Big News for Earthdance Cape Town

We recently received some big news about Cape Town’s outdoor music festival scene and, of course, we had to share it with you first thing! This year Earthdance Cape Town will continue 21 years of magic with a new team at the helm. Regan and Monique from Nano Records have handed over the reins after 20 years of parenting the great iconic outdoor event we know and love so well. Continue reading Big News for Earthdance Cape Town

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Win a ticket for Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2017

How fortunate are we that our local psytrance scene is strong enough to withstand the forces of winter? This year we are thrilled to be part of another Vortex Trance Adventure in the heart of June: The Phoenix Festival of Fire 2017. We love the magic that always comes to life at this intimate gathering which is located in one of our favourite venues (none other than the Circle of Dreams). Plus, this year’s line-up looks extremely promising with international guest Freedom Fighters and a host of homegrown talent.

PHOENIX festival of Fire

We’re giving away two tickets to the event. Keep reading to find out how you can stand a chance of bagging one of them for yourself.

Continue reading Win a ticket for Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2017

Looking Back: Vortex Parallel Universe 2017 #SundayFunday

by Gila Efrat

We arrived at Vortex Parallel Universe, clean and fresh on Sunday Funday, unlike many other stompers who were already tired from their share of debauchery. Nonetheless, the beautiful backdrop of the mountains welcomed us to join in on the Easter fun. The farmground, dusty and dressed with hay, was decorated in hanging technicolour flags in a semi-circle around the dance-floor and clothing stalls. We decided to head to Oh So Peachy for their famous cheese and corn samosas, after getting the munchies due to the long drive from the Cape of Good Dope.

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A drink or two later and I was prepared for a set’s worth on the dance-floor. The windy day had caused the gazebo to sweep back and forth, fitting as the luminescent decor danced in sync with the loud vibrations. I had arrived just in time for Deliriant; and you definitely get what you paid for with Deliriant’s energetic and atmospheric style. Continue reading Looking Back: Vortex Parallel Universe 2017 #SundayFunday

Win two tickets for Transylvania – Redemption Island: Part 2

The anticipated winter edition of Transylvania – Redemption Island is just around the corner! Only 2000 tickets will be released for the event, which is set to take place on th 13th of May, and we’re proud to have two up for grabs. Find out how you can enter our giveaway below.

LINE-UP

12:00-13:30 Elevation
13:30-15:00 DaNiMal
15:00-16:30 Gonzo VS. D-Ranged
16:30-18:00 Gokon Rave
18:00-19:30 The Marshians
19:30-21:00 Archain
21:00-22:00 Frozen Ghost (live)
22:00-23:00 Mad Science (live)
23:00-00:00 Mystrix
00:00-01:00 Dirty Motion (live) (silent trance)
01:00-02:30 Distorted Culture (silent trance)
02:30-03:30 Fright Rate (live) (silent trance)
03:30-05:00 Chemo Boy (silent trance)
05:00-06:30 Loophole (silent trance)
06:30-08:00 Technicolor (live) (silent trance)
08:00-09:30 SwiTcHcaChe
09.30-11:00 GONZI (LIVE)
11:00-12:30 Psymantis
12:30-13:30 Zezia (live)
13:30-15:00 Gandalf Grey
15:00-16:00 Broken Toy
16:00-17:30 Headroom
17:30-19:00 Portal

TICKET PRICES

Quicket and Gate Sales Only.

PLEASE NOTE: ONLY 2000 tickets available

Phase 1: R280 (Sold Out)
Phase 2: R350
Sunday: R250 (From 8am Sunday 14 May 2017)
Full Festival Gate Sales: R380

Buy tickets now. 

transylvannia redemption-islandFOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW TO STAND A CHANCE OF WINNING TWO TICKETS:

  1. Share this post on Facebook and click GOING on the event page.
  2. Comment on the event wall telling us why you’re #psyked to party. 
  3. Remember to tag the person you want to party with in your post!

Good luck! The competition closes on Friday the 5th of May. One winner will be selected at random. The winner will be announced on Facebook and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. 

Win a ticket for Vortex Parallel Universe 2017

This year we are thrilled to be part of the magical three-day journey that is Vortex Parallel Universe, or Easter Vortex as it’s affectionately known. Step out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life to embark on this beautiful festival adventure with a line-up that features the best international and local psytrance talent.

We’re giving away two tickets to the event. Keep reading to find out how you can stand a chance of winning!  Continue reading Win a ticket for Vortex Parallel Universe 2017

Interview with Loophole: Emanation EP Launch

Ever since he cracked into the South African psytrance scene, Benjamin Loggenberg aka Loophole has been making waves which – some might say – are incredibly large for a producer his age. At nineteen years old, Loophole has already performed at some of Cape Town’s biggest events alongside both local and international headliners. The dark and bouncy Loophole sound tells a story that guides the listener on a journey through the future with its edgy synths and twisted beats. On the 24th of March, Loophole will release his debut EP Emanation with Los-Angeles-based Mechanik Records. We caught up with Loophole ahead of the EP launch party which is going down at Bazinga Bar this Friday.

Loophole EP Emanation

PSYKED:
Hey Benjamin. Thanks for chatting to us today. Last year was a big year for you. You got signed by Mechanik Records in February and went on to play at some serious events in and around Cape Town. Tell us a bit about how it all began; when did you first discover psytrance?

LOOPHOLE:
Thank you so much, guys! It truly has been an amazing journey so far and I’m extremely blessed to have progressed so much in such a short amount of time. Around May/June 2014 my good friend, Jonathan Roberts, took me to my first Ultranoize indoor party. I was absolutely amazed by the genre, the culture as well as the powerful sound that was produced that night. Instantly I knew I found something special, but at the time I had no intention of ever DJing or producing psytrance. Later that year I went to a few outdoor festivals and as time went on I fell more and more in love with this beautiful genre – ESPECIALLY the night-time psytrance.

Loophole Psytrance DJ

PSYKED:
You’ve mentioned before that Rubix Qube is your mentor; what’s the greatest thing that you’ve learned under his guidance?

LOOPHOLE:
Kieron (Rubix Qube) is an absolute genius and him taking me under his wing has been an incredible privilege for me. I wouldn’t even know where to start to be honest. But if there’s one thing that stands out for me – or something I’ve learnt from him throughout this journey – it’s that it’s sometimes just as important to break the rules or protocol of music and producing, or to keep trying out random things you never thought might work, because it may just lead to something amazing (like an epic lead or percussion loop, for example).

PSYKED:
Is there anyone else in the scene who’s been instrumental in shaping your career?

LOOPHOLE:
For sure. There have been many people who played a big role in my career thus far! I would like to give special thanks to every single person who made it possible for me to get to where I am today: God, for being my anchor and my rock throughout the best and the worst of times, Rubix Qube (Kieron Grieves), Roy Insanix (Label Owner at Mechanik Records), Sci-Lab (Craig Marsh), Mystrix (Nicci Nabal), Dyce (Rory de Wet), Siren (Nicholas van Wyk) as well as my amazing family and friends who have pushed me, motivated me and supported far more than I can ever ask for or deserve.

Loophole Psytrance DJ

PSYKED:
One thing we can’t help but notice when listening to your tracks are the great synths and samples you use. Do you ever sample things yourself or do you stick to digital samples?

LOOPHOLE:
Honestly, I love the combination of both. I love making my own synths and sounds as well as using digital samples provided in sample packs. I always make it my own by manipulating the sound and tweaking it not to sound like the original! I always aim to have different sounds and different styles of sounds in all my tracks.

PSYKED:
What’s the one piece of software, equipment or technology that you could never live without?

LOOPHOLE:
Hmmmmm. This is very difficult to answer because the software and equipment I use are all useless on their own but when used intertwined they can make magic! The answer would be my software (DAW) I use to produce, Cubase, my soundcard and my studio monitor speakers.

PSYKED:
Loophole is a name that’s been popping up on line-ups almost every single week. What was the most memorable event you’ve played at so far and why?

LOOPHOLE:
Definitely TRANSylvania: Redemption Island which happened in November 2016. This was an incredible milestone for me in my music career and standing in front of all those people gave me endless goose-bumps. I will never forget that amazing experience and having all my close friends at the front supporting me was unreal! I will never know how to thank JP Roelofse (Owner and Organiser of TRANSylvania) enough for that incredible opportunity and I look forward to playing at the next one happening in May 2016 (TRANSylvania: Redemption Island part 2).

PSYKED:
If you could make it onto any line-up, locally or abroad, what would it be?

LOOPHOLE:
Definitely Alien Safari: Sprung or any Vortex festival. It would be a massive honour for me to be booked for one of these festivals; I think that my style would work well and that I could make them proud!

South African Psytrance

PSYKED:
What has been the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn since you embarked on your musical journey?

LOOPHOLE:
Time doesn’t wait for anyone and if you want something done, you’re going to have to put in the time and effort yourself. Nobody is going to do it for you and if you have a dream, you need to take EXTREME ownership of your life and make it happen.

South Africa Trance Party

PSYKED:
Do you have any tips for other up-and-comers who hope to make a name for themselves?

LOOPHOLE:
Network, network, network! In this industry it’s all about who you know and if you want to make a name for yourselves you’re going to need people that have your back. Obviously, you need to have talent and your music needs to speak for itself, but other than that networking is second on the list.

PSYKED:
Before we wrap things up, what four tracks can we expect on your EP?

LOOPHOLE:
1) Loophole – Emanation
2) Loophole – Blindspot
3) Loophole vs ReFractor – Psymatix
4) Loophole – Triple X

Loophole’s debut EP Emanation will be available exclusively though Beatport. Visit the event page to find out how you can win a free copy at the launch party this Friday!

Looking back: Origin Festival 2017 highlights

“Can you see the colours? Everything is so trippy.”

If you love a good dance-floor banger, you’re probably familiar with this vocal – it comes from a track by Vini Vici,  Tristan & Avalon called Colours, and it’s exactly what comes to mind when I think back to Origin Festival. This year Origin pulled the rabbit out of the hat, giving us a jaw-dropping “candy land” themed dance-floor and the same top-notch production we’ve come to know and love over the years.

psychedelic decor

So what were some of the highlights from Origin Festival 2017?

Let’s start with the production. It’s not an easy job pulling off a large-scale festival with such precision year in and year out, but Origin keeps it constant and that’s one of the reasons why we get to enjoy phenomenal sound (thank you RP Sound and Lighting) and stellar line-ups, incorporating a myriad of electronic genres. Continue reading Looking back: Origin Festival 2017 highlights

The spirit of South African psy.