We have a long list of talented Indian Psychedelic Trance Artists who are working hard to amplify our emotions with their mesmerizing sounds.
Indian Psychedelic Trance Music or Psy Trance has a long history before any other sort of electronica got exposure in India. 1960’s saw the arrival of hippies in Goa and by the mid of 1970’s the first DJs started playing Psychedelic Rock music from bands like Pink Floyd and The Doors. Electronic Dance Music came to Goa in the 1980’s.
Pioneers of Psy Trance, at the time, Laurent and Fred Disko popularised the music of Europe in Goa. The DJs in Goa started removing lyrics, combining melodies with unique sounds, and looping beats, in combination with ethereal ethnic bits like flutes, sitars, percussive instruments, etc.; all of which came to be known as Goa Trance. Gaining global popularity by the 1990’s, it spread across the globe with artists from countries like Netherlands, Russia, Israel, etc. producing Goa Trance Music. By 1992, the Goa Trance sound was being used synonymously with the term Psychedelic Trance. There was this legendary Club Paradiso, set up in 1994, Goa, where artists like Astral Projection and Infected Mushroom dominated the Indian Psychedelic Trance Music scene, until 2000.
While we already know international names, let’s have a glance at some of our own Indian Psychedelic Music Producers, in no particular order.
Bilas Rajderkar, alias Spinal Fusion, is a sound engineer, who began music production at the age of seventeen. He is also the proud Label Manager of Indian based psytrance label ‘Profound Records. Ever since he was 10, everything related to music sparked a fire within him. Spinal Fusion is laser-focused on producing something fresh and enthralling.
In a short span of 3 years, Spinal Fusion has featured in some of the most important events in India, and abroad. Some of these elite festivals worldwide includes: Boom Festival 2018 (Portugal) , Freq’s of nature Fullmoon Festival (Germany), The Experience Festival (Thailand), Hilltop Fest (Goa), F.L.O.W Festival (Austria), S.U.N Festival (Hungary), Blackmoon Festival (Italy), Shankra Festival (Switzerland), Antaris Project (Germany), Respect Arte e Cultura (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Infected Guitars (Portugal) are among others.
Spinal fusion’s Chronicle production pulverizes and transforms to exhilarate psytrance comprised of unique melodies along with a hint of progressive, and some adventitious vocals.
Listen to Spinal Fusion on Soundcloud and YouTube.
Aghori Tantrik is a solo dark psytrance project by Sid, better known as DJ MadBoySid, who started producing at the age of 14. He is one of the most sought-after Indian Psychedelic Trance artists. Since his beginning in 2003, Sid has released various albums on the global level, namely, Kabrastan (2005), Underground explosion (2008), Rakth Pisasu (2010), and Patala (2014) and many more. Sid also founded a record label in 2005, known as ‘Sonic Tantra Records‘. Powerful driving bass-lines, atmospheres which throw you into phenomenal surreal dimensions and beautifully crafted dark tune twist defines his music. There is a lot of attention paid in the creation of layers of sounds that flow in his music.
Adip also Farebi Jalebi, has been producing dramatic psychedelic tunes, since 2008. With his dense bass lines and dripping sounds expressing strong emotions, he certainly has his own definition and style when it comes to Psy Trance. Each track of his has a distinct twang and tells its own mesmeric tale. Together they are spun into dramatic sets with a dash of hysteria. Farebi became a part of the legendary Parvati Records from Denmark, a label that specializes in psychedelic music. Some of his releases are ORESTIS & FRIENDS: GROUP THERAPY (2016), AFTERLIFE (2015), POLITICAL VIOLENCE (2015).
Began in 2006, Paraforce (meaning infinite energies unleashed on the masses) is a solo – Dark Psy Trance Project of Varun Anand. Based in Delhi, Varun’s music focuses on real-life actions in the past, present, and future. He visualizes his sounds to make power-packed tracks to give his listeners a gothic and psychedelic experience. Paraforce solely wants to express the gothic tales of Malana village and Parvati valley. Now, he is working on Zithrox, another intense and mind-boggling dark Psy project. Paraforce was signed under ‘Shiva Squad Records‘ and its latest album is called ‘ACE OF SPADE‘. Till date, Paraforce has released 6 solo albums.
Gidra is a dark psytrance project with progressive thumps and electronic sounds. The lord of ‘rise and fall of tunes’, Thomas was born in Goa. Thomas is producing Psytrance since 2003, as Gidra and as Access Gremlin. Thus, has been since, aiding people experience trip better.
Known for his bouncy basslines and nocturnal atmospheric sounds, the idea behind Gidra is to deliver an electronic dance music experience with full-power energy.
Jigar Shah, an Indian Psychedelic Trance artist having a prowess of production of very powerful tracks with a distinctive style. His music is characterized by groovy basslines, trippy fx effects and alien sounds which can teleport your spirit from one dimension to another. He has been in the industry for a long time now. Based out of Pune, he also likes to call his Project Shunya. His debut album named Nemesis (2007) achieved great accolades and thereafter, he went on to successfully accomplish the first ever psychedelic trance album made at sea, Séance. He is signed under ‘DVSM RECORDS‘ Some of the releases are like SPIRITUAL SCIENCE 2 (2016) and many more.
Hailing from Banglore, the man behind India’s electronic psychedelic export to the world is Sumith Suresh, a gifted and versatile musician. He’s one of the few Indian Psychedelic Trance Artists to have toured many clubs around the world, since his debut in 2005, playing his psychedelic productions extensively. His music is a blend of futuristic sounds with an organic finesse consequently known for unforgettable live performances. He is the proud owner of Omveda Records, Occulta Records, and Occultech Recordings. Braindrop’s latest EP is Vicious Reacor.
Hear his tracks on Soundcloud.
One of the leading Indian Psychedelic Trance Artists is Mumbai-based Brian Fernandes.Flipknot/Kerosene Club is an experimental dark psytrance project initiated by him. Flipknot/Kerosene Club has received tremendous success worldwide. He is identified for assembling and detaching sounds, matching and disguising them against the tempo of the beat. Strangely, these sounds have an adverse effect on the people who dance to these when amplified; but some meditated. This has brought great joy and satisfaction to him from his work. Flipknot is signed under ‘PARVATI RECORDS’.
9. White Wizard
Sandeep Sharma aka White Wizard, from Dalhousie, focuses mainly on nocturnal psychedelic music, spreading the trippy vibes across the nation. Project White Wizard, drawing influence from nature, was born to open minds and increase consciousness. His music is heavily based on the magical sounds of forest atmosphere, distorted leads, with some squidgy squelches chunked and chunked in a splash of mean percussion along the groovy bassline. Producer of techno-beats, he has collaborated with several contemporaries of himself, like Farebi Jalebi.
His music has been released by ‘PARVATI RECORDS’, ‘LYCANTROP RECORDS’, ‘DIGITAL SHIVA POWER RECORDS‘ etc. Some of his sounds are, THE SILICON SOUNDS (DIGITAL SHIVA POWER RECORDS), FAREBI JALEBI & WHITE WIZARD DISCO MODULATION (SANGOMA RECORDS), and many more here.
Catch him on Soundcloud.
Started by Bharat Bindal, hailing from New Delhi, who has a strong Classical music foundation. Over the years, as a self-taught Bass & Guitar player, he gathered a wealth of musical experience touring and recording with his band for over a decade, ultimately discovering the hypnotic sounds of Psychedelic Trance on the tranquil beaches of Goa.
He joined India’s premier record label ‘Digital Om Productions‘ in 2013. In addition to the several clubs he’s played at, Bharat has also performed at prestigious festivals of Portugal, Thailand, Nepal, and the United States. With his releases topping the charts on Beatport, StarLab has collaborated with celebrated labels such as IONO Music, Techsafari, TesseracTstudio, Digital Om, Sacred Technology. He was also selected by ASTRIX for his VA compilation ‘Book of Changes‘ on Future Music Records.
StarLab’s sets can be best described as being deeply atmospheric, mysterious, infused with enchanting chimes designed to create a strong dance floor experience. Consequently, he is in the main lineups at the top festivals, ‘SHANKARA FESTIVAL’ and ‘ANTARIS’.
11. Sonik Scizzor
Began in 2007, he has released over 50 tracks in his record label. Sonik Scizzor a.k.a La has produced some of the best Psy Trance sounds. His music has a different experience with different stories and unique sounds. He is one of the big touring artists, who has collaborated with many International Psy Trance artists such as Kindzadza and Zik. He specializes in making psychedelic dance music of varying wavelengths. His latest released album DIFFERENT WORLD has10 tracks, released in 2014.
One of the pioneer DJs of India with multiple avatars, Jehan Johar a.k.a Janux previously selected acts for Blue Frog’s monthly gig calendar and doubled-up as a mesmeric Psytrance DJ. Began in 1998, Johar is the unofficial heir of the Goa Trance scene as he actually grew up around the Goan open-air parties with strong hippie vibes. He studied saxophone and has been part of a band. Consequently, presenting himself more as a musician than a DJ.
He has performed at some of the world’s leading festivals like Ozora (2014) in Hungary, Hadra (2014) in France, additionally at Antaris (2015), Hilltop Festival (2014-15) and many more. His high-energy plays are full-packed with killer mixing that transform the party into a powerful actuality.
Janux has hosted all the big psytrance parties in Bombay, where he was the head of music programming at the legendary Blue Frog. It cemented his reputation as a tastemaker and influencer of music.
Hear him out on Soundcloud.
The resident DJ at one of the world’s most spectacular outdoor Psytrance settings, Starling D’souza a.k.a Wicket Chaos a.k.a DJ Starling has also overseen the growth of the genre in Goa. Now in its third decade, he is partnering with his father, Steven D’souza, who started the venue as a simple benches-and-trees mom-and-pop joint. Starling, who began early at the age of 14, has created a monumental stomping ground for psy-fans from across the globe. The annual Hilltop New Year’s bash is one of those things one must tick off their bucket-lists. Before that, however, immerse yourself into Starling’s meaty chunks of Goa Trance as fans of the genre say it is – full power.
AUDIOGRAMME, a progressive Psytrance project, a.k.a Vial is the brainchild of Delhi-based Vikrant Rathore. He is known for his distinguishing electro-psychedelic sounds. His music is characterized as cutting-edge morning/progressive psytrance sounds. Vikrant has performed with artists such as Astrix, Astral Projection, Tristan, Avalon, Liquidsoul, Judge Jules, X- Noize, Marcel Woods, Solarstone, PVD, Skazi, G.M.S, Ace Ventura, and many more. He has been ranked among the top 3 DJs in India under the psytrance category by MY MYFAV awards.
His new project ‘VIAL’ focuses majorly on producing and playing nocturnal psychedelic music, with complex arrangements and forest elements.
He also played for festivals like VH1 SUPERSONIC MOUNTAIN, SUNBURN, etc. which made his sounds global. Audiogramme is signed under ‘B.A.B.A RECORDS’. Listen to his songs on Soundcloud and subscribe to YouTube.
Chakraview a.k.a Felix is a nocturnal psytrance project by Shaveer Ahmed, based out of Assam. A lawyer otherwise, he is known for alien sounds, groovy basslines, best Psybreaks, and trippy leads. His sets are energetic and atmospheric. Working as a producer under various labels have got him a global acclaim. Currently, he is linked with SANGOMA RECORDS, MACKY MAD HOUSE RECORDS, CLOCKTAIL RECORDS, etc.
His debut album ‘ANJUNA TO ASSAM’ was released with COSMOGENESIS RECORDS (UK) in 2010. ‘OPEN YOUR EYES’, his second, with PSYCORE RECORDS, was released in 2011. Even since then, he has been releasing EPs several labels. His music has been released in 14 VAs. Read more about him here.
16. COSMIC BRAHMA
Cosmic Brahma, founded in 2010, is a nocturnal Psytrance project by Abhishek Chakraborty. He began his musical career with DJ’ing in 2003. He was deeply chained with the art of mixing on CDs and turntables. Resident DJ of ‘Explode’ in 2004, Abhishek, till 2009 was organizing parties in Delhi, Banglore, Goa, and Guwahati. His sounds are chosen chiefly to cite the mind-altering stories and lives of real-life people. In his 13 years of journey, he saw himself grow from DJ Abbhy, back in 2009, into Cosmic Brahma.
Cosmic Brahma is known for melodies, crunchy basslines, and best-quality sounds. It is signed to ‘MACKY MAD HOUSE RECORDS’, ‘TEROFLY RECORDS’, ‘CLOCKTAIL RECORDS’, ‘PHT RECORDS’ etc. Some of his best releases are, namely, CHAITANYAM (2015) STEREOFLY RECORDS, THE CONTACT (2015) STEREOFLY RECORDS, etc. And his latest is INCREADIBLE INDIA, TWILIGHT CHRONICLES (2016) CLOCKTAIL RECORDS, which has 18th rank on Beatport (top 100 Psytrance releases).
Liquidnoize is a dark-forest Psytrance project by Vinay Menon from Mumbai. Producing since last 26 years, Liquidnoize is known for his groovy bass-lines, trippy fx sounds, weird scapes, and melodic forest sounds taking you to the pure atmosphere of forests. He is signed under ‘RAAG TAAL RECORDS‘. Some of the releases are, like, VA SHAMAN SOUND TEMPLE (2007), and many more. Hear him out on Soundcloud.
Laya, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘flow’, is a progressive Psytrance project by Aditya Vyas from New Delhi, India. Aditya was introduced to Psytrance by friends around 2005. By 2010, Aditya started producing and teaching himself synthesis. He pursued ‘Audio Engineering’ in 2012 and consequently founded ‘LAYA’ in 2016. His first EP ‘VORTEX’ under Digital Nature Records, hit 26th rank on Beatport’s Top 100 Psytrance releases chart. ‘Laya’ is known for his bouncy bass-lines, crunchy leads, soothing melodies, and high-quality sound.
Hear him on Soundcloud.
Initiated by Rahul Davis from New Delhi, Protonix is a progressive Psytrance project. Rahul started DJ’ing as early as 16 years of age. He was also a resident DJ at one of the most happening spots in Delhi. Rahul pursued ‘Audio Engineering’ from ILM in New Delhi.
Protonix is known for entangling basslines, mystical and trippy melodies designed to create an exceptional experience. He has played at numerous festivals such as ‘MAGICA FESTIVAL (KASOL)’, COKABANA FESTIVAL (KASOL), RANGILA (KASOL), DESERT DANCING (PUSHKAR), and many more.
Psyness is a hi-tech Psy project by Abhishek Mahadev from Banglore. Abhishek began to play at parties in 2003, Goa. And started playing techno and electro around the country in 2005, switching to psytrance after a year. First Psytrance gig played at Banglore, in 2006. He started music production in 2013 and has released several VA’S and EP’S.
Psyness is known for his trippy squelches, and mindblowing hi-tech fx and Psybrakes. Psyness is signed under ‘COSMIC CREW RECORDS’, ‘NAMO RECORDS’, ‘SONIC TANTRA RECORDS’, ‘LAMAT RECORDS’, ‘POPOL-VUH RECORDS’. His various releases are, like, VA GOA FREAKS (POPOL-VUH RECORDS), VA TRANSCENDENTAL ANALYSIS (GALACTIC CREW RECORDS), etc. Hear him on Soundcloud. Subscribe to him on YouTube.
Psycz is a Goan Psytrance project by Avik Bhattacharyya from Kolkata, India. He began DJ’ing at the age of 19. Soon, Avik started traveling in across India to psytrance festivals exploring the different sub-genres in Indian Psychedelic Trance music. Avik started producing music at 25 and focused developing his patent style. Psycz is known for mystical and atmospheric melodies, mysterious pads, and trippy fx sounds.
Psycz is signed under ‘JUICY NOISE RECORDS (GERMANY)’, ‘GOA RECORDS’, ‘PSYWORLD RECORDS’, and ‘SERIOUS LAB RECORDS’.
Started by Saukat Roy from Kolkata, currently in Banglore, who is into DJ’ing since 2007. This self-taught artist is signed under ‘PSYWORLD RECORDS’. Known for his twisted sounds of twilight, his sets are mind blowing and soul-filling. Psytronic has shared the stage with artists like Avalon, Mystical Complex, Vibe Tribe, Indra, Omiki and many more. He has also performed at Sunburn Reload. Psytronic has released two albums, the latest one being ‘Akuratha‘ on PsyWorldRecords. He also plays at HIMALAYAN MUSIC FESTIVAL (DHARAMSHALA). One of his releases is EP CELESTIAL SELF (PSYWORLD RECORDS) 2016, you can hear him on Soundcloud profile.
Nitin was voted as India’s No. 1 Psytrance DJ by MyfavAwards (2013-2014 & 2015-2016). He plays at clubs and bars across the globe, showing his skills and developing a unique style of his own for 14 years now. Bangalore/Goa-based Nitin is known for his fine-crafted sets at SUNBURN GOA, NYE-HILLTOP FESTIVAL, UNIVERSAL RELIGION NEPAL, MODEM FESTIVAL-CROATIA and many more. He has shared the stage with top artists such as ACE VENTURA, SPHONGLE, PROMETHEUS, NEELIX, TRISTAN. Hear him on Mixcloud.
24. Jay Ramani
Jay has been DJ’ing for over 5 years now and has a bottomless understanding of electronica and of timing. His sets have an ever-evolving storyline offering an intense experience. He has played at festivals in Kasol (Himachal Pradesh), Goa, Mumbai, Pune. Also, Shared stage-space with Astrix, Ajja, Burn In Noise, Sonic Species, Juno Reactor, Aphid Moon, Arjuna, etc.
Vaeya or Vaibhav Bhavsar is a Delhi based music producer specializing in Progressive trance genre. His sets range from dark and techy to fun and quirky. He has produced tracks with Rebeat, Fatali Music, Glitchy.Tonic.Records, Twisted Frequency Recordings, Carmi Recordings, Occulta Records, Zenon Records, etc.
Vishal Sinha (VSociety) is a Kolkata based DJ who is recognized as a force in the electronic world. His music is praised for its driving and uplifting tunes. He produced his well-received single with Relative ‘Beyond Reality’, which featured on BEATPORT Top 10, for over 6 weeks. His compilation – Universal Religion 2 ‘The Awakening’ is regarded as a favorite by Trance DJs worldwide. He has been playing all around India & Nepal.
His is a common name at Blue Frog (Mumbai), Shisha (Kolkata), Myx (Kolkata), Church Street Social (Bangalore), Veda (Kolkata), Terra Maya (Guwahati), Club Ace (Bhutan), etc. He has played a live audience of 10,000 people at the 2012 Universal Religion Festival, – 2012, 2014 Hill Top Goa Festival, Sunburn Goa (2012). Currently, VSociety is signed up with ‘Digital Om Productions’ and ‘United Beats’ from the USA.
Listen to him on Soundcloud.
27. Rydhm Dee
Banglore-based Rajesh Dash, better known with his stage name Rydhm Dee, is an online maestro of Indian Psychedelic Trance music. He began his career as a mixing artist in 2014, mixing specifically for YouTube. He continued for 2 years before performing live for the first time in 2016 and then there was no looking back for the artist. His YouTube channel garnered viewership in millions and made its global presence felt. His channel is World #2 channel to have the maximum number of million views – subscriber-based for Psychedelic Trance Music. The specialty of his tracks is that they are timed approximately at 1.5-2 hours, and yet about 10 of his tracks have crossed the million viewership mark. AgniSutra, his latest track has amassed a viewership of more than 5 million. He has earned the loyalty of his foreign audience, significantly, in very less time. He has nearly a lakh subscribers on YouTube.
This maestro of Indian Psychedelic Trance Music has opened for Burn In Noise. Also played at Circle of Life Music Festival and for Sangachadwam which is a dedicated Psychedelic forum. He draws inspiration from artists like Liquid Soul, Astrix, Daniel