Juno Coolen
By Juno Coolen

According to many Hardstyle lovers, a new hype came to existence: characteristics of Psytrance, which are used a lot in the current Hardstyle at the moment. The new trend/hype is being used and acknowledged by many artists, because it is said that the Hardstyle is very monotonous nowadays. People are wondering where the influences came from and what the consequences will be.

Psytrance is a type of music that originates from goa (India) and is also being called goa trance for that reason. Throughout the years, the music style branched in many different styles, because of the need for inventiveness. The current Psytrance has many variations. The music style is a form of electronic music, but is a lot less commercial. Next to that, the events and festivals are on a smaller scale. Although, the international events are well-visited worldwide.

The origin of Psytrance in the Hardstyle arose a time ago. Rooler acknowledges himself as the inventor of the current hype. His track ‘Number 23’ with Sasha F seemed to be the first hardstyle track with psytrance influences at the end of 2015. Subsequently, Rooler came with the remix of the track ‘Luminite – Destruction’. The Psytrance bassline also appeared in this track.

A Psy edit of ‘Code Black – Pandora’ appeared on the podcast of Brennan Heart at the end of last year. This track was also played by Brennan Heart at Qlimax 2016. The crowd and the artists seemed to love the Psy edit. The commotion started when Sub Zero Project posted the preview of ‘The Project’ online. People talked about a new trend within the hardstyle scene, but is this true?

More and more artists keep experimenting with these new influences. TnT, Code Black, Toneshifterz & Cyber for instance. It is remarkable that the artists who are experimenting with Psytrance are mostly not from the Netherlands. The 89th edition of Isaac’s Studio Sessions starts with a new track of TnT called ‘Psylent Hill’. The Italians dedicated this track to the new hype within the Hardstyle.  Also, Cyber & Toneshifterz posted messages in which they said that they want to experiment with the new hype and Audiofreq is happy with the new influences and some make jokes about the new hype like The Machine.

A new trend also has people who are against it. Some think that the new influences doesn’t fit the Hardstyle or think that the hype will be exploited and that the hype might be over before we even know it!

All in all we can conclude that this is just the beginning of the new hype and we are very curious what the consequences will be for the current scene. The feedback is mainly positive at the moment. What do you think?

Photo by: Pearlmusic


  • Niculum 23 May 2017 - 17:21

    I honestly hope that this influence will come to an end as soon as possible. I do like great melodies but I can’t get in touch with these kicks.

  • denpanosekai 30 January 2017 - 20:08

    I think psytrance hardstyle is awesome — big respect to ROOLER!!!

  • Biden 27 March 2017 - 23:44

    Its decent, it still has to many raw perspectives imo. If the hardstyle dj’s would like to add a psytrance touch to their music it is totally fine. But i would recommand them to study the music from Infected Mushroom then, since those are masterpieces.

  • Alex 04 November 2018 - 12:16

    I like SOME tracks.. but really just SOME tracks.. E.g. The Realm from TNT is great…
    But some kicks just don’t fit hardstyle in general..

    It’s the same as with some melodies of Euphoric Hardstyle..


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