Thought I would see what everyone else's opinion was. Yeah, It is a long post but I wanted to share with everyone else what trance has done for me.
What does Trance mean to you?
Trance music is a global community that does not judge you based on what you listen to. Never have I heard a negative word said about someone when they mention they listen to trance. It is a word, a style that unites so many across the globe. From the outside, I am a business professional doing battle in the corporate wasteland but inside I define myself by my music. I am proud to say “I am entranced.” Nowhere else have I found such a unity of dreamers all moved by the same thing. DJ’s, producers, and listeners alike support each other, they build off of each other and every single day, I am exposed to more and more trance/electronic music than I could ever listen to.
What has Trance done for you?
It gave me acceptance in an unforgiving world. Through high school (7 years ago to give a frame of reference) when everyone was trying to fit in, there were the audio “haves (people that listened to rap and hippity hop)” and the audio “have nots (people that listened to 90’s music still.”) I was a “have not.” I was the oldest of my siblings and never had any guidance of what popular music was. I wanted so desperately to fit in but it would not have mattered anyway, teenagers can be so cruel. I tried listening to the music that they did but I never understood it, what was the draw of listening to rappers boasting about doing bad things then complaining when you got arrested? Also, I was judged so harshly as “not being cool enough to listen to their music.” Once again, teenagers can be so cruel.
I loved the music of the 90’s but I knew that music was continually changing. The artists that I loved would grow older and eventually leave the music scene. My continual fear was that “oh no, is rap the evolution of music?” The way I figured, I had three options: I could either continue to listen to my 90’s music for the rest of my life, I could try to force myself to like rap, or I could try to find a new genre.
Long Way Home by ATB was the first exposure I had to trance as I picked it up somewhere on the information highway. Finally, I had found something different, something unique and inspiring that I could call my own...A warm embrace washed over my body the first time I heard it...Every time I hear it I...I am brought back to that place--that time...that dream when I was so alone but inside I was so happy.
To me, it was and still is an incredible track. However, since I live in the Midwest, no one else I knew had been exposed to trance/electronic and if they had, they considered it “damn computer music.” Without any guidance, I foolishly tried getting every track listed as “trance or techno” on Limewire (I know, I know, I am a terrible person) to expand my trance collection.
A few tracks from In Search of Sunrise vol. 1 and 3 eventually ended up somewhere on my hard drive. Hear You Now (Grand Chillas Mix) and Summer Calling quickly became two of my favorite tracks. There it was, my future of music, DJ Tiesto. I was convinced that I would just listen to him forever.
I would bide my remaining time in high school by listening to my trance/techno tracks without ever finding tracks as good as the ones from Tiesto (Limewire had a lot of crap back then.) I never wanted to share my taste in trance music or any of the tracks that I had. No one else, in my mind, could listen because it was too beautiful and so uniquely mine. They would never understand anyway.
College came and I found Anjunabeats vol. 4... This cd changed my life and opened me up to a plethora of new trance/electronic music by so many different artists.
8 years later and I am still finding new trance music every single day. I will listen to around 9 hours of mixes each day and rarely do I ever hear the same tracks. There are so many new tracks, mixes and singles to listen to. Every one of my friends that I have exposed to trance has asked me for more electronic music to listen to.
So there you have it. Me, content to be in my own little corner of the world with my headphones in and an everlasting supply of trance I have never heard.