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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

Exclusive interview with Berg: it’s all about the vibe

Shlomi Berg started playing with synthesizers at the age of fifteen. Now he’s signed with Blue Tunes and Spin Twist Records and is one of the world’s greatest psy-prog DJs, performing at top trance festivals all over the globe. He’s remixed and collaborated with the likes of Neelix, Coming Soon, Capital Monkey and Symphonix. Berg’s unique style is punctuated by his signature bass-lines, grooving melodies and trippy high-tech sounds.

*These questions were compiled by Batia Efrat.

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PSYKED:
Hi Berg! It’s so great to chat to you at last. Tell me a little bit more about your musical style and how it’s developed since your first EP?

BERG:
Hi Batia! Thanks for the interview. When I started my project four years ago, I tried to bring something else to the scene. Something no body had done yet. I began making my own style of bass and after I discovered it, I just kept going with it. My first EP compared to today has a lower BPM and less instruments. Nowadays I’m working with 138 BMP and adding more instruments such as more leads and melodies.

PSYKED:
Has music always had a place in your life?

BERG:
Of course! I remember going to school and on the way recording myself singing some ideas for new tracks. *smiles* I always knew that’s what I’m going to do in my life.

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PSYKED:
Your trademark sound is catchy but distinctive; how do you avoid sounding like all the other progressive DJs out there?

BERG:
It’s not that easy to be unique in the industry; it’s hard actually. But I am trying as much as I can to maintain my own style. In the end, it’s always good to listen to others artists and to get some inspiration and bring into one’s own style too.

PSYKED:
What do you listen to when you’re not mixing?

BERG:
Recently I have been listening to Vini Vici; they’re really talented and open minded. If you haven’t heard their album yet now is the time!

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PSYKED:
You’ve performed at festivals all over the globe; what kind of location do you prefer – the beach, forest, mountains, city and so forth?

BERG:
I think the best locations are open air parties (mountain, forest etc) because most of the open air parties are massive and also, the sound is much better outside. Sometimes clubs can be better than open air parties – really, it’s all about the vibe. If the vibe is good then the party is good. But in terms of location, I prefer open air parties.

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PSYKED:
Is being a DJ really as a glamorous as everyone thinks? What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects for you personally?

BERG:
It seems like it’s a sweet life to be a DJ – and it is. (Kidding). It’s not that easy to fly very weekend, living from one jet lag to the next. I work 24 hours a day and I am always online on my phone. But in the end, I like my job. It’s always been my dream to live the DJ life.

PSYKED:
Have you ever experienced an epic fail on stage – if so, what was it?

BERG:
Yeah, two years ago I played at an open air party in Brazil. Ten minutes before I finished my set, the volume turned down so that you could barely hear the music. I thought it was my fault but then I realised it was from the main mixer. I turned off the music and walked away from the stage. Everyone sat down on the grass. It took them about ten minutes to finish the mixer and when it was fixed, I finished my set.

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PSYKED:
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would you choose and why?

BERG:
Lately I have been collaborating with someone I have always wanted to work with. I still can’t say who it is but I can say that he is from another scene. By the way, we have already started a track and it sounds sick! I can’t wait to release it. 🙂

PSYKED:
Before we wrap things up, is there anything else you’d like to share with our followers?

BERG:
I have played in roughly fifteen countries in my life and I must say that South Africa, and Cape Town in particular, is one of my favourite places! The place, the people, the vibes are incredible! You guys know how to jol. Love you and thank you for supporting! I’ll see you at Sunflower Festival.  AWE _/|\_

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Exclusive interview with K-Jos: Psytrance is the glue that keeps it all together

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.

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*These questions were compiled by Brandon Menzies.

Psyked:
What influenced you into becoming a psytrance DJ?

K-Jos:
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.

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Win double tickets for Earthdance Cape Town 2014

Earthdance Cape Town 2014 is an international hub event boasting three stages, two days and one night of musical bliss and cultural awakening. This year’s theme, Transformation, aims to embrace positive change and growth on both a personal and collective scale. Returning to its homeland, Earthdance will once again be held at Nekkies in Worcester where the green fields and mountainous backdrop provide the perfect setting for an outdoor party.

Psyked in the City is giving one lucky winner double tickets for the event. To enter,
follow the instructions below.

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Review: Labyrinth’s 9th Birthday “Tranceformation”

On the 9th of August, Labyrinth returned in full-force to celebrate its 9th Birthday “Tranceformation” at a brand new venue. I’ll admit, I was hesitant about moving the event away from all-popular Trinity. But by the time I arrived at the scene of QV54, the place was bustling with party-goers from far and near and I was convinced that Lab had made the right choice.

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Exclusive Interview with Kriss-Kross (Nexus Media)

Kriss-Kross is the progressive project of Cape-Town-dwelling Ross Moore and Christopher Hansen.  The dynamic duo were recently signed by Nexus Media, along with Infectious and D-Sciple, and represent the next-generation of psytrance with their grooving daytime jams, punctuated by 138 BPM. Kriss-Kross is set to perform at Aurora SA this Saturday. We were fortunate enough to have a chat with them.

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


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Win double tickets for TRANSITION featuring Berg

One thing’s for sure, there’s no such thing as “too much Berg.” The mighty prog-master returns to South Africa on the 4th of July. This time, he’ll be bringing his beautiful beats to Dragon Room along with local all-stars Deliriant, Headroom, Bruce, The Commerical Hippies, Sway and others. We’re giving away double tickets to the event. Enter our competition to win. Details below.

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