Personally, I’m a big fan of ambient electronica and trance music. I’ve never really been able to find a good site with active, 24/7, streaming content, though, which really got to me. A friend of mine recommended I try out “Trance.Fm” to see how I liked it. Sure enough, the site is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It has 2 constantly running channels; one for trance music, and another for DJ mixes. They can both stream directly from web players, each of which has a live rating for each channel. This makes it easy to see which channels are really good and which aren’t doing so well.
If you join as a member, you get access to a few cool features, such as a live chatroom. Often enough, DJ’s will hang out in the chatroom while their music is playing, so you can ask them about their music, complement them, or divulge your life story to them in the hopes that they can help. Although they might not be very good with that last bit, they’re often very interesting. I spent a while talking to someone named Jacob. When I realized he was the same “Jacob” as the DJ whose music was currently playing, I was really blown away. You can check out some of his music here, or visit trance.fm on wednesday afternoons (EST) to hear some of his work. He’s really good. Its particularly humerous to listen to his music while he and his friends make fun of eachother, so I seriously recommend becoming a member (for free, of course) at Trance.Fm.
Finally, if you’re an aspiring DJ, Trance.Fm is one of the best ways to get your music heard. It is fairly simple to contact the site’s administrator (There’s a nice big contact link on the side). From there, submit some of your music, and with luck, you might find yourself with a spot on the air, being heard by people all around the internet. Believe me, its very good publicity.
Just to wrap things up, make sure you pay Trance.Fm a visit if you’re into electronic or ambient music. Its well worth the visit.
Oh, and if anyone out there is interested, Royksopp, the Norwegian 2-man electronic group, is hosting a remix contest. More on that in a later post, but if you don’t want to download every individual layer from their website, you can get all the clips in a .zip file here.