Razormane, on 24 April 2012 - 14:42 , said:
You're kinda walking through an open door there mate :teehee: One of the reasons that I stopped being an Armin fan is EXACTLY because he became too poppy for my taste. Concrete Angel is a poppy track? Ya don't say?? :teehee: Tiesto's In The Dark (which I don't consider an "epic classic" in any way, I do happen to like the track however) does not just have pop elements it is a Pop Trance track too. Burned With Desire definitely has pop lyrics but the instrumental version is nothing short of pure Trance which makes it a tricky example though I understand why you mentioned it. Wild And Perfect Day has poppy vocals but it's Sarah Bettens, what you'd expect? :P Same goes for Witness with Jaren: bar Light The Skies & Saved Again, she only has pop-content lyrics to sing.
But all these above mentioned artists (except for Tiësto, Armin and Emery which have all gone mainstreamer than mainstream) have at least discographies which mostly consist of (Prog) Trance. Rank 1's singles prior to both W titled poppy productions were nothing short of either epic Trance or wicked Electro/Techtrance. Same goes for The Blizzard. Before Emery became so big he was a mastermind of melodic Trancey goodness. Same goes for Armin and Tiësto. Dash Berlin on the other hand are a reversed case where there maybe only two to three instrumental productions and the rest is just (imo) pop trash. And that's why I believe he should not be considered EDM.
Furthermore, if banning Pop Trance or poppy lyrics in Trance out of EDM would mean a lot of contemporary fans would not be here I can't say I see that as a loss. You know why? Because at least 3/4 of them are #trancefamily members anyway, or rather, the new market that the likes of Armin, Gareth & Dash owe their immense current popularity to these days. These are people that don't understand the value of Classics (#550 and lame crowd reaction to Strange World) nor do they care about any Trance, Prog or whatever prior to 2008/2009. I may sound very harsh here but I could care less about these people and it is exactly because these people came aboard that someone like Armin ruined his sound gradually up to the point that only a yearly Gaia alias can have some value for someone whose Trance spectrum goes before In And Out Of Love :rolleyes:
There are always small exceptions to everything you dislike but if it was up to me, (ASOT) Trance would never have become so vocal centric. And Dash Berlin is the epitome of that development for me, more than any other artist. Tom Fail's boring productions are trash too, but at least he's not glorified as a "God of Trance".
Once again a great, thoughtful post I enjoyed reading. I do agree with many of your points, except for a few:
1) While you are right that Armin, Tiesto, Emery, etc. have a good trance history behind them, I still don't see some of their productions any less popish than DB's productions. Concrete Angel, for example, is just as pop as World Falls Apart by DB. Now, even if Gareth is the same guy who remixed Formentera What, and will forever have his spot among the list of great trance producers, it still doesn't make his pop tracks any more legitimate than Dash Berlin's. In fact, I can actually appreciate Dash a bit more - why? Because he actually stays true to his style. He was pop, and he is pop now, nothing changed, you get what you expect, no more and no less. With Emery, you got a much more talented producer who made some great tunes in the past, and now produces crap like Concrete Angel and plays stuff like Maximal Crazy in his sets. I would actually prefer going to a DB set, because at least I know what to expect there, where with Emery its getting worse and worse (and his arrogant attitude to the crowd he betrayed doesn't help things). Now, I can't say a lot of positive stuff about Dash Berlin, the guy (group, whatever) is clearly an Armada tool for making money and not art. But I don't see any reason why stuff like Wild & Perfect Day, Concrete Angel or Must Be The Love are all legitimate for ASOT/EDM while World Falls Apart or Better Half Of Me aren't (and I'm not talking about personal preference here, some of the tracks I mentioned I like and some I hate with passion, regardless of the artist).
2) You say Tom Fall isn't being glorified as the god of trance. Well, now I know for sure you have quit ASOT :tongue:, because you clearly didn't hear what Armin said about the guy. Tom Fail is currently the most overhyped "new player" and Armin praises him as much as he did Arty in 2010 and Orjan in 2011 (both guys started well and went downhill for me, but Tom fall started bad and likely to go even worse).
BTW, I would MUCH rather listen to Strange World or classics like than any of the vocals tunes, good or bad. I think that even though I'm new to the scene, I really am a trance/prog fan at heart even though I occasionaly don't mind pop-trance if done right (to me, This Light Between Us was a good example of that, but many disagree). I will take a Gaia tune over In & Out Of Love any day.
This post has been edited by blachshma: 26 April 2012 - 00:20