While there are many flavors and subgrenres within psychedelic trance, the one thing that unites everyone on the dance floor the most is that full power, uplifting, euphoric sound. Here is our top 10 of the best psytrance artists that capture this quality. For each artist we have picked out our favorite set or mix.
Also check out our favorite psytrance djs.
Mad Tribe started as a collaboration project between Olli Wisdom (Space Tribe) and Max Peterson (Mad Maxx). Their friendship and fun together is reflected in their music. They are known for their intense, full power music. Max and Olli met in San Francisco at one of the infamous CCC parties and immediately clicked and became good friends and partners in crime. Their shared vision for full power psychedelic music with a twist of humor soon led them to making tracks together. In 2015 they made their first album together, which was released on Tip Records.
In 2021, Olli sadly passed away. Max will continue the Mad Tribe sound, honoring and channeling Olli’s drive and energy.
Olli Wisdom was the creative genius behind Space Tribe. He was a true pioneer of psychedelic trance music. Space Tribe whipped dance floors into a frenzy all over the world with his incredible energy. He was a symbol for all things fun, exciting, tripped out and inspiring.
His sudden death at age 63 in 2021 shook the psychedelic trance scene to its core. Fortunately for us, Olli had just finished his new album and final masterpiece, Space Between Atoms.
ESP – Electric Space Phenomenon
ESP, or Electric Space Phenomenon, was a collaboration project from two psy-trance masters Space Tribe and Electric Universe. They released their first album in 2006 and made another album and several tracks since then.
They were known for their intense, psychedelic full power music with incredible production technique: uplifting and fully psychedelic. Their killer tracks pretty much guaranteed dance floor bliss!
Mad Maxx by Max Peterson is the result of years of hard work, perfecting a unique sound, embodying all the travels, experiences and parties of the past 20 years. The music is a mix of trance, ethnic and deep sounds, with a strong kick and ominous bass line, an electro touch, emotional chants, and at times nostalgic atmospheres, with a BPM ranging from 138 to 145. All of this sonic mayhem delivered in a whirlwind of psychedelia!
Electric Universe is consdidered one of the pioneers of goa-trance, the parent genre of what later grew into psy-trance. He has been contributing to the global electronic dance music scene since the early 90s and over the years his sound has matured and grown bigger. Electric Universe chose to always stay relevant, perfecting and transforming his sound.
Electric Universe is constantly evolving and constantly adapting new technological advances. He is now famous for incorporating the LaserHarp into his performances, which make for a spectacular show!
Filteria is considered the spearhead of the New School Goa-Trance trend. This project was started by Jannis Tzikas, a musician and sound designer who is based in Sweden. Inspired by the synthesizer era of the ’80s, he started making music at 13. His sound soon perfected and his first album Sky Input was released in 2004 on SunTrip Records. He is much loved and respected for his crazy yet melodic psychedelic sound.
Those who were fortunate enough to experience the madness of his set at Boom 2016 will never forget their experience.