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THE ULTIMATE RETREAT
FOR TRANCE MUSIC PRODUCTION

WORLD CLASS INSTRUCTORS, LUXURIOUS DESTINATION RETREATS

 

Do you LOVE Trance music? Have you always dreamed of creating professional, dance-floor worthy Trance music? On the Trance Retreat you learn DIRECTLY in-person from world renown professionals!  You can talk music over meals, participate in group seminars, and partake in 1-on-1 lessons with some of your musical idols!

Can you imagine how much valuable music production knowledge can be quickly gained from our instructors in a short period of time? Participating in the Trance retreat is a surefire way to jump-start your trance music production career and will give you an edge over other aspiring music producers.

As a follow up to our successful Tropical retreat in Bali, the first Trance Retreat of 2018 will be a special Winter edition taking place in a Baroque Manor located south of Berlin. Relax and learn from four world class producers in a fantastic environment for the ultimate week-long electronic music production retreat.

Participants on this exclusive & intimate experience (extremely limited capacity) will have their food, beverage, accommodations and transport provided for them,

Participants will again be accepted based on a screening and interview process, and the course content will be tailored to fit the group of participants.

So what are you waiting for? Learn from some of the most talented individuals in the trance music scene, form new friendships with individuals with like-minded musical interests, and experience the life-changing experience that is the Trance Retreat.

WHEN?
MARCH 4-10, 2018

WHERE?
BERLIN, GERMANY

The 2018 Winter edition of Trance Retreat features 4 world-class producers, with a focus on the faster, harder and more uplifting spectrum of Trance.

Each producer has been carefully selected to ensure that a wide variety of styles, techniques, and DAWs are represented. Our team of producers are highly experienced at 1 on 1 teaching, group tutorials & masterclasses, as well as ghost production for a wide variety of genres.

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MENNO DE JONG

DAW: Logic X (previously Cubase / Reason)
Greatest Career Achievements: Producing a series of # 1 Trance records and touring the world for shows at clubs and festivals, as well as hosting and building the brands Menno Solo and In Trance We Trust internationally
Specialties: Composition, melodies and writing/producing tracks for vocalists


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BJORN AKESSON

DAW: Studio One & Cubase
Greatest Career Achievements: Really hard to pinpoint one specifically. I've toured the world, made big trance hits and also played same stage as Armin, Dash Berlin and Aly & Fila on the same night.
Specialties: Melodies and creative thinking


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Adam ELLIS

DAW: Logic Pro X
Greatest Career Achievement: Playing in 16 + countries around the world, playing at Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza, 6 Beatport Number 1’s
Specialty: Teaching music production using my own specific methods and techniques.


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Dennis sheperd

DAW: Cubase (main), but also proficient in Reaper, Reason and Ableton
Greatest Career Achievement: Fallen Angel + Collaborating with Markus Schulz, JES, Rank 1, Betsie Larkin and many more!
Specialty: Elecro-infused basslines & melodic trance

PRICING OPTIONS

Please note that the pricing for these plans are exclusive of travel costs for traveling to Berlin.

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SHARED ROOM FOR TWO GUESTS (2 X SINGLE BED)

This is a shared room for 2 guests. There are 2 single beds in the room. This is a great option for those who and are looking to meet other future trance producers.

Each room has its own private bathroom & shower.

This option includes:

- Welcome cocktail and meet & greet
- Over 25 hours of Group Instruction (2 x daily extended seminars, group production day, plus bonus informal panels & talks)
- 2 hours of Private Tutoring time (reservation based system)
- Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks (vegetarian option possible)
- Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and select alcoholic beverages
- Transportation to and from the Estate
- Daily staff cleaning of accommodations
- Exclusive guest-list for any Trance Retreat club events hosted during the week

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SOLO ROOM (KING BED)

This is a private room with 1 x king bed. This is a great option for guests who would like a bit more personal space while on the retreat.

Each room has its own private bathroom & shower.

This option includes:

- Welcome cocktail and meet & greet
- Over 25 hours of Group Instruction (2 x daily extended seminars, group production day, plus bonus informal panels & talks)
- 3 hours of Private Tutoring time (reservation based system)
- Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks (vegetarian option possible)
- Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and select alcoholic beverages
- Transportation to and from the Estate
- Daily staff cleaning of accommodations
- Exclusive guestlist for any Trance Retreat club events hosted during the week

We will be following up with select candidates. We'd like to get to know a bit more about you, your production skill level, and what you would like to gain from this trance retreat experience. Chosen applicants will have a follow up familiarization call with the organizers & instructors

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PRICING

Early bird discount

We are offering a 5% early bird discount for anyone who confirms their booking and makes their payment in full by November 30, 2017

What is included in the cost?

- Catered Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (and snacks) served daily
- Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and select alcoholic beverages
- Private estate accommodation for 7 days (6 nights)
- Daily room cleaning
- Return Transportation from fixed pick-up point in Berlin
- Use of Studio Monitors (shared) on-site

Optional group excursions and outings may be offered at a separate cost.

Is there a deposit required?

A 500 non-refundable deposit will secure your booking spot (pending selection) with the remainder of the balance due by January 31, 2018.

Arrival and Departure

Check-in is available from 4PM on the day of arrival, and check-out is by 3PM on the day of departure.

Full Retreat Details

A detailed preparation guide and schedule of instructional events and side events will be provided prior to the event

 

INSTRUCTIONAL CONTENT

What is included as formal instructional content?

The seven day retreat will include the following formal instructional content:

- Over 25 hours of group instructional content (8 x formal seminars, group track production, panels & informal talks)
- 2 OR 3 (depending on package choice) hours of 1-on-1 time with the producer of your choice (*signups on a first-come-first-serve basis)

What should I bring with me?

We strongly recommend that all participants bring at least the following to optimize their learning experience:

- A laptop (with DAW pre-installed, sample packs, etc)
- Studio quality headphones
- A notebook for taking notes
Optional:
- A small midi controller or keyboard
- USB Hub
- External Hard Drive

Risk Disclaimer

Please check with your country's government website for any relevant travel warnings about traveling to Germany.

Trance Retreat is not responsible for entry related Visas (http://www.germany-visa.org/schengen-visa/).

We provide a safe learning environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat. We encourage participants to secure travel insurance for all international travel.

 
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SCREENING AND SELECTION

Why is there a screening process?

Since we have a cap on the number of participants, we would like to get to know all of our potential guests to ensure that we are able to provide an optimal learning and networking experience. With an intimate group size it is important for us to familiarize ourselves with the participants to ensure that we can create the best possible group environment!

What does it consist of?

We just want to get an understanding of your production skill level, your goals and aspirations, and to get to know a bit about you :) A short skype call is all that is required!

MISCELLANEOUS

Will I be able to release a track on a label by the end of the retreat?

We cannot guarantee that you will be ready to produce a label-ready production but if you are looking to improve your trance production skill and/or further your trance music career this will certainly be a fantastic opportunity not to be missed! At least one of the instructional days will be spent as a creative jam day where the group will produce a full track from scratch with support from some of the producers.

Can I leave the estate and explore on my own?

Absolutely - this is your holiday! We will plan group activities and provide suggestions on things to see and do but you are able to come and go as you please. Note that the estate is located approximately 40 minutes away from Berlin.

BALI 2017 RETREAT RECAP

The inaugural edition of the Trance Retreat took place September 17-24, 2017 in Bali, Indonesia. The instructors for this edition were Mark Sixma, Protoculture, Sied van Riel and Dennis Sheperd. It was an amazing week of fun, instructional learning, great discussion, and led to the formation of many new friendships. Check out the daily V-Logs to get a feel for the week!


Guys you don’t wanna miss this opportunity, one of the best thing that ever happened In my life! Full of music passion, sharing experiences, new friends made, great environmen! Great learning! VIVA TRANCE RETREAT!
— J. Moreno
Trance retreat really was a lifetime experience. I had such an incredible time, all the producers answered all my question... they really wanted to help us participants to achieve our goals
— T. Benscher
The 2017 Trance Retreat was an unbelievable experience. To be able to learn from people within the industry was an eye opening experience. Not only did we learn a lot, but we built new friendships and had a lot of laughs along the way.
— S. Khan