enhanced concert series

In the Wake of: Enhanced Concert Series ft. Armin van Buuren

Trance fanatics are a unique bunch even in the EDM world. Our music holds a slightly longer shelf life than our immediate fist-pumping brethren, we take great pride in using song descriptors often deemed too frou-frou for normal consumption, and instead of looking forward for the newest “it” sounds, we often tend to do the opposite. We find enjoyment by looking backwards.

We take into account history and context, always with the classics in hand. Those piano melodies give us a familiar comfort. The melodic runs might seem out of date for some at the mainstage, but they always grab ahold tightly. The way the synth pads open up, going from soft plucks to mid-stride notes, the all-too-familiar kick drums and drum breaks – It has us feeling like we’re elevated to higher planes, riding on waves of emotion and expression.

That’s what trance does. It allows your mind to return to a place of familiarity, a mental space that holds you closely and allows you to disconnect safely. Even when the sound goes from uplifting to hard, you still feel euphoria, because you’re familiar with this feeling. You can read it as you would a book, watching the story unfold page by page, beat by beat, echo by echo. There it is. You remember now. You remember why you’re so drawn to this music. Because you love a well-crafted storyline. You love a compelling introduction. You crave suspense, development, and the release! And with great enthusiasm you were reminded this past Labor Day Weekend just who stands at the pinnacle of recreating these feelings: the ultimate storyteller, Armin Van Buuren.

You probably walked into Jochen Miller’s ultra hard-hitting set coming straight from the Palladium’s lobby bar. Something was amiss. You looked at your drink in hand while listening to JM’s seriously spastic set, with deeply rich basslines that shook your body like the shakings of a glass of water, rippling from the steps of a giant robot. Wait, my cocktail is actually rippling in the cup? My God, you think, I really should buy ear plugs next time. But let’s face it: you never do.

Jochen is playing amazing music, but the lights are dimmed. The crowd is going nuts, screaming for Armin while JM throws hard anthem after hard anthem. That’s not disrespect; they’re letting Jochen know that he’s creating a beautiful buzz. Those LEDs aren’t dead; they’re being held, locked and loaded, ready to fire as soon as the Trance God finally takes the stage.

And then, there he is. As fog sprays outward, he strikes his signature pose. Arms outstretched, eyes directed to the roof of the building, as if he’s subtly directing your consciousness to raise itself to new heights as he leads you down the familiar path. The LED screens flash to life and you’re engulfed in a spectrum of colorful hues. You recall watching Armin’s Youtube video explaining how he controls visuals in real time while he DJs to ensure no show will ever be a repeat performance, and for the next three hours until the Palladium’s doors close at 4, there’s nothing to do but listen to this man’s story.

We really did feel privileged to host Armin’s two back-to-back shows at the Palladium last week. Both nights were jam-packed, and the set lists were distinctly different from one another. (See our fan ID’d set list for Thursday’s show below.) No repeats here. A different night requires different narration, with Thursday being a harder night and Friday focusing on more anthemic breakdowns to allow for greater audience participation.

And as each night closes with their respective signature songs, “Every Other Way” on Thursday and “Going Wrong” on Friday, you’re reminded by AVB just why you consider trance your religion, and why he stands a cut above.

Andrew Rayel feat. Jano — How Do I Know (Armin van Buuren Intro Edit)
Velvetine - The Great Divide
Jaytech feat. Steve Smith — Stranger (Kyau & Albert Remix)
Gareth Emery - ID
Above & Beyond vs W&W - Thing called Spaceman mashup
Zedd - Spectrum (Feat. Matthew Koma) (Armin van Buuren Remix)
Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt — Like Spinning Plates (Alexander Popov Remix)
BT vs Norin & Rad - The Emergency Gift (Myon & Shane 54 Mashup)
W&W & Jochen Miller - Summer
Armin van Buuren feat. Ana Criado — I’ll Listen
Armin van Buuren - Suddenly Summer(Norin & Rad remix)
Armin van Buuren - Fine without you(sied van riel remix)
Beat Service - Fortuna
Armin van Buuren & Orjan Nilsen - Belter
Armin Van Buuren - J'ai Envie De Toi(Tom Fall remix)
Markus Schulz, Elevation & KhoMha - Triotonic
KhoMha - Mind Gamer
Alex M.O.R.P.H. — Eternal Flame
Gaia - Tuvan
Mark Burton vs Sunlounger — Try Understatement To Be Love (Armin van Buuren Mash Up)
Ram – RAMsterdam (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
Armin van Buuren - Communication Part 3
Armin van Buuren & Ferry Corsten - Brute(Illegal drums edit)
Armin van Buuren - Burned with Desire(Rising Star remix)
Sasha Carassi & Mikael Jonasson — Void vs Gaia — Status Excessu D with Thriller a capella (Armin van Buuren Mash Up)
Armin van Buuren vs John O'Callaghan - In & Out of a Raw Deal(Armin van Buuren Mash Up)

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By Tim Wut

Sound Check: Enhanced Concert Series feat. Porter Robinson

Porter Robinson will gather the devout dance music proponents for the ’Circle Assembly’ at tonight’s installment of the Enhanced Concert Series. Saturday, February 2nd 2013 | 9pm-4am | Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium | 18+

9pm - 10pm: Joaquin Bamaca
10pm - 11:20pm: Penguin Prison
11:20pm - 12:40am: Seven Lions
12:40am - 2:30am: Porter Robinson
2:30am - 4am: The Ref This event is sold out
Sound Check: Enhanced Concert Series feat. Above & Beyond

Group Therapy is in full effect. If you are going to be at the Shrine tonight, A&B would like you to film your own unique Group Therapy experience to be used for the next Above & Beyond TV clip.

9:00pm-10:00pm DAVI
10:00pm-11:30pm Andrew Bayer
11:30pm-2:00am Above & Beyond

Date: Friday May 18th 2012
Time: 9pm – 2am
Location: Los Angeles, CA - The Shrine Auditorium
Age Restriction: 18+

SHM's Axwell Is Feeling the Vibe

Axwell has been a beloved and central component of the dance music industry for a while now…. With a DJ Mag ranking of #12 in the Top 100 DJ Poll (and a #10 ranking for his supergroup triumvirate, Swedish House Mafia), it looks like his future as bright and prosperous as ever.

Nearly everybody fell in love with “I Found U,” one of his first chart-topping singles, in 2007. These days, despite the overwhelming pressure to make music that lives up to his legacy, Axwell’s latest releases are as free and funky as ever, while retaining a ferocious global appeal.

“Feel the Vibe,” released on Babaorum Records last month, integrates a classic disco/funk bassline with a piercing synth hook and some old-school house vocals.

Axwell recently remixed Adrian Lux’s “Teenage Crime,” morphing it into a pumping progressive house treat.

Adrian Lux - Teenage Crime (Axwell Remix) by axwellofficial

And finally, Axwell’s “Heart Is King” took the ranks as a huge summer anthem with a gigantic movie-score-esque build-up followed by a mind-blowing drop in the same vein as a lot of Daft Punk songs.

Axwell - Heart Is King by axwellofficial

If you’re going to be in LA, you’ve got the chance to witness Axwell perform at the world famous Hollywood Palladium this month. Check out the event information and links below if you want to go!

Saturday November 26th 2011 // 18+

The Insomniac Enhanced Concert Series returns with none other than Swedish house chart-topper Axwell. As one-third of Swedish House Mafia, Axwell is known for his ability to turn any tune into a dance floor banger and has come to be recognized as one of the most successful and influential remixers of the 21st century. Join us for a slamming night of house beats with Axwell at the Palladium, goosebumps included.

6215 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA

Ingrosso & Alesso at the Palladium

Saturday December 10th 2011 // 18+

Sebastian Ingrosso and his Refune Records protege Alesso heated up the dance floor at Nocturnal Wonderland in September and now they’re taking their unique flavor of uplifting house to the Palladium as part of the Insomniac Enhanced Concert Series. Sebastian Ingrosso’s killer combination of big breakdowns, kick drums and piano stabs coupled with Alesso’s fresh take on house music results in a rare intensity and whirlpool of beats you can’t find anywhere else. Come experience their vivacious energy on December 10th.

6215 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA

Sound Check: Enhanced Concert Series feat. Eric Prydz

Insomniac’s Enhanced Concert Series welcomes a living legend, Eric Prydz, as he makes his highly anticipated return to Los Angeles for a sold out show at the Hollywood Palladium.

9pm - 10:30pm: Tara Brooks
10:30pm -12am: Jeremy Olander
12am - 2:30am: Eric Prydz (Cirez D, Pryda)
2:30am - 4:00am: Arty

Date: Saturday July 14th 2012
Time: 9pm–4am
Location: Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
Age Restriction: 18+