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    Which Country (or Countries) are the Leaders or 'Home' of Trance music today?

    Where is the new home of Trance? I'm talking in the broadest sense... all the producers, labels, parties, events. Who has the most prominent foot in these areas and the healthiest scene? Who is producing the majority and greatest new generation of producers? Just a fun topic to discuss.

    For a long time it was considered the Netherlands, mainly due the huge superstar DJs and heavyweights it produced in the late 90's/Ealry 00's.... Ferry, Tiesto, Armin, Rank 1, Benno, Menno, Three Drives, De Moor to name a few. It also hosted massive events search as Sensation White and Trance Energy and even Tiesto played at the Olympics opening ceremony. There was also an identity of the music produced...a dutch 'sound' that was quite recognisable.

    Other countries at the same time were also making huge waves in the scene, with incredible producers, labels, events too, but it felt like the Dutch culture was really embodying the Trance movement at a crucial time when it was gaining global recognition. Germany, UK, Belgian in particular were big players, but always had other music scenes competing or representing the countries (Jungle, Techno, Hardcore, etc)

    So is the Netherlands still the reliable and healthy scene we once knew? I feel like the torch may now have been passed, or perhaps nowhere is the 'home' due to the international spread it has seen. East coast America has certainly seen an explosion of Trance culture (NY).

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    In terms of sheer popularity by numbers, USA definitely. Latin America is catching up quickly. Asia is a vast goldmine that is only starting to be tapped into in recent year or two i'd say.

    In terms of longevity and the trance culture, it's between the UK and Netherlands. Fewer people listening to trance in recent years, but those who do generally have listened for quite a number of years and are more knowledgeable about the music as a whole.

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    In today's scene, my best bet is the UK. The Netherlands are not even second I guess. Who do we got left?

    New generation:

    Allen Watts
    Fisherman & Hawkins

    Old generation:

    Armin van Buuren
    Ferry Corsten
    Sied van Riel
    Misja Helsloot
    Robert Nickson
    Raz Nitzan
    RAM
    Ton TB
    Marcel Woods ?
    Marco V ?
    Estiva ?

    Especially the new generation coming from here is ridiculous small. Club wise it's not even a thing anymore. Not alive at all.

    We're losing ground
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    Quote Originally Posted by PegaSus View Post
    Club wise it's not even a thing anymore. Not alive at all.
    Serious? I know you have the festivals, but there is no club scene in the bigger cities?

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    In terms of sheer popularity by numbers, USA definitely. Latin America is catching up quickly. Asia is a vast goldmine that is only starting to be tapped into in recent year or two i'd say.
    Not sure if the Americans are listening to much real Trance though, or just EDM/big-room stuff still. I would imagine that the Trance listener per capita is actually still smaller than the European countries, but could be wrong. Who do the Americans have for upcoming Trance talent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hensmon View Post
    Not sure if the Americans are listening to much real Trance though, or just EDM/big-room stuff still. I would imagine that the Trance listener per capita is actually still smaller than the European countries, but could be wrong. Who do the Americans have for upcoming Trance talent?
    Most of the exposure has been post-2013 i'd say with Armin breaking through into the market, so most people are under the ASOT camp, and at the 'consumer level' still.

    In terms of absolute numbers can't say for sure, but in terms of new listeners for the past 5 years, i think it's fair to say America is making up a huge share of it. Especially with all the large festivals, the exposure is great, even if trance is a small piece of the EDM cake now.

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    I agree, The Netherlands was the home for trance for quite some time. Trance not only being played at big events like TE, Sensation, Dance Valley, Shockers etc, but also at smaller venues/discotheques. But that was a long time ago. I rarely see interesting party's or festivals with Trance music being the main dish, or new talent for that matter. New talent is perhaps wasted on me, because I do not like modern trance music anymore. It is to hard, loud and predictable. But on topic. Only festivals I know of are Luminosity (Which is great I must admit, will be attending this year again), Quest4Trance and perhaps ASOT. Went to Transmission in Praha a few times, that was fun. I did hear 'trance' music being played in a festival in Las Vegas last year, outside my hotel, but I did not attend, Dj's were mainly EDM, W&W, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin haha, that sort of thing.

    I guess Belgium has a sort of small revival with the Bonzai releases and 'classics' events. Germany and the UK maybe? I do not know about USA. I know Eco, Suzy Solar and Tom Colontonio are from the USA, that is about it. Maybe eastern Europe?

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    Well we have JOC and Kearney \o/

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddie t View Post
    Well we have JOC and Kearney \o/
    Belfast or Dublin have trance nights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PegaSus View Post
    We're losing ground
    Doesn't matter where they come from imo, if they release proper trancemusic I'm a happy man.

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    Late 90's/Early 2000s : Holland,UK and Germany for me as the three main places to provide the Trance producers,events etc.

    I think theres a big connection between UK & Holland,as in 1999 Ferry & Tiesto came over to the UK to promote Gouryella,and thats when Trance blew up - in the UK charts. Ministry of Sound got Ferry to do the Trance Nation series.

    Clubs like Gatecrasher at the Republic,Sheffield were a massive influence back then.

    It hasnt mattered in the last decade or so with the introduction of social media - its very much a worldwide thing now as you see from the events in South America etc. Listener wise,USA is easily top on sheer amount of people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magdelayna View Post
    Late 90's/Early 2000s : Holland,UK and Germany
    Don't forget Belgium with the amazing Bonzai Label, many classics released by that label in that period also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco1979 View Post
    Don't forget Belgium with the amazing Bonzai Label, many classics released by that label in that period also.
    Was going to say Belgium just on the fact of providing L-vee & MIKE hehe. But on the big scale things,nothing compared to UK & Holland.

    I think youd have to point to the UK for shaping the whole thing back then....the clubs,the labels,the UK charts which helped springboard Trance to popular culture.

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    Btw,i didnt answer the question properly hehe....'today' ive no idea really where the home is. But does there need to be one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PegaSus View Post
    In today's scene, my best bet is the UK. The Netherlands are not even second I guess. Who do we got left?

    New generation:

    Allen Watts
    Fisherman & Hawkins

    Old generation:

    Armin van Buuren
    Ferry Corsten
    Sied van Riel
    Misja Helsloot
    Robert Nickson
    Raz Nitzan
    RAM
    Ton TB
    Marcel Woods ?
    Marco V ?
    Estiva ?

    Especially the new generation coming from here is ridiculous small. Club wise it's not even a thing anymore. Not alive at all.

    We're losing ground
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    @Sleepy-Robot @Marco1979
    I guess we have to wipe out Armin as well...
    Happiness is everywhere, but it's never complete...

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    I guess we have to wipe out Armin as well...
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