Psytrance, also known as psychedelic trance or simply psy, is a subgenre of electronic dance music that originated in the 1990s in Goa, India. It is characterized by fast-paced, repetitive beats and psychedelic sounds and effects, often with a trance-like quality.
The origins of psytrance can be traced back to the “Goa trance” parties that took place in Goa, India in the 1980s and 1990s. These parties, which were popular with Western tourists and expats, featured a mix of electronic music, trance, and psychedelic rock, and were known for their immersive, spiritual atmosphere. The music played at these parties was often homemade, with DJs and producers creating their own mixes and tracks using simple equipment and software.
As the Goa trance scene grew in popularity, it began to spread to other parts of the world, with psytrance parties and festivals popping up in Europe, North America, and elsewhere. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, psytrance experienced a surge in popularity, with many new subgenres emerging, such as full-on, progressive, and dark psy.
One of the key features of psytrance is its use of complex and intricate soundscapes, created using synthesizers, samplers, and other electronic music production tools. Many psytrance tracks also feature a range of effects, such as delays, reverb, and filters, which help to create a sense of depth and space. The music is often designed to be played at high volumes, with powerful basslines and high-energy rhythms designed to get crowds moving.
In addition to its popularity as a music genre, psytrance has also had a significant influence on popular culture, with its distinctive aesthetic and values influencing fashion, art, and other areas. Many people who attend psytrance festivals and events see them as a way to connect with others and escape from the stresses and distractions of everyday life.
Despite its widespread popularity, psytrance remains a somewhat underground scene, with a dedicated and passionate following. Many psytrance festivals and events are held in remote or off-the-beaten-path locations, often in natural surroundings such as forests, deserts, or beaches. These events are often characterized by their immersive, communal atmosphere and their emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Today, psytrance is a global phenomenon, with festivals and events taking place all over the world. It continues to evolve and change, with new artists and styles emerging all the time. While psytrance has its roots in Goa, India, it has now spread to every corner of the globe, with a diverse and international community of fans and practitioners