Psychedelic Trance: How Goa’s Parties Birthed A Music Genre – Score Short Reads
It will be a cliché to equate Goa with trance music, recreational substances, and rave parties. But what’s noteworthy is that this culture of merrymaking ‘hippies’ did contribute greatly to the music genre that we know today as psychedelic trance aka psytrance. As the name suggests, psytrance is a variant of electronic trance music. More than often, it incorporates high-tempo riffs and energetic percussion-heavy sounds.
A standard psytrance song might easily clock for more than five minutes, opening with a meditative introduction progressing towards heavy bass.
East Asian/Indian string instruments like the sitar are then blended with Hindu chants evoking the themes of divinity that are associated with hippies since time immemorial.
Today, as psytrance DJs play all over the world, Indian proponents include White Wizard, Farebi Jalebi, Braindrop, FLIPKNOT, Silent Horror, among others. Most of these aforementioned DJs popped up in Goa’s party scene either around the late 90s or early 2000s. But psytrance’s relationship with Goa goes back to a few more decades.