Expand your horizons with these producers
Getting into a new genre of music can be a difficult process. You liked the sound of one song, but you don't know where to go next. Which producers should you look up? Which labels? What is this new genre exactly, and was it just a specific sub-genre that you liked, or was what you enjoyed a central part of the whole genre?
I'm here to make it easy for you, at least for getting into trance. Below are some artists whom I think are great starting points for anyone to get into this incredible genre. Enjoy.
Above & Beyond
This trio of British brilliance is a true juggernaut in the trance scene. Above & Beyond has been around for well over a decade, and while their sound has definitely evolved over the years—as any producer's should—it has never lost its soul. While comparable to Armin van Buuren—they have their own radio show and record label just like he does—I would personally describe their sound as more "clubby" and less commercial. For example, while you may hear "This Is What It Feels Like" by Armin van Buuren on the radio, you will likely never hear "Thing Called Love" by Above & Beyond unless you listen to their Group Therapy album. For starters, I would check out "Walter White," "Mariana Trench," or their upcoming single "Hello."
Nicknamed "Mr. Consistent" by quite a few reviewers and producers out there, Beat Service really is one of the most consistently good trance producers out there. He tends to specialize in the sub-genre of trance known as "trouse"—which as you can likely deduce from the name is a blend of trance and house—but manages to keep the emotion and energy of trance through every minute of every song. His song "Reach The Sun" is one of my personal favorites, not just of trance but of all music in general. However, to start with I would check out "Undercover."
This Swedish producer got his start a few years ago making uplifting tracks for trance label juggernaut Armada, but he has since evolved into an innovative electro-trance artist for uplifting kings Aly & Fila's label Future Sound Of Egypt. His music sounds like nothing else out there, a true rarity in today's electronic music scene. His tracks often work brilliantly for transitioning in a set from house to trance. I recommend listening to "Gunsmoke," "Breathe," and "Slam!" but his remix of Woody van Eyden's "Saripadanisa" is remarkable as well.
Brian Transeau—known by the stage name BT—is another artist who has been around the block once or twice. He has nine studio albums under his belt, not to mention a world record for largest number of vocal edits used in a song, along with major contributions to music software with several huge plugins made with iZotope. That's not all, though. He scored several films and television shows, made two albums in 5.1 surround sound, and traveled with his daughter while on tour. I personally believe that he is one of the most-skilled music producers in the world, if not the very best producer, and it should be evident within the first couple minutes of listening to his music just why I feel that way. Definitely listen to "Tomahawk," as well as "Tonight,” "Surrounded," and "Skylarking."
Want some crazy electro-trance? Look no further, because Noah Neiman certainly delivers. While he's an optometrist by day, by night he creates some spectacular dance music, fusing trance and electro brilliantly. How the family eye doctor can produce stuff like this is beyond me, but I'm certainly not complaining. For those electro-house fans out there, Noah Neiman is a great artist to start with in trance music. Check out "Radiofire," "Over 9000," or his collaboration with Sean Tyas and Fisher, titled "Lose My Logic."