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Psychedelic trance is a style of music that has evolved into a worldwide culture. Throughout the world in places like India, Israel and Brazil psychedelic trance isn’t just a style of music, it’s a way of life. Since it has made its way into the United States it has been growing each year, but 2017 has by far been the year it truly has blossomed. More and more psychedelic trance festivals have been popping up all across the country, but it’s not just about the quantity. The quality of these events has been out of this world, showcasing some of the best psychedelic trance artists in the world, mixed with some of the best art, decor installations, visionary artists, holistic teachers, and performers.
The time has finally come for the United States where psychedelic trance is no longer just a style of music, it is a culture.
We have compiled a list of Current PsyTrance Events organized according to state in the USA. Please note that some underground organized events may not be stated in this article because they are hiding deep within the underground scene or they have not been active in 2017 and based out of the USA.
· SPIRIT TRIBE – NATIVE NOISE FESTIVAL
· WE ARE THE WORKS
· RESPECT GATHERINGS
· RADIAL ENGINE TRIBE
· UNIVERSAL PSY TRIBE
· DYNAMIC PSYTRANCE
· FRACTAL TRIBE
· PANGEA PRODUCTIONS
· THEM OTTER CREEK KIDS
· ZFG ENTERTAINMENT
· PSY UNITY EVENTS
· ARCHAIC REVIVAL
· MYSTERY ATLANTA
· PSY UNITY EVENTS
· RISING PHOENIX COLORADO
· NATIVE CIRCUIT
· PSYCHEDELIC MOVEMENT
· COSMIC EGG
· PLUSH INDUSTRIES
· ETERNAL BEATS
· PARTY BABAS
· RED MARINES
· PULSE SF
· MOONTRIBE COLLECTIVE
· PLUR ALLIANCE
· BOOTY CHAKRA COLLECTIVE
· SEATTLE PSY OPS
PSYTRANCE MUSIC ARTISTS
The USA is thriving with new resident musicians that are starting to pursue their passion and dreams and even some musicians that are persisting onwards with their journeys. The USA has DJs high and low who play anything from some chillout tunes to some dark melodies that leave everyone’s brains in another dimension somewhere on the ground. Yep, that seriously happens.
All of the USA PsyTrance Crews pride themselves in community and an important part of that community has to do with many aspects and categories of people. One of those categories is our DJs and Producers because they are the ones who get the vibe going on the dance floor when everyone is ready to stomp into a parallel universe.
The most well-known artist around the globe, that currently resides in the USA would have to be Perfect Stranger!
THE MUSIC ARTIST SPOTLIGHT OF 2017 GOES TO:
“Coral is a psytrance producer & DJ hailing from the USA. In 1999 Coral began her DJing journey when introduced to the irresistible sounds of psytrance. Her insatiable appetite, energy and joy of the music has naturally evolved into the world of production. Coral plays international parties and festivals, delighting fans with a captivating energy all her own.” – Coral
SOME WELL-KNOWN DJs AND PRODUCERS THAT ARE RESIDENTS OF THE USA:
59 DJs AND PRODUCERS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW RESIDE IN THE USA AND THAT ARE TOTALLY WORTH THE LISTEN:
PSYTRANCE RECORD LABELS
PsyTrance Record Labels are starting to make their ways into the making more and more each year. While some have been around for years, most are new and rising.
THE RECORD LABEL SPOTLIGHT OF 2017 GOES TO:
“…pioneering a revolutionary understanding of the nature of consciousness…striving to discover who we are beyond our thoughts, emotions, memories, associations, and perceptions…Samadhi is said to be a fourth kind of consciousness: It is beyond the states of waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep. Those who have witnessed it as an external phenomenon report that the experience appeared to have fallen into a kind of trance. The hair on the head and body stood erect. The half-closed eyes became fixed. Sometimes there was an astonishing loss of weight or even levitation of the body from the ground. But these are mere symptoms, and tell us nothing. There is only one way to find out what samadhi is like: You must have it yourself”
MORE USA BASED RECORD LABELS OF 2017:
You know that feeling when you run to the dancefloor of a PsyTrance Event and you just get transported to a completely different world and in that different world there is no such thing as “judgments”, and everything is possible again? That feeling and that different psychedelic world comes from all of the hard work that goes into every piece and inch of Deco from the Artists that creates it. Big or small, Deco is an important essential part of psychedelic events, especially PsyTrance Events. The deco is what transforms the regular world we are so familiar with, into a world filled with mystical flowers, floating creatures, cocooned sanctuaries, and psychedelic universes that we have never seen before. Deco is our communities’ way of saying we’re different from the rest of the world. It’s everyone’s magical world within our regular world and that’s what makes PsyTrance so magically beautiful. We get to be different in beautifully psychedelic ways!
I’ve gone ahead and created a list of some of the beautiful Deco Crews in the USA that we had the pleasure of being in contact with. Be sure to check out some of their beautiful artwork and keep your eye out for their artwork at the events when you come and visit the USA:
THE DECO CREW SPOTLIGHT OF 2017 GOES TO:
“The Reliquarium online represents a space between spaces. It is a digital archive containing relics of life and death, of the dream that we are all part of. Each creation under the Reliquarium is a ritual done in reverence to the undying beauty and immense power that exists within the cycle of creation. The processes of life, growth, and death are infused within every aspect of our lives, and we of the Reliquarium strive in all aspects of our work to allow such processes to guide and define our own practice. Thus we draw from the abundant beauty of the natural world, in the things many see as dead and gone. We create relics, effigies of concepts fossilized within our cultural zeitgeist to generate questions about how we live and die and what it means to be human.” – The Reliquarium
MORE AMAZING DECO ARTISTS AND CREWS:
THE PERFORMER SPOTLIGHT OF 2017 GOES TO:
“FIRE and ICE – Mica and Mahoe, is a crew made of 2 passionate souls that love showing off their FIRE and ICE attitudes. Fire standing for its own element and ICE standing for LEDs these two know how to captivate an entire crowd and keep them captivated. These two both create and design their own costumes and know how to make FIRE and LED Props. They both are available for Independent Bookings and Team Bookings. There’s no costume too big, nor event to small that these two can’t handle.”-Fire and Ice
MORE AMAZING PERFORMERS:
SHOP AND SPIRITUALITY
THE SHOP/SPIRITUALITY SPOTLIGHT OF 2017 GOES TO:
“Firefly Society, is an organic vehicle created for the purpose of fostering an environment where those interested in healing arts, spiritual and mystic practices of various backgrounds can meet and exchange their knowledge and experiences. There are many paths to enlightenment and many ways to grow together, we seek to connect the lost tribes- we seek to bring a flash of light into darkness.” -FireFly Society
MORE SHOPS AND SPIRITUALITY:
When it comes to indoor parties they usually start on Friday or Saturday at 8-10pm and end anywhere from 4-10am. Indoor Holiday Parties typically have the same hours of operation as the non-holiday parties, but can be on a weird day, like Sunday or Monday. When it comes to festivals they typically start on either Thursday or Friday and begin sometime in the early afternoon sometime after 12pm and they usually end on Sunday in the late evening around 5-7pm.
PRICES FOR EVENTS
INDOOR PARTIES (Non-Holiday)
Range from: $25-$40
INDOOR PARTIES (Holiday)
Range from: $30-$100
Range from: $75-$300
Afterparties are typically done in people’s homes. When you are at an event, just ask a friend if they know of any people doing an afterparty. Sometimes you have to do a little bit of searching and asking before the afterparties actually reveal themselves. Home afterparties or motel/hotel afterparties are typically always the most fun. They tend to have a little more intimacy and socialization, so you get to make friends and mingle a little bit more. Some people here actually wait for afterparties because they really enjoy the intimacy rather than loud clubs where you can barely hear the person standing next to you. I think they’re both great! Almost all of us PsyTrancers enjoy afterparties here.
Drug Screening is pretty serious on a federal level. For instance, weed is illegal according to the FEDs. So basically every other drug is illegal unless it was prescribed to you. Personally, I would suggest not trying to fly with any drugs, unless you have prescribed medication from a doctor. The FEDs or “Air Police” may even ask you for proof of your prescription medicine. The FEDs are serious business, so flying under their radar is probably your safest bet.
When it comes to the State Law though, Weed (Marijuana) might be seen differently. Some states allow for recreational use, some only allow for medical use, and some states may not allow marijuana use at all.
In the USA the Government has created a “war on drugs”, so please don’t go asking random strangers for drugs. Also be sure to check with the State you are residing in for their Laws on Weed, before openly smoking a joint in front of a cop on the streets. You can use google for all of your answers typically. Usually, with the states that allow recreational marijuana use, you just have to be 21+ and can carry up to an ounce, but always check first.
When it comes to Drug Testing, our court systems can do a Urine Analysis, also known as a UA to test for almost everything. There also is a hair follicle test that can go years back into your drug use history.
After Festivals and events, it’s always smart to make sure that you are completely sober before traveling, and/or you always have a designated driver that is sober. Cops have stopped people’s vehicles and searched through their cars because the people in the car had “festival or event wristbands” on. For some reason, the cops say that’s a probable cause to have them search you, so if you want to be extra safe just cut your wristband off and never carry drug paraphernalia. Don’t even drive with open beer cans or bottles of alcohol. Cops will arrest you. Like I said the cops and government in our country are very serious about their “war on drugs”.
HOW TO TRAVEL TO THE USA
When it comes to traveling to the USA, you have to either come by bus, train, or airplane. The most favorable means of transportation is airplanes. Airplanes are usually the smoothest, fastest, and safest method of transportation to get to the USA.
The only countries that we suggest travel to the USA on the ground are Mexico and Canada.
Flying to the USA is the safest, quickest, and smoothest form of transportation.
We suggest using one the following websites to find the right flight for you if you can’t find an international flight from the above carriers.
FUN ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF PARTIES
When you come to the USA definitely try to go to these places for some added fun outside of parties and festivals.
BEST PLACES TO STAY
When it comes to places to stay in the USA there are a few trusted options. You can choose to couch surf at a friend’s house that you end up meeting at a festival, you can use AirBnB, Rent Apartments, gypsy housing (Gypsy Housing is apartment rentals for short periods of time), and staying at hotels/motels.
When it comes to Couch Surfing, Gypsy Housing, and Apartment Rentals I personally suggest you make sure that the person you are going to be staying with is a safe person. You can try google searching the person, running a background check, and/or even meeting the person before staying at their house. Please always be safe when traveling alone. If you can, find a travel buddy!
BEST COUCH SURFING/ROOM RENTALS (days+):
BEST GYPSY HOUSING/APARTMENT RENTALS (month+):
BEST CHAIN-HOTELS (weekly-monthly):
BEST CHAIN-MOTELS (weekly-monthly):
BEST PLACES TO EAT
Personally, I am absolutely obsessed with the PHO we have in America. PHO is a soup with the most amazing Broth. Think Noodle Soup with the most savory broth you have ever tasted. PHO 32 is my Favorite PHO spot to eat in New Jersey. It’s open 24/7. My favorite soup to order from PHO32 is the “PH3. Brisket, Flank, and Soft Tendon Pho” (not vegan). http://pho32shabufortlee.com
If you have time to stop by Seattle, WA stop by a PHO restaurant called “Dong Thap Noodles”. You can compete to eat the “Pho Super Bowl” which is today known as the world’s biggest bowl of pho soup. Winners get $100s plus their names mounted on the restaurant’s wall. I couldn’t find their website, but here’s their address: 303 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
BEST FAST FOOD:
BEST COFFEE STOPS:
BEST VEGAN RESTARAUNTS:
CORAL (ARTIST SPOTLIGHT)
T.O.U.C.H. SAMADHI (ARTIST SPOTLIGHT)
PARTIES & FESTIVALS
Native Noise Festival
DECO & ART
THE RELIQUARIUM (ARTIST SPOTLIGHT)
MORE PARTY INFO
Progressive and Dark PsyTrance.
Native Noise Festival - USA
Yearly PsyTance Festival in upstate New York, USA.
Spirit Tribe - USA
Spirit Tribe's Upcoming PsyTrance Events.
FractalTribe - USA
Yearly there is a PsyTrance Festival Guide for North America.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mickayla Miner - Founder of Spirit Tribe
New York - USA
I am the co-founder and co-organizer of Spirit Tribe and Native Noise Festival. Spirit Tribe was created by my loving husband and myself. Spirit Tribe is a Tribal Community and online spiritual shop. Our foundation is Love, Family, Friends, Creativity, and Tribalism. ♥ Spirit Tribe is known for hosting Native Noise Festival, a PsyTrance Festival in New York that is solely based upon peace, love, unity, respect, and responsibility. We welcome families and animals to our Festival because we believe that families should be together for something as beautiful as a Family Festival. The public is always welcome to our events. We love meeting new people who have never been to a PsyTrance event. It's probably one of our favorite things. On top of being an organizer, I also am a Fire Performer, Interactive Character Performer, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Costume Designer, Deco Creator, and Promoter. Anything I can do I will do for my events, my community, and any of the events in the other USA PsyTrance communities. I am a strong believer that even though PsyTrance has many small crews and communities, PsyTrance as a whole is one big Family! That's what makes us different from the rest of the music scenes.
Hey guys, My name is Mickayla! I am one of the organizers of the New York PsyTrance Community. I founded Spirit Tribe with my loving husband to help continue the PsyTrance Movement around the world, especially in the USA. On top of being a PsyTrance Fanatic, I have a strong passion for helping animals in need and being with my adorable Daughter and Puppy. I am also, the Founder of FIRE and ICE - Mickayla and Mahoe. I founded FIRE and ICE due to my love of playing with fire and LEDs. FIRE and ICE(Leds) started as MICA and has grown now to include one my best friends as another performer, Mahoe. I love performing and making costumes that match. It always helps add a little bit of spunk to the events.
Progressive, Twilight, Dark, and Jungle PsyTrance!