Goa Trance Examined

Goa Trance is an electronic musical style within the psytrance genre that dates back to India in the 1960s. Inspired by other musical genres such as EBM, Indian classical music, psychedelic rock and house acid, Goa Trance offers an amazing blend of the new with the old. Historically, the atmosphere of the ‘goa scene’, as opposed to that of the ‘club’, translated the music into a variety of appropriately psychedelic ecstasy that included the mystical origins of Indian music and culture. The original goal of the Goa Trance, originally referred to as Trance Dance, was to support dancers in undergoing a collective state of physical transcendence – a state similar to those of ancient shamanic dance, through its unique ability to combine attractive, pulsating melodies and rhythms.

The one thing that has turned the GT into what it is today is the technology, which has come a long way since the 1960s. Today, virtually every sound perceptible to the human ear can be created; Empowering aspiring DJs to combine music and spirituality, creating new and abundant frequencies that somehow break beyond the traditional boundaries of music. In other words, Goa Trance Beats has the potential to create a captivating energy that can be infectious. The Goa Trance track structure typically builds up this energy steadily using changes in rhythm shapes and more complex synthesis parts and layers. This slow and steady build creates a powerful, enchanting feel to the listener that produces climatic peaks as the Psytrance music progresses.


GT festivals are held all over the world, but of course (as their name suggests) the central scene is where they can be found alongside the beautiful beaches off Goa. Some of the noteworthy festivals that include music are the Dover Lane Music Festival, Tyagraja Aradana, and the Fractal Gate Festival. GT music can be experienced everywhere, of course, but there is something very special about experiencing it outdoors, given its deep spirituality and connection to nature.

For a brief period throughout the 1990s,

GT came into the mainstream due to world-renowned DJs adopting its unique style. However, this soon changed as some musical elements were incorporated into the “pop culture” trance, abandoning the basic GT feel and sound. However, many hardcore Goa Trance DJs continue to create true progressive tracks to their original form (some DJs worth mentioning – Infected Mushroom, Astral Projection, Section X and more…).

Like any musical genre, Goa Trance evolves and reinvents itself, but at its core, Goa Trance offers a unique experience that is definitely worth experiencing.