Kai Tracid

Real Name:
Kai Franz
Kai Tracid (born as Kai Franz on 17 January 1972 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany) is a trance DJ and producer. The name Tracid originates from the combination of the two music styles Trance and Acid. In 2009 he stopped making music and co-founded a yoga centre. He made his return to the scene in 2020 with the release of his collaborative single 'DT64'.

In Germany he became famous with his second single, "Your Own Reality". In 1998 he gained world-wide fame with Liquid Skies. In November 2001 he got his first Top-10 hit in the German single charts. Since 2000 he releases his records under his own record company Tracid Traxxx.


DAN 493128 9, 493128 9 Kai Tracid - Skywalker 1999 album art Kai Tracid Skywalker 1999 (Album) Dance Pool, Dance Pool DAN 493128 9, 493128 9 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
TTX LP 01 Kai Tracid - Trance & Acid album art Kai Tracid Trance & Acid (Album, Comp) Tracid Traxxx TTX LP 01 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
511188 2, EPC 511188 2, 5111882000 Kai Tracid - Contemplate (The Reason You Exist) album art Kai Tracid Contemplate (The Reason You Exist) (Album) Tracid Traxxx 511188 2, EPC 511188 2, 5111882000 Germany 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SUCK 79 Kai Tracid - So Simple album art Kai Tracid So Simple Suck Me Plasma SUCK 79 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
RED 081 Kai Tracid - Your Own Reality album art Kai Tracid Your Own Reality (Maxi, Single) Suck Me Plasma RED 081 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
2102388 Kai Tracid - Dance For Eternity album art Kai Tracid Dance For Eternity (Single, Maxi) Suck Me Plasma 2102388 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
2102523 Kai Tracid - Liquid Skies album art Kai Tracid Liquid Skies (Single, Maxi) Suck Me Plasma 2102523 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
TTX 2014 Kai Tracid - Destiny's Path album art Kai Tracid Destiny's Path (Single, Maxi) Tracid Traxxx TTX 2014 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
none Kai Tracid's* Hands On B.B.E. Kai Tracid's* Hands On B.B.E. - Seven Days And One Week Urban none Germany 1999 Sell This Version
DAN 666864 6 Kai Tracid - 180° Bassdrum album art Kai Tracid 180° Bassdrum(12", S/Sided) Dance Pool DAN 666864 6 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
SUCK 123 Kai Tracid - Skywalker E.P. album art Kai Tracid Skywalker E.P.(12", EP) Suck Me Plasma, Technoclub Records SUCK 123 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
DAD 669556 5 Kai Tracid - Tiefenrausch album art Kai Tracid Tiefenrausch (Maxi) Tracid Traxxx DAD 669556 5 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
671899 2 Kai Tracid - Too Many Times album art Kai Tracid Too Many Times (Maxi) Tracid Traxxx 671899 2 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
SAMPCS 10769 Kai Tracid - Life Is Too Short album art Kai Tracid Life Is Too Short (Single, Maxi) Tracid Traxxx SAMPCS 10769 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
TTX 2040 R Kai Tracid - 4 Just 1 Day album art Kai Tracid 4 Just 1 Day (Maxi, Single) Tracid Traxxx TTX 2040 R Germany 2002 Sell This Version
DAD 672579 2, 6725792000 Kai Tracid - Trance & Acid album art Kai Tracid Trance & Acid (Maxi, Single) Tracid Traxxx DAD 672579 2, 6725792000 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
TTX2047 Kai Tracid - Conscious album art Kai Tracid Conscious (Maxi, Single) Tracid Traxxx TTX2047 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
ACID001 Kai Tracid - Deeper / Perfecto album art Kai Tracid / Rob Acid Kai Tracid / Rob Acid - Deeper / Perfecto Acid Files ACID001 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
ACID003 Kai Tracid - Nobita / Aktionsradius album art Tracid* & Zenker* Tracid* & Zenker* - Nobita / Aktionsradius Acid Files ACID003 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
ACID002 Kai Tracid - Käpt'n / Timewarp album art Van Dijk* & Tracid* Van Dijk* & Tracid* - Käpt'n / Timewarp(12", Ltd, Pic) Acid Files ACID002 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
TTX3001 Kai Tracid - Inflator / Aural Border album art Kai Tracid Inflator / Aural Border (Maxi) Tracid Traxxx TTX3001 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
TTX3002 Kai Tracid - Depressive Mood / Discreet Charm album art Kai Tracid Depressive Mood / Discreet Charm(12") Tracid Traxxx TTX3002 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
COMPU13 Kai Tracid - Buchla 200e album art Menace* & Tracid* Menace* & Tracid* - Buchla 200e Compuphonic COMPU13 France 2011 Sell This Version
PTL025 Kai Tracid - This Is What It's All About album art Kai Tracid & York Kai Tracid & York - This Is What It's All About(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Planet Love Records 2.0 PTL025 Germany 2014
none Kai Tracid - Be The Change album art Kai Tracid & Trash Gordon (2) Kai Tracid & Trash Gordon (2) - Be The Change(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) We Play none Germany 2014

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April 14, 2020
Plus he's announced a new album and tons of stuff in the works.


May 13, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
One of the pioneers but not THE inventor! I was at that time at Frankfurt, the underground scene was big maybe the biggest at Europe at this particular time, many good DJ's and pioneers were all over. Underground Clubs were playing unbelievable music. I don't think you will hear something different than that!


December 5, 2016
Not a comment on his quality (though I should mention that I love his track 'So Simple'), but I wonder why people are saying he *invented* mixing trance and acid. Many German artists were incorporating 303 lines into trance music in the early-mid 90s.


May 8, 2014
Kai Tracid is a great DJ , i agree some of his sounds looks similar from other artists , but so are all artists from the world they all copy and paste stuff from previous artists . But Kai Tracid is in NO way a poser or other insults. He at least invented a new genre Trance&Acid a mixture of them.

The REAL posers are David Guetta and Tiesto those two i have no pitty for them ,they can go to hell!! They dumped many famous DJ's in the world we not even hear anymore, even some music styles evaporated . David Guetta invented NOTHING AT ALL is a fact , and as for Tiesto that guy started good but in his mid glory all was of a déjà vu standard and became just stupid music for the masses is also a fact!

So Kai Tracid livened up a new genre sadly missed in clubs ( if they exist still? ) . I love kinda all styles of music from Electronic to Classic ( yes Mozart,Beethoven,...) but i'm sad yet very upset that some styles needs to disapear because idiots are bored of them, well there is just ONE remedy : don't listen to something you don't like ,is plain and simple!!


July 30, 2013
It's funny to read stuff like that. Kai was not 'raised from only playing in night clubs, to big stages with thousands of people', he wouldn't be who he became without actually PRODUCING. His music COULD have been produced earlier? So what? He used vintage equipment and created his own sound. Reproaching him with that is like reproaching anyone who used some dated equipment in a creative way, and you go like: "that's nothing special, it could have been done well before that".

The thing is... it hasn't!
The tracks appeared when they appeared. Anyone using traditional music instruments, say, guitars?.. this could have been dome much, much earlier!

And BTW. Anyone who was raised to some sort of stardom can be said of to have been in the right place at the right time. Continued a trend he/she liked? Certainly not his/her own achievement, just a matter of catching a wave. Started one's own new style? Just got noticed when general public got fed up with old stuff and wanted something new.

You may equally accuse us, listeners, that we fell in love with the genre because it was big. Well, without it being prominent, chances are, it would go unnoticed, so I am grateful for that temporary 'hype'. Otherwise, living in a place where it never really took off, I wouldn't have stood a chance of ever coming across it. No mater what was trendy ever since, my taste stood the test of time. Oh yeah, I must be making fool of myself.

Your logic is pathetic. I understand you didn't like his stuff, that's okay. But your other rants aren't based on any logic.

Tracid doesn't quite resonate with you, but calling him/hinting that he is a poser or biter? As whom he posed? Who he deceived?
Oh noes, he got some of our money! Silly me, how could I possibly pay for that? I must be deeply sorry for spending even a single cent and ever loving his music. I'm not! It's great that I came across his music. Are you upset with that?

Who the f**k invented something new? Basic structure of music was laid down centuries ago.
You just come here to offend him and his listeners, who are grateful for his music. Anyone could call your fave artist wanker as well, or point at some trendy stuff of the time. Does it prove anything? This man didn't want to be trendy and just left the scene. I understand I may not like his further development but I am eternally grateful for his beautiful songs.

'Why am i even writing this? This shows mercy...'. I bet you think you're some kind of god and you're simply offended people would call (metaphorically) some other person God. I hope you can see some humor in this (hint: yep, it's a joke).


May 7, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
didn't invent anything new, just capitalized on a a whole bunch of shit that already existed


March 15, 2012
Personally I don't agree with the big words that people are using to describe the work of Kai Tracid. I would rather describe his success as a result of beeing at the right place at the right time with the appropriate packaging. In the early 2000's, the mainstream trance scene had a massive peak, and DJ's and producers got raised from only playing in night clubs, to big stages with thousands of people. Trance Energy for instance, had it's peak during this period of time. During this period, people lost track of qualitative music and Kai Tracid is a perfect example of such.

As a producer, he suffered from an extensive lack of skills and many of his famous releases from 2001/02, could easily had been produced in 95/96, his sound was so out of date. Listen to Trance&Acid, it sounds like something Antiloop did in 95. I would rather suggest that his status as a 'legend', has to do with the fact that he car pooled with the hype and that people grew found of his music due nostalgic reasons. He came when the genre peaked, released a couple tracks that got unreasonable attention, and people treated them as hits of the century. Seriously, come on!


July 9, 2011
edited over 11 years ago
Over his producing years, he has already done everything that he wanted to, and it's enough for him. Probably, that's why he started to do yoga, he finally found the peace in his soul and his mind. He ran out of inspiration, that's the fact. And nowdays, between these musical trends, plastic sounds, he couldn't make anything interesting to the people who simply don't know what Tracid means.


May 8, 2009
Kai Tracid is maybe not the greatest, but for me the most unique and most important trance artist ever. Nearly all of his songs are stunning, but it's the wonderful lyrics that really makes the music special.
Listen and take a look at the lyrics in songs like for example "Suicide", "Conscious", "Express Your Hidden Passion" and "Too Many Times", and you'll see what I mean! Kai Tracid's music and lyrics usually includes themes like drugs, hallucinogens, consciousness, dreams, loneliness, depression, happiness, the meaning of life and people's wish to find themselves. I know his music is not for everyone, but I'm really happy I'm one of those who can really understand the magic in the music. Because there is something special about Tracid's music, something I really can't explain in words...

Thank you Kai Tracid. I hope you know what your music means to a lot of people!
"I should have lived my life much more conscious."

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