What was the reason for the decline of trance after 2005?

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I think Ive mentioned this to you before but in my opinion the last 2/3 years of Trance have show increased promise and quality.
The 2010s were weird.

At the beginning of the decade you had the JOOF Essential Mix, and the modern tech-trance style was also developing - you can tell from JOC's productions around this time. Shortly after, around 2011 producers perfected the tech-trance style, and then there was the no-climax, full acid non-sense for a few years. Trance also started drawing influences from big room, but it largely avoided dubstep (only a few trance tracks with dubstep-like sounds were ever released, think Photographer - This is Upstep). In the background, JOOF Recordings and Solarstone struggled to keep things real and underground.
This time also saw the loss and/or deterioration of former trance stars: Tiesto quickly latched on "trouse," officially quitting trance. M.I.K.E. largely lost his unique touch. Several other producers came out of retirement to release unremarkable tracks.
I think this era of trance culminated in the Transmission 2014 event at Prague. Pretty much the entire lineup consists of key players from this era, even more so than any other early 2010s year.

Beyond that, you have the dark era led by Vini Vici and Armin capitalizing on the psytrance. They thought it'd be a great idea to combine trance with the most boring psy-trance style (modern full-on), and the crazy thing is that it worked. Vini Vici's Free Tibet has ~107 million views at the time of writing, and Armin's Blah Blah Blah [2018] has well over 400 million views. Blah Blah Blah is like a chimera of trance genres; the combination of psytrance with pop vocals and a big room arrangement doesn't really work. It still became immensely popular.

Recently there has been an uptick in quality. I think that's thanks to Anjuna stepping up their game, both on the main label and Anjunadeep.
 
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Claiming that "there were still many good releases in 2007-2008" doesn't add to the discussion, and it was not my intent to claim that those years didn't have good trance releases.

I concur. But I'm still not giving 2006 up, though it does see a decline.

Honestly though, I think I'm lucky to have been able to enjoy most of trance styles, from its inception to today. I'm glad I started with ~2012 style, explored the current sound for a year or two, and then started going back. If it was the other way around, I don't think I would've enjoyed modern trance.
 

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Generally the biggest issues with some old genres as Trance and Techno is that they just don't change that much in the last decades, they don't continue to get subgenres and new names and attention. The late 00's had an increase in Vocal Trance diluting it, Armin van Buuren owning the genre at the top level, and so much more interest in Electro and Dubstep. So Trance plugged along but without a lot of development, new blood, or ideas. At least Above and Beyond really came out in that period.
 
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So much truth in many posts here, I guess its a combination of things. For me the worst years in trance have been probably in mid 10s, lets say 2012-2016 were the worst. The style that was produced was boring and not suitable for my aging ears, all the big players went to pop/edm side, no new talents really came into scene. It has changed in recent years though, i am quite happy with the scene recently.
 
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It's amazing this forum is still active. Isn't that forum like older than the entire known Universe?
Haha, honestly, when I before I joined this forum to connect with other like minded people, I sought after TranceAddict since they've been there since I started raving and going to parties in the early 2000's. So glad TranceFix exists though, I was never given the TA verification code by the admin to be able to participate, lol. Even tried to email them, but no one replied or gave a shit. Guessing the crew is very minimal at this point, but it was the go-to forum back in the day.

Going back to the topic of the decline of Trance post 2005, I think it was just a changing of the times, lots of house music went mainstream (big room house and progressive house) like Kaskade and Deadmau5 and Dubstep was also gaining a lot of momentum.

I also vaguely remember PVD playing Aly & Fila and that FSOE style was getting really popular around that time (probably around 2007-2010), which I thought at first was really cool, but then once everyone joined that bandwagon and it all really started to sound the same, I felt it became really cookie-cutter, which eventually evolved into the Modern Trance that I hear nowadays; very clean production and lots of sidechain compression, that pumping effect similar to big room house music.

At that point, for me, at least, I grew out of trance and started exploring other genres. Still, a lot of artists nowadays are often going back to classic trance, adding elements from that sound to their tracks, which I'm thankful for. I even caught a snippet of David Guetta's DJMAG Top 100 set and he was literally playing old school trance sounds in his set, which was crazy to see.
 
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