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The Digital Blonde: “I don’t see myself as a DJ and never have”

Written by Luciano Medica Catalan on . Posted in Spotlight

As a legend DJ and music producer, The Digital Blonde -whose real name is Ricky Smith- has been around now in the dance music scene with a career that spans for more than 20 years. Because of his vast experience there are many interesting insights he can give us about the past, the present and the future of trance music.

Deeply compromised with the quality and the feeling of his music, The Digital Blonde has remained solid and faithful to his own style through the years. This dedication has transformed his tracks into timeless masterpieces, among them are his acclaimed ‘Legato’, ‘Electra’ and ‘Serenade’ i.e. many works.

Trance Energy Radio reporter, Luciano Médica Catalán, spoke with him and you can read the interview here, exclusively!

Giving in to the Predator

Written by Luciano Medica Catalan on . Posted in Home

What happens when two generations of DJs come together for collaboration? Magic.

 


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While many producers are getting closer to the EDM bounty, Standerwick and Chris Schweizer have provided their bold statement that trance is alive and going strong.

In a world where EDM seems to be dominating, with a decreasing amount of creativity when it comes to producing new tracks; the moment two producers join forces to create a massive trance tune which actually sounds original, it feels like a breath of fresh air. This is the case of ‘Predator’, born as collaboration between British legend Standerwick and Argentinian ‘promise’ Chris Schweizer.

Ram Boon, the man behind RAM & Grotesque

Written by Georgina Zinno on . Posted in Home, Live, Spotlight

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Grotesque stage at Electronic Family

On 23rd July took place one of the major trance events in Amsterdam, Electronic Family. I arrived late to EF, my main stage was Grotesque, so I was right on time for RAM’s set and stayed later for Pure NRG (G. Ottaviani + Solarstone) and the closing with Neelix, was really expecting some nice psytrance to end the day.

I was supposed to interview Dutch DJ RAM, but destiny wanted that my mobile phone stayed in London, where I was the week before visiting my sister. All my contacts and important stuff which I use daily to communicate with the world were only possible with my mobile phone. The interview was temporarily out of question.

Just take me back to the Old School… or maybe not?

Written by Luciano Medica Catalan on . Posted in Home

Following his belief in “not to be a prisoner of your own style”, Armin van Buuren is releasing today ‘Old Skool’, a mini album with old school tracks, reworks of the music that made him step into electronic music but… will this trigger a revival or is it just a temporary fad?

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We have seen along the years that many DJs have been experimenting with different styles, not always with the same amount of success.

Some artists have built their careers out of experimenting with music, while some others have stayed faithful to their original choice. Truth to be told, the path of producing music is about creativity and innovation.

The advent of daredevil raids towards different genres far beyond the boundaries of the DJ’s regular style, have also given birth to a group of purist fans complaining towards anything that lies beyond traditional or expectable.

At the time Tiësto migrated into EDM and Pulsar gave up on Trance music because the industry was heading somewhere somehow where nobody would follow, we witnessed different approaches to that natural change and dynamism. And change is not a bad thing per se.

Luminosity Beach Festival 2016, a.k.a. Trance Heaven

Written by Georgina Zinno on . Posted in Events, Home, Live

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Flyer 9th Edition Luminosity Beach Festival 2016

 

Heaven on Earth

Between Friday 24th and Sunday 26th June, extending up to Monday morning 27th, 2016 (if you happened to have gone to the after-party in Amsterdam late Sunday in the night); the best experience ever in Trance world led officially the opening of the summer season with the highest summer’s vibes at club venue Beach Fuel, in the small beach resort town of Bloemendaal aan Zee, North-Holland, the Netherlands.

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Trance Heaven – PartyTeam.be©

9th edition Luminosity Beach Festival was my 2nd Lumi and it was a complete success from beginning to end. It was absolutely amazing. Luminosity is one of the best trance outdoor events in the world, a.k.a. Trance Heaven or Heaven on Earth.

Luminosity had all the weather credits. It was warm, clear skies opened up with beautiful colours; sunsets were amazing, not even one rain drop fell during the whole festival. Previous weeks to the event was forecasted a huge storm for Friday and Saturday. Uncertainty was in the air, up to the last moment people doubting and worrying about the weather. I was positive, was really happy to spend this especial weekend with so many friends from all over the world. The real trance adventure was on! And I was ready to party!

Sense for Trance: in the mood for summer vibes

Written by Georgina Zinno on . Posted in Events, Home, Live

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Last Saturday 11th June took place the event “Sense for Trance” in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. Gorinchem is a small city in the province of Zuid-Holland. Was my first time here and I must say it was a really especial experience that left me wanting for more.

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Let’s say almost all parties I know and went up to now (since July 2014) mostly in the Netherlands, have been always not far from Utrecht, centre of Holland. This means, I barely visit the south of the Netherlands; until this day.

The German Connection: Trance38 meets Trance.Mission

Written by Georgina Zinno on . Posted in Events

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Hello everybody, my name is Georgina, Argentine writer & trance lover living in the Netherlands. From now and on I will be writing reviews, articles and interviews about my love for trance music. I’m very happy to be now a member of the staff of Trance Energy.

Trance38 meets Trance.Mission

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Photo courtesy by Pedi Könning (TFG)

Last week Sunday 15th May I was lucky to be invited to attend a great party event by the neighbours, in Braunschweig, Germany. Was my first time in this country for a party, and we went together by car with a small group of trance lovers from Trance Family Netherlands. We are so lucky here in the Netherlands, having almost every weekend a new event, so this time we decided to cross the border and see what was on by our beloved friends from Trance Family Germany.

The event was called Trance38 meets Trance.Mission and it was hosted at a really nice venue called Stereowerk in Braunschweig. It sort looked like Panama in Amsterdam, with a main stage and a smaller box-shaped room, stage 2.

We arrived earlier on Sunday after 5 hours driving and were very warmly welcomed by our lovely German friends. Pre-party was on and we were getting in the mood for a great night together.

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Score, Christian K., Anatol Weber & Cyre Photo by Sight Life®

We use to see our counterparts every time we have party in the Netherlands, it’s amazing how many people from all over the world comes here, while we sort of miss all other events happening next to us. This time, it was not only the line-up what made us curious, also the fact that good friends were playing, German DJ Anatol Weber (who is also crew member of main organisers Trance38) and the talented Italian DJ Alessandra Roncone.

At 22:00 we were ready for the opening at stage 2 with Anatol Weber, warming us up with his set. The mood was set and although still early, people were arriving and mixing together in this small room. I remember lots of smoke and happy faces. Trance family Germany members surprised Anatol displaying in big letters his complete name while he was spinning, and I sort of felt this amazing powerful feeling of love. This night was promising to be an awesome one.

And, indeed, that’s what happened. I won’t tell you how good all the DJs were, because you can listen to all sets recorded and broadcasted by Trance Energy yourself. I’m not such an expert to tell what technical good is, but when it comes to trance music, for me what counts the most is how high the vibe gets when we are all united in peace and love.

Feel the love

This was one of the first occasions I had that I experienced a new way of expressing my emotions. I guess all the factors were wisely combined, you can call it luck, I prefer to call it magic! That kind of magic moment when it’s not only the great music played by the DJ, but also the right people at the right moment. I had the time of my life, dancing like crazy and feeling this warmth coming from within every heartbeat from the dancefloor. It felt like being at a private party, with all the dancefloor only for ourselves.

Of course there were many highlights during the almost 10 hours the party lasted. I kind of get nervous when there are so many choices, you feel like wanting to be everywhere at the same time; because trance is still something new in my life (since my first event at Electronic Family in 2014) I’m still developing my taste and learning from all trance genres. This means I’m always open for new sounds; my preferences going for uplifting, vocal, progressive and psytrance, a.o.  While many of my friends were rushing to the main stage for Rene Ablaze, I stayed in this little room for a while and could catch a bit of a glimpse from German DJ Cyre.

I guess sometimes for me it isn’t about a certain DJ name, it’s more about going with the flow and letting myself be guided by what the moment brings. The only thing I didn’t like much about this little room was that it was really warm and there was too much smoke.

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Daniel Skyver & Reorder Photo by Fot-O-Knoblich®

Later on I joined my friends, who were all having a great time, while Daniel Skyver was at his best and then came charismatic Czech DJ and producer, Tibor Tomecko, best known as ReOrder. He absolutely smashed it! He knew exactly how to bring the best of us on the dancefloor, and I had this thought of feeling this was an epic moment. I was grateful to be here with all these amazing people. He even got off the stage to hug us all. This moment was perfect. The night was still young and we all were transported into the realms of music. Trance can open your heart just like that.

When English DJ Allan Morrow came in I went to walk a bit, checked what was happening at the other stage. Was kind of empty but the tunes were really good. I like the fact that sometimes you are not following the crowd and can get the chance to experience how other less known DJ names can bring out also amazing sounds. And I love the fact that when you get your feet on the dancefloor you’re giving yourself into the moment. That’s how it works for me. By stage 2 got the chance to dance some of the beats from German DJs Score, Christian K. and a little bit of DFx with a vinyl-set, all of them were gave me the chance to dance lively.

I was precisely on time to be back at main stage to enjoy the last tracks of Alan Morrow and received DJ UCast.

Trance Family united

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Alessandra Roncone Photo by: Fot-O-Knoblich®

Time flew; everything was just right: the timing, the atmosphere was bright, full with love and the right amount of energy to feel all connected.

And then it was time for the B2B between Allen Watts and super talented Alessandra Roncone. For me was like the cherry of the pie, both really getting into the flow of the emotions. Although being tired and a bit warm, I felt like in heaven. I was warmly surprised by Alessandra, who I met at other parties before but never saw her live until this very first time. Then Allen Watt dropped ‘On a good day’ from Above & Beyond, and believe me, I was not the only one singing my lungs out! It was kind of magical. Everything was so amazingly perfect that we all felt the same high vibe envolving us. I love these moments, because this is what actually trance means to me: being with the right people at the right moment taken away by the music.

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Trance Family United Photo by: Fot-O-Knoblich®

After the party there was this feeling of pure PLUR among us. Running to catch the train, we continued with the after-party by our friends until it was time for us to return back home to the Netherlands.

Tired, happy, with a warm heart… this feeling of breaking the habit and being there, supporting our friends but most of all: knowing there aren’t limits when it comes to the love we all share for trance music. We are all together a trance family, after all.

 

PLUR

 

Georgina Zinno

 

Other articles you can read written by me:

http://trance-family.com/trance-weekend-ravers-army-trance-nation/

http://trance-family.com/netherlands-viviendo-el-sueno-electronico-a-latin-american-girl-on-netherlands-living-an-electronic-dream/