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Stereo Monday: #19

Hey guys, this week is a super exciting week for me because my favourite DJ duo will be here in Singapore! Well, I’m talking about Dada Life that is ūüėÄ So if you are here in Singapore this weekend, don’t forget to join us at Zouk on the 26th of May. While we wait for this day to come, we hope you’ll enjoy this week’s playlist. Now let me go prepare some bananas and champagne!

Here’s a bonus cause I’m just soooooo excited ūüėČ

This week’s playlist on YouTube.

1. Justin Bieber – Boyfriend (Dada Life Remix) Radio Edit

2. Ti√ęsto – Chasing Summers

3. Steve Aoki feat. Wynter Gordon – Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix)

4. Autoerotique – Bring That Beat Back (Ti√ęsto Edit)

5. Nicky Romero – Generation 303

6. deadmau5 feat. Chris James – The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix)

7. Ti√ęsto ft. Kay – Work Hard, Play Hard (Autoerotique Remix)

8. Armin van Buuren – We Are Here To Make Some Noise

9. Zedd – Stars Come Out

10. NERVO – We’re All No One ft. Afrojack, Steve Aoki

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Zoukout 2011: Armin van Buuren

Honestly, I’m not a big fan of instrumental Trance but Armin managed to get me movin’ ! It was definitely worth the wait (and¬†perseverance) at the front row. For the first half of his set, he played what he is known for – Progressive Trance. But it just gets better for me as it transcends to Vocal Trance which is what I like to believe, that is what he is trying to major in as well. Famous tracks like “Not Giving Up On Love” as well as “In And Out Of Love” were part of his playlist.

His set flowed really smoothly and seamlessly and before you know it, you are lost in his music. It’s like taking a car ride on a smooth gradual¬†up slope¬†and then a¬†down slope. Your body and mind just follows the ride, it’s almost as if you are on drugs except that you are just sucked into his world.

Armin van Buuren has probably the strongest stage presence out of all the DJs playing that night. His eyes were constantly looking at all of us and without fail, with a smile on his face. Although he was being crowned number 1 DJ for 4 consecutive years, there was not a hint of arrogance found in him. You can see him enjoying himself as he groove to his own beats. There were also lots of interaction between the crowd and him such as him returning heart shape signs and him nodding his head in acknowledgement of the crowds’ passion for his music.

As for the stage visuals, Armin van Buuren was one of the DJs that provided his own visuals. The visuals created the whole atmosphere and brought us to his world of music, but I must say that there were too much hearts going on. During the later part of his set, when he was playing his vocal trance tracks, he used his music videos for his backdrop visual which took us to a more¬†laid back and chill atmosphere. Especially when “Not Giving Up On Love” was playing with the music video, together with the sun rising at the same time, the feeling was amazing.

Armin van Burren’s Sunrise Set definitely live up to its name. Despite 13 hours of non stop music and dance, you can still see people dancing with loads of energy, even us who were there since 6pm the day before can’t help but move our bodies to the beat.

It was truly A State of Trance.

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ZoukOut 2011

This year, zoukout marks its eleventh year as one of the biggest music festival in Asia with both audiences and performers coming in from around the world. Months before the actual event, dance music fanatics (like me) would’ve started anticipating the release of the line-up that the zouk organization prepared for this year’s ZoukOut. As much as this year’s line-up was not entirely as juicy as last year’s, I wasn’t disappointed.

This year we saw the debut of Avicii (my sole reason for attending zoukout this year) and Chuckie in Singapore, the amazing pair work of Defected Records Founder РSimon Dunmore & the Drum Warrior РShovell as well as the ever-awesome trance legend Armin Van Buuren who returned for his fourth ZoukOut.

Besides the Stage-A headliners, Zouk also brought in some amazing artistes such as Jamaican-infused French house music producer¬†Bob Sinclar,¬†Grammy award-winning American House music DJ¬†Roger Sanchez, detroit-based techno music producer Carl Craig, Baltimore’s house DJ Karizma, electronic pop band¬†Ladytron¬†as well as Brazilian electronic producer¬†Gui Boratto¬†to rock the Stage-B out.

There were also Stage-C where local resident DJs such as Eclipse, Ghetto, Mambo Jambo and London’s turntabalist DJs¬†Scratch Perverts¬†rocked the night away. All in all, it was an incredible night of electronic dance music that enraptured the audiences right throughout Siloso Beach, Sentosa.

To start, the gates opened two hours earlier at 6pm (instead of the usual 8pm). Lockers were placed at the emerald pavilion, medics and an abundant amount of staff were all getting prepped up for the big night. The entire Siloso Beach was basically transformed into a carnival with booths from Singtel, Havaianas, HTC, Citibank, Heineken and many more.

It was really good that the stages were placed quite far apart from each other because despite having multiple stages for the many different acts, the sound that were coming out from the stereos were not interfered so there weren’t any sound disturbances. I was mostly (if not entirely) glued to Stage A and may I just say that the sound quality was pretty awesome. It was loud but not massive nor was it annoying.

Also, unlike many events and most clubs where the LED screens behind the DJs are basically flat and one dimensional, the LED screens at Stage A were staggered and pieced up which gave a very 2 dimensional feel in which the entire stage looked a lot more spectacular. Come to think of it, the staggering LED screens along with dry ice fogs, confettis and whatnot truly hyped everything up especially during the headliners hit tracks.

I can’t say for all but the bar staff that I encountered were well-mannered and polite and the securities (despite looking somewhat fierce) were very smiley and helpful. They were all about making sure the entire event went well and that troublemakers were brought to justice and I know that because throughout the 14 hours of partying that night, I’ve seen it all. Rowdy, aggressive, pushy people and downright drunkards, but never once did the securities not attend to our plea for help. At points where the crowd got almost unimaginable, the securities even took the initiative to ask if we were doing fine, which I was extremely grateful for.

To sum it all, I think the event was a huge success not solely because of the great line-up but also because of the zouk’s management team for doing such a marvelous job in the planning and execution and finally, for having such a wonderful team of all rounded staff who were dedicated and motivated at their job to make the entire event a truly memorable for everyone that attended.

To conclude, the party was well-worth my time, my energy and my money. Sure enough, I’m looking forward to the next Zoukout already.

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