It can be stated that the Psytrance scene in Italy owes its origins to Goahead, because this was the first real organising group at national level and it was born in 1995. During a few months Goahead was able to organise the first full moon Goa-Trance party, the result being that over 2000 people happily gathered. The most representative dj of the crew was DJ Piero (from Bologna) who still is around today and does his best with some new collaborators to maintain the right balance of the old idea that about 20 years ago gave birth to everything.
Yet, the Trance movement in Italy has undergone a significant change over the past few years. On the one hand, some historic crews have stopped organising events, and, on the other, some newborn crews have appeared. However, many of the new groups are just wanna-be Psytrance Tribes, as they unfortunately do not share the same basic values that the movement has been transmitting since the very first day.
Despite such an unpleasant generation change it must be said that some crews, and above all the historic ones that have periodically kept on organising events, have always stood out for high quality and ideology levels. By doing so, they have always allowed Italian Trance followers to take part in good-quality events, both in terms of live and international djs and in terms of decos and locations.
Some of these good-quality crews are Quarion, NAC, Different Reality, GoaSoundProj., MonkeySexPlosion, Evolution, FreeSpirit, Off Label, Believe, PsyFly, MK, and Artrance.
As far as the best events are concerned, we must surely mention Roenaissance, Sonica, Black Moon, Summer Celebration and Goaland. Such events have taken place in the past few years and will be organised again (some even in the summer 2013).
With regard to the best deco-teams, these are Hydrosphere, Magnetic Spirit, CrushInGoa and Neurosys.
The labels promoting the best artists and music are Neurobiotic, LooneyMoon, Pixan, Veleno, MMH and BlueHourSound. Moreover, there are also several producers and djs who have released tracks on some of the well-known labels of the international Progressive scene.
Absolutely worth mentioning is also the fact that in Italy, in the past few days, some historic tribes and new ones have started an interesting connection and collaboration with each other. They are going to reform and to present again the original spirit thanks to which the Trance scene was renowned in the beginning. One such collaboration is called Goa Sunrise and its aim is to underline the idea of a new beginning and rebirth of the Italian Trance movement.
Nowadays, in spite of the increasing loss of the basic values of the movement, the national Trance scene has met great consensus. Many years ago the “purest” parties used to take place once or twice a month, whereas today there are about 5-6 parties every weekend. This means that the original values once were known by few hundreds of people and now they are known by several thousands, North to South.