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.

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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.

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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

Win a ticket for Alien Safari – Masqued Ball 2017

This year we’re thrilled to welcome you to one of the most anticipated events on the psytrance calendar. Held at the beautiful Kogel Bay beach resort (otherwise known as the Kingdom of Dreams), Alien Safari’s Masqued Ball 2017 is gearing up to be an absolute dream. This year’s line-up boasts four renowned international acts namely Dirty Saffi (UK), Dust (Italy), Ritmo (Israel) and Waio (Germany) – as well as a host of home-grown talent.

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We’re giving away two tickets to the event. Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how you can stand a chance of winning a ticket to party!

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Win double tickets for Audio Pixel Bangers Beach Party

Introducing AUDIO PIXEL BANGERS at Soetwater Beach Resort in Kommetjie, Cape Town. Brought to you by a cutting-edge  organisation from Zurich, Switzerland, this state-of-the-art electronic event is hitting SA for the very first time! We’re giving away two tickets to this awesome event. Keep reading to find out how you can win.

THE CONCEPT

Join us a the debut instalment for a 13-hour electronic music experience featuring top-class international electronic masters, blasting groovy daytime 3 hour journey sets, supported by the cream of SA, located at a beautiful and convenient beach resort.

One of the Cape’s most legendary venues. Soetwater Beach Resort has a long history of electronic music events. This spectacular beachside location allows you to escape the city, experience the joy of “getting away” from the hustle and bustle while knowing that once it’s all over, you’ll be home in a flash! The venue boasts full facilities in a natural environment with mesmerising tidal pools making it the perfect spot to unwind, inhale the fresh ocean air, frolic in the sunshine and dance your cares away.

THE MUSIC

Ghost Rider LIVE (Blue Tunes – Israel)
Tezla LIVE (Prog On Syndicate – Switzerland)
Class – A LIVE (Blue Tunes – Israel)
Sokrates LIVE (Phantasm Records – Switzerland)
Creator (TesseracT – Switzerland)
Itone (Solar Tech Records)
Connecto  (Vortex / Love & Light)
BeachBall (Vortex)
Jukebox (Vortex)

audio pixel bangers

STAND A CHANCE OF WINNING TWO TICKETS
  1. Like Audio Pixel Bangers on Facebook.
  2. Click GOING on the event.
  3. Comment on the event page using the #psyked hashtag and tag the friend you want to party with.

The competition will close on Friday the 10th of February 2017. Only one entry per person will be accepted. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page.

Good luck!

Win two full weekend passes for Origin Festival 2017

One of the most anticipated events on the psytrance calendar is back in full swing this year to bring you a weekend of psychedelic music, art and culture. We’re giving away two tickets to Origin Festival 2017, valid the entire weekend. Keep reading to find out how you can win.

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Review: Freaky Forest 2016

By Christina Schild

I usually dislike the practice of narrowing something down to a description of five words, but there is something comforting about the condensation when trying to review the experience of Freaky Forest. An experience that takes places annually over the last weekend of November in the Tsitsikamma woods, bringing all sorts of folks out of the woodworks for what is easily becoming South Africa’s best trance party – or at least that’s what the talk on the soft, jiving dance floor was.

So here are the five words I would use to describe Freaky, in some sort of an order – scent, dance, clarity, goodness and beauty.  Well, maybe some more order than I think.

Photo by Jess Rose Hendriksz
Photo by Jess Rose Hendriksz

This year, it was my sense of smell that was particularly heightened at the party – whether from the incense wafting around the dance floor and camp sites as I gallivanted through the treacherous pine forest, the wholesome cooking aromas of the various food stalls and private kitchens and then those earthy, good, natural smells. The scent of pine needles in the air, the mud squelching between my toes on the most fun Sunday I’ve had in a while, or the sweaty reminder from my fellow party-goers that we were in the middle of a forest dancing rhythmically to sublime beats and hadn’t washed in days. Come Sunday morning I think we were mostly all smelling more sweaty than sweet after the particularly mind-buzzing and gloriously lengthy set delivered by High Style, having followed the feet moving magic of both Ben and Jack Source the previous night. For the hi-tech fans, Ben delivered a sneaky track that had many of us grinning from ear to ear! Earlier, we were treated to the grooviness that Cripz and Floating Grooves emulated which got the bums moving until Phillipa came on – bringing the girl power to the floor and easing us into the night time slots. Continue reading Review: Freaky Forest 2016

The spirit of South African psy.