what is dark trance?
Powerful. Sophisticated. Intelligent structure to engage the mind, and
pumping basslines to move the feet. This is dark trance, an emerging
genre being pioneered by DJ Adam Wiggins.
At the close of the millennium, the genre of "trance" was awash in cheesey,
feel-good tracks pandering to the mass market. Former trance DJs had
little choice but to turn to boring, low-key progressive which lacked
energy on the dancefloor.
Meanwhile, an underground musical style known as Goa was developing toward
the structure and powerful sounds of traditional trance. In 2003 this
musical style, now called Psychedelic Trance (or Psytrance), burst onto the
dance scene worldwide. Dancers were reinvigorated by the pulsing
basslines, ultra high-fidelilty sound made possible by advances in digital
music technology, and fast tempos.
Adam Wiggins brings these psychedelic sounds to Los Angeles, where the psytrance
scene is still underground, in his own unique blend he calls Dark Trance.
|Adam @ Heavy Rotation, 2004|
delivering both mixes and original music
Adam gained a reputation for flawless mixes and impeccable track selection
early on through his residency at the famed LA underground hotspot, the Batcave.
With four club residencies including the venerable Club Insomnia, he is a well-known
sight at underground dance parties in southern California.
In 2001, he launched a production career under the artist name Xyr.
Xyr's releases are redefining underground dance music with the sleek,
sophisticated sounds of dark trance.