Today, we dive deep into our first sub-genre of music. We will be expanding on Trance music and go into the methods and ideas of Uplifting Trance as well as Melodic Trance. I have grouped these two together because in a sense, they are essentially the same thing, give or take a few differences.
Uplifting Trance can also be referred to as a multitude of other genres (such as, Epic Trance, Emotional Trance, Melodic Trance, Euphoric Trance and Anthem Trance). The main focus of Uplifting Trance is to focus on the melodic aspects of the music, primarily the main melody is in heavy focus. The genre rose to fame while Progressive Trance was making its rounds, back in 1996 in Germany. The name “Uplifting” was given due to the sense that listeners seem to experience as a “rush” or an “emotional pull” type of feeling. Classical music has also had a heavy influence on this type of music with its focus on melodic elements and arrangement aspects.
In the mid to late 2000’s, Uplifting Trance saw an eruption of support from both fans and producers. This helped re-establish the genre within the Trance scene and has been featured greatly since then and remains one of the most popular forms of Trance music. The genre has been, as of late, pioneered by the likes of Above & Beyond, Daniel Kandi, Temple One, Aly & Fila and Jorn Van Deynhoven just to name a few.
Uplifting Trance is written in a much lighter tone than most other genres of Trance music. The chord progressions used in Uplifting Trance are similar to those in Progressive Trance, however, the chord progressions usually rest on major chords and switch between major and minor chords to help push how “happy or sad” a specific progression will sound. As with most dance music, especially with Trance, the breakdown is a major focus in this genre. The breakdowns however in Uplifting Trance are extended and exaggerated to help build up on the emotional factor that is emphasized in the genre.
Uplifting Trance is typically in the mid to fast range of bpm for dance music (134-142 range). Another focus is the buildup and breakdown effects used. In most cases with dance music, the “wash” effects are pushed into the background to help as filler. In Uplifting Trance, they are typically pushed a bit more forward in the mix making them more prominent and helping build intensity within the track. Another feature used quite frequently is something called side-chaining. A side-chain is usually applied to strings and pad elements and have the volume automated with the kick (bass drum) pattern, giving the strings and pads a “ducking” or “pulsing” type of sound on the upbeats.
Uplifting Trance has a massive following and is considered one of the most well known sub-genres of Trance music. Listed below are some examples of Uplifting Trance music. See if you can spot what makes Uplifting Trance so enjoyable by many. Sound off below if you have any ideas on what else you think makes trance music unique.
Driftmoon – Bittersweet (Temple One Remix)
Dan Stone – Kito (Original Mix)
Above & Beyond feat. Zoe Johnston – Good For Me (Original Mix)
Ana Criado & Adrian&Raz – How Will I Know (Daniel Kandi & Dennis Pederson Remix)