms. Hewitt's slow-motion close-ups, the video seductively and emotionally draws you in while visually driving home the song's message. The way the club scenes are shot brilliantly adds to the energy of the song and underscores what trance is all about. Simply, one awesome production!
This track and then seeing Dash Berlin live is what compelled me to enthusiastically state, "Dash Berlin IS the future of trance."