Thoughts about some music we hear under the ‘Psytrance’ tag today
In the last few months we’ve seen pretty strange tracks occupying the top spots at Beatport’s Top-100 Psytrance chart: some Big room House, Pop EDM Vocals, Uplifting, Hardstyle — well, pretty much everything but Psytrance!
And it makes me think about how I should react on this, because frankly, I’m not quite sure. I have two different views on this.
“It doesn’t feel right”
One part of me hates when things aren’t in place or named in a wrong way.
For example, I love pasta bolognese and I don’t have anything against vegans, but I get absolutely mad when I see yet another recipe of a “vegan pasta bolognese”. What the hell is this? Meat is the essential part of this classic meat-based sauce recipe, if you took it out it won’t be a pasta bolognese anymore. That vegan version can be same delicious or even better, but please just don’t call it a bolognese then!
So when I hear the tracks like this under the ‘Psytrance’ tag, it makes me feel the same as I would see a vegan pasta bolognese:
It seems they think that having that “kick-bass” pattern is what makes it Psytrance, but it doesn’t. When I see this one spotting at #1 Psytrance chart, it just doesn’t feel right to me from the listener’s perspective.
“Music evolves whether we like it or not”
Nevertheless, some other part of me tells me this: if you ask anyone who pioneered Psytrance back in the early 90s starting in the form of Goa Trance, they will probably tell that all modern Psytrance aka “Psy-Prog” is shit. Maybe for them modern Psytrance is not “Psytrance” anymore, same as now we see those “Psy or Die” songs and thinking it’s not a Psytrance too?
Future Ducks of London – Why Psytrance has Become Shit
While we trying to use the same tags and genres to describe music, music evolves and going far beyond the original words that used to describe it. It already happened with House, Techno, and Trance music, now it’s Psytrance’s turn.
Maybe all those genres and tags just don’t work anymore, so a better solution would be simply ignoring it?
Funny enough, when I think of my own music I can’t fit into Psytrance genre alone too. “Enuma Elish” has almost Uplifting-like breakdown which is not typical for Psytrance as we hear today; “Surreal” more belongs to classic Trance or even Techno. In fact, I never sit in the borders of a single genre.
Getting out of comfort zone
Let’s ignore all those labels, charts, tags that Beatport and some other industry companies trying to put on music. Love the artists and tracks, not genres. Love the music, not a tag on it.