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The first time I had heard of Matt Young was from his brother, Andrew Young, the day before I left for Vegas for Electric Daisy Carnival 2014. Andrew told me that Matt was going to the same pool party as me, showed me his picture so that I could find him and I remember thinking to myself, “How am I going to find one person at an overcrowded pool party?!” I was just ready to start the adventure to my second EDC! The next day my friend and I were sitting in the pool and at the corner of my eye I saw a guy looking super uncomfortable in the water looking around for his friends and I realized that I knew him! When I came up to him to say hi and introduced myself, I didn’t know that that moment would define our friendship because almost every single time we saw each other after that he would always say, “I can’t believe you came up to me at that pool party. I could never do that.”

At the TranceFamilySF 5th Anniversary

Matt and I stayed in touch through Facebook and once he found out we were both huge trance fans I think that really sealed the deal on our friendship. Looking back on it now I don’t think I’ve met a trance fan like Matt; he would Facebook message me every day with a new trance song or set and tell me to listen to it right then and there. I would receive texts from him informing me of every trance event as soon as they were posted on Facebook and every single time I said, “Matt, I promote these events. I HAVE to know them before everyone else.” We eventually got into this cycle and I got in the habit of waiting by the phone for his text to come in. When my birthday plans of going to Carmel had gone down the drain and our group of friends had left for the weekend, he was one of the two friends, not including my boyfriend, to go with us to the TranceFamilySF 5th Anniversary and make my weekend so much better. He then became a part of our small trance family and I grew to love him as if he were my own brother. We became so comfortable with one another that our snapchats became contests on who can make the ugliest faces. I’ve introduced a lot of people into the scene and after a while they’d outgrow it after awhile, but Matt’s love for the music and raving never faltered after his brother brought him into our world.

During that first couple of months after his first heart surgery during his recovery period, I think it was hard for him to watch us continue to go out without him and to not be experiencing the shows with us. Although we still went out to eat occasionally and had some regular outings I could tell Matt just wasn’t really satisfied. I’m never going to forget those conversations with him leading up to Dreamstate SF after his surgery; that’s literally all he talked about with me, how excited he was, and that there was no way anything would stop him from going. Seeing Matt at Dreamstate, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so happy. Although I didn’t get to spend all of Dreamstate with Matt, I knew that he had an amazing time after a long hiatus of raving.

7-Up’s Stage 7 at EDC LV 2015

After Dreamstate, it seemed like Matt was back to going out with us and the good times rolled for a couple months. On February 27, I was getting ready to go to Eric Prydz’s 4.0 show in the Armory in San Francisco. Matt texted me that day asking if I knew anyone selling a ticket and I teased him about how he always waits until the last minute, but I would keep a lookout for him. Luckily I had a friend selling their extra ticket and connected the two so they could make the exchange. When I met up with Matt at the Armory, he gave me the biggest hug ever and thanked me for hooking it up with a cheap ticket when everyone else was scalping. I’m never going to forget how happy he was after I gave him his kandi and took a picture with him. But I didn’t know this would be the last picture I would take with Matt.

A couple days later Matt was admitted to the hospital again, but all too quickly my trance brother passed away on March 10, 2016. Matt may not be with us physically, but he’s with us in our hearts. The list of things I’ll miss about Matt can go on forever: his bear hugs, him yelling out, “Staaaaaaaaaaaaaaff” from across the hall to get my attention, making silly faces at him, his smile when I’d give him kandi at every event, his genuine excitement for every event, his love for trance, and his love for his friends. I know that this shouldn’t be goodbye, but it hurts to know that I won’t be seeing his silly faces at events anymore.

Throughout my years of raving I have met my fair share of people, but I have never met a trance fan like Matt Young. 

We’ll miss you Matt

Stephanie Quiambao
Living life like a breeze in the Bay Area, sharing the love to my fellow ravers

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