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Exclusive Interview with Hiyarant (Disasterpeace Records)

Hiyarant, or rather Stuart Vermaark, is a name synonymous with “deep south” psytrance. Hiyarant is married to wife and collaborator, Lili Myzo, who forms the second-half of his cutting-edge live act, Hiyamyzo. Having been signed with labels across the globe such as Global Army Music and BioMechanix Records (Mexico), Hiyarant is one of South Africa’s most talented and accredited producers. His other projects include Enough Weapons alongside Dave Love, as well as Dirty Motion in collaboration with Frozen Ghost. Hiyarant is also the co-owner of the highly successful Disasterpeace Records.  Catch him live, on his home turf, at The Valley of Psy on the 19th of July.

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These questions were compiled by Batia Efrat on behalf of Psyked in the City.


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Win 2 x tickets to The Collective: Paradise Beach

Calling all psytrance lovers; the gremlins of the twilight hours, the proggy’s, Sunday stompers, daylight dancers and all trancling in between. Come and experience a full-spectrum psychedelic music journey with headlining act, Morten Granau, making his debut in South Africa.

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For the first time ever, The Collective presents Paradise Beach. Set at Kogel Bay, an all time popular party spot this season, The Collective is worth adding to the list. Picture a dance floor that’s a stone throw from the ocean, hula-hoopers on the beach, bikinis, sun-kissed skin, happy faces, a mountainous backdrop and the phatest beats.

Not only is Morten Granau getting behind South African decks for the first time, Kriss-Kross will be performing their live debut act, backed by only the best local psytrance including: Sway, Portal, Plusminus, Gokon Rave, Feedback, Dave Mac, Eqlipse, HysteriaD-Sciple and others.

Enter our competition to win 2 x tickets to be part of the journey. Details below.

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HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Like Psyked in the City and The Collective on Facebook and join the event.
  2. Tell us why you’re #psykedForParadise by:
  • Commenting below.
  • Sharing this post on the event wall, using the #psykedForParadise hashtag.
  1. For bonus points, follow @psykedinthecity and @BeartrapCPT on Twitter and #psykedForParadise.

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Winner will be announced on Wednesday the 19th of March.
Please check your Facebook inbox promptly as you’ll need to respond to claim your prize.
See terms and conditions below.

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T&Cs:

Tickets are not transferable for cash.
You cannot cede or sell your ticket.
You WILL be asked for ID at the door.

Visit the event page for more information.

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Review: One World NYE Festival.

After much anticipation, I awoke bright and early, ready to hit the road to One World NYE Festival.
We arrived at Le Bac in Paarl, just as the gates opened. After a bit of a wait in the queue, we set-up camp.

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I heard the beats of Rekkerin & Sorcery starting up in the distance. Following suit was Flip Psyd, Pulse, Absolence and the Fundamentals who played a remix of Ranji’s hit-track
“New Ways.” Listen HERE.

By the time Switch got on stage, things were cooking so I made the wise decision to go off in search of the river. Nestled beneath the trees, I found it. The cool water called out to me. Sun-kissed bodies lazed along the river banks in the shade while others enjoyed a quick dip.

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Photo: Partycamsa.

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At 8 p.m. I set foot onto the dancefloor and was genuinely blown away by how far One World has come since their first event in 2012. The visual production was taken to the next level by decor specialists from Finland, Flowers of Life. There was even an inflatable pool to cool-off in without missing a single set.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

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I looked up to see Ghostrider behind the decks, delivering his deeply atmospheric beats to the crowd as the sun set. Next on the lineup was Freedom Fighters (who I was aching to see live!) My expectations were more than exceeded as the highly-accredited prog Master put out beat after beautiful beat.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.
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Then Coming Soon took over. Their vibrant stage-presence and mind-altering tracks kept the crowd electrified as the New Year rolled closer. Listen HERE.
I dragged my friends behind me as I forced my way to the very front of the dancefloor.  I was practically frothing with excitement when both members of Coming Soon (Irad Brunt and Dui Bitton) jumped up onto the speakers during the countdown. There was nowhere else in the world I would rather have been. When the clock struck twelve, the confetti went flying and the vibe only got better from there.

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Photo: Partycamsa.

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Both Azax Syndrom and Bliss had blown me away when they played at The Side Show during indoor season. Now they were back in my hometown, performing together under a starry sky. These guys aren’t just pushing buttons, they’re really making music. What an honour it was to be jamming on that dancefloor!

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.
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Orca took over where Azax Syndrom left off, playing his legendary “Sad Movies” remix. Sinful Reactions, Twisted Circus and Mr. Jack had the witching hours covered, while Up-Psy-Down kept everyone jamming through the sun-rise. All-mighty A-Team gave stompers a good morning work-out before Beartrap’s leading lady, Sway, took control of the day-jam. Her set was so hypnotically dynamic, you just couldn’t help but get lost in the beautiful noise. What a great way to end off a magical New Year’s celebration!

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Unfortunately I was not able to cover all three-days but listening to D-rang3D’s sunrise set makes me feel like I was there. You can download it for free HERE.

Thank you to all the friendly party-goers who treated me with such kindness. One World reminded me of the “one love” mentality that can so easily be forgotten at festivals. Another thank you goes out to the Fourth Dimension crew. For a second-time-round event, nobody could have asked for more.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.
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On a more serious note, Psyked in the City extends our condolences to the friends and family of the individual who passed away after the One World Event.  After receiving special attention from the event’s paramedics, she was rushed off to hospital but unfortunately did not make it. On this note, we would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy New Year.
Remember that festivals can be dangerous. Be aware, party responsibly.
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One World
One Love.