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Interview with Breathead (Mexico) ahead of Jungala Festival 2017

Breathead is Vicente Marín from Guánajuato, Mexico. First drawn to electronic music in 2000, he entered into the world of psytrance as a DJ but soon went on to producing his own beats. Breathead is currently signed to Psynopticz and Catalyst Records México. His style can be described as “psychedelic groove music” charged by powerful high-tech sounds and driving basslines.

We got a chance to chat with Breathead ahead of his return to South Africa for Jungala Festival 2017. Keep reading for the full interview.

PSYKED:
Hi Vicente, thanks for chatting to us! Tell us a bit about where your love of psytrance first began  – do you remember the first trance party you ever attended? And was there a definitive moment when you realised you wanted to start creating psytrance of your own?

BREATHEAD:
It started with the passion I’ve possessed since I was a child, when my father would listen to psychedelic rock or progressive rock (call it whatever you want). Exploring his CDs and vinyls, I discovered a connection to the music and the psychedelic element. My first party was in the desert of Mexico in 2000 (Peyote Land). I started mixing and producing in 2002 when I realised I was born for this, the psychedelic music.

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Win two tickets for Alien Safari Flying Circus 2017

Alien Safari has been throwing psytrance events for over twenty years and this month, they’re pulling the rabbit out the hat with performances from international icons such as Ajja (Switzerland),  Diksha (Brazil),  Mad Maxx (Germany) and Synkronic (Brazil) at Flying Circus 2017!  We’re incredibly psyked to announce that we’ve got tickets to give away to two lucky Alien fans.

Keep reading to find out how you can enter our competition.  

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Interview with Technology (Brazil) ahead of Jungala Festival 2017

Technology is the psytrance project of Fernando Ribeiro who hails from Porto Alegre in the South of Brazil. Created in 2009, Technology’s musical style fluctuates between night-time and day-time orientated sounds, ranging from 134 to 146 BPM. Expect short breaks, frantic synths and varied bass lines that take you on a journey through the subconscious.

We were fortunate enough to chat with Technology ahead of his first-ever performance in South Africa at PsynOpticz presents Jungala Festival 2017.  

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PSYKED:
Hi Fernando! Thanks for chatting with us. First off, tell us a bit more about yourself.  When did you first discover psytrance, and when did you decide you wanted to become a producer?  

TECHNOLOGY:
Hi guys! First off, thank you for this interview. I initially discovered psytrance when I was 15 years old and attended a party in Porto Alegre with Astrix on the line up. I decided that I wanted to become a producer when I was 18 after seeing a friend play – I remember feeling very moved by the fact that of DJ could send a subliminal message through music to the people.

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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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Review: Origin Festival 2014 (Saturday – Sunday)

It’s 9.00 on Saturday morning and after much anticipation, we are on route to Origin Festival. It’s my first time so I can’t contain my excitement. I ask, “are we there yet?” about twenty times.  When we finally arrive at the beautiful Elandskloof in Helderstroom, I’m greeted by an awesome shaded camping spot, the lush forest and a little dam to enjoy later.

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We hurriedly pitch our tent, eager to hit the dancefloor. When we enter the jungle-like Beats Stage, Travisto is in the DJ box pumping his melodies. The vibe is infectious; Djs throw lilos into the crowd and everyone is smiling. Then the beat drops and I feel like I’ve finally come home.

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I’m chilling next to the dam with the other party-goers merrily soaking up the sun. Before I know it, the Spanish muso, Elrow‘s on stage for a special session featuring Toni Varga and De La Swing. I’m on the dance-floor jamming beneath the trees; and I’m in love with the festival already.

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We head for the Origin Floor, but I’m lured into the Chill Zone. I have a chance to admire Artescape‘s handywork. The décor is unbelievably beautiful (possibly the best I’ve seen all year) and the mountains are a magical backdrop.

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Psychedelic paradise calls out to me. I reach the dancefloor just as Bayawaka starts up the music, followed by Ryanosaurus and Renegade. Static Flow takes charge as the sun is setting and I’m in my happy place for sure. The Commercial Hippies ravage the dancefloor at 21.30, playing their killer Lark remix. The crowd’s sent into overdrive.

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Regan is up next. And although I’m loving the vibe, I decide to make a mission towards the Beats Stage again to watch Secret Cinema in action. I marvel at the LED light projections in the oak treas. The visuals are amazing. I bid a silent thank you to The ExtraDimensional Space Agency.

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Mid-night draws near and it’s time for Brazilian Digoa to rock the Origin Floor. He’s incredible in the Dj box and his killer set has people talking throughout the event.

All of a sudden, it’s two in the morning and things are getting quite dark. So I take a stroll to see what kind of storm Spekta is cooking up. Moments pass before Pete Bones gets behind the decks and elevates things to a whole new dimension. I’m blown away by his smooth techno style. The atmosphere is friendly and ecstatic, and stompers are responding well to his tracks. But I’m feeling tired, so I jam until my feet give in and decide it’s time for some shut-eye.

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I awake the next morning as Dala is finishing up. I hear his majestic tunes in the distance and shun myself for not being on the dancefloor. I grab breakfast on the way, fresh and ready for a Sunday session with Groove Addict.

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It’s a great morning workout, stomping in the sunshine. I almost lose track of time. But when 10.30 eventually rolls around, the excitement is indescribable as LOUD gets onto stage. The dynamic duo is greeted by the cheers of their die-hard fans. LOUD blasts beat after beat. And I am compelled as they play their new Afrika 101 track. I’m certain that this is bliss.

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Soon it’s Headroom‘s turn and HOT DAYUM, his beats are banging! Broken Toy doesn’t disappoint either. He gets behind the decks. spinning his epic Commercial Hippies “Dr. Rocket” remix for the first time, causing chaos on the dancefloor. Just when I think it can’t get any better, LOUD returns to end the party off on the highest of notes.

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I’m enjoying the experience so much, I don’t want it to end. When I finally do head home on Sunday evening, one thought resonates in my mind: “Origin, you know how to party!” Huge thanks to the organisers and everyone who made it happen.
See you all on the other side…

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Get psyked: Origin Festival 2014

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There is only one week to go until Origin Festival returns. So get yourself ready for a weekend full of psychedelic music, art and culture. Only 125 km from Cape Town, the lush green Elanskloof venue is home to fresh mountain streams and a magnificent forest open to explore. If a backdrop of towering mountains entices you, Origin is a journey you should embark upon.

 
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Party-goers can expect only the best selection of psychedelic music, incredible international acts and outstanding production. The ExtraDimensional Space Agency has come all the way from the UK to create an LED show unlike anything Cape Town has seen before. Origin admits that this is their biggest lighting installation yet. This is great news for the night-owls among us.

 
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But the sunshine-loving stompers need not fret; Artescape will once again be bringing the festival to life in the Psychadelic Temple with top-class décor to aid an incredibly sensory experience on the dancefloor. And if the eye-candy Artescape created at Rezonance is any indication, we can expect nothing short of perfection.

 
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However important the visual elements are, the music remains the main attraction. Back-to-back acts from top-class Djs on not one, but two dancefloors ensures that there’s something for everyone, no matter what your taste is.

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On the Origin Floor, you can expect only the best psychedelic trance from groundbreaking international acts such as LOUD from Israel, Groove Addict from India, Ryanosaurus from Australia and DJ Digoa from Brazil. But let’s not forget our beloved locals Headroom, Broken Toy, The Commercial Hippies, Sad Paradise and Portal (to name a few) who will be bringing their beautiful beats into the mix.

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If you prefer something more laid-back, Origin’s Beats Stage is the place to be. Situated amongst the trees and right alongside the river and pool, it is there you can enjoy everything from funky techno to tech house to psybass and chillstep. Prepare your ears for the melodies of Secret Cinema from the Netherlands, and enjoy a special Origin session featuring Elrow from Spain in conjunction with Marc MayaToni Varga and De La Swing. One thing you can be sure of are the captivating tunes that will serenade the crowd all the way through.

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And to lure creative and contemplative souls, the Visionary Art Gallery will be open to marvel. Featuring acclaimed artists from South Africa and beyond, this is a fine opportunity to take a gander at authentic artistic talent, mid-party. The works of Aumega, Ed Babb, Oliver Barnett, Andriod Jones and Amanda Sage will be exhibited at the gallery.

There are only a few more days to go and quite frankly, we can’t wait.
Click here to buy your ticket online to avoid missing out.

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The DJ low-down.

Just to tantalise your taste-buds, here is the inside-scoop on one of the headlining acts for Origin 2014: LOUD.

Who are the brains behind such banging beats, you ask? Meet Israeli-born Kobi Toledano and Eitan Reiter. Together they’ve been producing original electronic music since 2006, blending old school elements with cutting-edge, new sounds. These guys don’t just adhere to formulas, they pave their musical way with originality and enthusiasm.

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Having collaborated with the likes of Union Jack, Hallucinogen, Son Kite, Astrix, Perfect Stranger, Shulman, Prometheus, Ace Ventura, Domestic and Shulman, LOUD has earned the respect of many lading musicians and producers.
When it comes to their beats, they share one simple philosophy: Play it LOUD!

Catch them live in the flesh at Origin this weekend. Find the lineup here.

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The following video is am 8-minute long documentary compiled by LOUD featuring a range of festivals they performed at during their summer tour in 2012, including Boom Festival and Ozora Festival.

 

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Listen to more on Soundcloud: LOUD.

 

See you at Origin!

 

 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Sway from Beartrap (Part 2)

Read PART 1: Exclusive Interview with Sway.

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Psyked: Which DJs inspire you and do you have a favourite track right now?

Sway: Right now my favourite internationals are Dapanji, I will always have a soft spot for Dapanji. They actually defined the type of sound that I play now. Lyle Jensen (AKA: Archive from MMD records) gave me the Dapanji track. He said to me, “you have to listen to this!” And I was like, “who the hell is Dapanji?” The track was called show time. I played it and thought, “OMG this is the shit.” And from that single track, my sound has moved towards electro and techno, which I really love now. But because I also love electro, I’m really enjoying  Blastoyz. I heard them live in Joburg.  It was an amazing set, even a sing-along set which I think is important at the right time during a party. We all drive to work in our cars or drive to varsity or whatever, and we listen and sing to 5FM and other stations. So to say you can’t have vocals in psytrance, the music you love, doesn’t make sense to me. I grew up singing to music. White Noise has been one of my absolute champions for as long as I can remember. Itay Eliya (White Noise) is actually doing some really super things right now, he’s so versatile. I think he has even done a few movie/film scores, but I stand to be corrected. His music is just super epic. I also love UltravoiceVibe Tribe and Orca is still one of my favourite full-on artists. Last but not least, Azax Syndrom. That dude blew me away when he played here! I really can’t name just one or two.

Forever and a day, I will look up to Bruce.  He is my yard stick because I know I’ll probably never be as good as he is, so I’m forced to keep pushing myself. Another DJ I look up to is Dave Mac. He really pumped the progressive for years. He kept saying, “it’s coming, it’s coming” and we kept saying, “don’t be stupid.” But somehow he knew it was.

One of the up and coming guys I have the utmost respect for is DJ Drang3D (aka Sirajuddin Kadri) because he also pushes and pushes the limit. I become inspired by DJs who are passionate about the scene. There are so many DJs out there who are riding their wave. I am looking for those guys who are making their wave. Those are the people that I want to play at our parties; DJs who love the scene and don’t only love being in the DJ box.

Psyked: As a DJ you guys put in an incredible amount of work, what is the most challenging aspect of your job? And have you ever made a really bad stuff up on a set? If so, how do you handle it?

Sway: When I played at The Side Show one Friday night for a Young N Underrated event, I was so nervous because I realized I was playing after Hyphen (he’s not a psy trance DJ). I nearly vomited #truereveal I was so nervous! I had an idea for a starting set which I should have practiced before but didn’t. It was such a f*ck up. Abby Chapel came out the office through the back and said to my friend Bianca, “what is she doing?!” I think some DJs never fuck it up but I am very spontaneous. I don’t believe in preparing a set and it has worked for me but it has also worked against me. Luckily I’ve never had such a big fuck up like jumping up and down in the DJ box and having my boob pop out or anything of that kind, which could be a disaster. So other than that, in hindsight the make up I did at Mystical Contact might have been a bit risqué but it was good fun.

Psyked: Speaking of which, I’ve seen you in face paint, tutu’s, corsets but what is the craziest thing you’ve ever worn to a party?

Sway: Mystical Contact was definitely my wildest outfit and when I started wearing corsets, it took people by surprise, I think. As a DJ I’d like to say, “yeah, the music is all it’s about” but it’s not. When you get up on a stage, you are bound by theatrical. It’s a stage. Regardless of whether you’re DJing, reading poetry, acting or doing acrobatics, you are there as a performer to entertain people and I don’t think you can just roll out of bed in PJ’s because that’s just boring (and embarrassing). I used to have really long mousy brown hair and one day I decided, that’s it, I’ve had it. I cut it and that was the day people stopped calling me Tune Raider. *laughs* I’d say the short, pink hair as well as the crazy bling makeup and outfits have definitely worked for my image. And I want to be different, that’s who I am.  I’ve always been very eccentric.

sway at mystical contact photo by logal lAt Mystical Contact, photo by: Logan L Photography.

Psyked: You’re known for swaying not only in the DJ booth but on the dancefloor too, how do you maintain a balance between your work and your play?

Sway: I have a T shirt that says “leave me alone, I’m dancing” which I wear most of the time. It saddens me that so few DJs/producers come just to party at events. I remember when you’d see DJs on the dancefloor at the parties they weren’t playing at. Until recently, it was difficult for me too because I have kids. But now my son’s 3 and my daughter’s 8, so they’re older and I can do it. The dancefloor is where you really connect with your fans. I think it’s important for them to see that you love the music that you play and you love the parties that you put on. It’s not just about fans coming to MY parties. If there’s a party with a rocking lineup, I will go to that party. For example, I was really amped that the Side Show brought down Cyberpunkers, and I will definitely check out R3hab because it’s electro and I feel like I haven’t been exposed to enough live electro from acts. You can’t really experience the music that other DJs are delivering if you’re not there jamming to it.  And as someone who is going to construct the lineups that I want fans to go wild about, how would I know who to choose if I’m not on the dancefloor loving the music?

Sway at soulstice photo by Michael YankelevDancing at the Soulstice Festival, photo by: Michael Yankelev.

Psyked: Is it tough to make time for your family and be a DJ? And do you feel that other members of society respect your profession or do you feel there is still an underlying stigma that trance parties are about drugs and hippies?

Sway: Ja, there’s definitely that stigma. I try to avoid telling people what type of music I play. But at my daughter’s school I’m the hero. The kids love it because of the pink hair and stuff but I think the moms don’t know how to respond to me. I don’t care actually. *laughs* Some of the mothers dig me and we get a long but I don’t really travel in those circles. I am too busy. In summer, it’s hard because I’m away when I’m doing my own parties. Often for a few days at a time. My kids understand. It’s been part of their lives from the start. They usually want to come and be part of it. When my son came with me to Mutha FM studio this year, he asked me, “is this where you dance Mommy?” So yes, it is hard and there is a stigma but after finding out what I do most parents go, “Oh my gosh, that’s actually quite awesome.” And it’s easier for them to find out after they’ve seen me with the pink hair.

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Sway with Bruce.

Psyked: Earlier you mentioned Bruce, would you say he’s a mentor of yours? Is there anyone else who you really look up to in the community?

Bruce was my mentor for a long time but we play similar sounding music so we kind of became competitive. We’ll still ask each other for advice. I’ve recently discovered that there’s a lot to be learned from electro/house DJs and electric DJs. Bryan Farrow is my new favourite DJ. He’s really good with his equipment. He can DJ. He doesn’t just drop two beats on top of each other, he mixes. I’m also a big fan of Grimehouse and Hyphen. Both of those boys are unreal behind the decks. I want to take what I do behind the decks to the next level. I plan to steal from them *winks* so that as the style merges, I can come out of the gate with a bang. I’m not sure about “looking up” to anyone, ’cause I think you get to a point when that changes.

Psyked: Maybe they’re looking up to you?

Sway: It could be. But I have a huge amount of respect for the guys from Ultranoize and what they’re trying to achieve, as well as the way that they do things. They keep it really underground and true to their hearts, you know. It’s hard to stay smaller and true to your core genre, because everyone needs to evolve. But as a group, the Ultranoize boys are very close to my heart. I love them. I also look up to Dave Love from Enough Weapons. He runs a record label, I get a lot of advice from him, and Lyle Jensen. That’s why these people are my partners. I admire what they do and I value their input above all else.

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Sway with Lyle (Archive) at MMD, photo by: Rachel Doyle Photography.

Psyked: Your Twitter handle is @lovedancesway, but it’s a bit more than that, it’s your manifesto. Can you tell me a bit about it?

Sway: It’s who I am and how I got to this point. I love, I dance, I sway and I encourage people to do the same but to keep it real and to do it their way.  I love Twitter. I saw a tweet yesterday that said, “if you’re on the outside looking in, Twitter seems daunting but once you’re inside it’s like fucking Narnia.” Ain’t that the truth? Twitter is just a way to express yourself in quick bursts. I do have a lot to say. I talk all the time. My mother used to tell me that when I was a kid she only took in every fifth word I said to get the just of what I meant. My husband has learned to do that too.

I find that because human beings are voyeuristic by nature, they like to look into other peoples lives. Twitter is a way for people to get a window into your life and who you really are. And it’s a way of connecting with your fans and seeing another side of you. Music was, once upon a time, about artists coming and performing and fans then going and buying an album. Today artists put out two track EP’s so that people will listen to the music and people will come and watch them perform. That’s how they make their music now. It’s not about selling albums anymore. It’s about selling the person or selling the brand. I think that social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and Instagram are just means for people to get to know the brand a bit better and to see parts of a DJ you can’t see in the DJ box. I can put things out there that people can learn about me that they otherwise wouldn’t. It does give people a different image. For example, I have this ongoing love affair with snails and I’m trying to find out where they go when it stops raining. No one can tell me though.

herbal remedy photo by Logan LAt Herbal Remedy, photo by: Logan L Photography.

Psyked: Any big plans for the future and for 2014?

Sway: Ground Zero is going to be a big one. Last year it was on the same date as Celestial Beings but this year it’ll be on the 15th of March. We’re also going to partner up with Disasterpeace Records on the 25th of March for a new event. That’s very exciting. I can’t share the scoop now but it’ll be something completely different and hopefully it will speak to a massive amount of people who love psy trance. Not just my style or progressive or  dark psy or hard psy etc. Then maybe, I’ll make enough money to take my kids to Disney Land. I’ve been trying to do that for ten years, it’s my goal in life.  I just wanna see their little faces light up. Anyone want to sponsor me?

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