Why trance will go down the pan
OK, I'm new here, hi!
I've been going to trance nights for about 18 months now, and been into trance music for about 6 years. Out of my group of friends I'm the only one who's really into trance, although a lot of them enjoy listening to it. Only recently, however, have I come into contact with other people's views who follow trance like I do, who know the names of tunes, particular DJs styles etc. These people I'm referring to are you guys.
What have I heard? That trance today is shit. That if anybody likes Tiesto, PvD, Armin, they are mindless whores sucked into the concept of superstar DJs. Modern trance tunes are rubbish. The scene is full of wankers who aren't there for the music. Etc etc.
OK, first of all, to tackle the issue of recent trance tunes being shite... sorry what? Just because you don't like the style does not mean it's crap. As with all things, if you've been following trance for a while and all of a sudden it isn't 'how you like(d) it' there's going to be resentment. But tunes like whiteroom - someday (especially the instrumental), kuffdam & Plant - Summer dream, and signalrunners - 3000 miles (Not sure when this was released, but I've only just bought it so I'll include it), are all quality tunes IMO. If you don't agree with that then maybe you just don't like the way trance is going. I'm quite happy.
And superstar DJs?
I haven't seen Tiesto for a while, but next friday I'll find out if he's just as bad as all the anti-Tiesto people keep telling me. So for now I won't comment on him.
Pvd? Amazing. I saw him for the first time in July, after a weekend of dancing I was exhausted, about to go to bed when I was told he was playing. I like to hear what the fuss is about with DJs, so I went to have a stomp. And... it was amazing. He fucked up spectacularly half way through (this is Global Gathering 2005, sure you all know about that little oopsie he made), but apart from that the set was gorgeous. Flowed beautifully, and contained a lot of songs I'd not heard before, but gave me the shivers.
I'm sure a lot of people were there for name PvD, I suppose I was, but the fact was he played a damn good set, and everyone enjoyed it. The only people who would have been spoiling the fun would be people standing around telling people to stop worshipping this guy, he's just a DJ, you should be here for the music.
Now, as I said, a lot of my raving fellowship don't follow trance, they know the odd DJs name, but stil come to trance nights. And you know what, they enjoy it. They don't know a single track that gets played, they rarely know the DJ but they just get down and have a good time. If I see a DJ who I've heard some good sets from before, or heard some good tunes they've produced, I'll go and listen to them. That's the point. You can't say that people shouldn't go to see DJs, they should go for the music. The DJs are the music. Their sets represent their style, if you like certain styles of trance you'll go and see certain DJs, simple as that.
Who are the people making the scene shit?
Idiots who go around preaching to people that they can't like certain DJs, that certain kinds of music are shit, that the scene is in decline, nobody's there for fun anymore.
There are sheep who go to raves for the sake of a name, but a lot of the time I'm chatting to somebody at a rave who's having a great time, they aren't concerned with who's spinning, they're too busy concentrating on enjoying it.