My Memories from Nocturnal

When I think of Nocturnal I think of memories being made for a lifetime… Life lasting events that we created together as a group, as a rave, and as individual ravers. Coming together and being a part of something that’s bigger than ourselves and creating memories that have an impact on your life, on someone else’s life, and on everyone’s life around you in the raver community. Nocturnal was very special to me as it gave me a peace of mind and took me out of a dark place that I was in and that’s what it’s all about. It’s about creating something fulfilling, something inside of you that you can’t do in everyday normal life, and this is why we are unique as a group and as a movement. We’re more than just a bunch of ravers, a bunch of crazies that like to dress up with candy and outfits and cosplay. We’re expressing ourselves as people and as young adults, almost like a revolution and Nocturnal for showed me that PLUR is still alive and actually means something.

Nocturnal was also an event that showed that people had awareness and were striving to be better at taking care of each other. I saw a girl who went up to the to the sheriff station and asked for water and they had no problem giving a couple of bottles of water to that person and that girl didn’t do anything but go out into the crowd and tended to people that she thought actually need water. That was amazing to me and I hope I continue to see that spirit because that’s what it’s all about. It’s about the connections you make and the life that you live and bring to the party. It’s not about who can get more f**ked up the most or who is a better DJ. It’s about the friendships we make at the shows and events that’s the most important aspect. It’s the reason why PLUR still exists. With that being said, Nocturnal was absolutely one of my favorite shows I’ve ever been to, aside from EDC. It was an extreme revelation for me, as it shined a light on the fact that ravers aren’t crazy. More so, they’re creative, inventive, and caring. I hope one day that you can experience a festival as beautiful as this one. I know these memories will be Read More...

The Meaning of Trance

It’s been a few days since I posted, but I promised myself that I would go here when I need to vent or get my feelings out there. It’s been a long week, but there’s always something that makes it better for me. And that’s Trance. You might have heard me mention it earlier, as it’s my favorite genre and it’s one of my favorite aspects of being alive right now. To fully understand the meaning of Trance, you need to open your heart. I used to be a sheep believing that Trance was so boring and mediocre. That changed however when one person helped me see the light, so to speak. And now I can’t get enough, I spend my nights on websites like TranceLife and Reddit’s Trance subreddit learning all about how I can achieve my goal of becoming a famous producer.

arminThe desire of learning about the history of Trance music came naturally to me. Learning about all the greats like Armin, Paul van Dyk and Tiesto (before his demise in what kids say EDM) gave me great pleasure. I wasn’t completely clueless about these artists before, I just learned their early starts of what made the DJs they are today. These few producers are the ones I look up to. I’ve been spending a lot of time on honing my production skills and I think I’ll be ready to share my first track with you soon. The first time I saw Armin van Burren during his ASOT show in New York, that was the moment I knew I was hooked on the world of Trance. One great Trance track can always take me away to another world. And I revel in that fact, as sometimes I wish I could be anywhere but here.

If anyone knows me personally, they’ll know I have an immense fascination with the evolution of artists. Trance has a variety of sub-genres like Uplifting Trance, Vocal Trance, and Psy Trance, and the productions are never quite the same. Yeah everyone has their own sound, but each and every track seems to be made perfectly for my ears. One artist that I’ve personally watched closely is Markus Schulz. Though I may have just came into the Trance scene, compared to the vets out there, Markus is one DJ that appeals to my inner artist. From his early days of shadowing Armin to now Read More...

EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival)

My Experience at EDC Las Vegas

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When I think of EDC, it is almost a sense of anxiety that overwhelms me in so many different ways. Some good, some bad, and in some ways you can’t explain. It’s as if we are all a big family connected for 3 amazing days of music, art and debauchery. From the the days leading up to going to EDC until the actual moment you walk in, there is so much to do and so much to prepare for. EDC is in no way, shape, or form an event that should be taken lightly. It is definitely a beast of another kind when you think of how it compares to a normal festival. So much preparation has to be done from both sides, attendees and Insomniac.

It’s no wonder it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world when it’s all set up. All the shiny, shimmery lights and cool rides. But in all honesty, it’s about your own personal experience. It’s about every second leading up to that moment when everything stops and you realize you’re alive and that everything is going to be ok and you can breathe again. These moments are what we remember forever. Those moments are the things that drive our passions, our emotions, and speak volumes as who we are as a person. Whether that be a doctor, a dj, a dancer, or a dreamer in the words of Above & Beyond:

Life is made of small moments like these.

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One of my favorite feelings that I’m never ready for is the feeling I get when you’re standing in line waiting to get in, but you can hear and feel the ferocity of the music pounding through the stadium walls. No matter who you are, I think we can all agree on one thing regarding EDC…. how damn beautiful it looks as you come through the Sally port into the stands where you can finally see and take in its true beauty. There is just something completely memorizing about being up there seeing every stage and ride and all the masses of YOUR people. That my friends is the feeling of being home. Being in a place that you know you can be yourself and feel amazing about doing so. That in it self is a very powerful emotion and moment that everyone should be able to Read More...

Who Am I?

JacobFirst off, I’m Jacob. There’s a bunch of things I could tell you about myself, but the most important thing you need to know is that I love music. I could go on for hours and hours boring you to death with my life story, but I won’t do that. I’m sure I’ll eventually get around to letting you know exactly how I ended up here, writing this first entry on my blog. What’s there to say about music? We all love it, but what does that really tell you? Music is a feeling, a feeling you get when you hear a song or a melody that you love. When you get gooseflesh and you’re at peace.

It doesn’t matter what genre or subgenre you listen to, as long as its music. It brings us inner peace, it brings us together, it unites us as a society. I once saw a quote that went like this: “how much anger can really exist in the world when we have music like this?” That really resonated with me as I believe there’s something for everyone’s palate when you’re talking about music. Whether it’s rock, acoustic, or my particular favorite, trance, it’s all how it makes you feel at the end of the day.

New-York-City-2But as far as who I am… I’m 20 years old and I live in the great state of New York, in the city that never sleeps to be exact. And that tells you a little more about me, as it’s about 1 AM right now and I’m not even close to going to sleep. Well, what else can I tell you about me? I have a fascination with knowledge, I’m currently learning to produce music and I’ll begin to post them as soon as I’m comfortable with them. I wouldn’t dare put them up on the internet for everyone to judge until I was 100% confident that you guys would like them.

My influences include: Armin van Buuren, Gareth Emery, & TyDi for my electronic sound, and Death Cab for Cutie & A Spill Canvas, as far as my rock and acoustic influences. So stay tuned for some epic updates on my life, my music, and my story! Read More...