Win tickets and bar tabs for Blue Moon Festival with Spectrum and The Village

Two of Cape Town’s most formidable psytrance productions have teamed up to bring you BLUE MOON FESTIVAL – an audio experience featuring your favourite local talent. Join The Village SA and Spectrum at Zone 7 for a night of psychedelic bliss and debauchery fuelled by the sounds of Deliriant, Mad Science (Rubix Qube And EMP), Broken Toy, Archive and friends. Full line-up below.

Psyked in the City is giving two lucky troopers the chance to win a free ticket and a R100 bar tab. Keep reading for more info.

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Review: Vortex Parallel Universe 2016

After a self-imposed trance party hiatus for the past four months, I was really looking forward to Vortex Parallel Universe. Easter Vortex, as it’s affectionately known, has always had a special place in my heart; not only is it hosted at my all-time favourite venue but each year it promises a stellar line-up that can’t be missed.

Die-hard Vortexers may swear by the Circle of Dreams but in my humble opinion, Hillside Farm is an equally magical venue with its enchanted forest-like atmosphere and majestic canopies. This year, the dance-floor was moved ever so slightly – creating more space for stompers to get wild. And I loved how the arrangement of stalls made the party seem like a little gypsy village.

Photo: Aumega Photography
Photo: Aumega Photography

After arriving on Sunday morning, we were shocked to see how many people were leaving the party due to hectic weather conditions the night before. Nevertheless, we were prepared to weather the weather for this worthy cause! We arrived in time to catch the last bit of Deliriant (or rather the King of Psy) before Avalon came on, taking us on rhythmic journey which left me with goosebumps.

Photo: Aumega Photography
Photo: Aumega Photography

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Win double tickets for Jungala Festival 2016

PsynOpticz Records is proud to welcome you back onto the forest floor for one of the season’s most anticipated events, Jungala Festival 2016. Since its inception, Jungala has continued to present its world-class productions without fail. This year’s instalment is no exception with a line-up featuring some of the globe’s hottest psychedelic talent including Ital, Stereo Plug, Eclipse Echoes, Pragmatix, Aho, Obliviant, Diksha, Justin Chaos, Psydeva, Synkronic, Heterogenisis and Nailik – as well as your favourite local acts (full line-up below).

Psyked in the City is giving away two tickets to the event. Keep reading for more info.

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Win tickets and prizes for Into The Wild – The Awakening ft. Royal Flush (Israel)

Into The Wild is proud to present The Awakening – a day party like no other, showcasing the finest progressive trance and techno beats. This exciting fourteen-hour event will be hosted at the beautiful Nantes Estate, which is only 60kms outside of Cape Town, and boasts an array of international and home-grown talent for your listening pleasure including Royal Flush (Israel), HEADROOM, Broken Toy, Geometric Flux and more.

We’re giving away two tickets to the event and some cool prizes. Keep reading for more details.

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2 x tickets to the event
1 x Royal Flush Promo CD
Some epic Into The Wild Stickers

HOW TO WIN:

1. Like Into The Wild Experience on Facebook and join the event.
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3. Comment on the event page telling us why you are #psyked to win.

Don’t be afraid to tweet us @psykedinthecity. Good luck!

MORE INFO:

The winner will be announced on Psyked in the City on the 2nd of May. Join our group #PSYKED community for competition info and updates.

REMINDER: Get your Early Bird ticket for Vortex Phoenix Festival 2016

Early Bird ticket sales for VORTEX Phoenix Festival of Fire 2016 will close on the 31st of March so if you haven’t yet purchased your ticket, now is the time. Buy your Early Bird full festival pass today and save R60! Tickets are available online from Quicket or at selected retail outlets (see below).

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Review: Altered States of Africa LUNAR 2016

After hearing whispers about Altered States for a number of years, I finally vowed to experience the magic for myself at LUNAR 2015. After a very special weekend of fun in my all-time favourite venue, the Circle of Dreams, I decided that Altered States had lived up to its reputation as one of the smaller and more underground psychedelic gatherings, and that I would return – year after year. By the time that the next edition rolled around, I couldn’t have been more excited.

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Photo by Manipulating Light

On the 11th of March 2016, I was on route to enjoy the festivities once more. We arrived just before the sound journey – an Altered States tradition which helps to set the tone for the event as well as encourage more intimacy and openness among party-goers.

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Earthtone was first to deliver his beautiful beats to our hungry ears. I loved the fact that the Headspace venue was being utilised as opposed to the Circle which is routinely used as the main dance-floor at Vortex Open Source. This slight change in setting brought with it a special ambiance that is unique to the Altered States event.

 

When I made my way back to the dance-floor, ScamAntrix was behind the decks dishing out her psychedelicious sounds. I couldn’t help but marvel the scene before me; as the sun began to dip in the sky, shadows cast on the purple-infused dance-floor.

Photo by Nova Brand
Photo by Nova Brand

Hips swayed and arms swung loosely as people enjoyed the vast space available to them. Dala was next up to lead us through the sunset. After an ear-enthralling two-hour set, it was time for Bruce – the master of night-time psy – to take the stage.

Photo by Manipulating Light
Photo by Manipulating Light

It was such a pleasure dancing beneath the stars as I watched the trippy projections and light show inside the DJ box. Bruce’s driving beats pulsated from my core and spread throughout my body like electricity. Before I knew it, it was time for the legendary Moog of Mushroom Mafia to take over. To this moment, when I shut my eyes I can still feel the vibrations of Moog’s hard-hitting bass lines rattle the earth beneath my feet. The music went from strength to strength with System Theory, who led us to the witching hour, and then Talking Decks.

As an avid fan of dark psy, I can attest to the fact that Altered States never disappoints when it comes to piecing together a killer night-time line-up. Though I will admit that I was fast asleep in the comfort of my tent when the first droplets of rain came down and Drifter took to the decks.

Altered States of Africa 2016
Photo by SLouw

I was roused from my sleep sometime during Kalahari Kris’s performance which was – as always – an absolute treat. I can agree with Kris when he says that high energy music makes for high energy people. That was indeed the case when the beats from Canadian guest, Nailik of Grasshopper Records, imploded through the speakers.

The party was heaving by the time that Absynth got up to play his set. During the course of the morning the dance-floor continued to fill out with freshly-faced troopers joining in for some Sunday fun. Silo followed shortly after to raise the energy with his signature sound. Regretfully, I was not able to catch his entire set but fortunately, it’s available for your listening pleasure below.

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Photo by Nova Brand

I am told that the music was concluded on the highest of high notes thanks to Prefix who is fast becoming one of Cape Town’s most loved DJs. I am sure I am not the only one who was still smiling by the time they arrived home after a spectacular weekend. Altered States prides itself in creating a space where party-goers can feel safe to express themselves, to meet new people and catch up with familiar faces.

When it comes to their events, it’s not only the music that can’t be faulted but the incredible vibe and sense of harmony that this event aims to promote. A huge thank you is due to the organisers for making us party-goers feel so completely at home, and for reminding us of the essence of true psychedelic trance music.

Photo by Nova Brand
Photo by Nova Brand

To the amazing beings I met and new friends that I made, I hope to see you at the next gathering – and the one after that. After all, LUNAR has become somewhat of a family reunion for our little psy scene – and it’s all thanks to your continued support. We are so lucky to reside inside the psytrance capital of Africa.

altered states review
Photo by Joffree Hyman

#EasterVortex: Exclusive interview with SINERIDER (UK)

UK-born Dan SINERIDER has become a prominent name in the world of psytrance ever since he released his successful debut Pure Tones back in 2014 through Twenty4seven Records. SINERIDER was first inspired by psytrance in 2000 and later went on to create his own melodic compositions – infused with his cheeky and grooving signature sound. Since then, SINERIDER has continued to travel the globe – delivering his hard-hitting beats to eager audiences at some of the most anticipated outdoor festivals. We chatted to the man himself ahead of his performance at Vortex Parallel Universe in South Africa.

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PSYKED:
Hi Dan! Let’s start at the beginning. Have you always been musically inclined?

SINERIDER:
I have always been into music although I didn’t know that I would do anything with it. When I was young, maybe eight years old or so, I did some keyboard lessons as an after-school activity. Later, I became interested in drumming and so my parents had to put up with that for a while – only as a hobby in my early teens. I also taught myself some guitar. I used to hang out with friends and practice a bit but I never formed an actual band with original songs. After school, I became more interested in art and graphics so I went to college to study that. It was only when I turned eighteen and started going to parties in London that I became interested in electronic music and DJing. I enjoyed DJing but I was young with no contacts in the scene so I turned to production. During which time, I met a friend who had some studio equipment. I have been writing music since then (2011).

PSYKED:
What made you choose psytrance?

SINERIDER:
Psytrance was the genre that I heard at the parties I preferred so, naturally, that became my chosen path.

PSYKED:
A lot has changed – technologically speaking – since you started producing in 2001. Have these innovations helped to shape your music, or do you still rely on more “old-school” (or less digitally intensive) production techniques to fine-tune your sound?

SINERIDER:
Interesting question. I would say that I am somewhat set in my ways. I don’t like to put too many gimmicks and effects into my music; so in that sense, many new plugins and techniques are not that interesting to me as an addition to my studio. I am however very pleased with how much better computers are at handling the projects and occasionally, there is a new feature or synth that makes life a bit easier when trying to get a great sound. The main thing for me that improves things is experience; now that I have built a proper studio, the mixes are just getting better and better without so much guess work.

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PSYKED:
Sinerider is not your only brainchild; you also perform under the aliases of Antispin and Divination. How do these acts/sounds differ and what are the benefits of working on more than one project at a time?

SINERIDER:
Working on more than one project can be hard because of the amount of time required to try and keep three projects active in the scene – from releases to promotion, this can be a very big job. However, it’s nice to have more than one project as it allows space for new ideas and creativity which may improve the way you look at a certain track from another project next time you open it to work on. In terms of differences between the projects, I like to try and keep each sound quite defined.

Sinerider has always been a tribute and evolution of the music that I enjoyed most back in the London/UK scene growing up. I see it as uplifting trance music but with a powerful backing track centred around the 140 to 145 BPM range. This year, Sinerider is going a little heavier and more full power to make room for my latest project, Divination.

Divination will begin releasing later this year.  I am very excited about it. Music wise, it is the culmination of all the sounds that I have loved, utilising all the production skills I have picked up over the last 13 years researching trance production. I guess some people call this sort of music full-prog or psygressive. It lives around 136 to 139 BPM. It is not dissimilar to artists such as Zen Mechanics, Ace Ventura, Symbolic and Vertical Mode who are all my personal favourites in this sub genre. But as you will hear, it has my touch and ideas on a variation of this increasingly popular sound.

Antispin

Antispin, as you may know, is a collaboration project between myself and Hugo Rendell (Octognoma). It’s a blasting but minimal night-time project which is influenced by artists such as Scorb and Absolum, but also draws from genres like drum and bass and bass music from the UK. I often felt there were far too many sounds in other night-time music to suit my taste. I believe that great power can be drawn from a slicker, more minimalistic style approach.  This project centres around the 145 to 148 BPM range.

PSYKED:
Having lived in the UK and Vienna, and toured extensively across the globe – what’s the one thing that you think remains the same in every psytrance scene around the world?

SINERIDER:
The thing [that matters] for me is the people. The core of any good psychedelic event is the great, friendly and inspired minds that frequent the party scene across the globe. For many of us, the music is an important part of the scene but there’s always been more to it than just a “rave”. There is a lot more to the “Goa” scene. It’s a lifestyle and it’s own travel-based culture; it attracts open minds year in and year out to create a special experience, together.

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PSYKED:
You’ve performed at some of the most recognised international festivals from Ozora in Hungary to  Universo Paralello Festival in Brazil to Noisily Festival in the UK.  Tell us about your most memorable performance so far.

SINERIDER:
What a question! It’s so hard to choose from so many great shows and vibes worldwide but I have to say one that sticks out a lot for me – and I’m sure Hugo (Antispin) will agree – was the Antispin Live set at Ozora 2014. This was an amazing experience for us for several reasons. There were such terrible storms days before that certain parts of the event had to be shut down for a few hours. We were among the fortunate DJs who got to play without rain. It was midnight on the third day if I recall correctly, and people were really ready to explode. The energy was amazing and we enjoyed one of the fullest and most alive dance-floors of the whole event. Not only that but our favourite night time act, Scorb, was playing straight after us so we ran straight to the floor and got crazy to celebrate, still vibing off the set – unforgettable for sure.

PSYKED:
Is there anything special you are working on at the moment? When can we expect your next release?

SINERIDER:
There are new releases in the works for all projects as usual. I have devoted quite a lot of time to Divination in the last months, so there will be a steady flow of releases coming from that project throughout the year on many of today’s most respected labels. There will also be remixes and collabs with some of my favourite artists such as Zen Mechanics, Symbolic and E-clip. Many new Sinerider tracks are on the way including the collab with Waio which is due for release soon, as well as a remix of the Desert Dwellers “Sacrament” track from their last album – set to release on Sourcecode. Transmissions alongside other remixes of the album will come later this year.  There are some other nice surprises to watch out for, although I don’t want to give too much away; so keep checking my Soundcloud pages for more info as it emerges.

psytrance party Sinerider

PSYKED:
Any last words before we wrap things up?

SINERIDER:
I would like to say thanks to all those who support my sound, no matter what project you like. Wishing everyone a great year and many fantastic mind-blowing trance adventures for 2016! See you on the dance floor at Vortex Parallel Universe.

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