Exclusive Interview with Sci Lab: Go out there and be yourself

Sci Lab, or rather Craig Marsh, discovered psytrance at the age of eighteen. During 2007, he studied sound engineering at Cape Audio College which better equipped him to start producing his own music. A jack-of-all-trades, Sci Lab is involved in many business ventures and projects. In 2010, he co-founded popular psytrance organisation Mungus Fungus and later, Spectrum and Reboot. His musical style can be described as hard, dark, progressive – and always surprising. Sci Lab’s high-energy performances showcase his keen knowledge of musical software and technology as well as his ability to fine-tune his sounds to suit any dance-floor. Catch Sci Lab at Vortex Parallel Universe for the first time ever on the 26th of March 2016.

Photo by Llewellyn Dredge.
Photo by
Llewellyn Dredge.

PSYKED:
Hi Craig! You’re not only a DJ and producer but a successful event organiser; has putting together your own line-ups and booking artists enabled you to make better music? Surely, you must know what gets the crowds going.

SCI LAB:
Hi Batia; thank you for this opportunity to chat about the psytrance community. Organising events has given me the understanding of how an event should flow and has definitely helped me out in my track selection as a DJ. As a producer, I am still trying to find my feet – Djing and production are two different ball games! Production requires a whole new level of discipline.

PSYKED:
After hosting your weekly events at Carnival Court for over a year, you’ve moved the party to Bazinga Bar. What does the new venue have to offer that the old one does not?

SCI LAB:
After a year and 4 months, we have moved on. Bazinga Bar has way more space then Carnival Court and provides us with the room we need to grow our own production into our vision.  Plus there are two bars that have a larger variety of beverages. Overall – it’s a club and that lends itself to many opportunities.

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Photo by Llewellyn Dredge.

PSYKED:
You’re currently working with different promoters, including Valley of Psy, to host bigger and better events. What inspired this decision and what kind of events can party-goers expect in the future?

SCI LAB:
Yes, we do have some co-labs which I feel helps us connect with our promoters instead of always trying to compete. Rather, we join and create something magical. We have some really awesome plans for everyone in winter. You can keep up to date with us on our Spectrum and Reboot pages on Facebook.

PSYKED:
You’ve also held a number of “label nights” recently with various labels. Will this become a reoccurring trend?

SCI LAB:
We are currently running label night each Friday to ensure our local labels get maximum exposure. We want to run a series of label nights twice a year including MMD Records, PSR Music vs. Kaos Krew, EXPO Records, Ultranoize and many more.

Photo by Llewellyn Dredge.
Photo by
Llewellyn Dredge.

PSYKED:
Let’s talk about your own journey as a DJ. What do you have to say in light of your first-ever Vortex performance?

SCI LAB:
I am over the moon with excitement for Vortex. After nearly ten years of enjoying the Vortex festivals, contributing as an artist is definitely a major achievement for my DJ act, Sci lab.

PSYKED:
You’ve been booked for a number of iconic outdoor events this season including Jungala Festival, Rezonance and TRANSylvania
. Which events are still on your bucket list, locally or abroad?

SCI LAB:
Masqued Ball and Sprung are two parties I would still love to play at. Rezonance was one of the most epic sets I have ever had. Collin and Liza (Alien Safari) know how to put a good event together. A journey abroad would be a dream come true. I believe that performing at Boom Festival is every artists’ dream too.

Photo by Llewellyn Dredge.
Photo by
Llewellyn Dredge.

PSYKED:
What is the most important thing you’ve learned working in this industry so far?

SCI LAB:
Persistence is probably my biggest lesson. If you do not keep on pushing in this industry, others will outgrow you – taking all the sunlight that fed your dream’s growth. So never stop, no matter what people say!

PSYKED:
Who are your biggest mentors or influences right now?

SCI LAB:
Alex Meyer (Snow Giant) has always been a mentor for me; he taught me the art of DJing and has always been keen  to pass on new music. Vaughn De ville (EMP) has always been an inspiration to me in terms of his production and his willingness to help.

craig marsh sci lab
Photo by Ryan Mostert.

PSYKED:
Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring DJs and producers?

SCI LAB:
Go out there and be yourself; do not fall into the “superstar mentality.”  Join the family in the movement, work together and never stop practising.

PSYKED:
Before we wrap things up, is there anything else you want to share with our followers?

SCI LAB:
Thank you to everyone – and to Psyked in the City – for all the love and support you guys have shown to me as a friend, promoter and a DJ over the last six years. I hope to see you all on the dance-floor this coming weekend on Saturday,  the 26th of March at Vortex Parallel Universe between 14:00 and 15:30. I’d also like to add a very big thank you to Heather Vortex!

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