Friday, July 8, 2016

4th of July Weekend Event Reviews: Armin Van Burren & Paul Oakenfold at Release

This past 4th of July weekend welcomed well known DJs/Producers Armin van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold to Scottsdale, Arizona via the Release Pool Parties at Talking Stick Resort.

Haven't already seen both play live at the recent Electric Daisy Carnival week in Las Vegas. There were some expectations of what and what not to expect in terms of music within their sets. For instance, as evident by the review written for the Phoenix Trance Family of Armin van Buuren's set at Omnia Nightclub, was Armin going to bring us fans into A State of Trance or play the same set recently witnessed? The inclusion of Trouse and Trap isn't really to the delight of Trance fans, but may work to the party crowd out for a night in Las Vegas. Well, the set began just like previous sets, but quickly molded into a Trance set to the delight of Phoenix Trance Family and crowd out for a day in the sun. At one point, Armin asked the crowd to experiment by "Closing their eyes and raising their hands" to feel the positive vibes of Trance music. Overall, Armin Van Buuren gave a good set.

Paul Oakenfold is known as a pioneer for Electronic Dance Music in general, so the respect for him was evident by the crowd in attendance. Sadly, the crowd was a lot less than the previous day, but nonetheless Paul brought his Perfecto Flouro skills to Release despite the sun overheating the DJ equipment. The pure trance mixed with classics as the crowd got more and more into the set helped the overall great vibe to this Release party. If you are new to EDM, Trance or any other sub-genre, take a minute to educate yourself on the influence of Paul Oakenfold.

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