Music that's more than music....almost a fucking way of life. As some said, there's some pretty cheesy trance, but then there are masterpieces especially from Armin van Buuren, and many other tracks released by Armada, Enhanced records, Anjunabeats, and other proven quality records which attrack millions.
Armin van Buuren's ASOT attracts about 30 million listeners weekly (largest audience in the fucking world after BBC radio), and his ASOT 500 was celebrated in 5 continents, 5 countries, 5 weeks....
Trance and House festivals (and edm in general except techno which is a piece of shit), are like no other. The ambience, the people, the lights, the sound...ex: Sensation White....can't be compared to shitty rap concerts, reggaeton (which I have gone to, since I liked that kind of music before listening to house and EDM), or any other kind of music.
Electronic Music is the shit....everything else seems lame ater that. Look up in youtube the festivals and be delighted.
Guy 1: Hey man, Ima go to Chicago cuz Lil Wayne will do some shit concert overthere. Wanna go?
Guy 2: Hell no, I don't wanna get raped....Ima go to Ibiza, Spain where the best clubs in the world are, enjoy the sexy beach with topless Europeans, fuck some Euro chicks, go to another rave in a 6000+ capacity club and enjoy trance/house/EDM, and come back with a smile :D
Trance is indisputably one of the most emotional genres that actually exists, because it is all self-interpretation. There are no instrumental or musical limits to trance, and rather than listening to some random guy screaming about his life, associating with a trance progression or hookline is much more deep, and much more personal.
Like other genres, trance has many subgenres, some of which have become very commercialised to the extent where the musical merit of some tracks must be questioned (eg. Flip'n'Fill, Scooter etc.)
At the higher end of the more uplifting, melodic (and relatively popular) styles of trance are DJs such as Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, and Ferry Corsten. These DJs in particular can make beautifully structured mixes their own music, and the music of others, building it into a euphoric collage which spans multiple energy levels, in order to provide the listener with peak/trough feelings, and carry them through numerous emotions and mental states.
The creation and spread of trance music is mainly down to machinery such as the Roland JP-8000 (providing the prominently manipulated supersaw wave), and experimental DJs such as Sasha & John Digweed.
Trance has a strong influence from early Detroit techno, but tends to be more dramatic or "emotional" than the minimalism of earlier techno. Common elements in trance include heavy, compressed kick drums, dramatic sweeping pads, and cascading synth arpeggios.
As with any kind of music, there are a billion sub-classifications possible -- hard trance, psytrance, acid trance, goa trance, etc. Trance has been one of the most popular forms of club music over the past few years, and has arguably produced more mainstream appeal (Oakenfold, Van Dyk, etc.) than most other electronic sub-genres.