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8 reasons to say YES to TranceCode pres. ReOrder / Starpicker / The WLT / Skydreamer

On May 25th the Romanian Trance community has a new reason to smile: TranceCode pres. ReOrder + Starpicker, The WLT and Skydreamer. The event will be, again, at Club Azzero and start around 22:00. I like they kept the venue, 'cuz last time was pretty great! Tickets are ~9 euros and you can grab one here: http://bit.ly/RTF-TranceCode-Tickets.

I knew this party was coming. They also announced it officially at their last event Exposure w/ Daniel Kandi, Suncatcher, Exolight, Tesla System and Guard14. But beside my love for the music, I also have other reasons I am saying yes to coming to Bucharest on May 25 for this party:

Starpicker - the man is killing it at the moment. His music is great and I really want to see him more behind the decks. He is my no.1 reason of why I am coming to Bucharest for this party. Not only because I am managing his PR and Social Media, but because I am a huge fan. Love everything he does in the studio.

One of my Tunes of this year: Starpicker - Elated [GO Music]

Disconnection. Of life. Reconnection to my rave self. Continuing the experiment of taking my phone down, and only enjoying the party. No photos, no videos. Only feelings.

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The WLT - It is very nice when you see more women taking down the trance scene. And Dana is one trance artist to follow! Lately she did a lot of good work with originals, but also with remixes. Her take on Darren Tate - Particles is great and soon to be released (May 17th)!

Support the Romanian Trance Community. The guys behind Romanian Trance Family staff/ TranceCode are really trying to keep the scene alive. And only for that they deserve a little support. Buying the event ticket, buying the plane/ bus ticket to go there and find a place to sleep after the party are too little compared to what they have to work for to make this happen. Maybe one time, it may not be your favorite artist, but if you love this music, you have to be there.

ReOrder - the man is really good behind the decks and his music always blows the speakers up. I've seen him a little at Luminosity Beach Festival, back in 2017 and I want more.

Skydreamer - seen him behind the decks, and he always delivers.

Friends. It is always nice to see again familiar happy faces, dancing alongside me.

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What about you? Are you coming to this event? If yes, what is your no.1 reason?

Trance on!


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Feelings review: [Trance] EXPOSURE with Romanian Trance Family

Ok. It's been a while since the event happened. It's been a while. I supposedly cooled off and I am, now, able to tell you about THE trance party where I remembered how to dance to trance and enjoy it to its fullest: Romanian Trance Family pres. Exposure with Daniel Kandi, Suncatcher & Exolight, Tesla System and Guard14. Came to Bucharest for this party with only one goal: to have fun. And that's exactly what I did.

My first regret is that I lost the warm-up from Guard14 and therefore, couldn't properly dip my toe into the party. Instead, I dived right in with Suncatcher & Exolight's set.

The second one is that I had to leave shortly after Tesla System started playing, and I lost one of my favorite sets of this year! I got the chance to listen to what he played and it was too insane to miss.

I decided to put my phone on "do not disturb" mode and to remember how is it: to party without photographing or filming any of it. Why? Because I wanted to feel the party through music, rather than a screen. The party had already professionals doing that, and me trying to capture something good, was not helping anyone. OK. I have 5 photos on my phone from the event, because I wanted to keep Trancers's socials active, but I failed like a pro on doing so.

IT WAS THE BEST DECISION I COULD'VE MADE.

I went straight to the first row, said hi to the people I met on the way and that was pretty much it. I may have missed a lot of people on this "quest", and I am really sorry if you saw me I didn't at least smile back. when I am focused on something, I tend to ignore things and people around me. :-s (but working on doing better). Beside a few breaks to breathe some more air outside, I danced my soul off and enjoyed every second of it.

Suncatcher & Exolight . These 2 guys do magic no matter what: producing, djing, being nice friends, you name it. Their set was awesome. Even though it started at a lower bpm, than I usually fancy, I liked it. A lot of that Anjuna vibe at first, but right into the emotional uplifting in hour no. 2.

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I went straight to Goosebumps City when I heard Footprints on the Moon Soul and continued so when I don't deserve you from Paul van Dyk (the Giuseppe Ottaviani remix) kicked in. It is impossible to have 2 of your favorite tracks one after the other and not close your eyes to feel every sound, every second of the moment.

I could talk and praise the guys for hours, but I think showing you what (1/2 of) their set was about, is best: here is a link.

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Daniel Kandi. This man, needs no introduction. Every trance fan knows him, knows about him, knows about his music and his energy. He played a very good extended set, showcasing new tracks perfectly matched with old tracks.

Favorite track: The Perfect Match (with Aligator). This track brings up so many good memories, so many good moments, I am always close to bursting into tears. But these would be happy tears.

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Tesla System. Oh well, he was the surprise of the night for me. Listened to some of his online sets, talked about our vision for the trance scene, but never experienced him behind the decks. I knew he is good, but never believed he is this good.

Incorporating a lot of his mashups, gave the set a really personal touch and this was turning point for me to enjoy it even more. Also, his energy is contagious. You cannot stand still, seeing him go mad and really loving what he does. Test it yourself: link of the set. There is, also, a very special moment dedicated to Snatt Dragos, one of the pillars of the Romanian Trance scene. His passing has a hard hit for the community and it is very nice to always remember him and his work.

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The party was very nice and I am happy the Romanian Trance Scene has found its way again. The venue was good; much better than the previous smaller parties and I hope this will be the start of nice collaboration. They already announced a new party on May 25 (more details about that soon).

Technicalities, like sound system, and other stuff like that, I leave it to you to tell if it was good or not. Only mention: at some point I felt that my party earplugs are a lifesaver, 'cuz (at least) in the front row, some sounds couldn't be processed properly by my ears. Maybe it was only me, or maybe not, I just felt the need to mention it.

Also, another thing that kinda didn't work for me, were the visuals. The setup was great, but the actual played visuals were too much on the eyes. Also, sometimes quite off with the vibe of the party. Cartoons should remain cartoons and never combined with trance music. My opinion. Maybe some liked them, maybe not. I know I didn't. But hey!, there is always room for improvement. :)

Overall, I left the party with a broken heart for not being able to stay till the end, but happy this party happened. It was good. And kudos for all the people involved to make it happen. Cheers to many more!

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Photos in this article: Claudiu Atanasoaie Photographer.

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Romanian Trance Family pres. Exposure with Daniel Kandi (extended set)

They finally did it! Romanian Trance Family just announced their first big event! On March 30, in Bucharest all trancers are waited to join Exposure with an extended set from Daniel Kandi!

To properly celebrate their 50th episode of Critical Exposure, Exolight and Suncatcher wanted to mark the moment with a memorable party. So, they invited their label (Always Alive) bosss, Daniel Kandi to headline this! Alongside them, we'll experience behind the decks Guard14 (warm-up) and Tesla System to properly end the party.

It will all take place at Azero Club, and start at 10pm. Trancers expected to leave the dancefloor around 6 am.

I am pretty excited about this and cannot wait to party again. I knew the guys are working on something big for next year and this event is the right start! Both Exolight and Suncatcher are doing amazing in the trance scene, and Daniel Kandi is a legend. Also, after seeing Guard14 this year in Cluj at a Romanian Trance Gathering, I am excited about a warm up set. Tesla System is a friend and I will always be happy to see him play.

You can grab tickets from iabilet.ro. Price is 30 Ron (~7 euros) - general access and 100 Ron (~22 euros) - VIP.

Also, you can RSVP via this Facebook event.

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You can find out more Romanian Trance Family's beginning here. Also, Suncatcher and Exolight by checking their interviews with Trancers.ro and other news here and here.


ADE '18 memories: Solarstone presents Pure Trance - a pure night to remember

It isn't easy to talk about one of the greatest nights of ADE. It isn't easy to keep yourself cool for a couple of days (weeks) and try not to write 100 articles about it. It is not. But it is easy to remember what happened and get the goosebumps again and again because of the memories of a Pure Night to remember. On October 20th, at Postillion Convention Centre Amsterdam Solarstone celebrated his birthday with a Pure Trance Night.

Being my first ADE year, I was nervous with each event I attended. Do not ask me why, because even I don't know. I am nervous when it is about Trancers.ro and its first experiences. I heard a lot about last year's events, so I was curious about 2018's ones. 

Understood that last year,there were some issues regarding the location and facilities, but this year people were happier. Heard no complaints around me and I had a nice experience. The space was pretty fancy, but the lasers, the music, and the people made it a real trance party. 

When I got to the party, Orkidea was playing. Orkidea was warming up the crowd even more, after Hal Stucker. And he was doing one hell of a job! I've always enjoyed his music and listened to some of his sets. But experiencing it live is something out of this world. He was the right man for the job. I am not soooo much into the progressive sets, but from time to time some manage to amaze me. And hit me in the feels. I experienced joy, smiles and lots of fun with my friends. I do not remember too many tracks (you know I can't remember too many tracks), cuz I focus on the feelings I experience on the dancefloor, but I remember Orkidea's remix of Coldplay - White Shadows. 

Then, the Pure Trance man took the decks and did what he knows best: amaze the crowd. Solarstone celebrated his birthday in style and threw an amazing party. I've seen Solarstone a couple of times and he always delivered. Played a couple of my favorites, but the ones that reached most of my heart are: Solarstone - Thank you and Solarstone - Love Theme from Blade Runner (Pure Mix).

The whole night was an emotional rollercoaster. And when Giuseppe Ottaviani joined Solarstone on the stage for the Pure NRG set and begun theirs set with "Age of Love" I went straight to Crazy Huma on the Dancefloor mode. I was crying, I was enjoying the goosebumps of this track, I met new people feeling the same as I did. Age of Love if one of my all time favorites, so to start a set with that one, meant only one thing: the set will be PERFECT. And it was. 

I made these gifs to capture the madness of the sets. I could not take any photos, since these guys were enjoying their work too much to stay still. Both PureNRG and Lost in Noise sets were definitely my favorites from that night. Closer to my soul in style, closer to my soul in music. 

It was a crazy night, an amazing night to end the ADE experience with. I couldn't thought of any other party to chose for this. What are your favorite memories with a Pure Trance act or party? 


On the trance road: Romanian Trance Gathering #3 [Cluj]

September 29. Mark the date. Romanian Trance Family is partying again! Romanian Trance Gathering #3 will take place at Moonshine Pub (Cluj, Romania) starting 10 PM. Ticket price: 20 Lei (~ 4,5 euros) until 00:00 / After midnight - 30 Lei (~ 6,5 euros).

As for timetable, they chose, of course, from THE locals:

22:00 - 23:15: GUARD14 (warm-up set)soundcloud.com/guard14 
23:15 - 00:30: SkyDreamer mixcloud.com/radu-enescu/ 
00:30 - 01:45: Sundancer mixcloud.com/DJSundancer/
01:45 - 03:00: Suncatcher soundcloud.com/bogdan-cupcea
03:00 - 04:15: Nikolauss soundcloud.com/nikolauss
04:15 - 06:00: George Andreas b2b Exolight (after-party)soundcloud.com/george-andreas / soundcloud.com/exolightmusic

I literally can't wait. It's been a while since the last trance party, so I need it. I know Untold was only 1 month ago, but one trance party a month is not enough. I need more and more. I am that kind of junkie. 

I need to enjoy for the first time a good warm up set from Guard14, a different one from Skydreamer, to dance like there is no tomorrow on Sundancer's, to catch the vibes on Suncatcher's, to get pure goosebumps on Nikolauss's and to end a perfect night with a premiere b2b between George and Exolight.

I need all this. I need it to become myself again. To put the sorrow away again. To be happy again. Happy with nice people around me. Happy enjoying this beautiful music. Happy because some make this possible. 

Who will I see there? 


First Artists Announced for ADE LIVE 2018

The electronic live music program during ADE will feature Róisín Murphy, Agar Agar, Red Axes (live) and Eefje de Visser, among others.

Following up on recent news about Intercell and the MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. premiere, we bring you a fresh breath of musical air with the first confirmed artists for ADE LIVE 2018.

For the past three years, live music has had an important position within the ADE festival program through ADE LIVE. Paradiso, Melkweg and Sugar Factory joined forces again this year during the two-day program, allowing visitors to discover the latest electronic live acts and honour established names.

Last year, renowned artists like Fatima Yamaha, Hercules & Love Affair and Marian Hill played next to (then) emerging acts such as Nambyar, Phlake and Témé Tan and showed that electronic live music deserves a prominent place within ADE’s offering.

This year’s program will leave an even bigger mark on our festival program, thanks to the queen of nu-disco: Róisín Murphy. Ever since her Moloko days, the Irish vocalist has been able to innovate and surprise us with her unusual pop music. Together with the synth-heavy electro music of Agar Agar, the punky techno of Red Axes [live] and the dreamscapes of Eefje de Visser, the third edition of ADE LIVE promises yet again to offer a wide range of musical talent.

ADE LIVE Day 1

ADE LIVE Paradiso
Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 7 PM – Thursday, October 18th, 1 AM
Venue: Paradiso
Line up: Ama Lou / Dâm-Funk [live] / LYZZA / Róisín Murphy

ADE LIVE Sugar Factory
Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 7 PM – Wednesday, October 17th, 11:30 PM
Venue: Sugar Factory
Line up: Diron Animal / The Mauskovic Dance Band / XOA [live]

ADE LIVE Day 2

ADE LIVE Melkweg
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 6:30 PM – Thursday, October 18th, 11:30 PM
Venue: Melkweg
Line up: Agar Agar / Amy Root / CIFIKA / Red Axes [live]

ADE LIVE Sugar Factory
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 6:30 PM – Thursday, October 18th, 11:30 PM
Venue: Sugar Factory
Line up: Eefje de Visser / Haiku Hands / WWWater

Tickets & more info

ADE LIVE is accessible for ADE Pass holders (limited capacity) and single ticket holders. The ADE Pass is available here, single tickets are available here.

The Amsterdam Dance Event takes place from the 17th to 21st of October, 2018.


Amsterdam Dance Event announces first confirmed artists

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s largest festival and business conference for electronic music, today announced the first selection of artists for 2018. Among them are Bonobo, Charlotte de Witte, Colin Benders, GAIA, Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, Orbital, Peggy Gou and Richie Hawtin. The organisers expect to welcome a record breaking 400,000 visitors for the 23rd edition.

The five day and night gathering runs from October 17th-21st, 2018 and is the world’s leading festival and conference program, offering an extensive art, film, photography program, alongside music and the latest trends in technology and social good.

We’re almost at the point of reaching the magical 400,000 visitors mark, and we still see lots of opportunities to grow. ADE aims to be a world stage for musical talent and the music industry. With visitors from more than 100 countries now you can confidently claim that Amsterdam is truly the beating heart of the worldwide music industry during ADE, while being at the same time a breading ground for cultural and technological innovation for five days and nights.
ADE-director Richard Zijlma

In addition to the growth of the extensive night program, there is also rapid growth of the ADE Beats program, with the audience for hiphop, bass and beats growing year on year. ADE 2017 featured more than 2,500 artists and 550 speakers in a record breaking 160 locations. In previous communications, ADE’s organisers announced that the opening concert with the Metropole Orchestra, the free city festival ADE Hangover and the ADE Hackathon will return to this year’s program.

Among the first selection of artists are:


3 new names. 3 very special B2Bs. 30 acts. The Untold line up for the Trance scene is final now and good to go!

Well, this is it. We finally have the final line up for the Trance Scene at Untold. They announced 3 more names in the past weeks and they couldn't choose better names. I was telling you in an older article why I want to see each name on the line up, I completed the list now.

  1. Andy Moor
  2. Atma Live
  3. Latam

Andy Moor is such a legend in the trance scene. He did a lot of good for it and still going on. I recently saw him again at an event, where he had 2 sets: one vinyl and one producer set and it was like watching magic. He chose each track so well, build up the energy and made us relieve the love for trance music over and over again.

Atma Live and Latam. I have to admit, I first heard of them this year, after Afterhills. They both played at the Essence stage and from what I heard they did an amazing job. Stalked them a little on social media and I really liked what I saw and heard.

  1. Airwave b2b John 00 Fleming
  2. Omnia b2b Ben Gold
  3. Mark Sherry b2b Richard Durand

3 stunning b2b acts. All 6 are amazing artists and we are really lucky to get to see these special b2b acts on the same stage.

Full line up look something like this:

  1. AIRWAVE B2B JOHN 00 FLEMING
  2. ANDY MOOR
  3. ASTRAL PROJECTION 
  4. ATB
  5. ATMA
  6. BOGDAN VIX
  7. BRYAN KEARNEY 
  8. CHICANE
  9. FERRY CORSTEN
  10. GABRIEL & DRESDEN
  11. GARETH EMERY 
  12. KYAU & ALBERT
  13. LATAM
  14. MARCO V
  15. MARK SHERRY B2B RICHARD DURAND 
  16. MARKUS SCHULZ
  17. MARLO
  18. MENNO DE JONG
  19. OMNIA B2B BEN GOLD
  20. ORJAN NILSEN 
  21. RUBEN DE RONDE 
  22. SIMON PATTERSON 
  23. SOLARSTONE 
  24. STANDERWICK (LIVE) 
  25. SUPER8 & TAB 
  26. THE THRILLSEEKERS 
  27. WILL ATKINSON 

If this is not enough for you to grab your ticket now and get ready for Untold, then I do not know what else is. If you already have one, then see you there! If not, then grab one  and (again) see you there!

When: 2-5 august, 2018
Where: Cluj, Romania
How: Tickets and be found on the website www.untold.com.

If you didn’t find accommodation yet, there a lot of tips on their website. Just check them out.

Also, the Trance scene at the festival this year has its own Facebook page and event. Give them a follow for more news and updates!

 

 

 


Untold 2018 presents: Wolf Spirit

The forth chapter of Europe's best festival, Untold, continues in 2018 with a new story: Wolf Spirit - a theme where new characters are coming in to guide you towards the stages through thousands of fans.

Each Untold edition unravels a new chapter from their untold story of the Magical Land of night and magic, a Land protected by the Millennial Wizard. This year, the fans will meet new characters, that will lead them through a world of love, fight between good and bad, but they will also meet a world where man connects with nature through magic. Wolf Spirit is the fourth chapter the fans will discover on August 2nd to 5th.

The Untold Universe grows this year even more, has a even more spectacular story, which brings to us the Warrior King and the Wisdom Priestess. The Warrior King is the protector of the realm, and the strongest one on Earth. The Wisdom Priestess has the gift of fortune telling and preventing evil to take the Earth. The 2 are destined to a special bond, bond fuelled by their common force - the ability to control and harness their spiritual animal's powers: THE WOLF. Both are alpha leaders and their union allows them to summon the Wolf Spirit. Together will be the leaders of the wolf warriors and will protect the fantastic Untold realms, alongside the Dragon.

Thank to the Wolf spirit, the Mainstage will become the Wolf's Nest. The other stages will keep the fantasy real and will have their own stories too: Galaxy, Alchemy, Elements, Daydreaming, Forest, Time, Casino and Trance. All the stages hide a unique world and a unique message. Message all the fans feel alike.

To properly live this fantasy, to properly experience these 2 worlds unite for 4 days and 4 nights, Untold gathers us again in the charmed heart of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca. The participants are encouraged to involve their heart and soul into the story and free their imagination, their creativity, turning themselves for 4 days into their favourite characters. You can all create your own costume and bring them to the magical land of Untold.

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Main partners of the event areL Kaufland, Orange & Samsung, 5 minute de Libertate, Banca Transilvania and Ursus. Also partners like Absolut, Coca-Cola, Visa, Engie romania, P&G, Intersnack, UNIQUA Asigurari, Red Bull, Blue Air and Jaguar are ones that make this possible and support the festival.

When: 2-5 august, 2018
Where: Cluj, Romania
How: Tickets and be found on the website www.untold.com.

If you didn’t find accommodation yet, there a lot of tips on their website. Just check them out.


Kickstart the summer with Afterhills: more than 150 artists (18 trance), a ton of good music and a field full of dreamers.

Well, this it is. Afterhills is just around the corner. Only a couple of days till we kickstart this summer with 4 amazing days full of good music and beautiful people. Dreamers. 'Cuz this is the focus. Daydreaming of something perfect, night dreaming of goosebumps. They just announced the full line up and it is insane.

From the trance point of view we have a pretty interesting list and I want to see all the names:

1. Vini Vici (I really like the sets I enjoyed till now, looking forward for a new one)

2. David Gravell (I am a huge fan of him, not matter if he is on the right side of trance music or not, as some would say. I am in love with some of his reworks and I am sure I will enjoy his set 110%)

3. Blastoyz (Crazy craziness since I first heard of him. Really really good with what is he doing)

4. Aly & Fila (You cannot say trance without saying Aly & Fila too)

5. Sander Van Doorn (Happy he got back to trance music with his Purple Haze name and looking forward to see what he has prepared for Afterhills)

6. KhoMa (Never seen him playing. Want to experience the end of a great day with him behind the decks)

7. Paul Van Dyk (Paul is my first music crush, and nothing can stay between me and him when he is playing at an event I am attending)

8. Cosmic Gate (Music crush! Music crush alert! )

9. Ben Nicky (I've seen a lot of comments regarding his sets lately, I want to see it for myself too)

10. Bogdan Vix (Pillar fo the Romanian Trance Community. Do I have to say more?)

11. Above & Beyond (They had one hell of a set at Timeshift last year, looking forward for the magic again)

12. Andrew Rayel (I have a lot of good memories from his sets, looking forward to see what else he is doing right now)

13. George Andreas (This little one, the youngest of the Romanian Trance Family's DJ is doing a great job behind the decks)

14. Exolight (One of the hottest names in the trance industry right now)

15. Nikolauss (My forever music crush. My forever life crush. I know a little bit of how is set is going on, looking forward to hear it live!)

16. Suncatcher (Great music man. Amazing DJ and trance producer. )

17. Sundancer (Friend. Never disappoints behind the decks)

17. Starpicker (Friend. Wine buddy. Music buddy. I am sure I will get to hear a lot of pure music in his set!)

I want to see them all. But I need to find out how cloning works first. Because the timetable was announced, and a lot of trance acts are happening in the same time between the Mainstage and The Shed stage. See the rest of the timetable here: facebook.com/afterhillsfestival/posts/2043181182604702 .

I am not sure what am I going to do, I am not sure who I will end up to see, but I am sure I will have the time of my life at Afterhills. Because the team is great, the event is great and the people are awesome. The music will perfectly complete the vibe. The friends will be there. Happiness will happen there.

Looking forward to see old friends, to meet new people and enjoy 4 full days of complete madness. See you there!

More details are on their Facebook page. Check it out!

Also, give a follow to their blog too. A lot if trips and tricks, a lot of interesting things are said there. Be sure you won't be loosing any of it!