I’m a firm believer in cross-genre pollination, and finally the day has come when dubstep drops can satisfy a pounding trance track. Debuting the new style for tens of millions of A State of Trance listeners during the ASOT 500 world tour, the sounds of “trancestep” came from some the world’s most popular trance DJs like Ferry Corsten and Sander van Doorn. To say their sets at the 500th episode celebration in Miami made history is an enormous understatement. Trance has frequently delved into breakbeat territory, but it’s clear that the industry’s top names waited for the right time to make the move into dubstep. It’s really about time trance artists have explored dubstep beats considering how much trance influence we can hear in some dubstep tracks.
So how have the genres intermingled? The monster track that both Ferry and Sander played at ASOT 500 Miami was the blazing Spotfire by Jacob van Hage. Released on Sander van Doorn’s own label Doorn Records (an imprint of Spinnin’), this track leads the listener on with skull-rushing tech trance beats before unleashing an obliterating dubstep drop. Feeling the jaw-dropping reaction from the US crowd, Sander threw in Paul Ercossa’s Ercogen near the end of his set to finish off the survivors and engrave his name into history. Released on on Marcus Schossow’s Tone Diary (another Spinnin sub-label), this track is dominated by a mix of electro bass and tech jabs just before the breakdown completes the bass sound we all know and wub.
Even the newest single by Above & Beyond came with a trancestep remix by famous dubstep pioneer Distance. Adding even further depth to the heartfelt vocals, the Distance remix shows a willingness by the prestigious trance label Anjunabeats to explore new styles just as it had with Anjunadeep. Perhaps we’ll even hear an Anjunastep or Anjunabass in the future? Let’s hope.