Has the Spirit of Goa given away to a simple culture of celebration and only illusion and marketing?
The question of the lost spirit is probably at least as old as the Goa scene itself. Reason enough for us from Mushroom Magazine to be investigative and to go in search for the Spirit. Has the Spirit really disappeared or must one simply look for it better in these days of commercialisation and an oversupply of parties. With these basic assumptions we turned to various artists to find out their opinions on the subject of Spirit. As expected, opinions differ widely, as is actually true with any discussion on this subject.
In general, the first question is what is Spirit? In conclusion, it is a form of inner energy that everyone is aware of in his own way. If you then connect this energy with that of others, there is a collective spiritual effect and this is the root of our party culture. Certainly, musicians like Vidi Vici, Blizz, Neelix and many DJs have changed the parties with their music. Because nothing is as far away from Goa trance as they are with their music.
A spirit debate? Who had the idea this time? Is it summer slump again? Every person creates their own spirit, every party forms their own spirit, each generation creates its own realities. Meanwhile one must distinguish between Goa-parties and parties where Goa music is also played.
But they can still be found, the small, intimate, skull-blasting forest festivals that last until Wednesday and can change a whole life.
They just don‘t get listed on Facebook or in the mushroom anymore.
You know what we used to do with people‘s opinions on parties who were over 30? Right, we‘ve never registered them. They just stand there and complain that it isn‘t like it used to be when they were young.
The youth does everything right, if old farts grumble!
My retrospective: The term „Follow the Signs“ had another (added) value. Gathering information about the next OA was teamwork and part often the lovely game.
The mushroom „Klo-Report“ was compulsory reading and Goabase.de was called „Mama“! The car ride in a convoy to the next OA was not a necessary evil but foreplay. The police smiled at us – and
First of all I would like to find out if the lost spirit mentioned here seems lost only in the view of a certain age group? Are we talking about people who accompanied the Goa movement through the‘90s? Or are we talking about young people here?
Furthermore, I would like to point out a phenomenon here. Isn‘t it so that if I now show you a
These are the first thoughts I have on this question. In general, however, I wonder what effects digitalisation has in our time. Today very often people only see the world through their mobile phones. When I was playing at a party 15 years ago, many eyes looked at me, today I see many mobile phones, eyes now look at a screen. I don‘t think it‘s bad, but I wonder if a moment without a mobile phone is perhaps more intense and also more real and beautiful? Simply
But I don‘t think that the scene will continue to develop towards mainstream or lose spirit. From my point of view, big mainstream festivals will simply have a psy-floor in the future, some psy DJs and artists will go for mainstream, and that‘s it. The old parties will stay the way they always were. Every small forest Goa will always have the same good spirit as before. This family atmosphere is just hard to create at big mainstream festivals, but that’s no must anyway.
Today, rock has exactly as much spirit as in the past. There were times when it may have been a little undefined, but now everything is back in balance. It will be the same with our scene. I just hope that digitalisation will someday lose some of its importance and that it will suffice for people to experience something just for themselves.
The reason I fell in love with the Psy-trance and Goa scene was not just for the spiritual, uplifting and powerful music but also the spiritual, liberal and uplifting vibe of the people that encompass the scene. A scene that seemed pure and unspoilt and really was about the honesty of the music and sharing that experience together. The sounds used in Psy-trance often evoke a very tribal feel on the dance floor – fuse that with the emotional melodies and that trance really unites everyone. Our parties and festivals are often a utopian escape from the often cold, commercially money driven world we live in, where there seems to be so much despair and disdain currently. Psy-trance and Goa parties counter this for me with hope and joy and love.
It’s undoubtedly the case that for the last decade or so; what appears to be popular ‘Psy-trance’ is actually quite far from Psychedelic and Goa Trance. Many of the online music stores Psy-Trance charts have their top tens filled with music which only contains a bassline resembling a psy-trance bassline, but the rest of the track is not psychedelic. I don’t like to knock any music, as all art is subjective – however every genre has it’s unique traits. I also
There’s also many tracks now which are collaborations between psy-trance artists and uplifting trance or edm artists. I have a mixed feeling about these collabs; as personally for me they are not to my taste. However I do believe in freedom of expression and in music evolving and keeping it fresh. Merging artists from two different musical genres can often bring some really fresh and innovative sounds and can introduce other fans to each others style. On the other hand, often these efforts result in something watered down which in my opinion harms the scene and alienates people even further.
However, reality is that people who work in the music industry need to be paid for the work they do. Whether it’s as artists, promoters, label owners. Nobody can survive on fresh air. Marketing is a necessary tool to spread the word in this global scene – to keep people engaged and attract a new generation. Of course we do it for the love and the passion, and sacrifice a regular salary with the benefits of holiday, sick pay and unions – we do it for the love and because we believe in the power of music so much. But if everyone rips our music for free, and people don’t pay for tickets to parties, then the reality is we can’t afford to eat and pay
In my opinion the spirit of Goa hasn’t disappeared; but in some instances perhaps become slightly tarnished. When people from other scenes come to psy parties and festivals, they might appear less spiritual and different and perhaps make us feel less at home. Similarly they may feel slightly alienated by our ways, unfortunately resulting in a lack of unity which reflects the state of our society at present.
Essentially we are all fans of music for the same reason – we love the joy, the happiness and the escapism it give us when sharing this gift. We should all be equal on the dance floor, with no judgement or preconception. I have hope that the spirit of Goa will be as infectious for this newer generation as it was for all of us. I believe in the power of music, and the power of our Goa spirit and I think this will rub off onto a newer generation and hopefully together bring an even bigger Goa spirit – as we are all one.
Well, first of all, what do we refer to when we talk about spirit? For sure not a supernatural being or non-physical entity like a ghost. Still it feels like a presence without a body. When we use the term “Goaspirit” we might tend to refer to this definition:
The spirit is a synonym for a particular way of thinking, feeling or behaving, especially a way that is typical of a particular group of people, an activity, a time, or a place.
Maybe it reminds us of the good old days and times. Often the term spirit is used to refer to a sort of golden past – in our case maybe even the early days when Goatrance started to take off
So far, so good. So the big question seems to be where has that particular spirit gone? I can understand some people who claim it has vanished and that it seems absent in many events these days. Some people dwell in nostalgia, and for a fact, things are not the way it used to be – especially in Goa, India where the scene originated but that’s a different story.
Number one reason, people see a lack of spirit could be “Commercialization” of events and in musical respect. Sure it’s awkward that you find something for yourself, and now mainstream society discovers and in some respect even exploits it and brings in all its consumerism
People become more and more stubborn, closed minded, bored and too cool to dance if it comes to music. Some have lost the ability to listen to anything, that is not on their ipod or music collection. Supporting music, artists and labels especially through buying music seems to be a relict of the past. Instead of helping artists they like, many loudly bitch about stuff they dislike – giving bad music even more attention than it would deserve. Artists spend much time in
But they still exist, these particular moments where magic happens on the dance floors. Time, place, age, race, and borders become irrelevant and people get lost in Trance. The more commercial things may become, the more the spirit draws others back to the underground. Maybe not only the parties have changed, maybe it’s you who has changed as well. Maybe it’s other people who have the time of their life right now. Maybe people tend to look for reasons outside when the answer has to do with themselves and their perspective on things. Some people leave the
Well, I wasn’t around in the very early days therefore its hard for me to say. Its a relative perception. I found Psy Trance culture relatively recently in 2004. Even then there were some people that held the opinion that the spirit had been lost since the days of Goa Trance. But to put it simply. No, I don’t believe the spirit has actually gone anywhere. It has however become harder and harder to find as the music gradually has reached the fringe of the mainstream.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” is what they say right? Just as the mainstream version of Dubstep was a suddenly huge, albeit temporary trend in EDM, so too will the mainstream version of Psy Trance appear and pass away relatively quickly. And when it does, all the authentic, deep and meaningful Psy Trance will still exist outside of the spotlight as it always has done. Also something that seems to be happening is that more underground Psy Trance festivals showcasing the harder, more psychedelic / night time sub genres are appearing almost as a retaliation response to the commercialism. And that has the potential to balance things out to a degree. Certain Psy Trance festivals in recent times have been criticised for attracting