The Trilogy of "Traps & Trees"



        “Traps & Trees” has been an iconic mix tape series illustrated by DJ Solo for the past couple years now. With his first “Traps & Trees” mixtape coming out as his Electric Forest 2012 set, he slowly painted a picture for the EDM scene with his new style of sounds through Europe’s own Hardstyle and America’s own Trap. Through this trilogy of mixes, Dave Abrams, better known as DJ SOLO, originally started with mainly trap remixes in his first “Traps & Trees” but evolved his next two mixes to do something that this bass culture has never seen before. He used the cornerstone genre of Hardstyle to great a unique sound that fused together with trap tempos to create these “Traps & Trees” mixes.

           With his first “Traps & Trees” mix he used a plethora of benchmark DJ’s for that year. Artists included Major Lazer, Skrillex, Baauer, RL Grime, Doctor P and so many more. Although this was his first mix where he nailed it; the tracks within his mixtape incorporated a beautifully spliced arrangement of sounds, ranging from deep dubstep to grimiest trap for that time period.  Yet for his next couple mixes he does something very unique.

           “…meanwhile in another part of the Electric forest, The young sage DJ SOLO is greeted by two dark knights. One from the inner-forest TRAP Clan and one from the family of Dutch HARDSTYLE Vikings. They bestowed upon him an untold prophecy of their union and eventual domination. Prepare yourself… THE PROPHECY is upon us!!!” (

Through “Traps & Trees 2: The Prophecy” Dave Abrams shows the American EDM culture a little about what Hardstyle is. With this mix he not only uses huge names in the Hardstyle culture such as Zatox, Headhunterz, and Nikkta, as well as new sounds that no mix has ever seen before. These combinations of hard stomping bass and grimy trap were something I’ve never seen before. This mix has powerhouse trap artists like Flosstradamus and Carnage that honestly make this mix the revolutionary mix that it is.

           The third and most recent mixtape to be released was the third in this trilogy. What this mix brought that the other didn’t was that DJ SOLO used more well-known Trap and dubstep DJ’s. He incorporated benchmark artists of our generation such as Diplo, Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, Ookay, DVVBS, and so many more. Along with that, DJ SOLO used a unique sound that can only be described by our generation as “Twerk” music. Through each song within this mix it felt like I was in an illusion of bass, every drop made me want to dance.

           Through this trilogy DJ SOLO beautifully merged the two genres of Hardstyle and Trap to something I personally thought couldn’t have been done.

Written by:

Chris Urbanek