Exclusive Interview with Phixius (Equinox / FullMoon SA)

Phixius is the progressive psytrance project of 26 year old Anthony Elsey. Having won the Equinox “New Guy” competition last year, Anthony is rapidly making his name known within the psytrance scene. He’s set to play at Ground Zero Festival on the 15th of March alongside international artists such as Berg, Sesto Sento, and Blastoyz to name a few. We were lucky enough to have a chat with the Prog Prodigy. This is what went down.

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Psyked:
It’s so great to finally get the chance to speak with you. Let’s start off at the beginning. You’re a Somerset West boy at heart. Who introduced you to psytrance?

Phixius:
Hello Psyked! Really stoked to be doing an interview with you guys! I’m actually from Jozi originally. But I moved to Somerset West in 1999 (I was in grade six). I never looked back. Cape Town is my home now. I couldn’t think of a better place to live.

I was introduced to psytrance, properly, when I went to my first outdoor party in 2009 with two of my close friends Daniel Pienaaar and Chanene Norman. It was a Rezonance New Year’s party in 2009. I instantly fell in love with the scene and the music, but most of all with progressive psy.

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Psyked:
When did you first decide to pursue Djing?

Phixius:
I wanted to DJ after High School but I never really got the chance to do it. So Djing was very difficult for me, until a few years later when I met some awesome people who helped me get into it. I’ve been doing it solidly for one year and four months now, and it keeps getting better and better. 🙂

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Psyked:
So your alias, Phixius, how did it come about?

Phixius:
It’s Latin for taking to flight. I’ve had the name for a long time. One guy names his boat Phixius in a movie called “The Replacements.” I used to use it when I played computer games back in the day. It seemed like a good DJ name to me.

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Psyked:
Last year Phixius earned the title of Equinox’s “New Guy?” What does that mean to you and how has it helped you advance?

Phixius:
Winning Equinox “New Guy” was hands-down one of the best moments in my DJ career. It means the world to me. It really put me on the map and gave me exposure as a DJ. If I hadn’t won, I don’t think I’d be as successful. The funny thing is, I wasn’t going to enter the competition at all. I didn’t feel ready for it at the time, but my mates pushed me to enter, and I won. It was super stressful but the juice was so worth the squeeze! I’m also a resident DJ at Equinox and Full Moon SA. Being signed with two labels gives me a huge boost in the scene.

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Psyked:
I recently saw you perform at Equinox Experience Play Festival. Tell me a bit about that. Was it your first outdoor party?

Phixius:
My first outdoor was actually Groovy Troopers – Mandala Project. I played on the Hyper Dive stage. Considering it was my first party, it was much less pressure than playing on the main dancefloor so it eased me into playing bigger gigs slowly. Equinox Play Festival was unreal, definitely my top set to date. The crowd was unbelievable. It was a very emotional for me to see how everyone reacted to my music. When my set ended, the applause I got was so insane, I felt like shedding a tear.

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Psyked:
Your musical style is best described as “psy prog.” Which Djs influence you?

Phixius:
Vertical Mode, Ace Ventura, Symbolic, Ritmo, Born Sleepy and Timelock, to name a few.

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Psyked:
Where do your draw your inspiration from?

Phixius:
I draw inspiration from the crowd and my fans; seeing them smile, laugh and jam their hearts out to the music I play is such a rewarding feeling.

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Psyked:
You’re set to play at two milestone events this season; Ground Zero and Organik – Love Project. How exciting is this for you?

Phixius:
I am beyond excited! Both festivals have been on my hit-list in terms of parties I want to play at. I’m so stoked that I got booked for both of them.

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Psyked:
Any words of advice for up and coming Djs in Cape Town?

Phixius:
If Djing is something you really love doing and you have the drive put in the hours behind the decks at home, do it. The more you play, the better your ear becomes. And most of all, never give up, it takes some time. So be patient.

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Psyked:
What can we expect from Phixius in the near future?

Phixius:
Loads more banging sets! I’m busy learning to produce music too, so in the future you guys will see me producing some of my own tracks. Very exciting things coming up!

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Psyked:
Where can we catch you next?

Phixius:
I’ll be playing at Equinox on Wednesday, the 26th Of February at Fiction and Cold Fusion (hosted by The Village) on the 28th of February. So see all you peeps on the dance floor!! 😉 Thanks Psyked in the City for the interview, it was privilege. And to everyone who has supported me, much love to you all!

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