How to DJ Trance Music

By Charlie Yin
DJs in trance will often boost the low frequencies in order to create a stronger bass kick.

Trance is one of the top electronic genres. Trance DJs include Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Alex Gold and many more. Because of its straightforward beats and infectiously catchy melodies, trance is one of the best genres to dance to. In order to become a good trance DJ, you must know exactly what it is that the audience wants and what characteristics of trance you can use to your advantage.

Make a list of trance songs that you would like to play. Part of being a DJ is being able to select songs that would work well together. Make sure that the songs you select will flow well into one another. You can do this by making sure all the songs are roughly the same tempo or BPM (beats per minute).

Beat-match your songs so that they are playing in sync with each other. Playing a new song on top of your current song in order to create a transition is a crucial part of DJing. Preview the song you want to beat-match through your headphones by pressing the "cue" button on your DJ mixer. Use the pitch sliders on your turntables to speed up or slow down the song playing in your headphones so that it matches the BPM of the song that is currently playing. Once it is perfectly matched, use the crossfader to bring in the new song.

Adjust the equalization of your mix using your DJ mixer. An equalizer allows you to cut or boost certain frequencies. If you are combining more than one song together, make sure the frequencies do not clash. Preview the upcoming track in your headphones by pressing the "cue" button on your DJ mixer. You will hear the track, but it won't play through the speakers. Adjust the equalization on the previewed track by turning the equalization knobs so that no one frequency is too overpowering.

Boost the low frequencies slightly. This will allow more of the kick drum to be heard. In trance, the kick drum is one of the driving forces of the song and will encourage the crowd to dance. The harder the kick drum hits, the people will dance. However, make sure the kick drum is not too overpowering: you want to make sure you can still hear the other instruments easily.

Tip

Practice at home before you play for a crowd. DJing is like playing an instrument; there are many techniques to practice. Make sure you are comfortable with all your gear before you start playing for crowds of people.

About the Author

Charlie Yin has been writing since 2006. He has written for the University of California-Berkeley's newsletter, "The Daily Cal," publishing album reviews for upcoming bands. Currently, Yin is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of California-Berkeley.