Trancemission 13 - Dates Announced...
Posted on Jun 21, 2010
For those unfamiliar with Trancemission, this is an outdoor party that I usually refer to as the 'flagship' event for the Soundproof collective. This will be the 13th consecutive year we've held this party, and we'll be holding it in Pemberton from Saturday, August 7th to Sunday, August 8th. As the Trancemission parties run for a longer period of time than our indoor parties, we usually have a couple of extra time slots which are typically used as a proving ground of sorts for new DJs. The crew always makes an effort to balance a couple of extra time slots with fledgling DJs against some of the veteran crew members and other guests that have had experience playing out on a regular basis.
This year, it's come to our attention we've kind of reached a critical mass of sorts in this regard, so we're starting a little bit earlier than usual. Now, while we couldn't fit everyone we wanted to onto the main lineup, we've decided to start the music at mid-day so these people have an opportunity to play out on a big system for the first time. Due a slightly longer drive than past Trancemissions (barring Hell's Gate, of course) just consider this an additional enticement to get up to the site with daylight to spare.
During the day, starting around noon, please feel welcome to arrive, set-up camp, chill out and make use of the barbeque we'll have on hand. We'll have some other activities planned, which I'll post up close to the date of the party. There's an abundance of room to park and camp, so if you were debating breaking out all your lawn chairs, the refrigerator sized beer cooler and the massive Taj MaTent for this party, well, bring it on.
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At the last Anza night, someone came up to me and offered an interesting observation. "So, from your last blog post, it sounds like you're getting ready for retirement or something." Well, that's not entirely incorrect. Let's just say that I needed a bit of a break over the last couple of months to re-assess what I'm aiming for over the next couple of years.
I've put in a fair amount of work over the last 4 years with Soundproof. That's not something you let go of easily, if at all. But, after an extremely busy year, I at least always need a little time to take a step back, making sure I'm helping to consciously create something as opposed to just going through the motions. Soundproof isn't just about throwing a really loud party so people can go off; anyone can do that, and that's not all I'm interested in. Soundproof is different things to different people.
One concept which kind of stuck with me early on is creating an environment where people feel it's safe to let go, be themselves and not worry about being judged. While people connect at and during the parties, I've always been really amazed by the number of these connections that take on a life outside of the party itself. I had a conversation with one of our party goers, a totally random run-in last week, and it definitely re-energized me.
A good question got put to me: "I know what we get out of these parties... I mean, we come to as many as we can. But, as someone who plays and puts these parties on, what do you get out of it?"
Well, if people (crew obviously included!) didn't enjoy these things so much we wouldn't throw them, which is most of the answer right there. Actually, there's not much to say past that. Obviously we all enjoy playing as well; one of the main reasons Soundproof started up was because no one else was playing the kind of music the crew members really loved at the time. Perhaps that's changed now though? I don't really get out as much as I used to!
As for the passing of the torch comments I made, well, that's a very real part of any DJ collective that's been around for a while. People eventually drop off, or change styles of music and hopefully new people come into the crew. I've gradually switched gears over the last year to a slightly different style of music and it's not inconceivable one day I'll eventually transition to a style of music that doesn't lend itself easily to a dance floor.
For the time being though, I'm pretty content doing this. Perhaps next year I'll make an effort to branch out a bit more, as I have in previous years, to other venues and shows. But, right now, this is pretty perfect.