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And the beat goes on: Celebrating 21 years of Vortex with Grant Dreyer

The legendary Vortex celebrates 21 years of pure psychedelic bliss this year at the iconic Circle of Dreams. With more than two decades in the running, the Vortex name has become synonymous with psytrance not only locally but on a global spectrum. In this exclusive interview, we chat to the one and only Grant Dreyer – the man behind the magic.

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Eclipse 2002

Throughout his evolutionary journey, Grant has continued to live out his dream, spread the love and rally the troops for one of Cape Town’s most celebrated occasions; his dedication to the dance and his belief in the perfect party is clearly reflected in the alchemy of every seamless Vortex event. But what does it take to plan the perfect Vortex party remaining true to one’s own philosophy and having fun to boot? Let’s take a look behind the scenes.

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Easter Vortex 2004

With special thanks to Louise Harford.

PSYKED:
Thank you for joining us Grant and congratulations on the 21st anniversary of Vortex Trance Adventures. Wow. 21 years is a long time! Tell us a bit about the first ever Vortex Party; what was it like and how did it come about?

GRANT:
Hi! Thank you very much for doing this. 21 Years, it’s been a pretty wild ride! The first Vortex party was Essence of Fluorescence, and it was held in a warehouse in Woodstock, 21 years ago. Vortex originally came about as an attempt to be the first Electronic Dance Music nightclub in South Africa. When friends of ours came back from the UK and told us about the warehouse parties that they had been going to on that side, we decided to start it up in South Africa.

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“The gang.” Est: 1998

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Around the world in 80 daze with Zyce

Zyce is the solo progressive project of Nikola Kozic from Serbia. Since his debut in 2008, Zyce hasn’t stopped producing, performing and releasing. After Hyper Cube, his first release on Synergetic Records in 2008, he worked with and released for Iboga, Spin Twist and Blue Tunes before launching a label of his own called TesseracTstudio at the end of 2010. His fourth and most pertinent work, Alignment, was released in 2012.  Zyce will be performing at Vortex Open Source ~ 21 Years of Trance this year – a milestone event for the local psy scene. Catch him at the Circle of Dreams in Riviersonderend for one epic celebration.

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With special thanks to Louise Harford.

PSYKED:
Hi Nikola and thank you for taking the time to chat to Psyked. Please tell us how you feel about being included in this legendary line-up? 21 years of the best-ever party; is this a special occasion for you too?  What keeps you coming back to our beautiful country?

ZYCE:
Hi guys. Thanks for having me. It’s a big pleasure for me to come back to South Africa! My first performance in South Africa was earlier this year in March at Love & Light and, personally, it was an amazing experience – one of the best for sure. I remember the many beautiful landscapes and the amazingly friendly people. I was extremely happy after receiving the request to play at Vortex Open Source  as I’ve heard so many good things about this festival; it is like a Grand Slam amongst the worldwide festivals, so I’m really excited on coming back!

PSYKED:
Tell us more about your extremely popular and slick progressive sound and the person behind the sound; who is your music for? What does it mean to you and what inspires you?

ZYCE:
I’ve been surrounded with music since a very young age. During my teenage years I was playing in numerous bands, but once I discovered psytrance I instantly fell in love with the music. I mainly started with the more psychedelic and full on sound, and then got into the progressive sound as well; this is why, I guess, my own music is a combination of both psychedelic and progressive. The rest I leave to life itself, as I believe it will become what it must be, and I feel strongly about my passion and mission because it has taken me around the planet, and this give me tremendous energy and inspiration, and for that I give a lot of gratitude.

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PSYKED:
Since you were here last, you’ve travelled the globe and performed at some of the biggest and the best events; how does the Cape Town psy scene shape up against the rest of the world?

ZYCE:
From my experience it seems Cape Town has a very passionate and deep trance crowd with lots of friendly and polite people. It is always such a pleasure to see this on your travels; it gives what you do much more meaning when you feel its mutual and the same. So definitely from my experience it feels like one of the best trance scenes in world!


PSYKED:

How did you first get into psytrance and what other acts are you involved in? How adaptable are you when it comes to the sub-genres within trance music?

ZYCE:
*laughs*  I discovered the psytrance scene about fourteen ago. It was 2001, I was getting some herbs from some guy, and I heard some amazingly strange music I never heard before, and after staying a while, the music just went into me, and it was like I instantly fell in love! I even remember the first track and artists; it was THE DELTA – As a Child! So big thanks to DELTA, it surely played a vital role in where I am today.

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PSYKED:
What can we expect to hear from you at Open Source this year? Do you have anything special up your sleeve?

ZYCE:

Yes indeed. I’m very excited. I’m working really hard on my new album; my idea was to have it all done by Vortex Open Source, but it seems that it will only be around New Year. This time around there have been so many events around the globe, and I’m using this to promote and test the tracks planned for the album. So Cape Town can definitely expect to hear most of my new tracks, as they will be released very soon!

PSYKED:
Performing, as you have, with some major names and labels in psytrance,  do you have any words of wisdom for the next generation of artists eager to join the party? You are always well represented on Beatport and you manage to maintain a high ranking profile. How do you keep it up?


ZYCE:
The only advice I have for future generation is based on my own experiences, and for me this is always about working hard – lots of work with vision and focus! Talent doesn’t count for more than 5% , there is no luck in this. Studio work will take you to the top and beyond, so for me hard work makes all the difference.

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PSYKED:

Thank you once again, for sharing your special magic with the South African community. Any last words before we wrap things up?

ZYCE:

Looking much forward to see you soon in your beautiful country!

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Exclusive Interview with Killer B: The coming of age

Killer B is Bennie Koorts. Singed by Looney Moon Records in Italy, Killer B has over ten years’ worth of experience in DJing and production. In his early years, he was inspired by Tsuyoshi Suzuki, KoxBox and Tim Schuldt; his diverse musical style incorporates tight beats, groovy rhythms, twisted psychedelic sounds and driving bass lines. Killer B has performed at numerous benchmark events on the local psy calendar and maintains a strong affiliation with the South African trance scene never failing to draw a crowd. He currently manages Red Eye Productions which is well-known for keeping the Gauteng scene enthralled and pumping.

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*Questions by Brandon Menzies for Vortex Trance Adventures. Edited and compiled by Batia Efrat for PSYKED. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Killer B: The coming of age

Celebrating 21 years of Vortex at Open Source 2015 with old friends and new faces

Vortex Trance Adventures has been going strong for the past 21 years and is still considered to be a special kind of gathering – one which leaves an imprint on the psyche and heart – by both the fans who attend it and the performing artists who return year after year. Located in the enchanted Circle of Dreams, a forest clearing at the “endless river” of Riviersonderend, Vortex invites party-goers to embark on a five-day-long psychedelic journey at Open Source 2015.

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Skarab or rather Phill Waugh, one of the scene’s most prominent DJs and a founding member of The Village, recalls attending his first large scale Vortex event in the early 2000s at Theewaterskloof. “The goose bumps from the rumble of the rig warming up will stay with me forever,” he says.  Although he’s always been inspired and excited by music, he had no intention of pursuing it until he got involved with his mates and started The Village in 2006. “Once that happened it became clear to me that a journey into sound was awaiting and so I began.”

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What initially attracted him to psytrance was the flow, rhythm and power he found in the beats he loved. To date he’s had many inspirational people guide him along his musical journey including his friends Carl and Will, co-founders of The Village as well as top dogs in the industry like Regan, Colin and Grant. Continue reading Celebrating 21 years of Vortex at Open Source 2015 with old friends and new faces

Win double tickets for Vortex Open Source 2015 ~ 21 Years of Trance

Join us as we re-enter the sacred Circle of Dreams this year for Vortex Open Source 2015. People of all paths will once again come together for a five-day-long psychedelic journey set in the heart of a magical forest where a unique musical and spiritual experience awaits. Celebrate 21 years of Vortex to the sounds of international veterans and illustrious local talent at one of the most pivotal events of the season.

Psyked in the City is giving away 2 x tickets to the event. To enter, follow the instructions below.

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Exclusive interview with Bruce: be true, be you, have fun

Bruce Abrahamse is Solar AxisSpliff Politix, Synchronist or quite simply, DJ Bruce. Signed by Nexus Media, Bruce can be described as a true veteran of psychedelic trance. A respected DJ and an altruistic role–model to many, Bruce has nearly two decades worth of experience behind his name. His humble approach and experimental style is what sets him apart from the rest.

Growing up, Bruce listened to rock, metal, grunge and industrial genres. His early influences include 90s style Logos tracks, Patrick and Ben third eye and Steve Deli Virus – these were the DJs who originally exposed him to trance though there was not much speak of it at the time. “They managed to create their own unique style,” says Bruce.

“In the early 90s I was into Hallucinogen, Sandman, Total Eclipse, Astral Projection, Deedrah, X-dream, Delta, Etnica and Tsyuoshi.” Though he still listens to them all, Bruce says that there have been too many new artists since then to mention.

We chat to Bruce in an exclusive interview ahead of his performance at Vortex Open Source 2015.

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*Questions by Brandon Menzies for Vortex Trance Adventures. Edited and compiled by Batia Efrat for PSYKED.

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Exclusive interview with Materia: My creative urge

Materia is Andreas M from Austria. Born and raised in Salzburg, Andreas was interested in music production from a very early age. As a teenager he recalls listening to genre such as trip hop, dub, lounge, EDM, techno and heavy metal. “I’ve always been a fan of the twisted and melancholic side of music,” he says.

His musical journey began when Andreas acquired his first instruments and synths. “I was more interested in creating music and sounds rather than becoming a regular performing artist,” he explains. “Even after many great years on tour, I still see the music as my main target.”

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Andreas has collaborated with a myriad of world-famous artists including Earthling, Compressor, Sinerider, Bliss, Brainiac and others; and frequents the decks of popular psy destinations in Europe such as Austria, Germany, Swizerland, Poland, Hungary and Italy under the 24/7 label. His full-on beats are described as driving and deeply psychedelic.

This year, Andreas will be returning to South Africa for Vortex Open Source 2015. We chat to him ahead of his performance in an exclusive interview below.

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*Questions by Brandon Menzies for Vortex Trance Adventures. Edited and compiled by Batia for PSYKED. Continue reading Exclusive interview with Materia: My creative urge