In a literal sense, to be in a state of trance means to be in a hypnotic state in between sleep and conciousness. But for us in the raving world, a state of trance means being in a state of musical euphoria. It can be agreed that trance moves hearts and takes us on an emotional journey. Lyrics play an important role of reminding us of the loss of a loved one, heartbreak, or the good old days of when everything once seemed perfect and the melody carries our emotions on a spiritual journey of realization and understanding. What trance is to the mainstream world now is definitely not the same as trance has been in the past.
The true definition of trance music cannot be defined concretely anymore because it has been slowly changing over the years. Tiesto, once trance, is now big room and progressive house. Armin van Buuren lovers of the past say that he has strayed off from his old sound and has adapted to the more mainstream sound of today’s EDM standards. New ravers say that trance is great, but that’s mainly because they only know what trance is like now. Old school trance lovers say that trance is dead because artists have strayed from their roots and have wanted to appeal to a wideer audience. Nonetheless, everyone has his or her own version of trance whether it may be the new or old sound. Take a look at Dash Berlin’s opinion on trance today:
Do you agree with Dash?
‘Trance is a way of life.’ -Niko Zografos, owner of ‘Phoria’
Almost every DJ nowadays has a residency at a club, but it seems as if only the big name house DJs have priority in booking these events. One reason trance seems dead to us is because no one is willing to book trance DJs/producers in their clubs because of the lack of crowd that they would draw. Luckily, one person in San Francisco has heard our cries for more trance. Local San Francisco DJ recently signed by Future Sound of Egypt and owner of Phoria, (also a friend of mine) Niko Zografos answers our call and brings in trance DJ’s to the trance family in the Bay Area. Working alongside Torq and Ruby Skye, Niko was given the opportunity to host his own events and decided to name his company after one of his favorite tracks, Majai’s “Phoria” (Elevation remix). I asked him what trance meant to him: “Trance is a feeling, but also a way of life,” replied Niko. “It’s all about a musical journey where the melody takes you somewhere where no other music can take you.” As an old school trance lover, Niko views the changes of today’s trance as a positive change: “I think it’s really important for music to evolve. As much as I love the classic sound of trance I love the new direction of a lot of these artists and I would definitely urge people who love classic trance to have an open ear to new sounds because at the end of the day good music is good music.” Good call, Niko!
Niko’s latest track with Mitka, ‘Phoria’! Check it out on Beatport
My take on trance? I love trance over anything else because it brings out the best and worst in me. It brings me back to my dark days, always reminding me of where I came from and how I overcame those challenges. But it also reminds me about how lucky I am; I’ve learned who my real friends are, I have a loving boyfriend, and I’ve come to terms with myself as a person and am extremely happy where I am. Although trance may seem cheesy and too mellow for some, I think it brings us back to reality. We are afraid to face what is in front of us and to run away from it we turn to other genres for partying. It’s nice to have a getaway, but sometimes I need a reality check. I agree with Niko 100%. Trance takes us along on a ride and takes us on a wild journey of pure emotion, something that trap or house music cannot simply do. I love different genres, but trance is the one for me.
So trance lovers, don’t think that trance is dead. Trance is growing and evolving and it’s a beautiful thing. We may not like the way things are turning out, but rather try to embrace the change that is happening
Living life like a breeze in the Bay Area, sharing the love to my fellow ravers