Tech Trance, as the name hints at, is the fusion of techno and trance. It rose to prominence in the early-mid 00′s. Compared to uplifting or other popular styles of trance, tech trance focuses less on layering and melodies, and more on percussion and the manipulation of a small number of mostly synthesized sounds. It is often based on a single, simple motif that is used throughout the length of the track.
It is interesting to note that producers that were heavily involved in tech trance in the mid – late 00′s are now some of the major players in the recent big room house movement. Some of these artists, and the pioneers of tech trance are Sander Van Doorn, Marcel Woods and Marco V.
Modern tech trance grows closer to electro house in many ways, incorporating heavy grinding basslines on either side of a melodic breakdown. It also diverges in another more uptempo direction that bears a striking resemblance to it’s original techno-infused roots. The pioneers of tech trance have long abandoned it by this stage.
This was the golden era for tech trance. This is where a lot of the more popular producers created their most impressionable and unique tracks, usually with a dark twist. Oxygen and Reset Recordings were outputting some of the most varied and well produced tracks at the time. It was also a time when tech trance begun to split into differing directions, with one being slower and more melodic, and the other closer to trance’s roots, fast and percussive.
Special thanks to Eatofo for assisting with this genre.