In four short years, Insomniac’s Dreamstate SoCal has become the largest trance music festival in the world. Taking place Thanksgiving Weekend, more than 50 of the best in trance, and thousands of fans from across the globe, took over San Bernardino, California for two euphoric
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What do you think of when you see the words “trance music”? Do you think about one of its’ many sub-genres (psy, tech, uplifting, etc.)? Do you think about a particular artist? Armin van Buuren? John O’Callaghan? What about the production element of trance events?
“10/10 would recommend”
The Seattle Trance Family knows how special The Underground is. After last Wednesday night, so does one of the biggest names in trance music. John O’Callaghan, the legendary Irish DJ/Producer, helped bring the gift of Trancegiving to the Emerald City, en route to Southern California
Space Mom Wants To Know What You’d Call It!
2018 has been a big year for REZZ. New album? Check. Biggest tour of her career? Check. Selling out Red Rocks? Check. When it comes to the hardest working artists in EDM today, Space Mom has to occupy a spot toward the top of the
Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time for turkey, family, friends. For trance fans, it’s also a time for, well, trance! Insomniac’s Dreamstate SoCal returns to San Bernardino next weekend, in what has quickly become the largest trance music festival in North America, maybe even the world!
Who Wore Halloween Best This Year?
Bust out all the candy, tidy up those costumes, and turn Michael Jackson’s Thriller all the way up- the most spooktacular day of the year is here! Getting in on all the Halloween festivities this year are some of the biggest names in electronic dance
Dillon Francis is many things. DJ. Producer. Comedian. Did you know he models too? When it comes to showing off his upper body, nobody in the dance music industry does it better than him (well, maybe his BFF, Diplo). Earlier this month, Francis put his
A peek into what really goes on during ADE Week in Amsterdam
Ever rave so hard you lose your shoes? Yeah. I’m that person. This being Amsterdam Dance Event week gives me flashbacks of my first ADE experience three years ago. If you’ve never raved abroad, but want to, Amsterdam is the place to be (with Berlin
With more lasers, and new tunes to boot, trance legend Gareth Emery took his Laserface rig to Vancouver- performing one of the most spectacular sets we’ve ever seen. Miss out on all the action? Or just want to relive it again? Now you can! The
A little over two years ago, Seattle-based USC Events introduced its trance brand to the world. At the time, what we’ve come to know as Bliss, was a bold concept. An all-trance music massive? In Seattle? Sure, the Emerald City and the surrounding area has
(Minus Actual Space Mom, Herself)
Miss REZZ’s mesmerizing performance at the WaMu theater in Seattle last weekend? Or just want to experience that type of production again? Now you can, at one of the most unique venues in the Emerald City: the Pacific Science Center Laser Dome! Starting this weekend,
What happens when you mix pop music superstar Ariana Grande with the legendary trance trio Above & Beyond? Thanks to Markus Schulz, now we know! The Unicorn Slayer took to social media to preview his latest mashup: Above & Beyond’s Red Rocks vs Ariana Grande’s No
What do you picture when you think about the fall season? Pumpkin-spice lattes? Leaves changing colors? What about Halloween? More importantly, how about Halloween parties? Summer coming to an end only brings us closer to Halloween-themed festivals, and, this year, there are plenty to choose
Seattle has a rich basketball history, and another championship was added to its story recently by the city’s most successful franchise of all time. The Seattle Storm, the city’s professional women’s basketball team, beat the Washington Mystics 98-to-82 to secure its third title, last hoisting
Western Canada’s largest winter music festival, Contact, revealed its lineup last night, and nearly broke the internet in the process. Ladies and gentleman, Skrillex is BACK, and he’s coming to the Pacific Northwest this holiday season. Headlined by Sonny, and The Chainsmokers, Contact returns to
Watching The Chainsmokers, RL Grime, and Illenium perform under Seattle’s iconic Space Needle sounds pretty cool. You know what else sounds cool? Listening to Odesza in a laser dome, practicing the art of yoga, and exploring the Emerald City’s celebrated culinary scene; all of this,
Being from the Pacific Northwest, we don’t know what “Utah Weather” is; at Das Energi last weekend, we found out…the hard way. Taking place on the sands of the Great Salt Lake, V2’s Das Energi Festival is the biggest electronic music festival encompassing the Beehive
Trance fam, rejoice! The 2018 Dreamstate SoCal lineup here! Headlines by a Gareth Emery LaserFace set debut, and back-to-back sets from some of the genre’s finest, this year’s Trancegiving will be one smorgasbord you won’t want to miss! Returning to the NOS Center in San
Would you ever travel to an airfield in middle-of-nowhere Germany, to attend a music festival full of your favorite artists- despite not really knowing the language, the public transportation system, what the weather is like, etc? Would you take that relative leap into the European
During a recent trip to Europe, we had the chance to check out Tresor – one of the biggest techno/house music nightclubs in the German capital. The plan: party at Tresor for a few hours before making our way to the Mecca of all things techno, the
Headbangers, grab your neck braces because Slander and Crankdat’s latest collaboration is tailor-made just for you! Titled Kneel Before Me, Crank and the Slander boys team up with popular English rock band Asking Alexandria and go heavy metal on this firey track; an unlikely collaboration,
If you look up “most interesting dubstep artist” in the EDM dictionary, you’ll most likely see a picture of Borgore…with his tongue sticking out. He turned heads earlier this year with the release of Adventures in Time, his first full-on jazz album, and is doing
Pew Pew Pew Times 100
Gareth Emery once described trance and lasers as the “perfect marriage.” This Fall, the British Trance DJ/producer is bringing the lovely couple to the PNE Forum in Vancouver, B.C., for a show unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! Debuting in New York City last fall, with
The largest urban music festival in Western Canada, Blueprint Events’ FVDED in the Park returned to the grassy fields of Holland Park, Surrey, British Columbia, for its fourth anniversary. With a massive lineup featuring some of today’s best in Hip-Hop, R&B, and EDM, the hype for
When it comes to dining options in Moses Lake, Washington, there aren’t many restaurants to chose from; Armin van Buuren found this out the hard way. Making his Pacific Northwest return to Paradiso Music Festival last month, the legendary trance DJ/producer documented his short stay in
Some of electronic dance music’s biggest names, past and present, originated in Chicago, Illinois: Kaskade, Flosstradamus, the legendary Frankie Knuckles; and in the original home of house music, the scene in the Windy City, today, is as diverse as ever. To learn more, we sat down with
What do you do when it rains? You go out and dance! Shitty weather, including rain and lightning, didn’t stop the party at Paradiso 2018. From trance to drum-and-bass, this year’s festival offered a little something for everyone. An all-star lineup led by two legends, DeadMau5 and
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the 2018 Special Olympics is kicking off in Seattle this weekend. The opening ceremony, taking place Sunday, July 1st at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium, will be emceed by actor-singer Taye Diggs and feature the traditional Parade of Athletes, lighting
While soccer isn’t the most popular sport here in North America, it is everywhere else! With the biggest sporting event on the planet (the 2018 World Cup) kicking off, soccer fever has reached critical mass as 32 countries across six continents compete in Russia to see
Armin van Buuren, Virtual Self, and Claude von Stroke b2b Justin Martin weren’t the only ones to steal the show at Paradiso 2018. Totems—some fun, some weird—were aplenty as over 20,000 people made the journey home to the Gorge Amphitheater last weekend for a two-day
Boxed Water is a Thing?!
Ever see a festival located far outside the Pacific Northwest release a lineup that makes you say: “OK, I HAVE to go to that!”? For me, that moment came when Chicago-based Spring Awakening revealed its 2018 roster earlier this year. As soon as I saw
When it comes to Paradiso, the fun doesn’t have to start and end at The Gorge. Foundation Nightclub, located in Seattle, is hosting bass-filled pre and recovery parties during their next two editions of Substance Wednesday events. Headlining the action are some of bass and trap
Something For The Youngin’s This Summer
When it comes to clubbing, options for the under-21 crowd in Seattle are pretty slim. And they’re about to be even slimmer with Studio Seven’s upcoming closure- the SoDo music venue serving as a popular dance music spot for those not yet of legal age.
Before taking to the Quantum Valley and kineticFIELD stages at EDC Vegas this weekend, Dash Berlin’s journey to the electric sky made one final pit stop right here in Seattle! After playing last year’s Freaknight main stage, the Dutch trance icon made his much anticipated Emerald
Cabs Are Here!
It’s been a cold, wet December, so far, but this week, DJ Pauly D is brining a taste of Summer back to the Pacific Northwest! The gym-tan-laundry loving Jersey Shore star is making rare appearances in Seattle, and Portland, to throw some of the “can’t-miss”
It’s not every day that one of 50 Cent’s G-Unit rappers jump on a dance music track; maybe once in a blue moon? Well, that blue moon is shining right now. Seattle’s own BL3R are back with new music, this time collaborating with L.A.-bred bass/trap
Calling All DJs!
Have you ever dreamt of playing the Paradiso mainstage, in front of 25,000+ people, and the jaw-dropping Columbia River Gorge serving as your backdrop? Now’s your chance to turn that dream into reality! USC Events, the masterminds behind the Pacific Northwest’s premier electronic dance music
NGHTMRE b2b Snails Anyone?
The biggest electronic dance music festival in the state of Utah, Das Energi revealed its full 2018 lineup Wednesday. Joining previously announced headliners Kasakde, DeadMau5, Rezz, and Dillon Francis are plenty of Northwest favorites, including one of Seattle’s very own rising stars, Sharps! Taking place
Featuring Headline Performances From J Cole, The Chainsmokers, Lil Wayne, and Many More!
Returning to the home of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle on Labor Day Weekend, Bumbershoot 2018 is back with one of its biggest lineups yet! J Cole, The Chainsmokers, Lil Wayne, RL Grime, Ludacris, and many more fill a stacked lineup that features some of the
The countdown is on and we are officially less than one month away from the 22nd Electric Daisy Carnival! If you don’t have a ticket and are starting to catch a serious case of FOMO, don’t fret! While Las Vegas is the center of the
Pack Your Bags!
If you have ever considered raving abroad, this summer might just be the perfect time for it! There’s a smorgasbord of European festivals to choose from, with the biggest lineups taking place in some of the continent’s most popular cities and smaller, more unique locations.
With a career spanning two decades, 2018 has been a year of firsts for Armin van Buuren. In January, the godfather of trance music became the first DJ to perform while hanging upside down– not just once, but four times! In June, he will headline Saudi
The Future isn’t just the name of David Gravell’s latest single, it’s the start of a reinvention. The 30-year-old Dutch DJ/Producer, and one of the faces of Armin van Buuren’s Armada record label, is looking to elevate his career to new heights in 2018. What
Two Words To Sum Up My Experience: “Holy. S#%T.”
I thought I knew what I was getting into when I chose to represent DMNW as the reviewer for Bass Academy 2018. PK Sound: loud. Headbangers: everywhere. All the bass, dubstep, and trap music? You bet. Justin Bieber. Wait. What? For the most part, my assumptions
“I think big room is going to get really big again, but I hope it becomes better than what it was.”
Is big room dead? Who better to ask than one of the genres’ up-and-coming artists? During our Miami Music Week experience, we got to sit down with Maurice West ahead of his Ultra Miami debut. In just a couple of years time, the 21-year-old Dutch
One of the largest dance music festivals in the world just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Tomorrowland released its mind-numbing ninth AND 10th phases of its 2018 lineup, back-to-back, adding over 40 artists to join headliners like Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, and, possibly, Swedish
“I love Seattle because I don’t have to adjust. I can play whatever I want, and I feel like they (the crowd) want me to play whatever I want.”
You already know Borgore is one of the best in dubstep, and has a way with the ladies. But, did you know that he is a BIG fan of the original Starbucks in Seattle’s Pike Place Market? We caught up with “Daddy” at DiskoLab’s Bass
DJs and producers coming together to create new music under an alias is one of the hottest movements in EDM right now. Leading the way are some of trance’s finest: Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten as New World Punx, Armin van Buuren and Benno de Goeij as GAIA,
In a world that threatens to divide us, music continues to serve as a unifying force. It reminds us to love; to have fun. To smile. It can uplift and guide us through the darkest times. It can make people from completely different cultures become
Swedish House Mafia reuniting on Ultra’s last day was the perfect way to end an amazing Miami Music Week 2018. As we reluctantly pack our bags, and say adios to sunny South Beach, here are some take aways from Dance Music Northwest’s first Miami Music