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Is trance dead? Has trance lost its essence? This is something that artists, fans, producers and a lot of people debate about. And, it is a never-ending cycle. However, a few people completely abandon the genre and switch over to something else which they either believe is more feasible or which helps them amass more fans. Today, we list down a few artists who we think have switched over in the past few years. Again, this is just our opinion. Feel free to state yours too.

  • Sander Van Doorn



The Famous Dutch Dj who was known for his Techy Trance songs suddenly jumped to Spinnin records and we see him churning out a lot of house and progressive house these days. We still don’t know the reason for this sudden switchover. But as far as he his pleased with his newfound fame as a house producer, we can do nothing but wish him luck with what he does.


  • Arty


The Russian Anjunabeats prodigy was known to hit the sweet spot in between trance and house and invariably create records, which are absolutely magical. However for a while it unfortunately transitioned into house, which did leave fans fretting for a while. But, one can see things turning over and we see him getting back to his original sounds. So, it’s a win win situation for one and all!


  • Marcus Schössow


The Swedish born DJ and producer was known for dishing out beautiful progressive trance tracks. We currently see him moving towards progressive house and techno.


  • Tritonal


You know that someone has completely changed genres when Wikipedia also states that you formerly used to play trance. No jokes about it, you can check for yourself. This Texas-based duo have had their records released on some of the most premium trance labels in the circuit, including Enhanced Music, Flashover, Anjunabeats, Garuda and Coldharbour to list a few. Why they switched over is something one still doesn’t really know.

  • W&W


The dynamic Dutch duo who gained maximum support from most of the big-wigs in the industry, including Armin Van Buuren himself, to even producing an anthem for ASOT 550, didn’t seem to be pleased with their stint in the trance community. Following the footsteps of Tiesto and good friend Hardwell, they have delved deep into House music.

  • Tiësto


One of the most dramatic and least anticipated switch overs that we have come across. Tijs Verwest was a legend by himself, a pioneer of the trance sounds. However, this is the first time in history where we have observed a legend follow the footsteps of a fan turned producer * read Hardwell *. He apparently claims that trance didn’t get him the recognition he deserved, especially amongst the younger generation of fans. Sometimes though, he teases us statuses on Twitter saying that he will play trance soon again. We can only cross and fingers and really hope for it to happen soon.

  • Ummet Ozcan

Ummet Ozcan 

Another artist who even Wikipedia claims to have formerly played Tech Trance and then unfortunately got signed to Spinnin records. This Turkish Dutch producer started of as a tech trance DJ but the decided to change to electro house and big room house. Is it probably because of the influence of good friends W&W? We leave that upto you 😉

  • Dash Berlin


A Dutch electronic music group, headlined and represented by the lovely Jeffrey Sutorius. Not denying that the man is a sweetheart and he has produced some of the most iconic tracks that still reverberate in the ears of every trance lover. But then, he changed his style and today all we hear is progressive house.

  • Max Graham


This Canadian Producer has given us some of the most beautiful classics that we still stick to. He has also been associated with some of the most elite trance labels including the prestigious “Black Hole Recordings”. He’s gone underground! moved to techno & progressive. What made him choose techno and progressive house is something we are yet to figure out.

  • Leon Bolier

Leon Bolier

Leon Bolier is a Dutch classically trained trance composer, DJ, and record producer. His career began to flourish in 2008 with a number of successful song releases including the hit song “Ocean Drive Boulevard”. He placed #95 on the DJMag‘s 2008 list of the top 100 DJ’s in the world, and moved up 32 places in 2009,[2] and rests at #68 in 2010. He has had his  songs played by top DJs like Tiësto and Armin van Buuren as well as his tracks appearing on famous trance compilations such as In Search of Sunrise 4: Latin America and A State of Trance 2006. By the following year, which coincided with his complete dropping out of the DJMag‘s list of the top 100 DJ’s, the first signs of his change of heart in the musical style began to flourish, which had become more apparent over the course of time since and transformed into the new representative standard of his current works, as depicted in “Disco Davai” among such, which bear no resemblance to what he originally was recognised for.



  • The man on the middle ground – Armin van Buuren


Taking this name personally pains me the most. It was least expected for him to change. We completely agree with Armin when he says that one must never remain a prisoner of their own style, but we also go by Paul Van Dyk when he states that one must never forget where they came from. In this case, Armin has let go of his roots, his original sounds, his styles and everything around these lines. He was once considered to be the flag bearer of the genre and he is the reason why the iconic A State Of Trance radio show is still existing. But looking back at his past few releases, including his latest album Embrace, he has managed to embrace many more genres and styles, but has let go of the one that pulled him and got him until here. We hope it’s a temporary phase and he gets back to his old sounds.


These are the artists who we believe has changed their sounds. Do you agree with us? Who else do you think has changed? Do let us know in the comments below.


Trance enthusiast. Armada Ambassador. Content writer. I’m not afraid of 138! Making people give Trance a chance.

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  • SvenSven

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    Armin is coming back soon. He is busy with a Gaia album! 😀

  • CbasgsnCbasgsn

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    Mauro Picotto

  • Mat Zo

  • Remco425Remco425

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    @Sven: But Gaia isn’t even trance anymore. I don’t agree with Schössow and Graham. Schössow never fully left trance with his Oliver Englafjord alias and Graham still plays some trance as well. Armin too, but a lot less than we wish for. Just like Markus Schulz.

    I would add Marco V, Sasha, Above & Beyond, Heatbeat and Rafaël Frost.

    Luckily there are also example of artists leaving trance and returning, like Sean Tyas and Ferry Corsten.

  • This makes me feel really sad. The first one was Tiesto and now many others artist is doing the same. Maybe because they need more money and trance dont give them the profits they want.

    I really miss those times when the dj´s were artists and not just “push play button artist”. It´s pathetic see Armin change his sounds and playing now shit.

    The Question is…. Will they back?

    PD: The only thing I desagree with this article is that progressive house, electroHouse are not bad genres… just remember Sasha, digweed, deadmau5, Cattaneo, Howells, Garnert, and many others. The “Cancer” of the electronic music is the fucking “Big Room” >:(

  • Heatbeat still play trance they have their own style !
    But I will had Faruk Sabanci, Tomas Heredia, Jochen Miller (Even if he seems he want to comeback to Trance) & Andrew Rayel to the list (All these producers where big when I started to listen to Trance in 2013 so it hurts a lot especially for Andrew Rayel when I remember his beautiful ASOT600 Beirut set 🙁

  • Darude, the artist who created the Trance hits “Sandstorm” & “Feel The Beat” has been doing some house music, but he still might be producing Trance music, but I’m not 100% sure. I love all of his music. I listen to it about every week, most days a year round. It never gets old. He influences a lot of the music I make, especially his older music found on ignition, & his album’s before the storm, rush, label this.

  • CTCT

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    Danny Rampling 😉

  • Niels Van Gogh
    Markus Schulz
    Dash Berlin
    ATB (not 100% but more and more turns to House) – for example ATB – Message Out To You

  • Niels Van Gogh
    Markus Schulz
    Dash Berlin
    ATB (not 100% but more and more turns to House) – for example ATB – Message Out To You
    Many left the music industry completely (Kai Tracid)

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