#ThursdayNightPsy tonight at VICE CITY

Join the Vice City crew every Thursday night for your weekly dose of Psytrance. Expect a night of the finest Full On Psytrance and techno from South Africa’s top artists. The guys aren’t holding anything back this First Thursday with a monster line up of Cape Town’s favourite producers!

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SHIFT / ZEZIA / ITONE / HIYARANT (join the event here)






Matthew Callan Abrahams & Kei

**GIRLS R20 BEFORE 11:00!**
**DOORS OPEN: 10pm – 4am**
**THE DAMAGE: R50 all night.**
**ADDRESS: 4 BUITEN STREET, OFF LONG STREET. (Next door to Lola’s)**
**For more information, email: drinks@vicecity.co.za**
**R.O.A.R – No Under 18s – No drugs or bad attitudes – Welcome to the underground.*

Review: Earthdance Cape Town 2015

It’s crazy to think that Earthdance Cape Town was born sixteen years ago – I was only six at the time. What’s more impressive is the fact that Earthdance International has been going since 1996. Having grown up in Cape Town, I regularly heard whispers about the event and consequently, decided that it would be the outdoor festival I’d attend upon turning eighteen. Since then, celebrating my Birthday at Earthdance has become a tradition (one that I hope will continue far into future) and this year was no different. On the 19th of September 2015, we were on the road to Nekkies Resort in Worcester once again. We arrived just after lunch and right in time for a good helping of Dan Scot’s progilicious beats.

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Aumega Photography

By the time we set up camp, K Fox had taken over. The sun was out – a true reminder that outdoor season had begun. We explored the venue a little and I allowed my bass-loving friends to steer me into the DnB tent. When we finally made our way towards the psy stage, my eyes were greeted by something from a fairytale. Fanciful colours cascaded down from the imaginative Sky Temple – created by the talented Carin Dickson of Artescape. (Another notable display of incredible arts and culture could be found in the Psychedelic Dream Temple with its entrancing array of visionary artwork). Continue reading Review: Earthdance Cape Town 2015

Win double tickets for Earthdance Cape Town 2015 #EDCT15

Earthdance Cape Town remains one of the most anticipated events on the psytrance calendar; and now the time is nearing to unite in a dance for peace once again.

Located at the organisation’s long time home, Nekkies Resort in Worcester, this year’s edition promises to ignite spirits and enthral ears with a line-up featuring some of the best psytrance acts from near and far. International headliners include Lifeforms (Iono Records), Earthspace (Mosaico Records) and Virtual Light (Zero 1 Music).

With over sixteen years of involvement, NANO RECORDS will be bringing the beats of eminent local talent such as HeadroomSad ParadiseThe Commercial Hippies and Regan.

Awakening is the theme of choice for Earthdance Cape Town 2015; join us as we focus on awaking ourselves and the world around us so we may activate our ideas and build a better earth for all.

In light of this, we are proud to announce another exciting addition to the upcoming event: the Psychedelic Dream Temple, a visionary mobile art gallery which will be showcasing artwork from around the globe.

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Stand a chance to win a set of double tickets to #EDCT15 by following the steps below.

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Exclusive interview with Berg: it’s all about the vibe

Shlomi Berg started playing with synthesizers at the age of fifteen. Now he’s signed with Blue Tunes and Spin Twist Records and is one of the world’s greatest psy-prog DJs, performing at top trance festivals all over the globe. He’s remixed and collaborated with the likes of Neelix, Coming Soon, Capital Monkey and Symphonix. Berg’s unique style is punctuated by his signature bass-lines, grooving melodies and trippy high-tech sounds.

*These questions were compiled by Batia Efrat.


Hi Berg! It’s so great to chat to you at last. Tell me a little bit more about your musical style and how it’s developed since your first EP?

Hi Batia! Thanks for the interview. When I started my project four years ago, I tried to bring something else to the scene. Something no body had done yet. I began making my own style of bass and after I discovered it, I just kept going with it. My first EP compared to today has a lower BPM and less instruments. Nowadays I’m working with 138 BMP and adding more instruments such as more leads and melodies.

Has music always had a place in your life?

Of course! I remember going to school and on the way recording myself singing some ideas for new tracks. *smiles* I always knew that’s what I’m going to do in my life.

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Your trademark sound is catchy but distinctive; how do you avoid sounding like all the other progressive DJs out there?

It’s not that easy to be unique in the industry; it’s hard actually. But I am trying as much as I can to maintain my own style. In the end, it’s always good to listen to others artists and to get some inspiration and bring into one’s own style too.

What do you listen to when you’re not mixing?

Recently I have been listening to Vini Vici; they’re really talented and open minded. If you haven’t heard their album yet now is the time!

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You’ve performed at festivals all over the globe; what kind of location do you prefer – the beach, forest, mountains, city and so forth?

I think the best locations are open air parties (mountain, forest etc) because most of the open air parties are massive and also, the sound is much better outside. Sometimes clubs can be better than open air parties – really, it’s all about the vibe. If the vibe is good then the party is good. But in terms of location, I prefer open air parties.

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Is being a DJ really as a glamorous as everyone thinks? What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects for you personally?

It seems like it’s a sweet life to be a DJ – and it is. (Kidding). It’s not that easy to fly very weekend, living from one jet lag to the next. I work 24 hours a day and I am always online on my phone. But in the end, I like my job. It’s always been my dream to live the DJ life.

Have you ever experienced an epic fail on stage – if so, what was it?

Yeah, two years ago I played at an open air party in Brazil. Ten minutes before I finished my set, the volume turned down so that you could barely hear the music. I thought it was my fault but then I realised it was from the main mixer. I turned off the music and walked away from the stage. Everyone sat down on the grass. It took them about ten minutes to finish the mixer and when it was fixed, I finished my set.

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If you could collaborate with any artist, who would you choose and why?

Lately I have been collaborating with someone I have always wanted to work with. I still can’t say who it is but I can say that he is from another scene. By the way, we have already started a track and it sounds sick! I can’t wait to release it. :)

Before we wrap things up, is there anything else you’d like to share with our followers?

I have played in roughly fifteen countries in my life and I must say that South Africa, and Cape Town in particular, is one of my favourite places! The place, the people, the vibes are incredible! You guys know how to jol. Love you and thank you for supporting! I’ll see you at Sunflower Festival.  AWE _/|\_

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Exclusive interview with Querox: it comes from the heart

Toby Liyah, better known as Querox, set forth on his musical journey in 2008. Since then, the Berlin born muso has sky-rocketed in the world of progressive trance with countless hits behind his name, including The Girls Stuff, Berlin Soundtrack, Keep Walking, Because Of You and The Last Kiss. Having performed at some of the most iconic festivals across the globe, he’s due to make his first ever appearance in South Africa at Sunflower Festival. Enjoy our exclusive interview with the man himself.

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Hi Toby! Let’s start at the beginning: what genres lead you to become a progressive trance producer and DJ? Is it true that you come from a Punk background?

Hey. First of all, it’s so nice to be here with you :) Well *laughs* yes, this is true. You know those crazy times – the guitar on your back, dyed hair and very big shoes, eager to go to all the crazy Punk Rock Concerts in your country. I was the singer/songwriter and guitarist of my band called Vis; we played 100 % garage punk rock. I also had another band called Prypjat that was hardcore D-Beat. It was great.

One night, all of the sudden, I went to the wrong party, and they played this insane electronic music that they called psytrance. At that point I totally fell in love with it. Step by step, I got my own equipment together to start making my first mix. I kept mixing and training really hard for a quite few years, annoying all my neighbours, before I started to perform. The musical background that I had from before really helps me nowadays in production.

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Win tickets for Valley of Psy – The Muses

Located far away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town city bowl, Valley of Psy brings something new to the psytrance calendar. With monthly and bi-monthly events hosted at the Bush Pub, the organisation has earned its reputation as the go-to indoor/outdoor party within the Southern Peninsula. Frequent acts include local legends Myzo, Hiyarant, Zion Linguist, Eqlipse, JustOne, Disco Volante, Psyqlopz and Rubix Qube to name a few –  accompanied by banging sound, a super relaxed atmosphere and affordable drinks to quench your thirst.

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Standa chance to win tickets for Valley of Psy – The Muses featuring Myzo, Tune Raider, Sway, Mystrix and Eqlipse. To enter: Comment on this photo and tag your stomping buddy. Remember to use the #psyked hashtag.

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Win double tickets for Elevate The Mind by ETM

Enternal Trip Media is celebrating seven years of mind travel with MARK, KILLAWATT, XUENO, PSYOPSFRACTALCRUZADO MOTION and RAPID STATE. Join us at the new Mercury Live on the 22nd of August 2015 for a party like no other ♬♪♩♥

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Want to win tickets? We’re giving away a set of double tickets to the event. Stand a chance to win by commenting on this photo and tagging your stomping buddy. Remember to use the #psyked hashtag.

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