List of trance genres

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Euro-trance)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

A list of trance music subgenres and derivations. Several crossover with other major forms of electronic music.


Subgenre classifications of trance
Subgenre Alternate names Origin Description Notable artists
Acid trance Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and United Kingdom The prevalent early '90s style of the genre, sometimes called "first-wave" trance. It is characterized by the use of a Roland TB-303 bass machine as the lead synthesizer. Art of Trance, Union Jack, Eternal Basement, Emmanuel Top, Hardfloor, Kai Tracid, Solar Quest, Oliver Lieb, Alex Shelley, Scot Project
Big room trance Netherlands The 2010s form of trance, characterized by big room sound influenced by Dutch house and hardstyle. W&W,[1] MaRLo,[2] Andrew Rayel, Armin van Buuren, Orjan Nilsen, Mark Sixma, David Gravell
Classic trance Germany Purportedly the original form of trance music, said to have originated in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Characterized by less percussion than techno, more emphasis on the melody, arpeggio-based melodies, and repetitive melodic chords/arpeggios. Age of Love, Binary Finary, Cygnus X, Dance 2 Trance, Jam & Spoon, Sven Väth, Oliver Lieb, The KLF
Dream trance Dream house, dream dance Italy A variety of epic trance popularized by Robert Miles in the mid-1990s which is highly melodic. It tends to feature soothing piano riffs and draws influences from deep house and progressive house music. DJ Dado, Robert Miles, The Cynic Project, Zhi-Vago
Eurotrance Euro-trance Europe Eurotrance emerged as a hybrid of hard trance and Eurodance music and was most popular between late 1998 and 2000. Basshunter, Cascada, DJ Alligator, DJ Manian, DJ Sammy, Fragma, Gigi D'Agostino, Groove Coverage, Ian Van Dahl, Lasgo, Master Blaster, Milk Inc., Novaspace, Pulsedriver, Sash!, Scooter, Verona
Hands up Handz up!, dancecore Europe; mainly in Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Russia, Finland, Liechtenstein and United Kingdom A style of Eurotrance, characterized as hybrid of dream trance, progressive trance, hard trance and Eurodance music that incorporates hardstyle bass and trance elements. It is closely related to the uplifting trance. The vocal elements are often sped up. It is often confused with vocal trance. The lyrics are normally primitive, containing an intro to the song usually without percussion, and often include traces of the classic happy hardcore. Some happy hardcore producers began to produce tracks in this style. Jan Wayne, Milk Inc., Special D., Groove Coverage, Marko Albrecht, Pulsedriver, Cascada, Alice DeeJay, DJ Manian, Insomnia, Basshunter, Master Blaster, Tune Up!
Goa trance Goa Goa (India), Israel A complex, melodic form of trance named after Goa, India, originating in that region in the early 1990s. It often takes influence from Indian classical music (ragas). Ragas usually consist of soothing melodies by the harmonium, sitar, and various other Indian instruments. The style has been developed by musicians from many countries, and later influenced the similar psychedelic trance subgenre. California Sunshine, Dimension 5, Yahel Sherman, The Infinity Project, Transwave, Man With No Name, Infected Mushroom, Astral Projection, Goa Gil, Juno Reactor, Message From God, Raja Ram, Avalon, Tristan, Sesto Sento
Hard trance Hardtrance Germany Aggressive and slower trance sound, originating in Frankfurt, and including influences from hardcore. This style arguably began around 1993 and peaked in popularity in the late '90s. Kai Tracid, Gary D., Yoji Biomehanika, Trance Generators, Flutlicht, Mat Silver & Tony Burt, DuMonde, Jones & Stephenson, Yves Deruyter, Cosmic Gate, Mauro Picotto, Sunburst, DJ Scot Project, Jon The Baptist, System-D
Ibiza trance Balearic trance Spain This style has been influenced by various relaxed music genres, especially linked to Ibiza's (Spain) chill-out style of life paralleled with the huge rave scene that is present in the islands. Very melodic and mellow, sometimes with ethnic features, and it often samples seaside elements like seagulls and ocean waves. It relies more heavily on guitar than other trance genres. It also include danceable uptempo songs featuring syncopated or Latin rhythms. Café del Mar, Chicane, Energy 52, Imagination, Miromusic, Roger Shah, Salt Tank, York
Neo trance Nu trance, minimal trance Germany and Denmark The genre that arrived in early 2000s in the vernacular to describe the developments towards more minimalist trance. Kyau & Albert, Gui Boratto, Trentemøller, James Holden, Nathan Fake, Dominik Eulberg
Nitzhonot Nitzhonot trance, nitzh Israel Nitzhonot (Hebrew: נצחונות, "victories") is a form of Goa trance that emerged during the mid-late 1990s in Israel. Nitzhonot blends hard pulsating basses, sometimes referred to as "laserkicks", with the Eastern melodies typical for Indian Goa trance from 1996 and 1997. The tracks are usually in a range of 145–155 bpm. Eyal Barkan, Astrix, Cyan, Darma, Cherouvim, Star Children, Space Odyssey, Dementia
Progressive trance Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom Differentiated from the then "regular" trance by more breakdowns, less acid-like sound & bass chord changes that gave the repeating lead synth a feeling of "progression". BT, Cosmic Gate, Cloud2Ground, Humate, Sasha, Flash Brothers, Agnelli & Nelson, Nic Chagall, John Digweed, Joshua Ryan, Underworld, Sander Kleinenberg, Slacker, Breeder, Markus Schulz, Faithless, Brainbug, Ronski Speed, Reflekt, Three Drives, Rank 1, Ruben De Ronde, Perry O'Neil, Estiva, Rodg, LTN, Above & Beyond, ilan Bluestone
Psychedelic trance Psytrance, psy Goa, Germany, France, Russia, Israel, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand A kind of trance that was developed in the late 1990s and grew from Goa trance culture of India. While it retains strong cultural ties to India, the term has come to refer generally to the music and style of culture associated with it, which is now found in many countries. One defining feature of this genre is the use of a lot of spontaneous sounds and samples. However the range of styles is quite broad, and it has several subgenres of its own, listed below. 1200 Micrograms, Infected Mushroom, GMS, Son Kite, Skazi, Hallucinogen, Astrix, Avalon, Vini Vici
Tech trance Techno-trance, techno/trance Germany A merge of techno and trance, tech trance appeared in the mid-1990s. Usually tech trance tunes consist of non-changeable bassline, loud drums and percussion and mostly ambient pads. Tiësto, Oliver Lieb, Yoji Biomehanika, Humate, Sander van Doorn, Jesselyn, Megamind, Ernesto vs Bastian
Uplifting trance Anthem trance, emotional trance, energetic trance, epic trance, euphoric trance, melodic trance, Dutch trance Germany Popular style of trance that emerged in the wake of progressive and acid trance in the late '90s. Andy Blueman, Super8 & Tab, Ferry Tayle, Ferry Corsten, Gouryella, Carlo Resoort, Ayla, Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, NWYR, ATB, DJ Tandu, Neo & Farina, Blank & Jones, Cloud2Ground, Marco V, Matt Darey, Filo & Peri, Daniel Kandi, Digital United, Sean Tyas, Airscape, Darude, Vincent de Moor, Airbase, Aly & Fila, Cascade, Sash!, The Thrillseekers
Vocal trance Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Liechtenstein and United Kingdom Broad term referring to trance with a full set of lyrics, which may or may not be any of the above genres (mostly uplifting, and epic trance often have vocals). Often an artist will borrow a singer's talents as opposed to the singer himself or herself, or sample from/remix more traditional pop music. Note that there is some debate as to where the divide lies between vocal trance and Eurodance. Astroline, Nadia Ali, Dash Berlin, Dance Nation, 4 Strings, Lange, Milk Inc., Ian Van Dahl, Above & Beyond, Fragma, Lost Witness, Armin van Buuren, NWYR, OceanLab, Chicane, Lasgo, Faithless, Ayumi Hamasaki (remix albums), Sylver, Kate Ryan, ATB, DJ Encore, DJ Sammy, Santamaria, Do, Delerium, Angel City and Jessy De Smet, Globe
Subgenre classifications of psychedelic trance
Subgenre Alternate names Origin Description Notable artists
Dark psytrance Dark psy, dark psychedelic trance, dark trance, darkpsy, alien psy, black trance, cyberdelic psytrance, horror psy, horror trance, killer psytrance, psycore Germany and Russia Does not use vocals, though sampling is common, with speech and other kind of samples usually being taken from different kind of movies (especially horror movies), or occasionally from other tracks. Sometimes sampling elements form other genres of music is done as a mockery of the original tracks. LuneCell, Bio Babas, C-P-C, Kindzadza, Ocelot, Parasense, Penta, Xenomorph
Full-on Full on, fullon, full-on psychedelic trance, full-on psytrance, full-on trance, Israeli full-on Israel Genre draws its main influences from more radio-friendly genres such as nitzhonot and Eurodance, futuristic melodies, occasional electric guitar performances and usage of vocals. Astrix, Vibe Tribe, Kali, Sesto Sento, Puzzle, Talamasca, Frozen Ghost, Slug
Progressive psytrance Progpsy, prog-psytrance, psygressive, psyprog, psy-prog Germany, Norway and Sweden Genre combines the elements of minimal sounding progressive electronic music and complex developments of psychedelic music. Its heritage can be traced back to the developments of minimal techno, tech, and minimal house. Vibrasphere
Psychedelic breakbeat Psybreaks, psychedelic breaks, psy tech-funk Goa, Israel, Spain, France, and United Kingdom A mixture of psychedelic trance and breakbeat. Digitalis, Polyploid, Far Too Loud
Suomisaundi Freeform psytrance, spugedelic trance, suomi psytrance, suomi-saundi, suomisoundi, suomistyge, Finnish psy Finland A style of freeform psychedelic trance, that originated in Finland around the mid-1990s. Eraser vs Yöjalka, Luomuhappo, Salakavala, Shiwa 2000, Squaremeat, Haltya, James Reipas, Texas Faggott


Derived genres from trance
Genre Description Origin Notable artists
Futurepop A fusion of electronic body music and anthem trance. This music has a cold, dark feeling while having grandiose synth melodies and, generally, a more trance-like sound than other subgenres of EBM. Vocals have a more prominent place in Futurepop than most other types of trance, and lyrics tend to be focused upon themes of complex human emotion, alienation, extropianism, and existentialism; as well as global issues, such as war, the apocalypse, and environmentalism. Norway, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom and United States VNV Nation, Icon of Coil, Angels and Agony, Apoptygma Berzerk, Covenant, Assemblage 23
Hardstyle Closely related to nu style gabber and hard trance. Its sound is usually characterized by a mix of gabber and hardcore-like kick/bass sounds, spontaneous rhythmic changes, trance-like synth stabs, sweeps, and miscellaneous samples. However, Hardstyle usually has a much slower bpm than gabber (between 140 and 150). Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Greece Blutonium Boy, Dana, Technoboy, Trance Generators, The Prophet, DJ Zany, Headhunterz, Wildstylez, AudioFreq
Psybient Also known as "ambient psy", "psychedelic ambient", "ambient goa", or "ambient psytrance" it is a mixture of psychedelic trance with ambient and glitch. Goa, Israel, France, and United Kingdom Bluetech, Celtic Cross, Entheogenic, Total Eclipse, Kick Bong, Shpongle, Shulman, Younger Brother, Ott
Psydub A fusion genre of electronic music that has its roots in psychedelic trance, ambient and dub music. United Kingdom Androcell, Antandra, Alien Dread, Banco De Gaia, Bluetech, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Desert Dwellers, Dreadzone, Drrtywulvz, Easily Embarrassed, Entheogenic, Ephemeral Mists, Globular, Grouch, Kalya Scintilla, Kaminanda, Kuba, Kukan Dub Lagan, Land Switcher, Ott, Phutureprimitive, Pitch Black, Quanta, Resonant Language, Shpongle, Shulman, Somatoast, Soulacybin, Soulular, Supersillyus, The Orb, Tor.Ma in Dub
Trance-fusion A subgenre of the jam band movement that blends such musical styles as rock, jazz, funk, and electronica. It consists primarily of instrumental music. The terms jamtronica and livetronica are also used to refer to this style of music. United States Disco Biscuits, The New Deal, Lake Trout, Brothers Past, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Lotus, Particle, Holy Fuck, Future Rock, EOTO, Pnuma Trio


  • Ishkur. "Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music".
  • ""A Beginners Guide To Trance Music"".
  • Argentum. ""Trance music. A definition of genre."". Archived from the original on 2008-03-19.
  • "Understanding Trance Music". Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  • "". Archived from the original on 2011-02-26. Retrieved 2009-07-25.