All we ever hear from you is…
I think it would surprise some of the people that know me that I really enjoy dance music, generally. But more specifically, trance. Sure, I love some good techno, not so much the hardstyle or hardcore techno that dips its toes into the industrial realm. Back when I was feverishly grabbing at CDs in my teen years, if I came across a 9 minute remix of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” or the Maxi-Single of M/A/R/R/S “Pump Up The Volume” I would keep it my hands until they got all sweaty and it was time to checkout of the CD store.
Cruising around Youtube, I was checking out Steve Aoki at Ultra Miami, or something like that, and saw an Armin van Buuren set was slated to autoplay next. Just like some classical composers you can tell a DJ by their style, instrumentation, and even their transitions between tracks. I think one of the coolest things I like to hear when checking out a set is when the DJ takes a track and completely transforms it into something else. Or taking a sound like some tribal chants and putting it over a beat with some instrumentation, but doing it well.
When I am listening to trance, it’s one of the few styles of music that I like to listen to at high volume. Headphones, car, house speaker, doesn’t matter. I like how the music takes up the space.
Back to the Armin van Buuren set.
I was intrigued by the sounds he was mixing live. I could tell that he wasn’t just programming the track and letting it play. It was almost like he was conducting it live, reading the energy of the audience and then sending it right back to them. And this is something I can’t put my finger on…when I listen to trance, Armin van Buuren particularly, it makes me happy. It makes me smile. Frankly, there have been some tracks that have made me well up. Whether it’s just some technical wizardry that made me say, “Wow!” or it’s just hitting me right in the feels at the right time.
Something that I’ve put on my bucket list is going to Europe to see a music festival. Could be PinkPop, Glastonbury, Tomorrowland, doesn’t matter. The vibe I notice is so much different than I see over here in the US. It seems to be a more open-minded environment. People aren’t about themselves, they are about everyone else, and who they are with. I could be wrong, but I would like to give it a try sometime.
|1.||Blah Blah Blah||Armin van Buuren||3:04|
|2.||The Last Dancer||Armin van Buuren & Shapov||3:30|
|3.||Just As You Are||Armin van Buuren & Rising Star||2:56|
|4.||Popcorn||Armin van Buuren & Alexander Popov||3:23|