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.
Anyone who’s been to an Alien Safari event knows just how magical they can be! This year, Alien Safari is celebrating 21 years of music, magic and memories with a lineup that’s bound to blow you out the water. Of course, we want you to be part of the magic, so we’ve decided to give away another set of tickets to this anticipated event. Follow the steps below and you could be our lucky winner.
– Ajja :: Switzerland :: Peak Records
– Dino :: UK
– Dirty Saffi :: UK :: Bom Shanka
– Al Shanka :: UK :: Bom Shanka
– Tortured Brain :: UK
– St Pierre :: Réunion Island :: Tinyteck
– Broken Toy
– Dj Vu
– Dave Mac
– Frozen Ghost
– Solar Axis
– Special Kay
– Tune Raider
– Zion Linguist
Remaining acts to be announced.
Stormsvlei – A beautiful new forest venue with a dance-floor on the river.
– Take the N2 out of Cape Town.
– Carry on past Riviersonderend until you see the signs for Stormsvlei.
– Turn left and go over the bridge.
– Follow signs.
– GPS co-ordinates 34° 5’11.61″S 20° 5’50.09″E
Gate opens at 2 pm on Friday 2 December | No glass allowed on site | Please support the local community in Stormsvlei and make a turn by the Farm Stall on your way in.
WIN TWO TICKETS FOR ALIEN SAFARI – 21 YEARS OF MAGIC
This year Alien Safari is celebrating 21 years of magic, music and memories. We’re giving you the chance to win a set of two tickets to attend this unforgettable event. Find out how you can enter the giveaway below.
Maybe it’s just us, or maybe time really is moving at a faster speed each and every year. It’s hard to believe that outdoor season is almost upon us once again; the sun, the fun, the smiles, the beats… There’s no denying the excitement that’s growing as they days draw nearer. With just 1 week to go until we come together for the first official party of outdoor season i.e. Alien Safari – Sprung, we’d like to remind you to purchase your tickets now to avoid any disappointment as tickets do often sell out at the gate. Keep reading for all need-to-info such as where you can purchase your tickets from and of course, this year’s stellar line-up.
Technicolor is the collaborative psytrance project of local legend Shane Renew (aka Deliriant) and the Finnish producer Peter Lehto (aka Mad Piper). Since Technicolor released its debut album in 2013, the duo has continued to wow dance-floors festivals across Cape Town with their cheeky, experimental style. Fuelled by melodic leads, driving bass-lines high-tech breaks, this collab knows how to entice a crowd and rev up the energy. Technicolor will be returning to the Circle of Dreams to perform at Vortex Phoenix Festival 2016.
Hi guys! Tell me what originally inspired you two to join forces?
Howdie, thanks for the interview! We have been friends for a long time and before we started making music together, there was always a mutual respect for one another’s music. Our musical styles were somewhat similar as we both “grew up” and loved the early Timecode and Nexus Media sound. Sharing some common ground, we decided to make a few vs. tracks and the rest is history.
Sci Lab, or rather Craig Marsh, discovered psytrance at the age of eighteen. During 2007, he studied sound engineering at Cape Audio College which better equipped him to start producing his own music. A jack-of-all-trades, Sci Lab is involved in many business ventures and projects. In 2010, he co-founded popular psytrance organisation Mungus Fungus and later, Spectrum and Reboot. His musical style can be described as hard, dark, progressive – and always surprising. Sci Lab’s high-energy performances showcase his keen knowledge of musical software and technology as well as his ability to fine-tune his sounds to suit any dance-floor. Catch Sci Lab at Vortex Parallel Universe for the first time ever on the 26th of March 2016.
Hi Craig! You’re not only a DJ and producer but a successful event organiser; has putting together your own line-ups and booking artists enabled you to make better music? Surely, you must know what gets the crowds going.
SCI LAB: Hi Batia; thank you for this opportunity to chat about the psytrance community. Organising events has given me the understanding of how an event should flow and has definitely helped me out in my track selection as a DJ. As a producer, I am still trying to find my feet – Djing and production are two different ball games! Production requires a whole new level of discipline. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Sci Lab: Go out there and be yourself→
In light of the Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire which is just around the corner, we chatted to a handful of S.A’s homegrown psytrance pros including K-Jos (aka Jos Veldhuizen). Here’s what went down in our exclusive interview.
*These questions were compiled by Brandon Menzies.
What influenced you into becoming a psytrance DJ?
When I was in high school I used to be into goth and death metal. I despised just about all electronic music back then. Some of my friends started listening to drum & bass and house, no matter how much I tried to discourage them from doing so. Eventually I decided to join them to a party just so that I can criticize them afterwards. It turned out to be very different to what I expected and I had a lot of fun; and so the clubbing began. After a few years of clubbing I wanted to get more involved and in 1997 I bought a pair of turntables from money that I initially saved for a car.
After getting the turntables I bought a collection of drum & bass vinyls from a friend and started collecting House on the side, until one of my friends made a suggestion of becoming a psytrance DJ. That must have stuck because shortly thereafter I started collecting psytrance on the side. In a short period of time the “side collection” of psytrance took over and I decided to put the House aside. I fell in love with music, the people and the parties; my love of psy hasn’t stopped growing since then.