BEST TRANCE ARTISTS
2019 wasn’t a big year for trance and it didn’t see many kick-offs for the genre.
It saw many acts leaving, some artists taking deviation on their sounds. However, there were many artists who also had some great work released in 2019. We list down the ones that made it to our top 10!
When you listen to the music of Key4050 — the newly formed duo comprising trance titans John O’Callaghan and Bryan Kearney — you get an immediate sense of their deep creative bond. And if you’re one of the lucky headliners to have experienced one of their rare performances, then you’ve witnessed that collaborative spirit IRL.
Officially formed in 2015, Key4050 sees O’Callaghan and Kearney joining forces to take trance into the future. Individually, both artists have already blazed many trails in the international trance community throughout their respective careers: John O’Callaghan, known to die-hard fans around the world simply as JOC, is the founder and head of the seminal trance label Subculture, while partner Kearney heads up the reputable Kearnage Recordings.
Both hailing from Ireland, the two genre giants have known each other and have been making music in the same circles for more than 15 years— which means that, in many ways, Key4050 has been in the works for just as long. (In fact, the name Key4050 dates back to their early collaborative days, when O’Callaghan was living in a Dublin apartment that required a key code to enter the building. That code: Key4050.)
The first official inklings of Key4050 came in 2016 via their debut track “Dinklebot.” One year later, Key4050 made its official worldwide premiere at Dreamstate SoCal 2017.
When he isn’t playing metal guitar riffs or crafting meticulously detailed charcoal drawings in the Lone Star State of Texas, Leroy Moreno is producing some of the most uplifting bangers you’ve heard in the last couple of years!
Shortly after his first few releases on Paul van Dyk’s VANDIT Records, he had the honor of being cited in DJ Mag by Paul van Dyk as the “Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2016.” To top it off, Moreno’s massive collaboration with Paul was featured on PvD’s groundbreaking album “From Then On.” Leroy’s sound has also graced some top choice labels such as A State of Trance, Black Hole Recordings, Armin van Buuren’s label Who’s Afraid of 138?! and Paul van Dyk’s Vandit Records!
Moreno’s mission is to provide the highest quality trance our senses can experience. He states how trance is not only music, but a feeling.
Characterizing trance music’s energy in both approach and output, Italy’s Giuseppe Ottaviani has long been recognized as one of the genre’s most respected and prolific merchants. From his earliest studio work (as the engine behind esteemed group NU NRG), through to his latter-day output under his own name, he has established himself as a benchmark for preeminent trance. Over the last decade, his trailblazing Giuseppe Ottaviani Live! and Giuseppe Ottaviani Live 2.0 evolutions have redefined what a DJ does.
In doing so, he’s put countless hands in the air and feet on the floor at some of the world’s best-known electronic music festivals, Tomorrowland, Dreamstate, EDC UK, Transmission, ASOT, and the FSOE shows being just some of them. Exclusively feeding these performances is a litany of club hits and remixes, of which ‘Ready’, ‘Angel’, ‘Linking People’, ‘Through Your Eyes’ and ‘No More Alone’ represent but a few. Giuseppe’s remains both contemporary and omnipresent in the scene with of-late solo productions
Paul Denton is a hot new trance talent from Ireland who’s getting a lot of attention lately from the big hitters in the trance scene. His iDentify radio show has gotten him fans worldwide, where he debuts regular original tracks and reworks that are totally exclusive to his sets. Tracks such as ‘Say My Name’ with Audrey Gallagher and ‘Second Chapter’ under his Flynn & Denton duo project have stood out clearly over 24 months and highlighted Paul’s ear for a good record. Tipped by Aly & Fila, John O’Callaghan, Askew amongst others: Paul Denton is a name to watch closely.
From the humble surroundings of the northeast of England, near Newcastle, Darren Porter began his musical journey experimenting with keyboards and pianos and without the ability to read music and not one music lesson he was able to learn what made music work, from this he began to write small film scores for independent short films, but his real passion lay with electronic music. Since he first made a mixtape from SASH! Darren became hooked on EDM, spending hours every day through his teens learning the groundwork to production. He went on to study music technology to further his interest in production and to satisfy his thirst for producing music, in early 2003 Darren took his first steps into professional producing and since then worked tirelessly to perfect his tone and style which over the years has evolved into the hard-driving euphoric trance we hear today.
The year 2019 didn’t have much to offer for trance, however, there were artists who did make it their year with some great releases and the opportunities to have gone and played at multiple festivals around the world.
We hope to see 2020 provide more for trance on the whole and bring in some fresh talent with a new take on the genre! What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!