For many of us Trance listeners, Chicane used to be the fundamental artist who not only was one of the creators of this style but whose music, especially his first albums still belong to the best ever released in the electronic music genre. Sadly, Chicane changed his style radically, a lot of releases were basically pretty ordinary pop music pieces that fit perfectly as background music in grocery stores. Now, there is hope. A remix of an old Sigur Ros song named “Poppiholla” sounds just fantastic as you can discover when going to Chicane’s home page. The track starts right away.
A short while ago I read an interesting question at the Anjunabeats Forum: Will Trance ever be “in” too, be the hip music style and will it have more commercial success? My answer is a definite “No”
While dance music always was big, it seems to me that we are in a retro wave again. Madonna’s current single for instance seems to be a successful try to turn back the wheels of time since it comes in a 70/80′s disco style and one can only imagine how many artists will now jump on that train and produce similar stuff too.
Beside that most of the trance tracks that are around are instrumental – no singing – and instrumental tracks always had it difficult to be sold to a wider audience. Of course there were some exceptions to the rule – for instance Chicane or Paul van Dyk – but the vast majority of trance tracks didn’t make it into the charts. Even very melodious vocal trance tracks had only small success before.
So, as much as I wish that Trance would become more popular the chances for that aren’t big. Which has its positive aspects too.