#WinterVortex: Exclusive Interview with Sadhu Sensi

Andrew Winer aka Sadhu Sensi is an electronic music producer, born and raised in Cape Town.  He began experimenting with music from a very young age and, in the early 2000s, became the keyboard player in the ska/reggae/rock band, 7th Son. Sadhu Sensi’s ambient tunes range from down-tempo to blues, experimental house, electronica and dub. To date, he has performed at many top music festivals alongside some of the most accomplished artists . This year, he will be making his debut performance at Vortex Trance AdventuresPHOENIX FESTIVAL on the 24th of June 2016.

Psytrance party South Africa

PSYKED:
Hi Andrew! First off, tell us what inspires you as a producer.

SADHU SENSI:
Nature, plant medicines and the expansion of consciousness.

PSYKED:
You seem to weave many meaningful messages into your tracks; can you tell us a bit more about your musical style and what it aims to communicate with the listener?

SADHU SENSI:
Generally, it’s chill out music (which is danceable) with an aim to shift the listener into higher awareness or a blissful state.

chill ambient psy dub music

PSYKED:
Who are your biggest role-models or influences within the industry?

SADHU SENSI:
Psysex, Be Svendsen, Bayawaka, Carbon Based Life forms, Stimming and Minilogue to mention just a few.

PSYKED:
You’ve joined forces with DJ Inzivable to release an EP as well as a single, where can we find that? You also had plans to start a new collaboration with Donny Truter from Taleswapper called The Ghost Quotes – what’s new on the front?

SADHU SENSI:
The EP with Invizable is out on ONABREAK records and available on iTunes. Danny and I released The Ghost Quotes EP in 2013, and also co-wrote and produced the score for Wood For The Tree – a Gumball 3000 production. We are currently not active on Ghost Quotes but who knows what the future holds?

PSYKED:
What are you working on at the moment?

SADHU SENSI:
I’m focusing on new Sadhu Sensi tracks for the live set and preparing for Utopia Boom Landing in Portugal in August.

Afrikaburn

PSYKED:
You’ve performed at some of large-scale music festivals in your time. Describe your most memorable performance thus far.

SADHU SENSI:
There have been so many great experiences but what definitely stands out is Afrikaburn where I’m able to play set up to 10hours long and really go on a journey.

PSYKED:
How do you typically prepare yourself before going on to play a set?

SADHU SENSI:
I like to make sure that I am well-nourished and hydrated and have had sufficient sleep to perform at optimum levels.

ambient chill out dub psy music

PSYKED:
Do you have any thoughts to share ahead of your first performance at Vortex? This must be  an exciting event for you. 

SADHU SENSI:
I’m really looking forward to sharing my music and playing at the wonderful venue.

PSYKED:
When you’re not behind the decks, how do you like to have fun at a music festival?

SADHU SENSI:
I love to dance (when the music is good!).

Trance party South Africa

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