Texas-based DJ and Producer, Omair Mirza has been on the rise with his booming tracks with support from the biggest names in trance including Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, and Above and Beyond. Specifically his progressive anthem, “High Roller,” has landed on the track lists of the most popular trance podcasts and huge festivals around the world such as EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival, TommorowLand and TomorrowWorld. Ever since 2014, when he officially became a signed recording artist with Armada Music and Coldharbour Recordings, his career has continued to rise. In 2016, he founded his own electronic music label, OHM Music under Tiesto’s Black Hole Recordings. He is definitely one artist to keep your eyes and ears peeled for with the massive launch of releases in store as well as live performances in 2017. He is definitely in the lead as the future for trance.
From Melbourne, Australia, Pinkque (Natasha Brekke) is quickly rising as a global trance sensation. After headlining most of Melbourne’s popular trance venues, she was able to secure gigs across South America and Europe such as TranceXplosion and Trancegression 2.0 in Prague and Electric Parade in Argentina. She has also played with many trance legends such as Aly & Fila, Sean Tyas, and Darren Porter. In 2014, she released her first original song entitled. “Reborn” on Extrema Global Music which ended up hitting the Top 100 Trance Charts on Beatport. In 2015, Pinkque released “Hereafter,” on Tytanium Recordings and was voted #1 on Ferry Corsten’s Countdown. Additionally, Pinkque’s most recent original “The Aggressor,” was voted as “The Future Sound” on Aly & Fila’s podcast Future Sound of Egypt. Currently in the studio, we must patiently wait to hear the future releases she has in store for this year. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with this year.
Originally from Minnesota, this artist to watch has gotten the support of one of the most lucrative trance labels, Anjunabeats, after releasing “Burma” on Monster Tunes in 2014. His tracks provide the emotional and melodic feel of Above and Beyond with a progressive twist. He grew up listening to trance favorites such as ATB’s “Till I Come,” and Darude’s “Sandstorm.” Additionally, he has been crowned my Insomniac (the creators of EDC) as “The Future Face of Trance,” because every time one of his tracks are played the crowd just beams with emotion and energy. Ross’s first vocal single, “Me Tonight,” featuring Lauren Ray became his second track to become #1 on the Top 100 Trance Chart on Beatport. Most recently, he played at one of the most major trance events of 2016, Above and Beyond’s Group Therapy 200 at the Ziggo Dome. Catch him live at his first big tour in North America this summer.
The majority of tranceheads know him as “Rad” from trance duo Norin & Rad. Since Norin & Rad split in 2014, Sember, originally from California, has started his own solo project as well as maintain the Norin & Rad brand. After spending many months locked in the studio, Sember has come back with a vengeance, releasing his track “Mezzo Forte,” in 2015 and, most recently, the popular dreamy tune “Sahara” in 2016. “Sahara” was definitely different than many sounds released on Anjunabeats, which shows Sember’s way of pushing the envelope as he develops his own unique take that hasn’t been heard before on the charts. Like Jason Ross, Sember has been blessed by the trance gods to work with Above and Beyond, Ilan Bluestone, Matt Lange, and Soundprank (the anjunabeats squad). With his main goals to continue releasing his own take on trance, we should expect many different styles as he experiments with his growing sound.
Welsh DJ/Producer Sam Jones has taken the tech/psy-trance scene by storm with his deep bass lines and wide range of samples. Deemed the “Welsh Wizard,” Jones has played on Armin Van Buuren’s podcast, “A State of Trance,” and has received support from many hard hitting producers such as John O’Callaghan, Jordan Suckley, Simon Patterson, and Brian Kearney. In the summer of 2014, his track “Buckle Up” reach top #6 in the Beatport Trance Top 10. Since then he hasn’t stopped releasing bangers and is now touring globally. Other notable tracks he released that made it to the Trance Top 10 include the magical melodies and powerful basslines of “Let Loose” and “Oversight.” Because he got into the technical side of DJing before ever producing, his live shows are a must see as he spins with a minimum of 3 decks, live edits, scratching, and quick mixing. His sets and singles prove that he is at the forefront of bass-trance experimentation of sound. He is definitely rising quickly and keeping the music scene on its toes.