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Amongst the many Southern California New Year’s festivals, one differentiates itself as the premier in house and techno: CRSSD.

The San Diego-based promoter has been making a name for itself for almost ten years with its bi-annual CRSSD festival, but recently added a third event to the mix called Proper NYE.

Held at the baseball stadium Petco Park, it’s one of their most significant events logistics-wise and is only in its second inception of ringing in the New Year.

We attended our second Proper NYE with even more skeptical eyes now that they have one year under their belt and found some minor issues that arose last year still exist and have evolved into issues we can’t sweep under the rug.

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Music: B+

CRSSD events always feature the best names in house and techno and truly understand who the current big players are and who is pushing the boundary.

With viral artists like Chris Avantgarde, Disco Lines, and Gorgon City joined by HUGEL, AHADADREAM, and Ciara B, you could discover someone new or finally see who you’ve been standing.

But, there was a considerable artist discrepancy between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Due to the vast amount of NYE events all across Southern California, it seemed CRSSD had major competition for headliners on the holiday.

While they did snag one of the last Claude VonStroke sets for a while, December 31 lacked the energy and star power of January 1 (a Monday and day that ended at 10 PM).

We aren’t knocking the talent of the lineup or the roster. Still, the layout of these creatives made it hard to appreciate everyone or see the artist you truly wanted to since everyone was already tired and the second day began so early.

Venue: B-

There is so much we like about Petco Park and so much we don’t.

While it was great to have real, clean bathrooms and plenty of bars, it still felt like there was always a line. And with no indicated free water stations, many had to pay $9 for Dasani water.

The navigation around the venue was also really chaotic. Gallagher Square, the hill typically used as the stage for Petco concerts, was under significant construction. So, the second largest stage was located in the parking lot.

They did an excellent job with the makeshift space, which had a pretty good amount of space, bars, and heaters, but the only bathroom was a few porta potties at the front of the stage, where you had to push around the crowd to access.

But none of the stages felt too crowded, so we appreciated that.

Getting to all of the stages was also super confusing as well. The signage left a lot to be desired, and you had to go from the entrance, down the bleachers, to the Field, up the bleachers again, and then back down some more stairs to get to the Lot.

Petco has still not figured out how to get people up and down the bleachers safely. Some people are going up, and some are going down, but some areas are only allowed up, some are only allowed down, and other stairs are blocked off. It’s a mess just asking for someone to break an ankle.

Unfortunately, we also ran into a not-OK raver who was sent to the medical tent and then promptly RELEASED when she was alone and incoherent.

We got her back to her friends, but it’s clear medical did not know how to deal with these typical festival issues safely. Only a few medical tents were challenging to reach at the main stage and were found at the other stages.

We worry for safety in situations and conditions like these.

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Vibes: A-

CRSSD always brings out some of the nicest ravers around. They’re typically older or San Diego locals who have attended festivals since they were young and know how to behave. There were some typical drunk or pushy people (as usual for any NYE event). Still, we had significant interactions with everyone around us, dancing and exciting each other and leaving room to move.

At one point, someone had a medical emergency in front of our group, and everyone around us held up their phone lights to draw attention and cleared out quickly so they could be assisted without fuss.

We couldn’t ask for a more PLUR set of attendees, even if there’s no Kandi and only a few flow artists.

Production: B

Sound issues continued to plague Proper and seemed even more glaring this year.

There were four stages: the Wall, which had a literal long, horizontal wall screen; the Terrace, a long hall; the Lot in a parking lot; and the baseball field itself.

The main issue was sound. San Diego has a strict sound ordinance, which means many events end around 10 or 11. But since this is New Year’s, the event was allowed until 12:30 PM. Yet, they still had some sound limitations since the main stage was tranquil and there was proper bleeding across all stages.

This was further reinforced as day 2 had no sound issues. We could identify with everything clear, loud, and bass-y across the board.

Visual production was primarily minimalistic, in typical CRSSD fashion. The Field had fire effects, lights, lasers, and fireworks that were used sparingly until the impressive midnight fireworks show, while the Lot had very effective lasers and lights.

The Wall was our favorite visual production since it differed from other setups and allowed artists to personalize their sets more.

As expected, if you’re looking for wild production, CRSSD events might not be your favorite, but they can be effective and impactful when used with bumping speakers.

Overall: B

Overall, we were a bit disappointed with this year’s Proper NYE. Day 2 was fantastic, but the organizers seemed to have a lot of things working against them on Day 1. Combined with the dangerous bleacher navigation we noticed last year and inconsistent safety issues, we hoped year two would be a far improvement for Proper NYE.

It wasn’t a disaster by far, but we expect bigger and better from the giant Petco Park and one of the longest-running promoters in San Diego.

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.


My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.


These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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