Monday, September 19, 2016

Markus Schulz, guests, & #SchulzArmy 'Watch the World' in San Diego


When the second round of 'Watch the World' tour appearances were announced, it became apparent that a trip or two to California was in order. You see, there hasn't been a confirmation on a new appearance in my hood of Phoenix, Arizona. Anyway, traveling for somebody you respect along with meeting up with fellow fans who are now your friends after previous events is just too hard to pass up.

I had originally thought I couldn't make the trip to San Diego due to higher priced flights, and my older car, but due to the previous week of good vibes in my life (that I attribute to Markus Schulz) I decided to take the road trip. After all, there are beaches in San Diego, and it had been a couple years since I saw a beach in person.
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It is funny how life and plans work out. After a short visit to Ocean Beach, I drove Downtown to kill time before meeting up with friends at Omnia Nightclub San Diego. The Gaslamp district was vibrant as ever, and I ended up finding the venue. After paying too much for parking across the street, I decided to venture to the Courtyard by Marriott directly across the street from the venue to seek out availability.  Upon searching for discounts, I opted to use my AAA and to book. After presenting my ID to the front desk and explaining that I had drove 5 hours just for this event, I was awarded with a bigger discount.

After a quick snack at the rooftop lounge, I finally was able to meet up with Desaree & Patrick.  Then Angel and Juan joined me for another round (following San Francisco).  I just love that music and events bring people together in a unique way.  

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Another opening set by Nifra did not disappoint, and got the crowd dancing. Many different groups of people were out for a good time, and it showed.
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Whether you are a fan of trance or Markus Schulz, the entertainment he brings to each one of his sets is unlike many others. The entrance by Mr. Schulz alone will grab your attention right away.
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Another great experience with my Trance Family, #SchulzArmy, Markus Schulz and guests was had. The performances by Brooke Tomlinson, Adina Butar, De'lacey, and Nikki Flores did not disappoint. Huge thank you to Markus for recognizing me once again along with your concern upon my reaction. It was all just chaotic, and I was floored. Please enjoy more memories from the night!

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Markus Schulz and Guests 'Watch the World' in San Francisco

A very difficult time in college in all aspects pushed me towards following the reunion of a pop act that was one of my first exposures to music.  I heavily followed this group for almost 7 years until the novelty wore off, but not without making friends along the way. For that time, I ignored my eclectic taste, and missed out on other experiences. So fast forward to present time, where I was older, and searching for my musical passion again.

This year (2016) has been interesting, depressing, and invigorating all for different reasons. That old adage, "Everything happens for a reason."  Well, finding my love for Markus Schulz, and Trance music again has been that this year. It just so happens that canceling a trip to LA last minute allowed me to attend my first Markus Schulz set in 5 years at Maya Day and Nightclub in Scottsdale, Arizona as recapped on this blog in January. Little did I know, that this experience with a close friend was going to capture the love that began for this music close to 15 years ago.

Knowing that Markus Schulz got his start as a DJ here in Arizona back then has allowed me to find pride in being from Arizona.  Without sharing my life story as a kid, you must know that my life has been guided through love of music from a very young age. From exposure from my parents, to learning and playing Alto and Baritone Saxophone since I was in the 7th grade.  As I have gotten older, my love for music continues to grow, and I have found passion in discovering artists that hone their craft by the same passion.

The following events of an Open to Close at Avalon in Hollywood, 'Watch the World' release party at Exchange LA,  Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) week events and the festival,  lead me to this recently passed 'Watch the World' party in San Francisco at Ruby Skye.  The similarities in following artists comes from bonding with others who share the same passion, thus, I have made new friends.  Thanks to the general, I found the #SchulzArmy, and re-joined the Trance Family.  I could got into many details why this has been rewarding just as fellow human beings, but that is an entire different blog post.

After a short flight to SFO in the evening went well, meeting up with friends, then getting to venue, we were geared for another great night.  Nifra's opening set brought great vibes for the night, and it was evident that the crowd was full of #SchulzArmy, Trance Family SF, and Trance Family.  Then, it was time for Markus Schulz to take us on another journey.  Considering this is now the 7th time seeing him live this year, the set did not disappoint.  My respect for Markus grows with each set I hear knowing that he has dedicated his life to what comes out of the speakers.  The special guests of Adina Butar, Brooke Tomlinson, and Nikki Flores slayed their vocal performances to the delight of the crowd. It was a long time coming getting to meet Brooke and Mike EFEX following their appearances on my podcast Trending Topics with BB.

If you ever have the chance to see Markus Schulz live, just DO IT!  You won't regret the experience!
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Trending Topics with BB #45-Monoverse



Trance and Progressive DJ/Producer Santos Torres A.K.A. Monoverse joins the podcast to chat about his alias, producing, trance, and more!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Trending Topics with BB #44-Soap Box #4-EDM Unity



This is another Soap Box episode where BB has a bone to pick with the overall EDM (Electronic Dance Music) community.