“A State of Trance” is a radio show that was a staple in any Trance fans library. As Armin van Buuren’s sound changed to fit the main stage of big festivals, so did his radio show. However, one thing that hasn’t changed was the massive gathering for his ASOT Utrecht festival.
But this gathering doesn’t only happen in Utrecht; it’s a global gathering with the help of social media. It has always been an event that I look forward to, not only because of the music, but because it gives me the chance to connect with so many like-minded people from around the world. Whether it’s complaining about the main stage or praising the banging sounds coming from another stage, it simply feels great to connect with other trance fans.
ASOT Utrecht is always a great show to catch some of the hottest tracks coming out that year. It’s the place where Bryan Kearney introduced thousands of people to Vini Vici’s “The Tribe,” which without a doubt turned into the biggest Psytrance track of that year.
One of my favorite parts of the ASOT festival is how engaged each and every DJ is on Twitter. It’s not only the DJs playing at the festival, but every DJ within the trance genre. Whether it’s a DJ personally thanking someone for praising their set, or a DJ defending against criticism, it’s nice to be a fan from afar and still feel very engaged in the event that is happening. This is something that not many broadcasted events have been able to reproduce, a feeling of being included no matter where you are.
With ASOT 800 happening, I felt the need to reflect on what makes this event so important to me. I’m excited to talk with new people on Twitter and I am, of course, excited to hear some new tunes. I look forward to many more of these global gatherings around the genre that I love, Trance.