|Originally posted by SYSTEM-J |
Well, lots of us did. We genuinely bought into J00F's mantra for a few years, and no doubt he did good business out of that renewed enthusiasm. After years of pessimism about new trance music on this forum, 2010-13 saw quite a lot of commitment to trying to revive it under this new, J00F-led banner. I did my bit. I went up and down the country supporting his events. I sifted agonisingly through Beatport trying to find the little gems of high quality modern trance that could be assembled into a mix. And eventually, three or four years had elapsed, and the whole thing was going nowhere. No new, young DJs were coming through. No producers were growing in traction. The sound never broke out into the wider world. You looked at everyone's tracklists and saw they'd all found the same five tunes that had come out in the last month and were halfway play-able. It was torturous. And that was probably what broke the back of TA's lingering community. We had enthusiasm and boosterism here for a while, and it didn't save the forum or the scene.
Meanwhile, out there in the rest of dance music, more melodic, hypnotic and occasionally euphoric music was slowly making a comeback. After a decade of minimal, tech house and ketamine, good quality pills were starting to flow out of your homeland, and people were more interested in melody and feel-good sounds again. The only problem was that it was all a good 10bpm slower than the stuff J00F had been pushing, it was hybridised between techno, tech house, progressive and classic trancey elements. It was the real "resurgence of trance music", and it happened totally outside the stubborn remnants of the trance community.
So, "trance" the scene is dead, except for its silly self-contained festivals and stages. Trance the vibe is alive and well elsewhere in the dance music world. Only problem is that nobody getting into it in 2018 is going to sign up to "TranceAddict.com" and expect to discuss it here. The word just carries connotation with circus acts like Armin and Above & Beyond.
You also need to take into consideration the explosion of 'EDM' festivals over the past decade, this effected all genres and clubs. It was a tuff time watching clubs either close or struggle. The direct repercussions of this we are seeing today as the next generation entrance to the electronic scene is no longer EDM festivals but underground clubs, hence the mass movement we're seeing.
I see it first hand, the amount of small underground clubs and new promoters is incredible, I don't recall seeing such a movement for a long time. We all had to ride through the EDM storm, it lasted much longer than we expected.
Whats wrong with me believing in what I love? I lived through a few of the commercial fads in my 30 year career, and seen the change happen. I see history repeating itself. If you don't then you lose out.