will trance ever be popular?

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.

Oceanlab

I don’t quite understand all that hype about the new Oceanlab single “Sirens of the sea”. Yes, it is quite neat, good singing as always from Justine Suissa, but if you compare it to older Oceanlab tracks like “Clear blue water” or “Sky falls down” it is rather unspectacular and even a little bit boring.

Speaking of vocal trance tracks: A while ago I listened to the recently digitally released who-knows-how-many remixes of Matt Darey’s “eternity” – it seems to me that not a single one of these remixes is without that bothering opera singing. If it was just instrumental it could be quite an interesting track. I am really not a fan of using classical elements in trance.