The Vortex Open Source 2016 Starter Pack

By Nina Bloch.

Once again, it’s time to enter the Vortex – South Africa’s longest-running and most anticipated outdoor trance festival. Some of you are already en route to the Circle of Dreams aka the home of Vortex Open Source but for those who haven’t hit the road just yet, we’ve put together everything you need to know ahead of the party to ensure that you end up like this…

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… and not like this.

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Interview with 2012Live ahead of Vortex Open Source 2016.

2012 is the live DJ project of Eduardo Torres. Born in São Paulo, Eduardo is a seasoned DJ, producer as well as event organiser for one of Brazil’s most prominent arts and culture festivals known as RESPECT. He is currently signed with Antu Records and has performed at some of the biggest psytrance events around the world including Universo Paralello in Brazil, Ritual in Mexico and of course, Vortex Open Source right here in South Africa. With ten years’ experience behind the decks, Eduardo’s music fuses elements of hi-tech with catchy synths to entrance listeners and keep bodies moving for hours on end. This year, we are psyked to welcome 2012 back to the Circle of Dreams for Open Source 2016.

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PSYKED:
Hi Eduardo! Tell us about the first time you discovered psytrance. What originally compelled you to start DJing and producing your own music?

2012:
Ola! Thanks for the invitation. I’m known as Edu; I discovered the trance parties in 1996 when I was my first Earthdance. I used to go to São Paulo and go to underground clubs that played techno and drum’n’bass. The psytrance was love at first sight; after the first party I never stopped attending. Whether I’m producing, partying or playing, I’ve lived and breathed this movement since I first discovered it.

In 2003, the scene in São Paulo no longer pleased me; it was the same parties with no new sound. Under the influence of friends who showed me the songs that I liked, I decided to start playing DJ sets to bring something different to what was going on. At this same time, I started learning how to use music production programs. I kept learning and improving until 2010 when I started the 2012Live project with my friend and former member, David.

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Interview with Psyops ahead of Vortex Open Source 2016

Psyops is Sean Marais from Cape Town, South Africa. First introduced to psytrance by his best  friend in the year 2000, he became entranced with all aspects of the psychedelic trance scene – including the music and décor – which soon led to the inception of Psyops . His diverse musical style ranges from ambient to minimal, day and night-time psychedelic, and more. Psyops says that his music is about telling stories and taking the listener on a journey. One thing’s for sure: it’s almost impossible to remain still when he’s playing. This year, we’re psyked to see Psyops return to the Circle of Dreams for Vortex Open Source 2016.

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PSYKED:
Hi Sean! Let’s start at the very beginning (it’s the very best place to start). Do you remember the first time you got behind the decks? We’d love to hear about that definitive moment when you decided to become a DJ.

PSYOPS:
Well, I can’t really remember the first time but it must have been at a friend’s house back in the day – 15 years ago – messing around on vinyl. We rigged big speakers and faced them outside, blasting underground hip hop and DnB but my first gig was at Gonzo’s in Plumstead in 2006. That was a rad moment in my life.

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Win two tickets for Vortex Open Source 2016

Psyked is proud to present one of our favourite and most anticipated events on the psytrance calendar: Vortex Open Source 2016.  This year, we’re giving away another set of tickets to this incredible five-day-long festival. Keep reading to find out how you can enter our competition on Instagram!

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THE CONCEPT

The spirit of dance plays a tremendous role in cultures and beliefs across the globe. Dance has connected people all over the world for centuries and brought people together to celebrate, express, communicate, heal and, of course, love!

In the Circle of Dreams, rhythms and beats compel beings from all walks of life to move as a collective entity; it is within this safe and magical place that we are able to expand our consciousness, express our innermost emotions and uplift and nourish not only ourselves but our brothers and sisters of life.

Some might say that music and dance is a force powerful enough to change the world if you are open enough to feel it.

“Dance is the hidden language of our soul”

THE LINE-UP

● ◯ XP VOODOO
● ◯ ZYCE
● ◯ BIM
● ◯ DRUKVERDELER
● ◯ VIRTUAL LIGHT- DJ SET (Zero1 Music)
● ◯ 2012
● ◯ TIM DUSTER
● ◯ CREATOR
● ◯ FLOOTING GROOVES
● ◯ KAI MATHESDORF
● ◯ THATY
● ◯ K-JOS
● ◯ CONNECTO
● ◯ DJ MARK
● ◯ MOOG
● ◯ BERNZ
● ◯ BRUCE
● ◯ ABSYNTH
● ◯ RUBIX QUBE
● ◯ KILLER B
● ◯ SONIC
● ◯ CONCIOUS CHAOS
● ◯ KILLAWATT
● ◯ ZEZIA
● ◯ SILO
● ◯ DRIFTER
● ◯ THOMAS
● ◯ TIGERLILLI
● ◯ BONNIE & CLYDE
● ◯ MYSTRIX
● ◯ JAMAL
● ◯ BENZiNHO
● ◯ FORMUL8
● ◯ CRYPTIC
● ◯ JANARCHY
● ◯ SPLIFF POLITIX
● ◯ NRITYA
● ◯ CLEAR PARTICLES
● ◯ STEREO FICTION
● ◯ WILD LETTUCE
● ◯ GYROSONIK
● ◯ ROOMMUSH
● ◯ FRACTAL
● ◯ NINJA JACK
● ◯ JOSTRADAMUS
● ◯ CRUSHHARDER
● ◯ PSYOPS
● ◯ SEMANTIC DRIFT
● ◯ ANT
● ◯ XEFIN
● ◯ JUKEBOX

๏ ONE DANCE FLOOR ๏ ONE ENERGY ๏ ONE LOVE ๏

THE MAGICAL VENUE: THE CIRCLE OF DREAMS
Endless River / Riviersonderend / Cape Town – South Africa

FULL Camping Facilities – FREE Hot Showers, Flush-Toilets, Mountain Spring Drinking Water, Shaded Camping by your car, Communal 24 Hour Braai Fires in all Camping Zones, around the clock security, Medics, Art Performances, Food Vendors, Workshops, Trade Stalls, Beautiful Swimming River & so much more. Give yourself seven days to uplift the soul, nourish the mind and feed your universe.

TRANCE-PORT

jump inNeed a ride to #OpenSource2016? Or maybe you want to fill up those empty seats in your car? JumpIn is an online lift club platform and the easiest way to find lifts (or passengers) travelling to and from Vortex. Click here to find a lift/passengers now.


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STAND A CHANCE OF WINNING TWO TICKETS FOR VORTEX OPEN SOURCE 2016
  1. Make sure you’re following @psykedinthecity and @vortextranceadventures on Instagram.
  2. Leave a comment on our Insta pic, following the instructions in the caption, and you could be our lucky winner!

NOTE: The competition closes on Friday the 2nd of December. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

Visit www.vortextranceadventures.co.za for more festival info.

We’re giving away another set of tickets for Alien Safari – 21 Years of Magic

Anyone who’s been to an Alien Safari event knows just how magical they can be! This year, Alien Safari is celebrating 21 years of music, magic and memories with a lineup that’s bound to blow you out the water. Of course, we want you to be part of the magic, so we’ve decided to give away another set of tickets to this anticipated event. Follow the steps below and you could be our lucky winner.

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LINEUP:

– Ajja :: Switzerland :: Peak Records
– Dino :: UK
– Dirty Saffi :: UK :: Bom Shanka
– Al Shanka :: UK :: Bom Shanka
– Tortured Brain :: UK
– St Pierre :: Réunion Island :: Tinyteck

– Archive
– Biorhythm
– Broken Toy
– Chabunk
– Dala
– Deliriant
– Dj Vu
– Dave Mac
– EMP
– Frozen Ghost
– Gandalf
– Glitch
– Hiyarant
– Jester
– PlusMinus
– PsyMantis
– Solar Axis
– Special Kay
– Tune Raider
– Verax
– WobblZ
– Zion Linguist

Remaining acts to be announced.

VENUE:

Stormsvlei – A beautiful new forest venue with a dance-floor on the river.

– Take the N2 out of Cape Town.
– Carry on past Riviersonderend until you see the signs for Stormsvlei.
– Turn left and go over the bridge.
– Follow signs.
– GPS co-ordinates 34° 5’11.61″S 20° 5’50.09″E

Gate opens at 2 pm on Friday 2 December | No glass allowed on site | Please support the local community in Stormsvlei and make a turn by the Farm Stall on your way in.

WIN TWO TICKETS FOR ALIEN SAFARI – 21 YEARS OF MAGIC

Alien Safari

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Click GOING on the Facebook event.
  2. Post a picture to the event wall which expresses your favourite “moment of magic” captured over the past 21 years at Alien Safari.*
  3. Begin your caption with “My favourite moment of magic was when…” and tag three friends!
  4. Use the #psyked hashtag in your post in order to qualify.

*NOTE: If you have never been to Alien Safari, you can still enter by uploading a picture that captures a moment of magic from any festival you’ve attended in the past.

The competition closes on Monday the 28th of November. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

 

Exclusive interview with Vertigo ahead of #MagicOfJungala

Veritgo is none other than Ricardo Rivera Alvarez. Born and raised in Mexico, Vertigo discovered his affinity for music at a very early age. By the time he was 16 he had already begun performing at prominent local events in his hometown, Gaudalajara; not to mention producing his own music. The Vertigo project came to life in 2013 and was signed to Blue Tunes Records shortly after. Since then Vertigo’s energetic progressive style has continued to gain recognition across the g lobe. This year we are psyked to welcome him back to Cape Town for PsynOpticz #MagicOfJungala where he will be performing alongside international headliners such as BLiSS and Mystical Complex.

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PSYKED:
Hi Ricardo. Thanks for chatting to us today. You broke into the scene at a really young age! How did you first come to discover this genre of music and what inspired you to start creating it yourself?

VERTIGO:
I discovered it through my love of music. As soon as I heard my first Infected Mushroom album at the age of 16, I was already hungry to explore more about (what was then) a new world for me. So one thing led to another and a few months later I was already writing songs – even before attending my first festival. When I started to play, I realised how great it felt to see a crowd dancing, jumping, playing, or just being happy with the music and, with time, how music can be a powerful tool for the mind.

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#MagicOfJungala: Another set of tickets is up for grabs! Enter now

Summer is in full swing and MAGIC invites you to join the celebration on the 12th of November 2016. Take a drive to the wild side for 12 hours of the freshest sun-kissed techno & progressive beats, debuting an enchanting new venue with tantalising views and lush soft grass designed for dancing barefoot! With playful performers and wondrous décor to enthral all your senses, food to fuel your appetite and a colourful market place to explore, #MagicOfJungala is the perfect setting to play and rejoice in music, mystery and MAGIC.

We’re giving away two tickets to the event. Find out how you could win by following the steps below.

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The spirit of South African psy.