Psytrance has been a much-discussed subject here at GrooveNexus. We have already rained you with a specially curated top Indian psytrance artists list. Therefore, now will be the right time to discuss details about the list of Psytrance music artists making the hippie-vibe live worldwide.
Psychedelic trance, psytrance is a subgenre of trance music characterized by rhythms and layered melodies created by high tempo riffs. The genre offers variety in terms of mood, tempo and style. The first hippies who arrived in Goa, India in the mid 1960s were drawn there for many reasons, including the beaches, the low cost of living, the friendly locals, the Indian religious and spiritual practices and the readily available Indian cannabis, which until the mid-1970s was legal. During the 1970s the first Goa DJs or psytrance artists were generally playing psychedelic rock bands such as Grateful, Pink Floyd, Dead and The Doors.
The tracks were remixed, looping the melodies and lyrics and generally manipulating the sounds in all manners before the tracks were finally presented to the dancers as custom Goa-style mixes. The golden age of the first wave of Goa Psy Trance as a generally agreed upon genre was between 1994 and 1997.
Top International Psytrance Artists
Israel-based Skazi is one of the best psytrance artists and was initially formed by Asher Swissa and Assaf Bivas. They started by producing soft Psy-Trance Electro Punk music. Later, Bivas left in 1998, and Swissa adopted the stage name of DJ Skazi.
Skazi’s first album, Animal, was released in September 2000. It made him an overnight star. Since “Animal”, Skazi released numerous albums that became instantaneous hits. Albums such as “Storm”, “Zoo 1,2,3″, “Total Anarchy”, “My way” were his major hits.
Skazi has headlined in prime festivals like, Tomorrowland, Fuji Rock and Nagisa (Japan), Experience (Brazil), Sunburn (India), Beat Patrol (Austria), Creamfields (Australia), Def Con (Australia), Moscow Arena (Russia), Planeta Atlantida (Brazil), Ministry of Sound and Resonance (South Africa), and several others.
Owner of the Chemical Crew label, Skazi has worked with artists like Infected Mushroom, Astrix, Talamasca, etc. to create trip-worthy music. Additionally, Skazi starred in several TV shows, including his own late-night show as a host, and campaigns for universal brands such as Lee Cooper and Myth Lab headphones.
2. Infected Mushroom
Infected Mushroom was formed by Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani. The Israeli duo formed in Haifa in 1996. They produced and performed electronic Psychedelic music. Employing a combination of a various musical sources like: acoustic guitars and synthesized basses, their compositions are comprised of changes of the drum beat and tempo. Their live shows have the characteristic feature of vocals and analog instruments set against a visual backdrop.
Both are one of the best progressive psytrance artists who started learning the art of music at a very young age of 11 and 7, respectively. Before taking their official name, their initial releases were under the name of Shidapu and Duvdev. The official name was taken from a local Punk band that had been split. Their most note-worthy release, till date, remains “Bust A Move”, from their 2000 album Classical Mushroom. They even rocked the ninth rank on DJ Mags’s top 100 DJs list.
The real name of Astrix is Avi Shmailov, an Israeli DJ producing Progressive psychedelic trance music. He started as a DJ in 1995 with Alternative and 1980s music. It was during this time that he learned about electronica. He began his maiden in-house studio recordings using a personal computer back in 1997; around the same time, he discovered Trance.
In 2006, Astrix ranked at #41 in DJ Mag’s “Top 100 DJs”, marking Israelis a significant proportion on the chart. In 2007, Astrix reached #18 on the list. His music has characteristic solid and driving basslines with ascending melodies. One of his recent mixes called “Psy-fi Book of Changes Mix”, contains some of the best satisfying transitions of all psytrance artists today. In each series, he proved that he is one of the best psytrance artists and his confidence and dedication is evident.
A Psybient and Downtempo electronica project from England, Shpongle, formed in 1996. The group includes Simon Posford (Hallucinogen) and Raja Ram. Both the artists spin separately as well as together. The duo is one of the forebears of the Psybient genre, combining Psychedelic Trance and Ambient. Their musical style characteristically combines traditional music from all over the globe and vocals with modern western synthesizer-based psychedelic music. They are both one of the best psytrance artists in the world individually.
Posford does the synthesizers, studio work, and live instrumentation while Raja Ram is responsible for broad musical concepts and flute arrangements. In an interview, Raja Ram stated that “Shpongle” is used as an umbrella term for feeling positive and euphoric. The two met at Butterfly Studios in South London when Posford was occupied on Purple Om and Raja Ram was occupied with The Infinity Project. They went to the Glastonbury festival together and decided to write music after their experience. That is how Shpongle was born.
5. Ace Ventura
41-year-old, Ace Ventura is the best psytrance artists of all time. He is an Israel-based DJ and producer of Progressive Psytrance. His real name is Yoni Oshrat, and he comes from a rich musical background. He played a major role in establishing Israel as an important trance-country. He is comparatively new as a solo artist after successfully releasing Children of the Doc and Psysex in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Ace Ventura won the Best Psy-Trance artist award in the first Beatport music awards contest. Having headlined in all major festivals like Boom festival, he is known for his extra-long DJ sets.
Additionally, he formed projects alongside the likes of Astrix (as Alpha Portal), Rocky (as Easy Riders), Liquid Soul (as Liquid Ace), and Zen Mechanics (as Zentura), to name a few collabs.
6. Astral Projection
Avi Nissim and Lior Perlmutter formed Astral Projection in 1994. Both are one of the best psytrance artists in the world. The Israel-based DJ duo has released most of their music through their own record company, Trust in Trance Records (which later merged with Phonokol). One of the avid practitioners of Goa Trance, Astral Projection’s music sets the mood with the right amount of trippy vibe reflecting the best of his skills as one in the top international Psytrance artists league.
The duo first met at elementary school at the tender age of nine. At the age of 13, Lior coupled up with Yaniv Haviv under the name of Paradox whereas Avi was DJing with heavy industrial bands around Israel. Lior and Avi created their first duet and named it SFX in 1989. Their first breakthrough was in 1991 with their single Monster Mania released by Music Man (a Belgian company). By 1994, Lior and Avi started working under their home record label, Trust in Trance, on a more professional and commercial level. They began performing live in events around Europe, along with working on their second album Trust in Trance vol. 2.
7. Hilight Tribe
Currently based out of Ibiza, Hilight Tribe is a practitioner of acoustic Trance/Techno music influenced by natural trance. Originally belonging to Paris, the band comprises of Sebastian Garcia, Gregory Ruze, Ludovic Pelissier, Richard Peres, Laurent Didier, Mathias Dur. Performing since the 1990s, around the world, they pass a message of peace and unity among cultures. They have over 750 concerts and 8 albums to their credit.
They define themselves as the explorers of a world that is without borders. Their music is best defined as the real bridge between tribal music and the sound of tomorrow. They call their music genre “Natural Trance” which is entirely interpreted by musicians and finds its source as much in the avant garde electronica style than traditional world music. Thanks to their sound engineer, light designer, and stage manager, each concert becomes a sensorial experience.
8. Paranormal Attack
Originally from Lisbon, Portugal and currently based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil, DJ Paranormal Attack is a follower and performer of Psychedelic Trance. Formed around 2001, the band was discovered by the Israeli record label Chemical Crew. The band comprises of Rui Oliveira aka DJ Xangaii on vocals, guitar, and synthesizers, Lucas on drums, and Goncalo Miranda on synths.
The release of “Phenomenon” in 2006, was a standout and big success because of its blending sounds of Rock, Hard-Electro, Pop, and even classical music. Since then, Paranormal Attack played at the best of the clubs and festivals around the world including Tomorrowland Brazil 2016, several Xxxperience editions, Spirit and Playground Festivals, etc. In 2015 DJ Xangaii also launched his own record label “Fxxk Tomorrow”.
9. Vibe Tribe
Vibe Tribe is the Psychedelic project of Russian-born Israeli music producer Stas Marnyanski and Elmar Ivatarov (who left the project). This project has been active since 2002. Vibe Tribe’s tracks have been featured on compilations released under labels such as: Utopia Records, Neurobiotic Records, Shiva Space Technology, Turbo Trance Records, B.N.E Records, Crystal Matrix, Spun Records, Noga Records, and others.
Stas has been producing electronica since the age of 13. From 2003, he began releasing tracks on different compilations with a motto to bring something fresh to the global Psytrance scene. His creative and breathtakingly melodic psytrance style gained him worldwide recognition. His debut album was released in 2004, namely, Melodrama, and his second studio album, Wise Cracks, released in 2006. Ever since his massive international leap in 2007, this maestro has been touring around the globe performing in fests like Tomorrowland, Boom Town, Burning Mountain, Earthcore Festival, Insomnia, Playground Festival, etc.
10. Sesto Sento
This Israeli psytrance and electronica trio was formed by Matan Kadosh, Aviram Saharai, and Itai Spector. Sesto Sento has a “Gold Record Status” for their third studio album “Come Together”, with a 1,000,000 song plays on myspace. Sesto Sento additionally has a successor/side project known as Vini Vici, formed in 2014.
They have toured extensively and played at Rio de Janeiro beach, Playground, Spirit of London, Mexican Ommix, Russian Ultra Music Summer event, Japanese Noga Records Ariake magical nights, and several mega raves.
Sesto Sento’s music has a characteristic mix between their classic style to their futuristic one. They make the use of live vocals, guitars, and synthesizer. They truly define themselves as the eternal heirs of Psytrance. Sesto Sento’s live shows take its attendees to a new level of mind traveling and dancing experience.
Guessing, by now, you all have become an ardent followers of psychedelia form of music. Thanks for reading till the end.