Exclusive interview with Highstyle: We’ve got it good here

Our beloved Vortex turns 21 in less than two weeks’ time. This year’s instalment is shaping up to be massive with a lineup that reads as a “who’s who” in the world of top-notch psytrance –  home-grown and abroad. We spoke to Highstyle, another headlining act, ahead of the legendary event.

Highstyle is Corbin Todd Duff – a prolific yet illusive artist whose sound is best described as an underground psychedelic experience. Aged 24 and from Cape Town, Corbin was born a groove addict and has always been interested in experimental sounds. He is currently signed to Looney Moon Records but borrows inspiration from various other labels and sources to fuse into a unique melting pot of low end bass lines, twisted leads and darker atmospherics.  His fun-loving energy combined with a well-honed technical knowledge and a true passion for what he does, results in a fresh and crunchy sound that is guaranteed to pack the floor.

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With special thanks to Brandon Lee Menzies and Louise Harford. Continue reading Exclusive interview with Highstyle: We’ve got it good here

Around the world in 80 daze with Zyce

Zyce is the solo progressive project of Nikola Kozic from Serbia. Since his debut in 2008, Zyce hasn’t stopped producing, performing and releasing. After Hyper Cube, his first release on Synergetic Records in 2008, he worked with and released for Iboga, Spin Twist and Blue Tunes before launching a label of his own called TesseracTstudio at the end of 2010. His fourth and most pertinent work, Alignment, was released in 2012.  Zyce will be performing at Vortex Open Source ~ 21 Years of Trance this year – a milestone event for the local psy scene. Catch him at the Circle of Dreams in Riviersonderend for one epic celebration.

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With special thanks to Louise Harford.

Hi Nikola and thank you for taking the time to chat to Psyked. Please tell us how you feel about being included in this legendary line-up? 21 years of the best-ever party; is this a special occasion for you too?  What keeps you coming back to our beautiful country?

Hi guys. Thanks for having me. It’s a big pleasure for me to come back to South Africa! My first performance in South Africa was earlier this year in March at Love & Light and, personally, it was an amazing experience – one of the best for sure. I remember the many beautiful landscapes and the amazingly friendly people. I was extremely happy after receiving the request to play at Vortex Open Source  as I’ve heard so many good things about this festival; it is like a Grand Slam amongst the worldwide festivals, so I’m really excited on coming back!

Tell us more about your extremely popular and slick progressive sound and the person behind the sound; who is your music for? What does it mean to you and what inspires you?

I’ve been surrounded with music since a very young age. During my teenage years I was playing in numerous bands, but once I discovered psytrance I instantly fell in love with the music. I mainly started with the more psychedelic and full on sound, and then got into the progressive sound as well; this is why, I guess, my own music is a combination of both psychedelic and progressive. The rest I leave to life itself, as I believe it will become what it must be, and I feel strongly about my passion and mission because it has taken me around the planet, and this give me tremendous energy and inspiration, and for that I give a lot of gratitude.

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Since you were here last, you’ve travelled the globe and performed at some of the biggest and the best events; how does the Cape Town psy scene shape up against the rest of the world?

From my experience it seems Cape Town has a very passionate and deep trance crowd with lots of friendly and polite people. It is always such a pleasure to see this on your travels; it gives what you do much more meaning when you feel its mutual and the same. So definitely from my experience it feels like one of the best trance scenes in world!


How did you first get into psytrance and what other acts are you involved in? How adaptable are you when it comes to the sub-genres within trance music?

*laughs*  I discovered the psytrance scene about fourteen ago. It was 2001, I was getting some herbs from some guy, and I heard some amazingly strange music I never heard before, and after staying a while, the music just went into me, and it was like I instantly fell in love! I even remember the first track and artists; it was THE DELTA – As a Child! So big thanks to DELTA, it surely played a vital role in where I am today.

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What can we expect to hear from you at Open Source this year? Do you have anything special up your sleeve?


Yes indeed. I’m very excited. I’m working really hard on my new album; my idea was to have it all done by Vortex Open Source, but it seems that it will only be around New Year. This time around there have been so many events around the globe, and I’m using this to promote and test the tracks planned for the album. So Cape Town can definitely expect to hear most of my new tracks, as they will be released very soon!

Performing, as you have, with some major names and labels in psytrance,  do you have any words of wisdom for the next generation of artists eager to join the party? You are always well represented on Beatport and you manage to maintain a high ranking profile. How do you keep it up?

The only advice I have for future generation is based on my own experiences, and for me this is always about working hard – lots of work with vision and focus! Talent doesn’t count for more than 5% , there is no luck in this. Studio work will take you to the top and beyond, so for me hard work makes all the difference.

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Thank you once again, for sharing your special magic with the South African community. Any last words before we wrap things up?


Looking much forward to see you soon in your beautiful country!

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Exclusive Interview with Killer B: The coming of age

Killer B is Bennie Koorts. Singed by Looney Moon Records in Italy, Killer B has over ten years’ worth of experience in DJing and production. In his early years, he was inspired by Tsuyoshi Suzuki, KoxBox and Tim Schuldt; his diverse musical style incorporates tight beats, groovy rhythms, twisted psychedelic sounds and driving bass lines. Killer B has performed at numerous benchmark events on the local psy calendar and maintains a strong affiliation with the South African trance scene never failing to draw a crowd. He currently manages Red Eye Productions which is well-known for keeping the Gauteng scene enthralled and pumping.

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*Questions by Brandon Menzies for Vortex Trance Adventures. Edited and compiled by Batia Efrat for PSYKED. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Killer B: The coming of age

Exclusive interview with Bim: True DJing is kind of like magic

Andreas Binotsch, more commonly known as Bim, was born in Germany and has been mixing music since the 90s. Having been a frontrunner of the original Goa trance movement, Bim has released countless tracks over the years through labels such as Millennium, Sony Music, ID&T, Arcade, Time Warner, Universal, Nova Tekk and Beluga. Bim is famous for leading the listener on a sound journey deep into the heart of psychedelica. One thing’s for sure: he’s no press-and-play DJ but a true a master of his art. This year, Vortex welcomes Bim back into the Circle of Dreams for Open Source once more. We were lucky enough to speak with him one on one before the big event.

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*Questions compiled by Batia Efrat on behalf of Psyked in the City Continue reading Exclusive interview with Bim: True DJing is kind of like magic

Celebrating 21 years of Vortex at Open Source 2015 with old friends and new faces

Vortex Trance Adventures has been going strong for the past 21 years and is still considered to be a special kind of gathering – one which leaves an imprint on the psyche and heart – by both the fans who attend it and the performing artists who return year after year. Located in the enchanted Circle of Dreams, a forest clearing at the “endless river” of Riviersonderend, Vortex invites party-goers to embark on a five-day-long psychedelic journey at Open Source 2015.

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Skarab or rather Phill Waugh, one of the scene’s most prominent DJs and a founding member of The Village, recalls attending his first large scale Vortex event in the early 2000s at Theewaterskloof. “The goose bumps from the rumble of the rig warming up will stay with me forever,” he says.  Although he’s always been inspired and excited by music, he had no intention of pursuing it until he got involved with his mates and started The Village in 2006. “Once that happened it became clear to me that a journey into sound was awaiting and so I began.”

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What initially attracted him to psytrance was the flow, rhythm and power he found in the beats he loved. To date he’s had many inspirational people guide him along his musical journey including his friends Carl and Will, co-founders of The Village as well as top dogs in the industry like Regan, Colin and Grant. Continue reading Celebrating 21 years of Vortex at Open Source 2015 with old friends and new faces

Win 1 of 3 tickets for The Odyssey with Valley of Psy + Spectrum

Spectrum and the Valley of Psy proudly present The Odyssey. Join us for an outdoor music experience to the sounds of supreme local talent such as Scamantrix, Sonic, Deliriant, Myzo, Twisted Circus, Rubix Qube, Hiyamyzo, Sci-Mantis and friends. The venue is just 30 minutes away from central Cape Town and comes equipped with bon fires and a swimming pool for your enjoyment.

Stand a chance to win 1 of 3 tickets by following the instructions below.

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Continue reading Win 1 of 3 tickets for The Odyssey with Valley of Psy + Spectrum

Entheogenic presents Friday the 13th

This Friday, Entheogenic psytrance presents a psychedelic feast to delight hungry ears with Disco Volante, Bruce, Chemo Boy, Twisted Circus, Sonic Assault and Azura at Inside on Fire in Blouberg. Entrance is R50 before 23:00 and R60 thereafter. Check out the line-up times below. #psyked

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08:00 AZURA

10:00 BRUCE





04;00 CLOSE

More info here.

The spirit of South African psy.


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