So another year passed by and it surely flew, don’t you think? And what an exciting time, in France, full of emotions, new friendships, music and great parties as well as festivals. Should there be three words describing the scene : « Pump it up ». So don’t forget to take your eurorail pass (www.eurail.com) and join the dance all over the country.
The French Trance scene is living a real transformation and is going stronger than ever. Psytrance can be heard everywhere. The parties are being held outdoors, indoors and as the days get longer and the sun shines to its full rays, festivals are taking place. This year was a year of testing our faculties and founding ourselves, a new direction. Some new ideas worked out, other failed, but that did not intrenched people moral and no one gave up.
This year could definitely be called « Women Year Trance Djette».. The Djettes showed what they were all about and totally inflamed the dance floors . The feminine attitude and sensitivity touching the turn tables did not leave cold. And moreover, some, such as Djane Sydney, Miss Tick, Cok le Co, Ilhem Decibulle and Marine Yumen threw parties at bars at least once a month as well as outdoors. Some created new party teams such as Nuclear Nymph with « Tribe United ».
This year, a special place has been given to more darker and faster music. The « Free » movement has made a major impact on the psytrance scene led by Jeff Tekkinox and its team «Opsygen ». Going through rough times, the « free » party scene had many party cancelled. Hardcore major Djs such as Manu Le Malin were part of Psytrance Mandala Records line up party. The label from Bordeaux, who do not have only great wines but also a great music scene, had a party almost every month and brought in such artists as : Solaris, Highlight Tribe, Pandora, Hyper Frequencies, Synthetik Chaos …just to name a few and threw many parties with more of a « dark » edge. Dj Taho Greg (Dream &Fly) and DJ H3rtz played their house set at Tantka’s/Psytraveller France before party. Festival such as Amne’zik proposed different gender of music on their line-up.
The boundaries of music gender, ages and sex were broken. “Together we stand, divided we fall”,really found its true meaning and where not just words.There were no more questioning, the electronic world of all gender became one and doing so could stand strong and become one.
Going to Paris ? A bar that saw the psytrance scene grew over those last twenty years : « The Gibus » has overtaken a total change and has grown to be the place to go to go slam your feet on high BPM in the capital. Besieged by Gaia Concept and its leader Fabrice « Rackam » who decided that the sound system needed a slight twist around.
Hadra had its four days magical festival in the mountains of Lans en Vercors presenting different national and international artists with three different scenes (main, alternative and chill out). A moment out of time to recharge with great energy in a breathtaking natural surrounding.
The Tantra festival a new festival enchanted many participant heart, who found the flavor of the « old school » festival spirit. After, the positive impact, it should be held a second time this summer.
In the South of France, Highteck was the sound that took over the dance floor. The « BPM (Beat Per Minute) is going faster and faster.
The South was very active in all aspect out and in of the psytrance movement. For the first time in history, a march was allowed for the legalization of Marijuana by the mayor of Marseille.
Natural surrounding was the new playground for parties in and out of the cities.
Cortical team New Year’s party was held on an island in front of Marseille. Everyone took a boat in order to get to an old middle age castle and end the year. The pirates had a beautiful scenery in the morning surrounded by sea and amazing psytrance music, a real family gathering.
In July, a party took place in a nursery « Les Zinzins de l’espace ».
In the South East region « Phantasia » was organized for the seven times in a row, bringing in great decoration, Dj’s and good spirit.
In Marseille, there was a party almost every weekend in different bars such as The Apéro Trance, l’Intermédiaire and l’Up and Down with different themes. In Avignon, the parties were held at the Clash Bar which also is a radio for alternative music.
In June, for the annual musical day, a party was held on one of the Beach of Marseille, a tribute to Goa. « We brought Goa to Marseille ». A free party that was a really success. Although in the morning, people lying down on their beach towel did not seem to convince by the strange sound, by the middle of the afternoon, even the elders (60 years and above) had a smile and were dancing in the sea, saying « this is great, this is the first time, we hear this music but we really like it, what a change». Magic was brought to Marseille. It followed by other parties thrown at the Dock Du Sud by the larger organizations and featured famous national and international artists.
In october, a beautiful castle was besieged for the ten year anniversary of Electric Storm.
And as I jot down the last few words, and look at the pictures of the year gone by, my mind starts to wonder. What has happened to the older generation, « The old school» ? Sadly, some old faces are missing from the scene and leave a desperate void. What story will be told when the children will look at us with their innocent eyes? To a higher level, my thoughts bring me to wonder where is human kind going ? … And as my mind flies in the past and the future, I slowly bring it back to « The Now » as what can we do with the past? Bring it back? It is impossible. Take a ride into the future ? Who are we to know what tomorrow will be like ?
Live-in the present, then « Now » is the only solution, keeping in mind what has brought us here. And as the sun rises, faith behold the French Trance scene who knows how to open their heart to the foreigner and keep up the music and dancing spirit. Realizing we are « all », we are « one ».