Review: Markus Schulz @ BIEL (05 Dec 2008)

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Review: Markus Schulz @ BIEL (05 Dec 2008)

Postby TranceFusion » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:46 pm

Before the event I was expecting a lot from Markus. As it turned out, it’s the second time i saw him, the second time Iitrancegasmed and the second time i fainted on Perspective Space!

This is why i can safely say that Markus Schulz lived up to my expectations! Once again he showed a perfect choice of tracks, perfect skills and transitions and perfect interaction. Trust me i’m not exaggerating! Anything you want to see a DJ doing, he did it, does it and will keep on doing it. Armin is my favorite DJ today, but when i say that Markus played a better set than Armin at Sunrise Festival (remember that they are teammates!), it is because i have a very good reason.

Last night, the venue for 2008’s number 8 DJ was small. I think it could contain 1,000 ravers. Don’t be surprised though, we know that Markus Schulz easily deserves a much bigger venue for at least 10,000 ravers. Those who saw him yesterday know that. Those who knew before he came to Lebanon also know that. The VIP area was in front of the DJ booth, at the back of the venue and between the two areas there was the dancefloor. The lighting system was very nice and above the DJ booth. A screen behind it with the usual visual effects and two lasers on the left and right side of that screen. There were two small bars for the regulars on the left and right side of the venue with a screen above each that advertised Marlboro (i hate smoking and i find it illegal to advertise cigarettes, but heh i can’t change/introduce laws in Lebanon). The VIP area had i think 28 tables and a bar in the middle at the back of the area. The sound system was very good on the dancefloor and in the middle of the VIP area, but worse on the left and right side. It was acceptable though so i don’t consider it a negative point.

I mentioned earlier that Markus deserves a big venue. However smaller gigs aren’t worse at all and we saw that yesterday! I have to give thumbs up to MixFM for filtering the crowd almost to perfection. The emos weren't allowed to get in. There will be always a few exceptions of course but this time it was very clear that the crowd was really good. For the first time since 2005 i enjoyed my time in the crowd. A large majority of the ravers were decent people who danced to the music. There were no monkey shouts (“yalla yalla…”). Markus interacted a lot and in a friendly way with the ravers and he was very very happy all the time! What should i say about the set? It had everything. He played tech-trance, uplifting trance, progressive trance and 5-6 vocal trance tracks. Personally it’s actually very good that just a few vocals were played since a Trance gig should focus on the music more than the lyrics. That’s my belief at least. Also he knew when to put this track, and when to put that track. This guy knows what he does to perfection! What i wanted to hear the most are the two following tracks:
Markus Schulz vs Andy Moor – Daydream (Lemon & Ainar K Remix)
Rex Mundi vs Ronski Speed – Perspective Space (Markus Schulz Mashup)
And my patience paid off since i waited from 1:30am when he started till 4am for the first track, and till 4:30am for the second track! I also wanted this one:
Drax & Scott Mac – Must Have A Dream (Mac Zimms Remix)
It’s techy, but its breakdown is freakin breathtaking for me! Unfortunately he didn’t play it. I’m sure that he played his newest track The New World and you also check out the mashup Gareth Emery vs Delerium – This Is Silence!

I hope that after this event Markus got himself a fanclub here that will only get bigger and bigger (hopefully with decent people). And to finish the kickass set, he chose Formentera What (Gareth Emery Remix)! :)

I’ll finish my review with this:
Markus Schulz will become the world’s number one DJ very soon! Trust me on this one! :D

I hope that i covered everything in my review. If you have anything to add feel free :)
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Postby DJ_TRACID » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:51 pm

Markus Schulz will become the world’s number one DJ very soon! Trust me on this one!

+1
everything was perfect in every way as mentioned in the review
the best set i have ever heard till now
he deserves to be the #1
i'm sure next time the venue will be much bigger now that he got well known here after this gig
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Postby [IN]Head-Kay » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:03 pm

The setup is definatly the same as Sander K's , it sounds like it was in the tent outside.
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Postby TranceFusion » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:16 pm

^ It was.
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Postby silver_edge » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:18 pm

trancefusion..do u have long hair,was wearin white and had a cam takin pics all the time?
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Postby TranceFusion » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:59 pm

I had a white t-shirt with tribal drawings on it but i doubt that i have long hair :lol: it's rather average length. I was taking pics of Markus when i went down to the first row (3 times), then came back to the VIP area and danced with friends.
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Postby PM2 » Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:02 pm

The Last Track of Markus Set wasn't Formantera What.

'We Want more' part tracklist

Hidden Agenda - Lost Feeling (Underline Dub mix)
Poonyk & Oxide - Tears Don’t Drop (Mobilize Remix)
Albert Vorne - Formantera What (Gareth Emery mix)
Randy Katana - One Solid Wave
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Postby silver_edge » Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:11 pm

so ya that was u ...man u were next 2 me ,lol,i knew ive seen a pic of u b4 and i knew ur a TH member but had no idea who u r,now i know how u look like...and oh how could u be so cold man,i mean u were next 2 me when he played chakalaka and i was dyin and all the croud was dancin and jumpin and i was screamin and i lookd at u for a sec and u were like standin just takin a pic like there isnt anythin,i laughed 2 death:P
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Postby silver_edge » Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:13 pm

so ya that was u ...man u were next 2 me ,lol,i knew ive seen a pic of u b4 and i knew ur a TH member but had no idea who u r,now i know how u look like...and oh how could u be so cold man,i mean u were next 2 me when he played chakalaka and i was dyin and all the croud was dancin and jumpin and i was screamin and i lookd at u for a sec and u were like standin just takin a pic like there isnt anythin,i laughed 2 death:P
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Postby Raneem » Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:26 pm

I'm glad to read a good review from you Kamil! :D
I was sure that you all will enjoy Markus, and it's good you did!

and it seems Mix FM did a good job providing a quality event! Congrats!

EDIT:
I'd be interested to know what Markus himself thought of the event in general. Maybe chadi or any mixfm staff should provide us with some details?
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Postby TranceFusion » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:35 pm

Silver, well people have different tastes in music :) and even more importantly if you draw a straight line and put on both extremes point A and point B, i am A (uplifting freak) and lebanese clubbers are B (techy freaks) :lol: i am Sean Tyas, John O'Callaghan, Nitrous Oxide, Tom Colontonio and lebanese clubbers are Marcel Woods, Sander van Doorn, Marco V :lol:
Chakalaka is for me a nice track to listen to at home, it doesn't make me dance really.

Yea i wanna know what Markus said! We saw him very happy, dancing and joking a couple of times with the clubbers :D
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Postby Raneem » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:45 pm

^ just a small off-topic point, Sean Tyas is not pure A though, he's adding a lot of techy touches, being more energetic, and going with the flow! :P..Paul Miller, Daniel Kandi...these are pure A's :P..Tyas is 75% A :lol:
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Postby TranceFusion » Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:03 am

Ok fine :lol:

RANIA! Waiting for your review :mrgreen:
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Postby Selfish » Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:46 am

I missed a lot, didn't I ? :(
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Postby silver_edge » Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:00 am

not a lot...u missed it ALL
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