Rolling basslines, squelchy synth leads and counter-culture samples. Psytrance is an energetic, engaging and elevated type of dance music. Emerging from goa-trance in the mid to late ‘90s, Psytrance has continued to evolve and grow to this day.
There are many different sub-genres, from dark and fast night time beats through to melodic morning music. While DJ mixing Psytrance might seem like a hard task, it’s actually not that difficult. Let’s take a look at how to mix Psytrance music like a DJ! We’ll take a look at a few different mixing techniques.
Outro to Intro
Most Psytrance tracks begin with an extended introduction. This intro usually features spacey pads and FX. They also tend to end with an outro as well, usually just the kick, bass and some basic sounds. One way of DJ mixing Psytrance music is to blend in the incoming track’s intro with the outgoing track’s outro. This allows the dancefloor a bit of time to rest and space out until the kick and bass of the incoming song enters the mix.
This technique is best suited for those looking to sustain high-energy momentum during their Psytrance sets. Psytrance is in 4/4 timing, often with 8 bars of 4 beats each making up a “phrase”. Cue the incoming track at a nice drop point – a big kick and bass usually works a treat. Then watch for the phrase in the outgoing track. Right at the end of the 8th bar, or the 32nd beat, drop in the incoming track while cutting the bass of the outgoing. You should end up with the effect of “swapping” the basslines. Getting the beats matched can take some practice – you should try getting them lined up using your DJ headphones first.
This technique is best suited to those using more advanced CDJS or digital DJ software controllers. Simply loop a portion of your outgoing track, although try not to choose a section with too much happening. A nice 8, 16 or 32-bar loop should suffice. Now while that loop plays you have heaps of breathing room to begin mixing in your next track. Play with your levels of each track. You could swap in the high end of the incoming track, and then slowly play with the bass too.
This is probably the most important point to make. DJ mixing is a creative endeavour, after all. You want to have some fun and make some mistakes and try to get some unique mixing happening. So experiment and enjoy yourself!