In Trance We Trust is one of those labels that’s been around for a long, long time. Originally established in 1997 by none other than Tiesto himself, the record label is now under the umbrella of Black Hole Recordings, and these days serves as a launching pad for many successful trance producers.
They just released their 20th mix compilation, aptly titled In Trance We Trust 20. To commemorate the occasion, they recruited not one, but three DJs to each put together a mix. We took this opportunity to ask a few questions to one of three DJs, Mike Saint-Jules, about what it’s like working on a mix compilation.
(S = Sam Foxhill of EDM.com; M = Mike Saint Jules)
S: How is putting together a tracklist for a mix compilation like ITWT20 different from doing a tracklist for an ordinary set, or a radio show?
M: Putting together a tracklist for a compilation is a bit more challenging than the radio show in a few ways.
For a radio show, you’re checking on a weekly basis for new music via promos, beatport, etc. You mix them on your radio show and that’s that.
For a mix compilation, you’re working with the label to select material that’s either exclusive or non-exclusive. The non-exclusive titles take more time to get cleared by other labels and that’s really where it takes time to get a full tracklist for your compilation. Also, taking the time to really make sure each transition is better than the last is really important as it’s a compilation that will be made available for people to buy. So you want to make sure everything is perfect for the consumer.
S: How did you find yourself in the position of being asked to work on a major compilation like this?
M: I’ve been with Black Hole Recordings for 4+ years now when it comes to releasing music. And in that time I was able to grow a strong relationship with Arny and his team. I had actually approached them about mixing the compilation almost two years ago during ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event). It wasn’t until recently that Arny asked if I could be a part of the 20th edition to the series along with Menno de Jong and Sneijder. A really great opportunity!