Ya know. My best friend and sister, Stephanie, introduced our country bumpkin family to the world of Trance music in the mid 90's. It very much had an influence on my musical tastes, as well as my perspective on life. You hear about where this music comes from and you start learning about Holland-based producers, the rave scene, House music, and you gain an appreciation for this non-secular, non-gospel style of music, completely acceptable by our conservative standards.
We collected those "Best Of..." compilations for years, knowing which DJ's name to look for on the back and what remix would be worth a whole 2-disc album. My mom, sister and I between us had a massive selection, with each of us burning the other a copy of our favorite CD. Forget about the radio, we were a record listening group and we listened to them on repeat regularly.
In her 30's, my mom found herself dancing alongside her daughter at a warehouse rave in DTLA.
Yes, the music was that good.
Tiesto, one of the world's first Trance DJ's took us places we've never been before. He opened our minds to an alternate galaxy. He is one of the most acclaimed producers in electronic music history. Without him, we would not have the foundation to build upon that sound that resonates in every electronic sound we hear today. He's beyond the Godfather of Trance and is simply a God of Trance.
In Search of Sunrise [all of them], Magik 1, 2, and 3, Nyana, Just Be, Just Be [Remixed], In My Memory, LIVE at Innercity Amsterdam , are the legacy albums.
Stand out tracks that remain traditional remixes and when you saw them appear on an album, you knew it had to be good!
Adagio For Strings, Love Comes Again, Traffic, UR, Supertiel, Chutney, Beautiful Things, As The Rush Comes. The list could go on and on but I'll leave you with these gems.
Giving these a listen will tell you everything you need to know about the progressive state of trance. This was a time where you didn't need drugs to feel the music, or go on a journey. You could sit back, close your eyes and be whisked away to an entirely new existence. Thank the stars we were gifted with this man who figured out these sounds, when placed together, make this noise. What beautiful, transgressive noise it is.
Despite what product his name lands on today, his contribution to the birth and continuation of Trance/House/Progressive & Magik is incomparable. He was a wizard at the knobs. If he wants to slap his name on something without going all in, I'll not be mad if it doesn't meet the standards. I'd rather wait 10 years and be presented with something astonishing, than bored every 6 months.
That's why all artists should continue creating full length albums. 40 minute to two hour compilations, whichever they do, fans will listen. Again and again and again.
Tiesto LIVE at Innercity Amsterdam  ------------> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGPkT0bZck0