DJ electra trance music and the elevation of pleasure

Gregory Gumo

Gregory Gumo

Gregory Gumo wanted this kind of lifestyle but he didn’t have the the ability to do what it took to come up through this electra trance music scene promoting party and music events associated with this type of nightclub music with well known DJs. Truth be told, I never knew this Paul Oakenfold existed until I started researching this whole night club scene and highly emotive trance music. Another trance music DJ Gumo was interested in is Darren Emerson who he went to see in Shibuya at the Womb in 2009.

Both Paul Oakenfold and Darren Emerson are British which leads to an entirely different discussion on the cognitive science of music related to electra trance music. One might wonder if trance songs are being rejected as pleasurable in the brain by certain listeners like me, because the music rarely introduces anything new. If that is the case, what happens when drugs are used while listening to trance music which intensify the emotions? Not here to critique this music yet, leave that for a another post.

An excellent quote on this phenomenon of electra trance music comes from Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg: “..those who compose because they want to please others, and have audience in mind, are not real artists. They are more and less skillful entertainers who would renounce composing if they did not find listeners”.

Take a look at Gumo’s profile, his hair and background including the music Gumo listened to listed off his bio, and then compare all this to this promotional video below of the DJ Paul Oakenfold (trance this: check the 00:38 point in the clip below then compare Oakenfold’s image to the image of Gumo above). Then tell me Gregory Gumo does not look a bit like Paul Oakenfold? Trance this: imagine now just for a brief moment, Gregory Gumo online late one night prowling around the internet on dating boards looking for someone to engage while listening to this highly charged pleasure-stimulating emotional trance music when Mariko Akitaya engages him?

From the video description: Paul Oakenfold is one of the world’s leading DJs. Bela Molnar of Hifi Entertainment produced and directed the first in-depth, behind the scenes documentary profile available of the superstar DJ. Produced in 2 parts the DVD also contains an open air, live set to Paul’s home crowd in South London.

Paul Mark Oakenfold (born 30 August 1963) is an English record producer and trance DJ. He was voted the No1 DJ in the World twice in 1998 and 1999 by DJ Magazine.

When Gumo’s bio is referenced again, we see reference to Paul Oakenfold. I don’t think Gumo was personally responsible for bringing in Paul Oakenfeld to the Limelight and Tunnel in New York.  It was probably the owners of Limelight and Tunnel nightclubs who were behind getting Paul Oakenfold to these clubs after Peter Gatien was deported to Canada. Whoever wrote this bio on Gumo, or if he wrote it himself, didn’t do a very good job at presentation or grammar. This bio is pretty much a self-promotional advertisement based on very little credibility. Also, be sure to read Peter Gatien‘s bio who Gregory Gumo allegedly worked for at the Limelight and the Tunnel in New York. Looks like Gregory Gumo had a pretty good mentor. Note: Commentary below in brackets in blue font is mine.


By the age of 18 Gregory [Gumo] had found himself working for Peter Gatien [Peter Gatien was the owner of several New York nightclubs, including The Limelight, Palladium, Club USA, and Tunnel. He was once dubbed as the “King of New York Clubs”, during his time in New York City. Peter Gatien was involved in all sorts of shady deals: suspected Ecstasy drug being sold and used at his clubs, tax evasion, fined US$1.6 million and was eventually deported to his Canadian origin.] as an event organizer and promoter. With the downfall of Peter Gatien and the closing of Limelight, Tunnel, Club USA and Palladium in the late 90’s Gregory [Gumo] went on to opening a string of businesses with various partners some of which have gone on to achieve remarkable notoriety [“Remarkable notoriety”? How so? That “top model” barged in and tried walking off with US$1,500 in Japanese fashion merchandise at the boutique Gumo was alleged to be co-founder of on a debt she claimed Gregory Gumo owed her.] including 7 boutique, and Big City Graph-X & Printing. After the reopening of Limelight and Tunnel he was asked to return as the Director of both venues and continued as such until their closing in 2001 [It appears Gumo showed up in Tokyo in 2002 which still needs conformation.] shortly after the September 11 World Trade Center Attack. While serving as the director of Limelight and Tunnel Gregory successfully reestablish the venue’s notoriety by bringing in such world famous acts as Paul Oakenfold, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Derrick May, Daft Punk, Green Velvet, among countless others.