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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 😉
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.
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 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, 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.
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