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Luciano Medica Catalan

Argentinian journalist. Electronic music fan, trance music lover.

The best of Armin Only: 20 years and still going strong

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This weekend on May 12th and 13th, Armin is celebrating his 20-year career in music with two gigs in the Amsterdam ArenA. Promising a night of Armin Only’s top quality consistency and guest spots from some of his most highly praised collaborators, the event is definitely one to look forward to.

During the last 20 years, many things have happened for Armin, the trance scene, and the world itself, so we decided to make a short narration of some important events that we think have marked the storied DJ’s career.

Gone and back: not always on the right track

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2017 seems to be the year for the great comeback of former Trance producers, who have been gone for a while. But Trance was never gone, and as we all have seen in the last few events, coming back is not always the easiest task.

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In the last few years, we have seen many Trance producers emigrating to other genres of electronic music, many of those were considered ‘pioneers’ in the trance scene, but also other were the new up-and-coming promises of trance (or at least that’s what we thought).

A few weeks ago many of us attended (virtually, remotely or in person) to the A State of Trance stage at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, which has been on everyone’s lips due to the comeback of two main acts: NWYR and Purple Haze, these are the new stage names for W&W and Sander van Doorn respectively.

We all live for that energy: ASOT Festival 2017 – Utrecht

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After a long year waiting, A State of Trance Festival finally came. And it still feels as it went way too fast. An event that exceeded expectations and that brought some surprises: here’s a take on this night with the facts and my personal input.

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What an event! Every year ALDA events tries to raise the stakes a little higher when it comes to organizing a new edition of A State of Trance festivals in the Jaarbeurs (Utrecht, The Netherlands). It has been becoming a ritual for me, something that I have to do religiously every year. I feel lucky that with every edition I like it more, and I feel a big part of it has to do with the effort and dedication behind that both the organizers and the DJs put into this gig.

Under the theme “I live for that energy”, A State of Trance has deployed a number of renowned and up-and-coming DJs that have provided one of the best spectacles in Trance and have set high expectations for the rest of the year.

Up close and personal with Blastoyz

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Blastoyz is back and reloaded. If you liked Blastoyz and friends Vol. 1, then you will go nuts with Blastoyz and friends vol. 2: teaming with Ranji, Skazi, WHITENO1SE, and S-B Noise, this new compilation is a monster ready to do some damage!

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When I said Blastoyz is one of the promises of psytrance, I was being honest. After he delighted us with his previous compilation, I had the chance to do an exclusive interview with Blastoyz.

It is fair enough to give the word to him, because being both a DJ/producer and an Israeli citizen himself, he has the authorized word to give us a deeper insight about how Israel and psytrance are tied together.

Help us help with the Shoebox Project!

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The Shoebox project started back in 2007, as a personal ambition of the creator in a way to teach his son the bliss of sharing and the importance of helping the people who are less privileged.

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They started in Romania, using messenger services and email groups to promote their charitable work, which allowed them to gain momentum to the point when they got almost 31,000 boxes in 2013, coming from Romanians located in 8 different countries.

In words of its creator, the Shoebox project is ‘a tiny attempt to make the world a better place’. Their aim is to help children forget, at least for a while, the hard situation they face in their everyday lives.

There is an old saying claiming that some things are “the gift that keeps on giving” and in this occasion, ShoeBox is the gift that can change a poor child’s reality this next Christmas.

Why do we want to help?

In Trance Energy Radio we know that we live in a difficult world where lots of people are in need of our help. Within Trance-Energy Radio staff team we have decided to do our best with trying to contribute to some causes that for us are important and we hope that you will understand and help us achieve these goals.

Pepo Tzacanitu, the owner of this radio, together with Carmen Michelle, a.k.a resident DJ InKey, and another friend, Helenis Elena, have joined forces since a couple of years ago in order to do as much as they can to contribute to this cause. Also Aly Bogdan, a.k.a. DJ Saltwat3r, also staff member of the radio.

Sharing is caring and giving is receiving. How many children will smile when they find out that these boxes, prepared with love, are full of presents that otherwise they wouldn’t be able to have?

Please help us make this Christmas a good one for everyone!

It’s that time of the year again, and we’re excited for the ShoeBox campaign to start. Since we got into the Shoebox Project in 2014, we have been involved in more charity acts and we will not stop here. ShoeBox is a project part of a huge Charity Program within Trance-Energy Radio.

We need your help to reach more children and to make more for more people. Help us so we can help our turn.

 

You can donate via PayPal to the account: [email protected]

If you prefer transferring to the bank account, you can email us to [email protected] where we can provide you all the concerning information to make this happen :)

 

If you’re interested, you can reach out to the Shoebox website too!

Blastoyz + Friends vol.1: is psy-trance the future of trance?

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What if we created music to have something to relate to, beyond reality and beyond the burden of everyday life’s problems? Then we would be creating psytrance… and that is precisely what Blastoyz has being doing. For Blastoyz + Friends vol.1, he teamed up with Upgrade, Bizarre Contact, Azax and Berg, and the result is out of this world.

 

It is vox populi that Israel has a particular relationship with psy-trance, up to the point one cannot think of one without the other. It is a synergic relationship to the point that quite a few of the best psy-trance producers come from Israel, including Astrix a.k.a. as King of Psy-trance, Vini Vici and Ace Ventura.

This relationship between this small historical country of our humanity covers a side of trance mixed with psychedelics like no other place in the world. Perhaps, it tells us much more about Israel than it seems: in a land that has been ravaged by violence throughout the years, music has to live up to it.

A new classic that is here to stay ever after

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If you put together a classic sounding melody plus a familiar voice and emotional lyrics, you get the formula for an everlasting record. That is what Saad Ayub + Fenja put into practice this time.

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After ‘Move On’ (ft. Jennifer René), it was just a matter of time until Saad Ayub would end up surprising us with a new future classic. For this record, he teamed up with Jaren -under her alter ego Fenja– to deliver ‘Ever After’, an absolute masterpiece that lives up to the classical trance that more than one nostalgic fan still longs for.

An ‘Unbreakable’ marvel

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Aly & Fila, have been spoiling us for quite a while now, one success after another. Following ‘Million Voices featuring Audrey Gallagher, the Egyptian duo teamed up with Roger Shah and incorporated Susanas astounding voice to create Unbreakable, a powerful and emotional track, IN SPANISH!


Spanish-speaking countries have embraced Trance music for years and steadily but constantly Trance producers are embracing them back. With a growing number of fans and as it becomes widespread, it was necessary for a comeback of the magic of Spanish language into Trance. We now have an example of how good the result can be.

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

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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

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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.

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