Brian Petterson (aka DJ Sentient) is one of the foremost psychedelic trance DJs in California, as well as being Alchemy Records' USA representative.
A lover of trance since he was first exposed to it at a rave in Mexico City in 1994, Sentient has become addicted to the powerful sound of today's psytrance. When he plays, foremost in his mind is the music and the desire to guide people through it. A ...world traveler all of his life, his unique experiences living in Africa, Mexico and Israel (as well as trips to Europe and Southeast Asia) have given him a unique outlook on life, and he channels his personality and energy into each set.
He describes his musical style as, "Psytrance for the dancer. The kind of musical journey that captivates the mind and body." His music collection ranges from full-on psytrance, to hypnotic progressive and electro, to dreamy downtempo. He can play any timeslot, from a building opening set to a mid-night stomper to a beautiful sunrise journey, and his technical skills are on par with some of the best in the business.
Sentient plays regularly in California at both undergound and club events, formerly as a founding resident of Thump Radio, who were at one point the largest promoters of psytrance on the West Coast. He also had his own weekly psytrance party, called Synchronize, at Il Pirata, a bar in San Francisco. This weekly started in August of 2003 and is still going strong, with many local and international DJs and artists on its roster. Now living in Los Angeles, he is usually found playing at outdoor parties when he's not working at Soundelux DMG, one of the world's top independent sound post production facilities. He has played at the amazing Burning Man festival in Nevada several times, the last few years being one of the organizers of the biggest sound camps there, as well as DJing on some of the largest sound systems on the Playa.
Sentient has played in many other locations in the States, such as the famous Ranch in LA, the Enosa Festival in Oregon, Esthetic Evolution in Idaho, and the Ultra Music Festival at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. With Montreal, London and Brazil (at the world-famous New Years Eve beach festival, Universo Paralello) under his belt, Sentient is bringing his music to a global audience, and has joined Alchemy Records with that in mind.
Some of the acts that Sentient has played alongside are Hallucinogen, X-Dream, Shpongle, Deedrah, Astrix, Son Kite, GMS, Infected Mushroom, Shane Gobi, Chromatone, Protoculture, Shakta, Cosmosis, Pixel, Absolum, Dimitri Nakov, DJ Edoardo, Rinkadink, Headroom, Flip Flop, Space Tribe, Penta, Neuromoter, CPU, Bamboo Forest, Wizzy Noise, Astral Projection, and many many more.