Why Trance is For Me || Christine Mattappillil
Maybe it’s the fact that I’m a peace & love hippie flower child.
Maybe it’s the fact that I’m an emotional-touchy-feely-big-heart-kinda girl.
Maybe it’s because I just really want music to take me on a journey through life’s ups and downs and pull on my heartstrings a little.
I’m not sure if I can really pin down the exact reason, but I’m absolutely positive that trance music is for me. It called to me when I first heard old-school dance music back in the 90s and it sings to me now.
I find it incredible that music can be so powerful as to cause a monumental shift within the human spirit. It’s been the trusty sidekick for society on just about every adventure – whether you’re at a festival or not. Trance, progressive trance, uplifting trance, big room trance…whatever specific genre happens to be my favorite at the time…the unifying factors lie in its innate ability to trigger a unique sense of realness and oneness. To me, there’s nothing quite like that feeling of stepping onto a dance floor or festival ground and experiencing the moving, shaking, and embracing that happens with fellow Trance Family kids. There’s a sense of unconditional acceptance and frankly, it’s just beautiful.
Trance has helped me through never-ending study sessions in nursing school, accompanied me on long cross-country flights, helped me finish multiple grueling marathons, inspired my own creative art endeavors, and helped me connect with some of the most inspirational people I’ve ever had the opportunity to meet. I’ve found indescribable solace, felt the most powerful love, and survived the craziest transitions with the magnetic melodies and booming bass of trance playing in my ear. I’m eternally grateful.
Whether I’m under the electric sky or not, the greatest gift that trance has given me is the incredible feeling of freedom and acknowledgment. I’ll never forget running into the wild playground of Circuit Grounds at EDC Las Vegas and having this beautiful moment of knowing and acceptance. I felt the energies of everyone around me and experienced immediate relief and exhilaration. I had found my tribe and together, we were this collection of high-energy souls all resonating with the same message and frequency. It was a community of spirits that were all about spreading light, love, and music in any way possible…and it was awesome.
Trance music’s magic lies in its intricacies, its purposeful transitions, the lovely melodic layering, the slow creeps, and the following big drops that lead to another pathway to discover, another emotion, another journey in which you feel completely energized, moved, and understood.
There’s something magical, something SO very needed about the fact that trance music requires patience. That ever-longed-for drop sometimes won’t happen for 7 minutes, for 30 minutes, for 2 hours. It takes commitment and dedication. It requires you to step out of what you’re used to in mainstream media and ultimately believe in the artist, trust the journey, and surrender…something that we as a control-seeking generation used to immediate results never gets the opportunity to truly do.
Let go. Surrender. It’s so very liberating.
Trance music is a chance to melt into universal energy and experience blissful transcendence.
It’s a chance to be inspired, to find your calling, and to be part of something greater than yourself. There’s simply nothing quite like it.
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