The story of how one arrives at trance is so varied, but in the end the journey leads us to something much grander than ourselves and into a community that won’t let you go once you do join it. Amid the dark environs of a show’s setting you don’t even have to physically reach out. You are connected through the music and can feel the love vibrating all around you.
Growing up in the electronic dance music scene, I was constantly reminded about PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect). For the trance community, I would add an “E” for Education. Some would call it elitism. I call it knowing a lot about what you love and want to know more about. One such individual who embodies the “E” for Education is the subject of this interview.
Today we catch up with Ryan Reeves, one of the people who knows what he is talking about and shares what he loves. I last caught Ryan Reeves at the last installment of Lazer Trance. It was a fairly good night. It was their Classics night and there were outstanding sets from everyone. I had mostly come for Ryan Reeves though.
It had been awhile since Ryan was on mainstage. That night he was where he needed to be and should be. Below are some highlights. I was impressed. Then again, I have yet to be disappointed.
Ryan is an up and coming dj in Houston, Texas, proudly representing trance family. He’s very confident in his taste in trance and is always ready with a name and a track to recommend. I was finally able to meet up with him recently and find out what he’s been up to: a lot of work, school, and of course trance.
What was the first track that got you into trance?
I was late to the trance genre. I knew I would love the genre when I heard In and Out of
Love by Armin Van Buuren ft. Sharon Den Adel. After that, I was hooked on the trance drug
and started listening to it every day. Little did I know it would have such an impact on my life.
If you had to describe your life with one trance song, what would it be?
We Control the Sunlight by Aly & Fila. I always reminisce on memories that I hold close to my
heart and this track captures that aspect perfectly.
If you had to choose one trance song as your personal anthem, what would it be?
Has there been a track that has moved you so much you almost cried or did cry?
Ram & Susana – RAMelia. I remember first hearing the track and I really felt the emotion involved.
When I researched the track and found out his reason for producing that track, it was really
moving. I definitely shed a tear the next time listening to that track.
How would you describe trance to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
Absolute euphoria. The thing about trance is either someone gets it or they don’t. I haven’t
found a person who was “on the fence” about trance.
What does trance do for you?
So many things. It helps me forget the problems and negativity surrounding the world and allows me to be in my own utopia.
Who are your favorite artists?
What has been your favorite performance so far?
By far, Jordan Suckley. He is a monster of a dj and a pretty decent producer. His live sets are
always a gem to watch.
Who would you like to do a back to back set with that you have not done it with already?
Jordan Suckley. As previously stated he is, in my opinion, the best trance dj out there. He has
the old school skills from vinyl and transfers those skills onto current technology. It’s amazing
what he can do. I think doing a b2b with him would be super fun and a great learning
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
That’s a long leap in time. I know for a fact I will be an ER/Trauma nurse or in medical school.
As far as my djing goes, I am not sure what the future holds. It’s not a popular opinion, but I
believe proper djing is dying out. New technology is taking a lot of skill out of the art. The main stream’s perspective on what a “dj” is definitely does not help. I deejay because it brings me peace and the opportunity to spread my love for trance, nothing more. This is a passion of mine and I view it as such. Once that fun and enjoyment ends, I will stop being a dj.
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