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Mauro Picotto Live @ Trance Energy - 17-02-2001

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Have I ever been to Trance Energy? I reckon I have, but can't recollect the night. I've been a lot of times drunk, and especially around the end of the 90s and beginning of the 2000s I was raving everywhere, and in the back of my mind I have been to a Trance Energy event, but can't remember a single thing. Was it that good, or was I too damn wasted? Whatever it was, it's still an event that holds memories: it was during the heydays of Trance music. For me the early 2000s were the best, music wise.

And whenever you talk about Trance Energy, it's always with fond memories. The other day I was listening to several Innercity sets (another wicked event by ID&T), and something inside of me triggered a feeling. I needed to hear something Trance related. And quickly I landed on Soundcloud, and found a set by a pioneer, Mauro Picotto! He's one of my favourite Italian producers and DJs of all-time. And if you were old enough when he ruled the world during the early 2000s, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

According to the female announcer, it's Mauro Popocino? Cringe-worthy moment, how can you mess up the introduction of such a big name? The male announcer does Mauro justice, but the 'Popocino' introduction just makes me want to vomit. But Mauro does not sit still: he dives straight into the music. And so shall we. Because Mauro, the legend, does not need an introduction!

The set contains the BEST records released during the Millennium years. He was on top of things, and with several hits in the top charts all over Europe, he was the king. And his music has not aged at all. It's still dark, edgy, uplifting , and bascially everything you needed when you wanted to hear good music. He's a wizard. Picotto or Popocino, whoever was behind the decks at Trance Energy, he did a magestic thing!

01. Joy Kitikonti - Agrimonyzer

02. Mauro Picotto - Baguette (Original Mix)

03. Mario Piu - Mathmos

04. Mauro Picotto - Like This Like That (Tea Mix)

05. Mauro Picotto - Like This Like That (Megavoices Mix)

06. Saccoman - The Recall (Picotto Answer Mix)

07. John Thomas - Undisputed Life (Technasia Mix 2)

08. Megamind - Taub? (Picotto Mix)

09. Adam Beyer - Drumcode 2 (Marco Carola Mix)

10. Sonus Terrarum - Sacrifice (Secundus Mix)

11. L-X-Carbo - Dance Of The Crazy (Blue Pill Mix)

12. Thomas Krone - Shockabuku (Vol. 1) (B-Side)

13. Mauro Picotto - Verdi

14. Mario Piu a.k.a. DJ Arabesque - The Vision (Vision 1 Mix)

15. Mauro Picotto - Lounge/Pegasus Intro

16. Mauro Picotto - Komodo/Save A Soul (Picotto's Private)

17. Mauro Picotto - Pulsar

18. Joy Kittikonti - Energizer (Psico Mix)

19. Joman - Raggattack (Attack Mix)

20. Mauro Picotto - Freetown

21. Mauro Picotto - Like This Like That (3AM Mix)

22. Mauro Picotto - Promixus (Megavoices Claxxix Mix)

If this is Heaven, I'm a happy man. I'm a huge music lover, but this music style is so damn good, I would trade anything in the world to hear this kind of music again. Especially how it sounded back in 2000s. And mixed obviously by the finest DJs in the world. Vinyl baby, all the way.

I'm a fan of Mauro. Don't know why I'm not sure what he's currently doing, music wise, but when he ruled the world I adored him. Bought every single ever, and listened to everything mixed by him (livesets or you name it). Every compilation I bought had records by him on it, and it made me a happier person. Why does the music need to change drastically, constantly? Why not be happy with the sound and keep it alive for as long as possible?

I've not heard anything similar being released in the 10s. This is the Millennium sound. The dark and edgy Mauro is what tickled me the most. 'Verdi', fucking hell, how he made this track is just beyond belief! So dark, this tore Techno a new hole!

Not only have I listened to his set, but also visited his Soundcloud page, and found records he made around 2000s, and the smile it created could be seen from the moon and beyond. This might have been a bit rougher than your usual Trance, but so highly enjoyable. It brought the best of both worlds together: heavenly music and ground stomping beats and basses.

Mauro is a legend, and this set just shows how good he was at Trance Energy. Still not sure if this was the event I was at, but hey, it does give me goosebumps hearing it on Soundcloud. Mauro is the underrated king of Hard Trance. Name one that can beat him?

DJ: Mauro Picotto

Genre/Style: Hard Trance, Trance, Techno, Hard Dance

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Trance Energy 2001

Length Liveset: 01:27:42

Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 80.2 MB

File Type: mp3

Bitspeed: 128kbps

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