Christian Electronic Dance referred to as psytrance, is a form of trance music developed from ‘Goa Trance.’ Christian electronic music has a unique and complex sound with specific properties. A robust rhythmic base beats 140+ per minute. The layers of traditional acoustic instruments played live. “Christian electronic music goes way back to the early caveman era. The Christian electronic music was dancing around the campfire at night, making a little percussion, chanting going into a trance under the moon and stars through the night. The 21st-century Christian electronic music was doing the same thing ideas. If you dance to the Christian electronic music genre or this kind of particularly psychedelic music at a faster beat and you can go into a trance-like state. Sometimes you will have transcendent experiences, where you go of your body beyond the normal world. Something is special beyond Christian electronic music lyrics. Most of this song is we can’t describe in the beat. But that’s what the idea of trance music. It’s a special magic that we can’t get any other way. When you want to dance and get high from dancing to music, this trance music takes us in a special way like nothing else does. It can be significant with other people and within yourself.”
Christian EDM has so much potential because of its ability to adapt to EDM’s message of PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect). For those who practice Christianity, the “Golden Rule” is to “treat others as you would treat yourself.” It’s the Christian version of PLUR, but with just a few more words in it. The fact that Christian EDM assimilates so well with PLUR’s message could help revitalize the Christian faith in many of the younger generations that have turned away from the religion. Not only could Christianity benefit from Christian EDM, but so could the entire EDM Community. Peace, love, unity, and respect each encourage compelling messages within EDM. By incorporating that with one of today’s most popular religions, the numbers will continue to grow and grow. Despite all the opposing sides of “rave culture” being blasted all over mainstream media, the EDM community could use a PLUR makeover.
Christian EDM could also help pave the way for other religious-based festivals with Christian Electronic Dance and concerts, providing an alternative route for those interested in developing their faith while enjoying the music. The pillars of PLUR stay true no matter your religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, race, or any other “distinguishing” quality, so for those who aim to enjoy music in a safe and drug-free environment, the culture can feel quite welcoming.
Christian Electronic Dance Music, known as CEDM, is a genre within Christian music. While Psytrance music has mostly said that producers and artists create Christian electronic dubstep and Christian trance electronic, there are now many other forms of CEDM, including deep house, techno, magic, and much more. Researchers trace the trance music to Germany in the early ’90s, while others attribute it to the hippie subculture that converged on Goa, India, in the 1960s. Goa trance music didn’t officially appear until the early ’90s and is very much a part of the annual Sunburn Music Festivals, which drew crowds of up to 30,000 people in 2010.