i discovered goa trance in the mid90s. the first song track i probably ever heard was “mahadeva” by astral projection. this track, or to be precise: the included line “om namah shivaya”, constitutes my first contact with hinduism as well. i immediately fell in love with this exotic but (in my case at the time) pure and sober idea of psychedelic, the innocent appreciation of complex, hypnotic and vivid arrangements. i bought cds and some vinyls as well. personal heyday: late 90s.
soon after that my own dj “career” started to materialize and i left everything melodious behind for this thing called “loop techno”. rather simultaneously, the entire psytrance thing started to move on, leaving melody (and the 303) mostly behind as well. i never lost contact really though, attended several parties, concerts and festivals.
today, there is a huge variety of subgenres to be explored, like full-on, progressive, darkpsy, twilight, morning, forest, zenonesque, psycore, hi-tech, suomi and so on… but right now i’m all into classic or new wave goa trance again, listening to webradios and the old stuff i’ve got. i’ve never been to goa or even india and i’m still not interested.