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Big festivals Vs. Small events: Which to choose?

Written by Katrina Merca on . Posted in Events, Home, Spotlight

Almost every raver had to make the choice about where to go next at least once in his life, because time and money are limited. Some music lovers love to go to large festivals, to enjoy craziness with thousands of people, but some prefer small club nights with other passionate music lovers. Both kinds of events have their advantages and disadvantages, so let’s have a look on them:

Ferry Corsten’s ASOT takeover, Armin awakening from his State of Trance?

Written by Luciano Medica Catalan on . Posted in Home

Throughout the years, Armin van Buuren has remained one of the most relevant trance DJs. He has promoted trance around the world and has introduced many people to this genre. However, in the most recent years, his personal style has been shifting: some say that he’s following commercial profits, some others may defend it as a personal creative path. Whichever is the case, it seems that Armin is coming out of his State of Trance and going towards A State of Something Else.

Last week, we heard the first of many yet-to-come A State of Trance takeovers by friend DJs. The pick for the first one was Ferry Corsten, which in my opinion was a great decision, but at the same time is has risen many questions: if A State of Trance sounds as good without Armin, is Armin expendable? Is he replaceable?

Trance in USA – what’s different? Ferry Corsten in Atlanta and more

Written by Katrina Merca on . Posted in Events, Home, Live

There are a lot of music events around the world: you may just know about some of them, or perhaps you’ve visited some or you could even be planning to go to one somewhere in your country or in another continent… so you probably thought at least once – “Hmm, how is the crowd in …[that country]?” That was exactly what I did during my stay in United States, comparing club events in Atlanta with the ones I had attended in Europe, especially the one with Ferry Corsten.

EDMANIA pres. Armin van Buuren: another step for Trance in Slovakia

Written by Katrina Merca on . Posted in Events, Home, Live

Last week Slovakia hosted probably its most highlighted Trance event in years, and it’s all thanks to EDMANIA, who invited the „King of Trance” as a headliner. And it doesn’t end up there – Armin van Buuren was also supported by Rodg, Orjan Nilsen, Driftmoon, ReOrder, Major7 and other local Trance DJs, making this journey last not for three, but for stunning 12 hours! Huge experiment for a still young organization, which gave a good result!

Finding the link between Trance and Orchestral music

Written by Katrina Merca on . Posted in Home, Spotlight

Trance is an extraordinary genre of electronic music: one that attracts a rather limited amount of listeners, but keeps them for a really long time while building a loyal fanbase – better known as Trance Family -, and that is what makes this genre so special for its followers. At the same time, there are some other genres of music, both different and similar to Trance – Orchestral and Instrumental music, especially part of nowadays’ Soundtrack music (which you can hear in different movies and series). The most interesting fact is that there is a lot – not only – of listeners, but also producers, who love both of these genres, and to some extent it pushes you to ask the million-dollar question – why is it so?

Appointed’s Rising Star “Saket” enters Beatport Top 20 Trance with his new single “Io Sento”

Written by Patrick Rachel on . Posted in Home

Appointed’s rising star (Saket) reaches Beatport TOP 20 Trance chart today! Huge accomplishment!

Now that it’s the weekend, if you have not had time to download this hit from Beatport, we highly encourage you to do so. Io Sento is a trance anthem that is a must for any collection.

You can push “Saket – Io Sento” to Beatport Trance Top 10 by downloading & supporting his track!

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Saket - Io Sento enters Beatport Top 20 Trance!

Saket – Io Sento enters Beatport Top 20 Trance!

Best way to celebrate DJ’s birthday: Rielism 2nd anniversary

Written by Katrina Merca on . Posted in Events, Home, Live

Last weekend in Amsterdam was frantic. Not only thanks to Armin Van Buuren having his special show (about which you can read on my previous article), but also because real Trance lovers knew – there was another event worth visiting: the Rielism event in one of the sacred places for the Trance Family – Panama.

It wasn’t so full because a large part of the people went for Armin Only show on Friday, but the ones who came to Panama realized – it will be special, because it’s not just some random event, but it was Rielism’s 2nd anniversary and Sied van Riel‘s birthday party!

World united by music – The Best Of Armin Only

Written by Katrina Merca on . Posted in Events, Home, Live

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Photo credit – Armin Only

Last weekend people from all over the world gathered in the Amsterdam ArenA for a magical “The Best Of Armin Only” experience – two sold-out shows, more than 80 thousands attendants between both days, 2 hours of warm-up, 4 hours of show and countless memories. Not every artist in electronic or Trance music can organize something this big, but seems like for Armin Van Buuren it wasn’t a problem.

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

Written by Luciano Medica Catalan on . Posted in Home

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

Written by Luciano Medica Catalan on . Posted in Home

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.

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