Tag Archives: dreamer

Review: The Sunflower Festival

Last weekend I joined 4700 party-goers in welcoming Spring at the first outdoor party of the season; the Sunflower Festival hosted by Nawty Media & Marketing and Fourth Dimension at the Cape Town Ostrich Farm. There was much debate about whether or not the organisers would be able to deliver a better experience than the more common “first party of the season” i.e Alien Safari’s Sprung which will take place this coming Saturday. But all in all, the Sunflower Festival was a huge success and I’m glad that I attended.

dance by Jackrabbit kiss by Jackrabbit
Photo’s by The Jackrabbit.

Despite the terrible weather that loomed, cold front and all, we braved the elements. It did help, of course, that we all came prepared, dressed in plenty layers of socks, gumboots and, you guessed it, onesies.

onesie by Dreamer. mask by Dreamer
Photo’s by Dreamer

The more adventurous stompers took the opportunity to get down and dirty in the mud, barefoot I might add, embracing the light rain that did fall now and then. That’s what an outdoor is all about, right?

mud by Jack rabit
Photo by The Jackrabbit.

Unfortunately, the weather did take its toll on the décor resulting in the actual dancefloor being opened late (around 6 or so) which was forgiven once the party got swinging in full force.

It was wonderful to be back in the great outdoors, stomping with hundreds of smiling faces around me, adorned in face-paint with nothing but nature surrounding us. No cramped-up clubs, no walls, no limitations. There really is something very special about an outdoor party.

venue by Wayne
Photo by Wayne.

The vibe did not disappoint. It was awesome seeing all those familiar faces and making a whole lot of new friends too.

heart by Marc Berman
Photo of Class A by Marc Berman Photography

There were plenty of photographers on the scene to capture the psy love. Namely DreamerE.K15 PhotographyShutterMonkey ProductionsStu Shapiropartycamsa.comWayneMarc Berman Photography and The Jackrabbit to name a few. View some of their pics at the bottom of the page.

The flower that was crafted by Artescape hung over our heads in true psychedelic glory and communicated what the festival was all about: rebirth and nature. And that wasn’t the only symbolic element of the jol. The weather decided to partake in our festivities and went from being cold and gloomy to bright, sunny and perfect for a day jam.

sunflower by marc berman2
Photo by Marc Berman Photography. 

At night, the decor really came to life.  Stompers were visually excited by spectacular light shows surrounding the DJ box.

night time by Dreamer.
Photo of Sunflower at night by Dreamer.

sunflower by Wayne
Photo by Wayne.

I woke up nice and early on Sunday, grabbing a little breakfast before heading down to the dancefloor for Tune Raider‘s high-energy set which was incredible. But then again, who could expect anything less of her? While jamming to her set I heard a fellow stomper refer to her as “the sexy side of psy.” I absolutely love that. To whoever you are, thank you. I will be using that phrase in my next write up about Pam.

1239557_320404601436270_2053503158_n
Photo of Tune Raider by Wayne.

The highlight of the event was, of course, Captain HookI was lucky enough to be front and center as he came onto the stage with his groovy glasses and awesome dreads.
captain hook by Marc Berman
Photo of Captain Hook by Marc Berman Photography.

He opened with his killer track “walking on marshmallows” and the crowed went ballistic.  His set was everything I imaged it to be and he kept the dancefloor grooving blissfully for an entire two hours.

captain hook crowd marc berman
Crowd goes wild for the Captain. Marc Berman Photography.

Captain Hook wasn’t the only DJ who ripped things apart though. I really felt the dancefloor love during Dj BruceDeliriantMAGNETOClass A and Orca‘s sets too, Watch this insane video of Class A live.

bruce by Dreamer.
Photo of DJ Bruce by Dreamer.

When I wasn’t jamming I was admiring the lovely scene before me, while sitting on the slope of a hill surrounded by other stompers who were also taking a breather.

Things rounded off nicely when StereoType played his Brainbug Nightmare remix.

We were having such a good time that we only started leaving the venue at around 5. Or should I say, we tried to. The mud did pose to be a bit of an issue, and there were many trancers helping one another jumpstart their cars at the end of the party. But it was totally worth the missions, right?

car by tauriq
Red beetle stuck in the mud, taken by Tauriq Hercules.

So what’s the verdict? Despite a few speed bumps along the way I do believe that the Sunflower Festival was an awesome intro to Spring. I can only assume that everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did. Judging from all the smiles I saw, I think it’s a pretty safe bet.

sun girl marc bboots by Jackrabbit
Top: Photo by Marc Berman Photography. Bottom: Photo by The Jackrabbit.

I applaud the organisers for their hard work. Special thanks goes to Abby Chapel for hooking me up with free tickets, as well as my lovely friends, the photographers, the DJs and everyone else who made the event such a success.

Judging from Sunflower, I anticipate a mind-blowing outdoor season up ahead. And now that I’ve gotten a whiff of that beautiful outdoor fever, I can’t wait to experience it again. Next up… Sprung!!!

Swing by the The Side Show on Saturday night for the The Sunflower Festival After Party.

arm by Dreamer
Photo by Dreamer.

Entrance is free if you’ve still got your green arm band.

 
Advertisements

REVIEW: Azax Syndrome live @TheSideShowCT

On Saturday night I attended the official Sunflower Festival warm-up party. The main attraction was, of course, the incredible Azax Syndrom who visited us all the way from Israel. 1009707_621336314567603_523242635_o
Photo by Dreamer.

As you can see, the decor was deliciously enticing.  The Side Show went ALL OUT reinventing themselves into a vibrant hub of eye candy, and they pulled it off in true psy spirit.

557435_501852013234194_272816118_n Photo of Dave Mac by Dreamer.

Special thanks to Myles Design for the  psychedelic liquid tree and mushrooms that enchanted my eyeballs everytime I glanced at the DJ booth. Not only was the setup spectacular, the music was out of this world. Azax Syndrome delivered a truly KILLER set. Let’s just say, you know a pro when you hear one.
1275272_621323001235601_748460411_o Photo of Azax Syndrom by Dreamer.

The dance floor was alive with true appreciation for the music and when peering about I met many friendly faces, all plastered with smiles. 1265864_621316451236256_1187437932_o

1150392_621329441234957_418848605_n      64434_621326011235300_876312268_n
Photos by 
Dreamer.

When Azax played his hit Knfe Party remix the crowd went wild. I managed to get a backstage pass and recorded this little video on my phone. (Excuse the awful quality). 

What a cool guy. I’m so stoked I got to meet him, shake his hand and snap this picture while he was behind the decks.

azaxandme

Azax and me.

Deliriant followed after with high-energy psy beats that kept us jamming til the early hours of the morning and sHiFt finished things off with a bang. 1175162_621332794567955_911721984_n From the left: DeliriantAzax and sHiFt. Photo by Dreamer.

——————————————————————————————————————————————

Check out all the pictures from Dreamer here or view more from partycamsa.com.

   620434_621335677901000_2072140022_o 1233067_621317184569516_1009852333_o 1267976_621324457902122_1974552044_o 1239174_621336844567550_1230985101_o

Exclusive interview with Drang3D: Read it here.

IN THE PSYK LIGHT: Sirajuddin Kadri, AKA Drang3D .
He’s 25 and has been rocking up a storm in Cape Town, frequenting local hot spots such as
The Side Show and dropping beats along-side A-listers like Bizzare Contact and Mystical Complex. This month he’s set to share the stage with Israeli psy-hero, BlissI was fortunate enough to chat to him to find out more about the man behind the decks…

derang3d4
Photo: Dreamer.
____________________________________________________

Psyked:    
Thank you for speaking to me today. I am a huge fun, like many other Capetonians.
For the last year or so, your name has been popping up all over the psy calandar.
How did you actually get into the trance scene?

Drang3D:  
My older brother and his friends have been listening to trance ever since
I entered this world. From as early as 8 years old I was listening to it, too.
It was Shabier Gaffoor, my older brother’s best friend, who later introduced me to Psytrance while we were taking a drive through to Llandudno. When we arrived at the beach, they took me to a cave with a clear view of the sea shore. All of a sudden beats were being played by Riyaaz Jogee (a WARD 10 member) through their “launch pad mixing console.” It truly was an eye-opening experience. I was blown away seeing the mixing live and so up-close. After that I had to go see where all of this was taking place. Rezonance was my very first Festival. After that, I was hooked!

____________________________________________________

Psyked:          
Have you always enjoyed electronic music?

Drang3D:  
Electronic Music has always captivated me, especially really old-school vocal and uplifting trance.

____________________________________________________

drang3d1

 Photo: Dreamer.

___________________________________________________

Psyked:     

Where did you grow up?

Drang3D:
I grew up in Parkwood, Cape Town. Stayed there my entire life.

____________________________________________________

Psyked:  
And when did you decide DJing is what you wanted to do?

Drang3D:    
Well, I just tried mixing one day, and it all made sense for some reason.
I began by creating mixes and posting them, and came to play my first gig
at The Lounge in Observatory. When I was on the floor that day, I realized DJing was what I was born to do.

____________________________________________________
Psyked:  
Are you involved in any other projects at the moment?

Drang3D:        
I am currently working on a few tracks of my own. I would like to release an EP before the year concludes. I also have various collaboration projects that are waiting to kick off as soon as indoor season ends.

____________________________________________________

Psyked: 
How would you describe your musical style?

Drang3D:        
I would say I’m leaning more towards full-on-power psy trance.
It’s all about the fattest bass lines that can keep a crowd moving and screaming for more.

____________________________________________________

Psyked:         
Who inspires and influences you, musically?

Drang3D: 
None other than Aarmin Van Buuren. He has been a major influence
for me, his productions and mixing ability has not declined to this day.

____________________________________________________

Psyked:     
Are there any DJs in particular you look up to?

Drang3D:        
DJ Bruce. Much respect to that man.

____________________________________________________

Psyked:        
Which event thus far has been your favourite to play at?

Drang3D:
COMING SOON!!! Live at The Side Show.

____________________________________________________

Psyked:    
If you could perform with any DJ who would it be?

Drang3D:
BLiSS! (That dream is being fulfilled on the 27th July).

Catch BLiSS in Cape Town, details here.

____________________________________________________

Psyked:    
Do you prefer indoor or outdoor season?

Drang3D:       
Outdoor season. Who doesn’t love dancing in the fresh air with the sun beating down on you?
____________________________________________________

drang3d5
Photo: ItsNot Phair Photography

____________________________________________________

Psyked:   
What would you say has been your biggest personal accomplishment so far?

Drang3D:     
It would definitely be performing at the One World – New Years Eve Festival. It was my very first outdoor gig.

____________________________________________________

Psyked: 
How did your DJ handle Drang3d come about?

Drang3D:  
Drang3D is the dark side that likes to cause a trouble…
So, I save trouble for the stage.

____________________________________________________

Psyked:  
Are there any upcoming parties you are particularly excited about?

Drang3D:     
Groovy Troopers.
____________________________________________________

Psyked:    
What are the biggest perks of being DJ?

Drang3D:  
Making people smile!
____________________________________________________

Psyked:     
… and what do you find most challenging?

Drang3D:   
People talking to you while you are mixing -_-
____________________________________________________

Psyked:
How do you feel about playing at events alongside recognized artists
like Mystical ComplexBizzare Contact and now, BLiSS?

Drang3D:
I’m still struggling to believe that it’s all happening. It’s an ecstatic feeling to share the stage with huge, International artists.
____________________________________________________

Psyked:          
Have you DJ-ed overseas? Is there anywhere on the globe that
you dream of DJing at?

Drang3d:
No, I haven’t, but I would really love to play in Portugal, Israel,
Japan, India, Mozambique, Greece and Mexico.

____________________________________________________

Drang3d2

Photo: The Kenyan With The Camera

____________________________________________________

Psyked:
What do you think about Cape Town as a top psytrance destination?

Drang3D:      
There is no better place to party. We have diversity at its best,
amazing people, culture and beautiful weather.

____________________________________________________

Psyked:      
Do you feel that the psytrance scene is growing in South Africa?

Drang3D:      
The scene is expanding at a very fast rate. Maybe we’ll be the trance capital of the world, one day.  😛

____________________________________________________

Psyked:
Is there a track you’re currently working on to wow the crowd?

Drang3D:   
That’s top secret… will have to wait for now 😉

____________________________________________________

Psyked:
Are there any tips you can offer to up and coming DJs?

Drang3D:        
Perseverance is a key aspect if you would like to grow in this industry.
Just keep mixing, regardless of what people have to say. Most importantly, always remember that it’s about the music FIRST.

____________________________________________________

Catch Drang3D LIVE at…
PSYCHO CIRCUS – This Friday. psychocircus
aurora

BLiSS @
The Side Show on the 27th of July.

________________________________________________________

Listen here. 


_____________________________________________________

WIN A TICKET to see Drang3D LIVE this Friday at PSYCHO CIRCUS.
Find out how here.

_____________________________________________________

Find out more about Drang3D.
Follow him on Soundcloud.

_____________________________________________________