“Is trance music dead?” Once a topic for discussion, 2016 saw that question finally laid to rest. Trance artists saw increased bookings, large dedicated trance events like Bliss in Seattle sprouted out of nowhere, psy-trance became a fad, and more! This year, the genre continues to soar to new heights. Fresh, young artists are emerging and legends of old, ones who bounced to other genres, have returned “home” under new aliases. One trance mainstay who’s set to have his biggest year yet? Omnia.
Before taking to the Digital Oasis stage last week at Paradiso, the Ukranian DJ/producer shared with us what fans can expect from him this summer, and beyond. Let’s just say: trance family, you are definitely in for a treat!
Utilizing a self-taught uplifting/progressive style that draws influences from many genres, Omnia‘s work has seen support from heavyweights like Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz and Gareth Emery, since bursting on the scene in 2012. With trance and its artists going through an evolution right now, Omnia stays grounded- focusing on the music; the strongest melodies with emotional drops & energetic grooves, he says. “I just want you to hear the great music only, not some random sounds.”
“Don’t expect from me simple EDM, commercial big room stuff, DJ screaming in the microphone for the whole night, and things like that…it’s not me.”
Contributing to trance’s resurgence last year, Omnia struck gold with Alien, released that April, and kept the hits coming. His remix of Armin van Buuren‘s Face of Summer, Believe (featuring famed trance vocalist Audrey Gallagher) and All I See Is You (featuring Christian Burns, a legend in his own right), all released toward the end of the year, received massive support and placed on trance charts across the globe. He hasn’t stopped since, teaming up with Johnny Rose for Why Do You Run and DRYM for Enigma to kick off 2017.
His Paradiso set saw a slew of new IDs and remixes, some having never been played on stage- a fun taste of what’s to come.
After remixing Giuseppe Ottaviani‘s Firefly two weeks ago, Omnia‘s next vocal track, which features Canadian singer/songwriter Danyka Nadeau, is set to be released this weekend on Armind Recordings, with a collaboration with Ben Gold and remixes to Christian Burns and Betsie Larken also on the horizon.
“The whole summer is going to be crazy with the new music from me and I’m so happy about that!”
Teasing a few more singles to be released in July and August, Omnia adds there are plans for an album to be released next year; “in-progress now”.
There’s no slow down in sight, but to be a part of trance’s revival provides a feeling of excitement. Big names like W&W, Sander van Doorn and a re-born Gouryella coming back to trance, and how artists are incorporating more of the genre’s classical elements in their music, creating the most talking points.
“I think we are coming back to the trance roots right now. For some reasons trance music had too much EDM influences a few years ago, but that was just a trend I guess; people get bored of this too fast.”
“Right now, trance is back.”