First trip out of the UK and it’s one of the items on my bucket list checked off. Transmission, one of those events that I’ve always wanted to go to and honestly without moving here, I probably would have never gone because it’s in a pretty random time of the year.
On arrival with Jeff, it turns out that there was a pretty huge group of people from Australia (and mostly Asian!). It wasn’t until lunch that I found out that there’d be a group 40 or 50 strong of Asian Aussies (okay there were a few non Asians, but ironically they weren’t Aussie). Huge!
Anyway, heading in was okay but the crowd (not queue) for the cloakroom was insane making me miss most of Super8 and Tab. I did manage a peak from the side on entering and I wasn’t really blown away. Was it possible that it’s not as great and grand as the videos??
Absolutely not! Heading in through the back and then onto the floor, my mind was blown. The scale of the stage is really big and I think its height is what’s crazy.
First full set was Sander van Doorn pres. Purple Haze, one of my favourites and this time round blue my mind even more than the last time. Particular favourite was a new remix of Daft Punk’s within. Really loved it because the only other time I’ve heard anything from Random Access Memories out loud was at the album launch in Wee Waa and it’s really a great album out loud.
Photographing Defqon.1 in Sydney’s always been a fun and challenging gig, expectations are high and there’s a lot to go on making it hard to capture moments that stand out. Here’s a small collection of shots which I think demonstrate the atmosphere from the day. Still getting a full album ready to upload onto my photography page.
Thanks to Martin Bui for finding this epic video on YouTube of Markus Schulz’ epic performance at the Metro on New Years. Most of you will remember this song as ‘that Russian space song’ which went pretty high up the pop charts back when we just started high school.
That song… If you never knew was called ResuRection by a (now disbanded) group called PPK. This version’s remixed by Setrise and has this wicked darkness to it. Love it.
So after snapping over 1800 photos, I’ve been able to cull that down to a lovely 250 or so for your viewing pleasure. It was a much better night than I had expected (probably because the hardstyle started later than usual.
Last Saturday night I was one of the photographers working at Magic City and it was a rather awesome night, usually not my kind of music, but this time it was pretty good. JamX aka DuMonde brought back a lot of memories, especially my younger years when I started listening to trance, quite a few songs I never thought I’d ever hear played again so that was rather awesome. I don’t know why I always seem to clock up some many photos with these events, always makes going through them so difficult, especially when they only want 100-150 photos.
So here’s a little preview of the shots from the night.
Other thing that was particularly special about the night was this shot…
Yes, that is from the roof of the Hordern, spectacular view there. Guess that’s the privilege of being a photographer, and getting your own dressing room is nice too :D.
Well well well, last week was Cream featuring Ferry Corsten’s Twice in a Blue Moon: The Experience, and boy what an experience it was, Giuseppe Ottaviani played as a guest before Ferry and he smashed out songs from his latest album called GO! and it was beautiful. Ferry came on soon after a 10 minute break in which Pee Wee Ferris came on to keep the music going and ended up dropping Rank1’s Symfo to bring everyone back into the partying mood. Ferry had a 4 hour slot to play and he used it well, with most of the first 3 hours spent on tracks from his album Twice in a Blue Moon combined with some spectacular tunes out of the blue (no pun intended) such as Chicane’s Poppiholla (Thrillseekers remix) and Saltwater as well as a classic back from the late 90’s, BT’s Flaming June (thank you Alok for the track ID). Videos from these tunes are below, but Ferry also played his classics in the final hour building up to a Grand Finale of Carte Blanche as the Encore. The final hour featured tracks such as Out of the Blue, Gouryella, Punk, Fire and much much more. It was an amazing set and was a mindblowing night. Photos are available on my Facebook, and sadly my camera also died that night, I may upload a video showing the exact moment of death as a laser shoots past and kills my sensor. Enjoy the videos and the crappy audio which comes with it.
The next event to come is Defqon1 host by QDance and it looks to be a massive event, although I’m not that excited about it, something about Hardstyles which puts me off.
Trance Energy must have been one of the best Trance events I have gone to for a while, still doesn’t top Armin Only but it was a spectacular night. Still quite disappointed that I rocked up late, even moreso because the BSOC cruise turned out to be rather shit, full of first and second years and expensive drinks. Not even free cheap beer and wine. $9 for a beer, $9 for a cruise, $9 for anything, utterly ridiculous. But enough of the crappy BSOC cruise, the topic of this post is TRANCE ENERGY. Rocking up late, we managed to catch a couple of minutes of Matt Darey, no where close to enough to judge his performance. Also managed to hit up Aly and Fila (well Fila only) and they played a pretty good set in the Forum. Think they could have been in the Main Stage. After heading to the main stage, we got a look at Simon Patterson, Richard Durand, Judge Jules and Sean Tyas. Richard played a smashing set with Patterson doing quite well himself. Still annoyed that I missed out on BT (esp Love Comes Again) and Sied Van Riel, also found it strange that the theme for TE was never played according to what I saw and others have said. Production for the event was out of this world, the Hordern had been shrunk with the seats on the sides curtained off and the strage brought forward, lasers and lights were amazingly choreographed and I found it to be much better than xQlusiv in terms of production.
I’ll post up the videos I recorded when I can as well, audio sucks as the bass completely drowns out the mic, meaning it can’t pick up anything else.