Super AFC Ajax
: “Hello everybody! Thank you all for being here tonight for our second Trance Podium Awards Gala. It’s been a great year. Not only for trance in general, with so many great new tracks, but also for Trance Podium. We got many enthousiastic and active new members this year and the amount of new posts and new topics has again increased compared to 2008. Many great discussions as well, although Tiësto had a great part in that haha.
The rise of popularity of this site is also visible in the votings of the 2009 Trance Podum Awards. We got abut 60% more votes than last year! I can see also that there are many more people here for the gala there are much less empty spaces than last year and we will present this night with the four of us, Hypnotic, R33, Rover and me. Unfortunately Ben couldn’t come due to his study
I want to take the opportunity here as well to welcome Rover in our organization! He’s only…..”
*the audience applauses for Rover*Super AFC Ajax continues
: “He’s only in our staff for a short period, but has shown much enthousiasm and capacity, which is also proven by the votings.
And like last year, I see many famous DJ’s here in the front rows at the VIP tables, having taken the effort to be with us here tonight as well, like Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Menno de Jong, Daniel Kandi and many many more. Thanks you all for joining us here as well and for seeing these awards as a true recognition
So let’s get started with the awards. Oh wait one second, I see somebody in the back right next to the door, who is it? You can come in more and take a seat if you want. You don’t have to be shy. Aaah I see it now, it’s PsychoKilla666. Even if you didn’t vote because you think it won’t change anything, you’re allowed to enter my friend
Anyway, let’s start with the awards. We got some requests to start with the Global Awards due to the busy schedule some of the DJ’s have, so let’s do it that way. We’re not going to start with the most important awards though hehe.
Let me start first with the best mix of 2009. This could’ve been any kind of mix, like a guestmix, an episode of a radioshow, a podcast, anything except for a liveset. Some of the nominees were, Tiësto’s Club Life episode 141, Above & Beyond with their Trance Around The World episode 295, Psycoholic with his guestmix in Rush Hour episode 019 and Menno de Jong’s Intuition Podcast 014, the Yearmix of 2008.
But the winner is……
Tiësto with his 100th episode of Club Life!!!”
*the whole audience is applauding for Tiësto as he comes forward*Super AFC Ajax
: “Congretulations Tijs! A deserved winner as it was a magikal episode!”Tiësto
: “Heel erg bedankt Remco and thank you all who have voted for me for my first TP Award! I can say I didn’t expect this at all, because I didn’t win anything last year and I got quite some critics here on this forum this year. So this really means a lot to me that even after all these critics I’ve still won an award!”Super AFC Ajax
: “The next award we will be handing out is the award for the Best Liveset of 2009! Tiësto’s set at Koninginnedag in Amsterdam came close as well as The Best Of Both Worlds: Armin van Buuren vs Markus Schulz also in Amsterdam at the end, but the award for Best Liveset 2009 goes to……
Armin van Buuren at A State Of Trance 400 in Rotterdam whoohohooo!”
*again an applause from the audience follows*Super AFC Ajax
: “Congretulations Armin! Another deserved award, since I was there and it was the perfect set!”
*Super AFC Ajax hands out the award to Armin van Buuren.”Armin van Buuren
: “Thanks man! I can say that even after the 5 awards I won last year, this one was missing out so I’m very happy with it! Thank you all for voting!”PsychoKilla666
: “I thought that one was the least good of the 3 he played for ASOT 400…”Super AFC Ajax
: “Then you should’ve voted mate
*Super AFC Ajax hands over the microphone to Rover*Rover
: “Congretulations Armin on my behalf as well and thank you Remco for the warm welcome in the team. I'm honored to be able to play a bigger role on this great site! Now let’s go on with the next award. The award for Best Radioshow slash Podcast. Club Life scored a lot of points here as well, as well as Global DJ Broadcast, Corsten’s Countdown and Menno de Jong’s Intuition Radio Show. But this one was kind of obvious. For the second ear in a row, the award for Best Radioshow goes tooooooooo:
A State Of Trance from Armin van Buuren!!!!
Come back on stage Armin!”
*Another applause from the audience, but less loud as the one before.*Rover
: “It seems most people expected this haha, but congretulations with this award as well!”Armin van Buuren
: “Thanks Rover and again thank you all for voting for me. This has been a massive year for my radioshow with the 400th episode and about 30 million listeners every week, so it feels great that it’s much appreciated. Thanks!
You think I should stay on stage? Haha”Rover
: “Well you might have to, let’s see. The next award is the award for Best Mix Album. You’re Universal Religion Chapter 4 was the only abum that could keep up just a little bit with the winner, but ended second. The winner of this award, as a follow up from last years winner…..
Is indeed again Armin van Buuren with his A State Of Trance 2009 album!”
*Another applause but again less loud*Armin van Buuren
: “I hope you all won’t get bored of me here now haha, but I can say this doesn’t bore me. Amazing, really! Thank you all once again!”
*Rover on his turn hands over the microphone to R33*R33
: “Good evening everybody, shame I’ve missed this last year, because it’s really fun to be a part of. The next award is the award for Best Artist Album. This one was a pretty exciting one as 3 albums were in the running until the end. The two that just didn’t make it were Ferry Corsten - Twice In A Blue Moon Remixed and Markus Schulz presenting Dakota - Thoughts Become Things. But the winner is, and after reading some of the comments on this forum about it, it’s quite unexpected if you ask me, is……..
Tiësto - Kaleidoscope!!!!! Mr. Verwest, please come forward!”
*Massive applause from the true Tiësto fans that we got quite a lot of the last year*R33
: “Wow, a second award and very unexpected from a trance forum. I guess it doesn’t matter how music is labeled, as long as it’s been appreciated and that I have fun producing and playing it. Thanks everybody for voting for my album!”R33
: “We’re going to combine the handing out of the next two awards for Best Mashup and Best Remix. The stage will be full though as we have 3 winners for the Best Remix Award. The winner, or must I also with this one say, winners of the Best Mashup is going to the guys of Myon & Shane 54 for their mashup of OceanLab vs Gareth Emery - On A Metropolis Day!”
*An applause falls down on the 2 guys when they step forward and R33 continues*R33
: “And the winners of the Best Remix Awards are Ferry Corsten for his touchy remix of Bobina’s ‘Invisible Touch’, Rafaël Frost for his remix of Ferry Corsten - Shelter Me and my personal favorite… Jorn van Deynhoven for his remix of Ram - RAMsterdam! Congretulations to all of you!”Myon & Shane 54, Ferry Corsten, Rafaël Frost and Jorn van Deynhoven all together
: “Thank you all who’ve voted for us!”Ferry Corsten
: “Yooooo, besides that I’m very happy with this award, I want to say another thing. I want to especially congratulate Rafaël with his award. It’s been an amazing year for him and he totally deserves this. One of the reasons I asked him to remix Shelter me for my Twice In A Blue Moon Remixed album and I don’t regret it. Gefeliciteerd man!”Rafaël Frost
: “Bedankt Ferry and thanks for the massive promotion you did for me. I couldn’t have done it without you. And neither without all of you of course! Thank you thank you thank you!”
*Another applause from the audience follows*Hypnotic
: “It’s time for me to hand over some awards now, so here we go! The next award is for the Best ch00n Award 2009
The best two tracks chosen by you are actually two of my favorite tracks as well, so I’m happy to be able to give this one. Gareth Emery - Exposure didn’t win it by 1single vote only, but the winner is Armin van Buuren presenting Gaia with Tuvan! Choooooooooooooooooooooooooon!!!!
*A standing ovation from the public follows when Armin comes forward again after winning his 4th award of the evening and the 9th award in total*Hypnotic
: “Congretulations Armin, you probably expected it already after the AOT Top 20, but a well deserved award for this massive track.”Armin van Buuren
: “Thank you Marjan. A bit expected maybe, but not less worthy. WOW! So much appreciation from this forum. Amazing! Really amazing! Thank you!”Hypnotic
: “Let’s move on with the awards of Best Newcomer. Always a nice award for the best upcoming talent. Like last year, two people has won this award again. Last year it were Akesson and Sied van Riel, this year, Jan Oostdyk came very close, but the winners are:
ASHLEY WALBRIDGE and JORN VAN DEYNHOVEN!!!
*They both step forward under a massive applause*Hypnotic
: “Congretulations to the both of you! It must’ve been a crazy year for you!”Jorn van Deynhoven
: “Yes it definitely was. My remix of RAMsterdam really got things crazy for me this year. And besides thanking all of you here this evening, I have to thank Armin for playing it so many times haha and therefore promoting it.”
*Marjan hands over the microphone back to Super AFC Ajax for the two most important Global Awards of the evening*Super AFC Ajax
: “Great to see all those happy faces, not only after winning the awards, but also how much it’s awarded to colleagues. That’s the true spirit of trance! We move on to the award for Best Producer of 2009. I expected this guy t have a chance on winning it, but that it would be with such big difference is quite incredible. Markus Schulz came the closest, but the winner is…….GARETH EMERYYYY!!!!
*Massive standing ovation when Gareth climbs up the stage*Super AFC Ajax
: “Congretulations man! You totally deserved this award. This has been a massive year for you!Gareth Emery
: “Oh yes it really was. I still can’t believe it. Thank you very much. This comes close to my top 10 spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 haha. Btw, wasn’t it you who was jumping in front of me at the Amsterdam Dance Events?”Super AFC Ajax
: “Haha, ye it was me. Nice you remember it
: “Well, to be honest, it’s because of your wife. I remember telling her that Markus was such a crap DJ playing after me. That was a joke of course Markus hahaha “Super AFC Ajax
: “We know it is Gareth haha. She became a true fan of you after that btw
And now the moment all of you I front of me here have been waiting for… How’s the champagne btw? Could’ve been better? Ok, we’ll chose another one next year haha. Ok, it’s time for the award of Best DJ 2009! Menno de Jong and Ferry Corsten could follow for a while, but it was in between 3 other DJ’s until the end. Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, and….. the winner is…… MARKUS SCHULZ!!!!!”
*Markus Schulz comes on stage while Vera needs to be kept away from him by the security guards…yes we did arrange some security guards this time. Another standing ovation from the rest of the public*Super AFC Ajax
: “Congretulations Markus. It was tight, but deserved. One question: How did you experience Armin vs Markus at the HMH in Amsterdam earlier this month? Markus Schulz
: “Oh it was massive! Really, fom the start till the end. I loooved playing with Armin. And the audience right there was massive as well. But this isn’t any less. Thank you all for voting for me!Super AFC Ajax
: “That’s great to hear as I was one of the audience there haha, and I must say it was one of the best events ever. Thank you for that!
Some of you have probably noticed I missed out on some of the awards, I will announce them right now.
The award for Best Event goes to, what else, A State Of Trance 400!!!
Best Radiostation, also what else, di.fm! And even though Black Hole, Coldharbour and Anjunabeats could keep up pretty long, like last year, the award for Best Label goes to Armada!
So far the Global Awards. Now we continue with the Trance Podium Awards.”
*Due to their busy schedule, Armin and Tiësto leave the venue, but good to see all the rest is staying*
(See next post for the rest)