Interview with Breathead (Mexico) ahead of Jungala Festival 2017

Breathead is Vicente Marín from Guánajuato, Mexico. First drawn to electronic music in 2000, he entered into the world of psytrance as a DJ but soon went on to producing his own beats. Breathead is currently signed to Psynopticz and Catalyst Records México. His style can be described as “psychedelic groove music” charged by powerful high-tech sounds and driving basslines.

We got a chance to chat with Breathead ahead of his return to South Africa for Jungala Festival 2017. Keep reading for the full interview.

PSYKED:
Hi Vicente, thanks for chatting to us! Tell us a bit about where your love of psytrance first began  – do you remember the first trance party you ever attended? And was there a definitive moment when you realised you wanted to start creating psytrance of your own?

BREATHEAD:
It started with the passion I’ve possessed since I was a child, when my father would listen to psychedelic rock or progressive rock (call it whatever you want). Exploring his CDs and vinyls, I discovered a connection to the music and the psychedelic element. My first party was in the desert of Mexico in 2000 (Peyote Land). I started mixing and producing in 2002 when I realised I was born for this, the psychedelic music.

PSYKED:
Where did you first learn to mix and then, later, produce music?

BREATHEAD:
I learned to mix with a friend when I was 16 years old. After one or two years, I started producing my own stuff. It felt like the perfect time to start.

Photo by Emelen Photography


PSYKED:

You’ve performed at festivals across the world including Fusion Festival in Germany, Soulvision in Brazil, Sunshine Festival in Japan and Flow Festival in Austria, just to name a few. Is there a festival you’ve yet to play at that’s still on your bucket list?

BREATHEAD:
Yes, one of my goals is to play at Boom Festival and Ozora Festival. I’d love to perform at these events; I think they are some of the most prominent gatherings in the world.

PSYKED:
You previously visited South Africa when you performed at Revolution New Years Eve Festival in 2013. What do you look forward to most upon your return to S.A?

BREATHEAD:
I am looking forward to coming back and blasting it with slightly fresher and more mature psychedelic music. My music has become a lot faster and more ‘mechanical.’

PSYKED:
You recently posted a preview of a Broken Toy remix that you were working on with Hanzo. Would you describe yourself as a fan of the South African “twilight” style? Which other local artists do you appreciate?

BREATHEAD:
Yeah, we are working on this remix and I certainly love the South African style… like Headroom, the Commercial Hippies, Rinkadink. All those big names are part of my inspiration as well.


PSYKED:

In April this year, you released an EP called Overlap with PsynOpticz Records, and you have a third album underway. Tell us a bit about what we can expect from your next release.

BREATHEAD:
My upcoming releases are a bit faster, at around 146-147 BPM, and definitely has more of a psychedelic groove atmosphere. 

PSYKED:
What would you say is your biggest source of inspiration when creating a new track?

BREATHEAD:
One of my biggest inspirations is to listen psychedelic rock with my friends. And when I’m in a very hyper mood or feeling angry, the music tends to flow. I also love to travel around and assist with the festivals when I can.


PSYKED:

In the past you’ve described your style as “psychedelic groove music.” What do you think gives your sound that groove factor that makes people want to get up and dance?

BREATHEAD:
I think the groove element is the psychedelic atmosphere I create in my music as well as the rolling basslines. I try to find the best way to hypnotise the crowd and make people smile.

PSYKED:
If there was a fire and you could save one piece of equipment, what would it be?

BREATHEAD:
My HD and speakers.

Photo by Emelen Photography

PSYKED:
Last of all… Is there anything else you’d like to share before we wrap things up?

BREATHEAD:
My next album is coming soon with PsynOpticz Records so keep a look out for that, and see you soon on the dance floor at Jungala Festival 2017!

Purchase your tickets for Jungala Festival 2017 online here.
Advertisements

One thought on “Interview with Breathead (Mexico) ahead of Jungala Festival 2017”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s