Exclusive Interview with Hiyarant (Disasterpeace Records)

Hiyarant, or rather Stuart Vermaark, is a name synonymous with “deep south” psytrance. Hiyarant is married to wife and collaborator, Lili Myzo, who forms the second-half of his cutting-edge live act, Hiyamyzo. Having been signed with labels across the globe such as Global Army Music and BioMechanix Records (Mexico), Hiyarant is one of South Africa’s most talented and accredited producers. His other projects include Enough Weapons alongside Dave Love, as well as Dirty Motion in collaboration with Frozen Ghost. Hiyarant is also the co-owner of the highly successful Disasterpeace Records.  Catch him live, on his home turf, at The Valley of Psy on the 19th of July.

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These questions were compiled by Batia Efrat on behalf of Psyked in the City.


Psyked:
Hi there! Thanks for chatting to me today. To start off, tell me a bit about how things have changed within the scene, since you first entered it all as an avid party-goer in 2000?

Hiyarant:
A lot of  people think and say that the party scene has changed, I hear it all the time. It’s usually the party-goers complaining that “it’s not how it used to be” or that “the vibe has changed.” Honestly, I don’t think too much has changed. Though the crowed has gotten bigger and younger, the parties are still out in the bushes, the beats are still unlike anything you’ll ever hear on the radio and the vibe is still one that promotes individualism and acceptance. It’s about having a good time and forgetting about the “real world.” It’s still an escape.


Psyked:
What do you foresee in the future of South African psytrance and what are your thoughts about the boom in progressive genres more recently?

Hiyarant:
I think it will progress in much the same way as it always has. In other words, I think the scene will carry on getting bigger as psytrance becomes more popular. Maybe commercial isn’t the right word but advertising in the mainstream media (as is happening at the moment) definitely has increased attendance and will continue to do so. As far as the progressive “boom” goes, I’m not sure what’s going to happen with that. I like some of the elements of the music but I don’t think I understand it enough to comment on the genre as a whole. Slow can be heavy and I like that.


Psyked:
Hiyarant is known and loved for its dark and sinister “twilight” style, would you ever consider leaning more towards the “day time” sounds in your solo act? Or is that reserved for Hiyamyzo?

Hiyarant:
My solo project is an experiment on all levels, one that i am still conducting. I feel that the night-time is necessary; the darkness has a mystery to it that forms part of the exhibition so i don’t think I will be venturing into the light with this one. Hiyarant is music for the mind… Hiyamyzo is more for the body, for the dance floor, for the daytime.


Psyked:
Your performance has been described to be as intense and emotional as your music. How important is it to establish a connection with the dancefloor during a set?

Hiyarant:
Maybe it’s more about creating a focus-point rather than a connection. With psytrance, and the euphoria we find it, aren’t we actually striving to disconnect? It’s so different to “normal” music.


Psyked:
You’ve mentioned before that you’d like to play at Boom Festival or FreedomFestival, are there any other festivals that you really want to perform at?

Hiyarant:
There are many festivals I would like to play at, Boom and Freedom included. I have many projects that I want to share with many, many more people. For me, it has become about sharing my music with as many people as possible. So yes, there are a lot more festivals I need to play at- Tomorowland is one of them.

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Psyked:
It’s been quite some time since we heard anything from Dirty Motion, is there anything on the table for you guys at the moment?

Hiyarant:
Making another dirty album, the kind that everybody wants to hear, seems pointless to me and Barry (Frozen Ghost). We have ideas about creating something that is as unique and as much of a landmark release as our initial offerings were; truly underground and experimental. When the time is right, we will strike again.


Psyked:
As a producer, at what point do you feel you are ready to go forth with a new release? How critical are you of your work?

Hiyarant:
I haven’t been satisfied as of yet. To move forward with a release is like work for me; I don’t release something if I’m not happy with the track but just because I’m “happy” with it doesn’t mean complete satisfaction. I’m not there yet… the best music is still coming.


Psyked:
You and Myzo recently toured Mexico and Portugal. How does the global trance scene compare to the one we have in Cape Town?

Hiyarant:
The feeling, globally, is quite similar to here at home; it’s the same feeling of acceptance. But you have to be open to the reality that there will always be negative influences, we are seeing a lot more if at home these days. In Mexico, for example, there are often full-on gangsters paying entrance, whereas here we have thieves sneaking in and then leaving. All in all, I think our parties are the best because we generally organise really well and our negative influences are not part of the actual party crowd.


Psyked:
Speaking of local… Tell me a bit about “front left.” music culture. Is there potential to host more events like The Valley of Psy in the deep south?

Hiyarant:
Front left is where all the valley crew used to assemble, it was just so you knew where all your friends were. But that crew is spread far and wide now. I hope we can gather a few of them this weekend. And hopefully we can get a “valley scene” of sorts going, too.

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Psyked:
Before we wrap things up, would you like to share anything else with our readers?

Hiyarant:
Come party with us on saturday at The Valley of Psy at Bush Pub!


Event details here.

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One thought on “Exclusive Interview with Hiyarant (Disasterpeace Records)”

  1. Awesome interview. Hiyarant is will be stuff of legends (already for me ) I cant wait to imerce myself into the CT Psy scene again after so many years of absence!!!

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