Why did you choose to come to Dreamstate SF?
After meeting my girlfriend Ayumi at the last Dreamstate, it seemed like a no-brainer that we would both want to experience DS once again.
Which artist were you most looking forward to seeing?
If I had to choose just one (and if it were someone I’d never seen before), I’d have to say John O’Callaghan. Runner-ups would be Jordan Suckley, Bryan Kearney, Allen & Envy, and Solarstone. I’ve seen Aly & Fila so many times but I’m always anxious to see Fadi each time 🙂
Which set ended up blowing you away the most? Why?
Depending on the time of day and overall mood, it’s a toss-up between Suckley’s and Kearney’s sets from DS SF! Both delivered SO much energy that I can listen to either set and dance the night away! I’m a HUGE fan of uplifting/psy, so while there were MANY artists/sets that really “brought it” to DS (Patterson, Tyas, Vini Vici, and Aly & Fila are just a few notable ones), these two sets made me move the entire time!
Favorite or most memorable moment of Dreamstate?
It would undoubtedly be the first time Ayumi and I kissed at Dreamstate LA. We met due to a mutual friend named Nana Kato who had came from Japan to enjoy DS with the rest of us. She knew someone from the DS group who happened to also be Japanese and who was going to DS. We only spoke the first day, but things intensified during the second day once Aly & Fila and PVD dropped some really emotional tracks. I had met up with Ayumi again during the beginning of JOC’s set and was feeling in a true “state of trance”. We mingled and I told her I liked her, but she told me she liked me, too! I didn’t believe it at all until we slowly kissed. Before you know it, we just stayed close the entire night as nothing mattered to me but her. From JOC’s set til the end of Kearney, I felt like the happiest guy in the world!
How does trance make you feel? What does trance mean to you?
No matter what mood I previously was in, Trance has ALWAYS uplifted my spirits! Since following the genre in late 1999/early 2000, I’ve always been interested in the melodies and vibes Trance gives out. It’s unlike any other genre out there, conveying feelings of love and friendship vs. the nonsense spewed on the radio that conveys drugs, rape, violence, and more. Whether it’s a vocal track or purely melodic, Trance can make me smile, cry, dance, and feel more confident in just one song!
Who are some of your favorite artists?
(In no real order) Aly & Fila, Simon Patterson, RAM, Solarstone, Sean Tyas, TrancEye, Manuel Le Saux, Fleming & Lawrence, Bryan Kearney, Jordan Suckley, Allen & Envy, Adam Ellis, Photographer, Alex MORPH, Above & Beyond, Arctic Moon, Sunlounger, Markus Schulz, Ahmed Romel, The Thrillseekers, Armin van Buuren, and MANY more!
If you were a DJ, what would your name be?
I’ve had the online alias of “eXodius” for years!! I don’t recall exactly where it came from, but that’d be my name 😉