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Exclusive interview with Disco Volante: Melodies, groove and energy

Disco Volante is made up of Daniel Honor (aka Critical Mass) and Alex Inggs (aka Risky Business). Since inception in 2013, the act has continued to attract psytrance listeners far and near with their high-energy, powered by euphoric beats and melodic undertones. Signed by numerous labels including Global Army Music, PsynOpticz and Nexus Media, Disco Volante knows how to turn up the energy on dance-floors big and small. We’re psyked to welcome this dynamic duo to the line-up of our second collab event with Reboot on the 8th of July, DISCO DISCO, where we will be celebrating the release of their brand new album.

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PSYKED:
Hi guys! To start off let’s talk about your new EP, Clickbait. How long has it been in the making, and what kind of sound can we expect to hear from you guys this time round?  

DISCO VOLANTE:
Yes, we are adding the final touches to our new EP which we are expecting to release next month on Nexus Media. We can’t wait to showcase our fresh, new music! The last EP we released was in January 2015 so it has been quite some time. We have been working for months trying out different sounds and techniques, and our knowledge has grown quite a bit in the studio. Our new EP is definitely going back to our roots – the vision we had when we first started this project 3 years ago [which is] our interpretation of euphoric twilight/ full-on psy trance. You can expect loads of melodies, groove and energy on our new EP. We will be releasing the artwork and final track list during the next week or so.

PSYKED:
Will there be any more releases from Disco Volante coming out this year? 

DISCO VOLANTE:
Most definitely. We are writing loads of tracks for compilations on different labels (this is also why our EP has been so delayed). Our next release will be with our good friend DJ Ganeisha’s compilation Science of Music Vol 3. We also have more tracks on the way that will be coming out on other friends’ V/A’s including DJ Guapa Lee on Replicant Records and Chemo Boy through Global Army music. We’ll be announcing more soon.

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PSYKED:
Who are your biggest influences or mentors?

DISCO VOLANTE:
Having been into psytrance for over 15 years, there have been so many artists that have inspired us at different times. But being producers, they grow, change their style and adapt to the current times. So we would rather give you a list of a few albums that have inspired our sound for our Disco Volante project. These are:

Pitch Hikers – Twilight zone (the bible)
Tickets– Dreaming of Places
Paranormal Attack – Phenomena
The Commercial Hippies – From Beyond
Headroom –  Artelligent
Deliriant – Miracle Cure
D Maniac – Obsessions

PSYKED:
Name your top three favourite tracks right now.

DISCO VOLANTE:
That is a tough one. If we had to pick three, we would have to give you what’s on our psy playlist at the moment: Brain Driver vs Aquedeux – Good girl; Aptitude vs Obelix – Substance D; Prodigy –Firestarter (Deliriant remix); Technicolor – The Viking.

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PSYKED:
You recently toured Mexico and Portugal; how does our local scene compare on an international scale? Do you think that Cape Town has earned its spot on the global psytrance map?

DISCO VOLANTE:
Most definitely! Our local scene in Cape Town is booming. Cape Town is regarded by many international artists as having one of the best scenes in the world. We have beautiful venues, talented producers and DJs, and so much variety within our parties – both indoor and outdoor – catering for the full spectrum of sound in psytrance. Every year a new generation brings fresh energy to our dance floors and creates great music! The Cape Town scene rocks! Local is lekker!

PSYKED:
Describe your most memorable performance to date.

DISCO VOLANTE:
That’s also a tough one because we have had so many fun and memorable gigs over the last three years. But we really had a good time at our last local outdoor gig which was Easter Vortex; it was just such a rad vibe and energy. We had a really great time on stage jamming to our new tracks and slamming whiskey shots. Great times!

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PSYKED:
If you could perform at any festival in the world, which would you choose?

DISCO VOLANTE:
There are so many great festivals on the summer calendar – it’s hard to pick. Most people would say Azora or Boom but personally, we would much rather check out festivals in Northern Europe like Norway or Finland. If we had to play at one of these events we would properly choose One Love Festival in Switzerland or Psy Fi in Holland.

PSYKED:
What are the benefits of working in a team compared to going solo?

DISCO VOLANTE:
We have a great chemistry working on our music. It is really awesome bouncing ideas off one another, and getting excited and enthusiastic about new tracks. We have a similar vision of how we would like our songs to sound so it is a very natural writing process. We have definitely established our own unique sound and we both know what we want and don’t want in our tracks.

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PSYKED:
And last but not least, is there anything you’d like to share with our followers before we wrap things up? Maybe something we don’t know about you?

DISCO VOLANTE:
Daniel – I am a huge horror movie fan, love Scandinavian heavy metal, dark/obscure architecture and am a passionate euro traveller! I also have a dream of owning my own Camden Town vibe coffee shop one day.

Alex – I’m currently working on two other projects: one personal project which would fall under the bracket of house music. The other project is with a close friend who sings and plays guitar; it covers a wider cross-genre spectrum (although it’s still primarily electronic). I’m also a big fan of Roland synthesizers and drum machines from the 70s and 80s.

Lastly, we just want to say a big thanks to Psyked in the City for this interview and also a big shout out to all our supporters locally and internationally! You guys rock and we are so thankful. Big cheers to our next chapter!

More than boom-boom bass and out-dated lasers: Disco Volante, the collaboration between Critical Mass (Daniel Honor) and Risky Business (Alex Inggs) makes high energy, yet simultaneously melodic Psy – clean, luminous tracks for the twilight hours. With a debut EP (Time Crisis) on Nexus Media and their second EP release on {psy.ology} records, owned by PsynOpticz Productions, as well as a stack of Singles releases on both local and international labels, Disco Volante is a high-flying act and a regular on South African Psy party set lists. The two brains behind the outfit share a mutual love for beatific, banging beats; live dial twisting; and tequila.

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