On the rare occasion that you see the words “trance” and “techno” in the same sentence, the name Cory Goldsmith is likely to accompany them. Although fans of either genre have historically been at odds, he’s never been one to let the status quo limit the dimension of his concepts.
More informed electronic music enthusiasts will remember that trance originally evolved out of more melodic styles of European techno in the mid ‘90s. Count Goldsmith among the artists who still explore the grey area in between. In addition to his mix series, Tech Tranceformed with Cory Goldsmith, he boasts releases on such imprints as Tangled Audio and Alter Ego Recordings.
Goldsmith is no stranger to having a foot in two vastly different musical worlds. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia where he grew up before relocating to pursue his doctorate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Although he spent much of his adolescence playing guitar and bass in hardcore bands, he remembers being captivated by such trance classics as “Castles in the Sky” by Ian Van Dahl at an early age.
The thought of not having to write songs by committee made music production a more and more enticing prospect. Nonetheless, his initial foray into electronic music paid homage to his instrumental origins. The first song he uploaded to SoundCloud in 2010 went by the title “Fe” (the symbol for iron on the periodic table of elements) and exhibited a stylistic fusion of trance and metal.
Shortly thereafter, Goldsmith learned how to DJ and began playing house parties in and around Boulder. He landed his first professional DJ gig at a local bar called The Goose but before long he was spinning at major venues, opening up for the likes of Kap Slap at The Fox Theater.
All the while, he continued to challenge commonly held ideas about genre purism. During one of Sub.mission’s Electronic Tuesdays at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, Colorado, for instance, he managed to win over a crowd of bass music fans while playing a set of raw, unadulterated techno.
In 2016, Goldsmith took a year off from gigging to refine his expertise in the studio. It paid off in dividends. During that time he landed an internship with Ableton that took him to Berlin, Germany, enabling him to hone his skills to the point that more established tastemakers began acknowledging him. In the same interval he released the Streetlight EP through U.K. label Isolator - in addition to the songs “As One” and “Yourself,” which both came out on Colorado Records.
In 2017, he positioned himself to capitalize on this momentum by launching Tech Tranceformed with Cory Goldsmith. The first half of each episode consists of techno tracks with subtle trance influences, and vice versa for the second half.
The same year, Goldsmith also broke into the festival circuit. After performing at Global Dance Festival outside Denver, he delivered a DJ set at Supernatural Festival several months later. He still remains active on the local level, participating in events like A Night of PSY - which itself made for Los Angeles psytrance DJ Triceradrops’ Mile High debut.
In addition, 2017 marked a major turning point for Cory Goldsmith in terms of releases. In the spring, he put out a three-track EP via Tangled Audio titled Polls / Tektual / Empire that reached #12 on Beatport’s Trance Top 100 Releases chart. After that, he released a remix of “Awake” by Highforcer on the same label, followed by a melodic techno track on Alter Ego Recordings sub label Introspective Audio titled “Storms” that received a remix by Gareth 2Dark. In November, his tech trance singles “Flatiron” also came out on Tangled along with an uplifting remix by Ukrainian producer Etamin, with "The Move" following shortly afterwards .
In the months to follow, Cory Goldsmith is gearing up to unveil additional originals and remixes sure to establish him as a household name in both the trance and techno communities. In the process, his own unique synthesis of the two genres will likely garner more attention on a global scale.