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.
Get #psyked for another edition of Spectrum and Valley of Psy at Zone 7. We invite you to feast your ears on some psychedelic goodness at HIGH TIDE featuring international legend GONZI and your favourite local talent. Plus, Kieron (Rubix Qube) and Rory (Dyce) will be performing a very special “versus” set to celebrate their birthdays.
Psyked in the City is giving away 3 sets of double tickets to the event. Follow the insturctions below and you might be the lucky winner.
DJ Trip is Ryan Davis from South Africa. Growing up, Ryan says that he never envisioned becoming a DJ, let alone a successful one, but music has always been a part of his life. As a youngster, Ryan listed to heavy metal, rock, punk, reggae and classical; and spent hours in record stores at any given opportunity. He was also exposed to many musical genres at home. “There was always music in the background and I learnt to appreciate the value of music in my life from a very young age. I even studied piano for a few years,” he says.
After being introduced to psytrance by Moog of Mushroom Mafia in 2003, his life took an unexpected turn and changed forever. Ryan found himself hooked on psytrance and felt determined to get behind the decks as soon as possible so he bought his own equipment and started a collection of trance CDs which gave him the diversity to play any sub-genre of trance.
Moog instilled in Ryan the valuable lessons required in order to advance in his career such as how to read the dance floor and conduct himself as a professional artist. “Moog taught me to have fun with my choice of music and to express my passion for trance through my sets,” says Ryan. Indeed he was a significant mentor and inspiration for the up-and-coming artist who was just beginning to learn about the psy scene and the art of DJing.
Ryan’s first big gig was in Mozambique in the December of 2003. He later went on to play for a collection of production companies in Joburg and eventually started up his own production company called Psychotic Productions. Ryan’s lively sets invigorate and captive audiences of all ages and paths.
*Questions by Brandon Menzies for Vortex Trance Adventures. Edited and compiled by Batia Efrat for PSYKED.
Hi Ryan. Tell us more about a distinguishing moment in your life that led to actualising yourself as a psytrance DJ and producer.
After Frozen Ghost and Hiyarant performed at one of my Psychotic Production parties in August 2008, they invited me on a two-week-long crash course in CuBase. Upon my return home – armed with a copy of CuBase, VSTs – I bought a kick-arse sound card and monitor; and the stage was set to start producing my own music as Synthetic Alkaloid. Continue reading Exclusive interview with TRIP: Something higher than materialism.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the upcoming Valley of Psy event has been moved to the 06th of November. But fear not, the event will go on as planned next weekend at the Bush Pub. The “best dressed” competition is still on so don’t forget your costumes!
Reay Photography and Emelen Photography will be capturing the memories of the night on camera. The photos will be used after the event to determine the winner of the grand prize; a R500 TATTOO voucher from Ten Two Tattoo.
Who says Halloween is only a night long? The celebrations start this weekend at TRANSylvania 2015. Tune into Bush Radio 89.5 FM for The Breakfast Rush at 07.00 tomorrow morning to stand a chance to win a ticket to the event. Speaking of tickets…
Psyked has three spots on the guest list to give away for Valley of Psy: TRICK OR TREAT Part II. Enter the competition by following the instructions below.
HOW TO ENTER
- Like Valley of Psy and join the Facebook event.
- Share this post with your friends.
- Answer by commenting below: “Which act are you #psyked to see at Valley of Psy?”
The winners will be announced on the 06th of November at 17:00. Good luck!
18:00 – 20:00 Jan Le Man
20:00 – 21:00 Re-Fusion
21:00 – 22:00 PsyMantis
22:00 – 23:00 Tune Raider
23:00 – 00:00 Bruce
00:00 – 01:00 Archive
01:00 – 02:00 Myzo
Our beloved Bruce will be filling in for DJ Mark who is unable to attend the event.
Go behind the scenes with Valley of Psy + Friends.
Valley of Psy is the resident psy event for the Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula. What began as a bi-monthly gathering at the Bush Pub quickly evolved into one of the scene’s most frequented parties with monthly and even weekly events – all under the fruitful guidance of the Lili (Myzo) and Stuart Vermaak (Hiyarant).
“We like to party close to home, and love intimate trance parties with good vibes and energy,” says Hiyamyzo. “It all started as a ‘why not?’ The DJs and party people began asking us when the next one would be. We got more and more excited about the concept and decided to throw parties more often. We really love the fact that we get messages everyday from Valley of Psy fans or upcoming DJs requesting to play on our events.” Continue reading Behind the scenes with Valley of Psy + friends
Join the Vice City crew every Thursday night for your weekly dose of Psytrance. Expect a night of the finest Full On Psytrance and techno from South Africa’s top artists. The guys aren’t holding anything back this First Thursday with a monster line up of Cape Town’s favourite producers!
SHIFT / ZEZIA / ITONE / HIYARANT (join the event here)
AHEE / JESTER / FRACTAL / MATRON
DRINK SPECIALS TILL MIDNIGHT:
R30 DBL BRANDY & COKE
Matthew Callan Abrahams & Kei
**GIRLS R20 BEFORE 11:00!**
**DOORS OPEN: 10pm – 4am**
**THE DAMAGE: R50 all night.**
**ADDRESS: 4 BUITEN STREET, OFF LONG STREET. (Next door to Lola’s)**
**For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org**
**R.O.A.R – No Under 18s – No drugs or bad attitudes – Welcome to the underground.*
Lili Vermaak, or rather Djane Myzo, is a psytrance deity hailing from Lisbon, Portugal. Following the success of her debut album “Super Cereal” in 2012, Myzo has continued to captivate audiences far and near with her energetic twilight beats and entrancing live performances. The talented psy-sister is signed to multiple labels including Global Army Music, Terror Lab Industries and Magnetika Female Agency. Myzo currently resides in Fish Hoek, Cape Town with husband and collaborator Stuart Vermaak (a.k.a Hiyarant) who forms the second half of the deadly Hiyamyzo duo. We got chatting to the mysterious Myzo; here’s what went down.
This interview was compiled by Batia Efrat on behalf of
Psyked in the City.
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.
These questions were compiled by Batia Efrat on behalf of Psyked in the City.