Jay OM is the solo project of Milan-born Giampiero Mastino, the founder of popular UK trance label Free-Spirit Records. Jay moonlights under many names including Journey, Omsphere, Sonic Wave Control, Crocodile Rangers and even Star~Trip, as he delivers his diverse psychedelic and progressive beats to listeners across the globe. Jay OM will be performing at #EasterVortex 2015 as part of his South African tour celebrating “ten years of living life as free-spirit.”
This interview was conducted by Batia Efrat, on behalf of Psyked in the City.
As I arrived at my long-time favourite venue, the “Circle of Dreams,” I was struck by the beauty of Riversonderend once more. Home of Vortex Trance Adventures, this sacred clearing is nestled in a forest roughly 170km out of Cape Town. I was elated upon hearing that Altered States managed to secure this dream-space for LUNAR after a last-minute complication (or rather, a blessing in disguise).
I made my way to the dance-floor for the much-anticipated Sound Journey and was transfixed by the amalgamating rhythm. A few decorative details were strung from the branches of trees in the background, adding to the already vibrant display. Some milled about in conversion, others marvelled the gallery of artwork within the ‘The Psychedelic Dream Temple.’
I managed to capture a brief snippet of the Sound Journey on video, although I’ll confess that I was too engrossed by the magic to fumble about with technology; Altered States has a contagious aura of tranquillity about it. I sensed that even before Earthtone got behind the decks, and the beats began.
This level of intimacy and mutual understanding was more than refreshing. Creativity radiated from every carefully-painted piece of décor and party-goers were mindful of the environment around them. This was a special gathering, indeed. And I was mystified by the time Prefix guided us into the evening.
Kineticz followed, and then Killawatt, who delivered a set unlike anything I have heard before. The vibrations of his high-energy beats pulsated through the forest floor and then up, through my being. I admired the openness of the star-filled sky above, as well as the spaciousness of an un-crowded dance-floor (something that’s become exceedingly rare).
The party was heaving when Compact got into the DJ box. I stood at the centre of the floor, experiencing the energy mounting around me. Happy faces floated to and fro but all that existed was the music. Out of nowhere, large illuminated creatures emerged from the floor reaching higher and higher towards the heavens as part of an epic performance by The Psychedelic Theatre and I decided to watch in awe from the warmth of the bonfire.
DJ Drifter was up next, in place of Talking Decks. I found myself asking when the music would stop being so amazing so that I could get some rest. After much contemplation, I managed to pull myself away from the dance-floor, (though I still enjoyed the sensation of the music from the comfort of my tent).
The next day, I was woken by a friend, beckoning me to the dance-floor. Flexture was wrapping things up and I grabbed a cup of Marley coffee along the way. The tunes of the talented Bruce (a.k.a Solar Axis) started up in the distance. A woman who had been curled up in the chill area, stretched out from the oversized bean-bag she’d been sleeping on to reveal a dog cozied up beside her (“I don’t even know whose dog this is,” she told me).
The feeling of love and unity was ever-strong; I found myself being magnetised by Bruce’s early-morning set, reeling me in deeper and deeper. I closed my eyes, floating through the dance-floor once more, a grin on my face. If there’s one thing I love about Sundays, it’s a morning set from Bruce.
Feeling my enthusiasm build, I found my energy-levels replenish. Soon after, Absynth took the reins and the crowd began to fill out more and more. His banging beats echoed through the trees for two hours straight.
I could hardly contain my excitement when I noticed Flooting Grooves a.k.a Pearce van der Merwe preparing for his set (read our exclusive interview with him here). Every expectation I had was exceeded as he teleported us on a journey of sound, aided by a majestic flute.
Bernz seized the floor sometime after that and the party gained new momentum. His psychedelic sounds, composed of hard-driving basslines and uplifting undertones, once again, had me fixed to the spot. Then the sprinklers turned the ground to mud and I sunk my feet into the coolness of the earth, colours swirling around me and bubbles drifting across the scope.
It was a sad moment when I rallied my troops, knowing that it was time to head home. Unfortunately we were not able to stay for Satori’s closing set but I’ve been informed that she finished things off on a high note with some seriously killer tunes.
If there’s one thing I gleaned at this party, it’s that the principles of P.L.U.R and the original vision of psytrance is still present. These like-minded individuals who come together to celebrate the spirit of African psy are not just our friends, they’re our family.
Thank you to the Altered States crew and everyone who attended, this was the first of many! Until then, stay psyked…
Can you envision the crisp white sand of Kogel Bay beneath your toes as the azure ocean surrounds you, and you’re dancing to the beats of Tezla in the background? Anything is possible at Imagine #ParadiseBeach. This year The Collective returns to Cape Town’s favourite coastal venue, with the very best international and local psytrance for your listening pleasure. Ranging from upbeat prog to full-force psychedelic, this line-up promises something for everything with Tezla, as well as all your favourite natives including Bruce, Deliriant, Sway, HEADROOM, Rubix Qube and others.
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Embark on a rhythmic journey of change at Metanoia; an official after-party of the Global Cannabis March- South Africa. We call on the dancers, psychedelic warriors, day-dreamers, light-workers and thinkers of tomorrow to join in on the celebration as we amplify the values of peace, love, unity and respect to the sounds of Myzo, Psyqlopz, Phixius,Plastic Vision, Uncivilized, Final Flash LIVE, and friends.
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Calling all light seekers, explorers, travellers, mystics, dreamers, dancers and creatures of the night; you are invited to celebrate the magic of Vortex’s 21st Birthday in a four-day psychedelic exploration of the mind, body and spirit. Join us as we shift into a parallel universe surrounded by music, harmony and love to the sounds of Raja Ram / 1200 MICROGRAMS – the Godfather of psytrance – as well as Shpongle, Jay Om, Lucas, Kairon and your favourite local acts, including Broken Toy, Lose & Found, Headroom and friends.
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2015 is getting into the swing of things and we’re kicking off it off in style at Love and Light’s second home – Nelson Wine Estate in Paarl.
We have organised a line up of the absolute finest in international and local progressive psy-trance DJ’s, including Ace Ventura, Zyce,Emok and Critical Choice, this instalment of Love & Light promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Doors open at 10am on Saturday with festivities beginning at 11am; pull in, take in the beautiful mountain views, grab an ice cold drink from our fully licenced bars or a bite to eat from one of the gourmet food stalls.
This gives you more than 12 hours of mind-blowing electronic music at one of the most breath-taking venues in the cape. This is strictly a mature party environment. There will be no under 23 for guys & no under 21 for girls.
Born in Cape Town and based in Italy, FLOOTING GROOVES (a.k.a Pearce van der Merwe) has been creating music for over a decade. Influenced by a multitude of musical genres and instruments, his style ranges from chilled down-tempo beats to progressive psychedelic melodies. Following the release of his full-length debut album “Upsyde Downe” on Peak Records in 2007, FLOOTING GROOVES and his silver flute have continued to captivate audiences across the globe with groovy tribal sounds enhanced by computer FX. You can catch FLOOTING GROOVES live in action at Altered States of Africa – LUNAR 2015.
These questions were compiled by Batia Efrat on behalf of Psyked in the City.