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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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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.  

Technology PsynOpticz Records

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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Interview with Loophole: Emanation EP Launch

Ever since he cracked into the South African psytrance scene, Benjamin Loggenberg aka Loophole has been making waves which – some might say – are incredibly large for a producer his age. At nineteen years old, Loophole has already performed at some of Cape Town’s biggest events alongside both local and international headliners. The dark and bouncy Loophole sound tells a story that guides the listener on a journey through the future with its edgy synths and twisted beats. On the 24th of March, Loophole will release his debut EP Emanation with Los-Angeles-based Mechanik Records. We caught up with Loophole ahead of the EP launch party which is going down at Bazinga Bar this Friday.

Loophole EP Emanation

PSYKED:
Hey Benjamin. Thanks for chatting to us today. Last year was a big year for you. You got signed by Mechanik Records in February and went on to play at some serious events in and around Cape Town. Tell us a bit about how it all began; when did you first discover psytrance?

LOOPHOLE:
Thank you so much, guys! It truly has been an amazing journey so far and I’m extremely blessed to have progressed so much in such a short amount of time. Around May/June 2014 my good friend, Jonathan Roberts, took me to my first Ultranoize indoor party. I was absolutely amazed by the genre, the culture as well as the powerful sound that was produced that night. Instantly I knew I found something special, but at the time I had no intention of ever DJing or producing psytrance. Later that year I went to a few outdoor festivals and as time went on I fell more and more in love with this beautiful genre – ESPECIALLY the night-time psytrance.

Loophole Psytrance DJ

PSYKED:
You’ve mentioned before that Rubix Qube is your mentor; what’s the greatest thing that you’ve learned under his guidance?

LOOPHOLE:
Kieron (Rubix Qube) is an absolute genius and him taking me under his wing has been an incredible privilege for me. I wouldn’t even know where to start to be honest. But if there’s one thing that stands out for me – or something I’ve learnt from him throughout this journey – it’s that it’s sometimes just as important to break the rules or protocol of music and producing, or to keep trying out random things you never thought might work, because it may just lead to something amazing (like an epic lead or percussion loop, for example).

PSYKED:
Is there anyone else in the scene who’s been instrumental in shaping your career?

LOOPHOLE:
For sure. There have been many people who played a big role in my career thus far! I would like to give special thanks to every single person who made it possible for me to get to where I am today: God, for being my anchor and my rock throughout the best and the worst of times, Rubix Qube (Kieron Grieves), Roy Insanix (Label Owner at Mechanik Records), Sci-Lab (Craig Marsh), Mystrix (Nicci Nabal), Dyce (Rory de Wet), Siren (Nicholas van Wyk) as well as my amazing family and friends who have pushed me, motivated me and supported far more than I can ever ask for or deserve.

Loophole Psytrance DJ

PSYKED:
One thing we can’t help but notice when listening to your tracks are the great synths and samples you use. Do you ever sample things yourself or do you stick to digital samples?

LOOPHOLE:
Honestly, I love the combination of both. I love making my own synths and sounds as well as using digital samples provided in sample packs. I always make it my own by manipulating the sound and tweaking it not to sound like the original! I always aim to have different sounds and different styles of sounds in all my tracks.

PSYKED:
What’s the one piece of software, equipment or technology that you could never live without?

LOOPHOLE:
Hmmmmm. This is very difficult to answer because the software and equipment I use are all useless on their own but when used intertwined they can make magic! The answer would be my software (DAW) I use to produce, Cubase, my soundcard and my studio monitor speakers.

PSYKED:
Loophole is a name that’s been popping up on line-ups almost every single week. What was the most memorable event you’ve played at so far and why?

LOOPHOLE:
Definitely TRANSylvania: Redemption Island which happened in November 2016. This was an incredible milestone for me in my music career and standing in front of all those people gave me endless goose-bumps. I will never forget that amazing experience and having all my close friends at the front supporting me was unreal! I will never know how to thank JP Roelofse (Owner and Organiser of TRANSylvania) enough for that incredible opportunity and I look forward to playing at the next one happening in May 2016 (TRANSylvania: Redemption Island part 2).

PSYKED:
If you could make it onto any line-up, locally or abroad, what would it be?

LOOPHOLE:
Definitely Alien Safari: Sprung or any Vortex festival. It would be a massive honour for me to be booked for one of these festivals; I think that my style would work well and that I could make them proud!

South African Psytrance

PSYKED:
What has been the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn since you embarked on your musical journey?

LOOPHOLE:
Time doesn’t wait for anyone and if you want something done, you’re going to have to put in the time and effort yourself. Nobody is going to do it for you and if you have a dream, you need to take EXTREME ownership of your life and make it happen.

South Africa Trance Party

PSYKED:
Do you have any tips for other up-and-comers who hope to make a name for themselves?

LOOPHOLE:
Network, network, network! In this industry it’s all about who you know and if you want to make a name for yourselves you’re going to need people that have your back. Obviously, you need to have talent and your music needs to speak for itself, but other than that networking is second on the list.

PSYKED:
Before we wrap things up, what four tracks can we expect on your EP?

LOOPHOLE:
1) Loophole – Emanation
2) Loophole – Blindspot
3) Loophole vs ReFractor – Psymatix
4) Loophole – Triple X

Loophole’s debut EP Emanation will be available exclusively though Beatport. Visit the event page to find out how you can win a free copy at the launch party this Friday!

Interview with 2012Live ahead of Vortex Open Source 2016.

2012 is the live DJ project of Eduardo Torres. Born in São Paulo, Eduardo is a seasoned DJ, producer as well as event organiser for one of Brazil’s most prominent arts and culture festivals known as RESPECT. He is currently signed with Antu Records and has performed at some of the biggest psytrance events around the world including Universo Paralello in Brazil, Ritual in Mexico and of course, Vortex Open Source right here in South Africa. With ten years’ experience behind the decks, Eduardo’s music fuses elements of hi-tech with catchy synths to entrance listeners and keep bodies moving for hours on end. This year, we are psyked to welcome 2012 back to the Circle of Dreams for Open Source 2016.

2012-live

PSYKED:
Hi Eduardo! Tell us about the first time you discovered psytrance. What originally compelled you to start DJing and producing your own music?

2012:
Ola! Thanks for the invitation. I’m known as Edu; I discovered the trance parties in 1996 when I was my first Earthdance. I used to go to São Paulo and go to underground clubs that played techno and drum’n’bass. The psytrance was love at first sight; after the first party I never stopped attending. Whether I’m producing, partying or playing, I’ve lived and breathed this movement since I first discovered it.

In 2003, the scene in São Paulo no longer pleased me; it was the same parties with no new sound. Under the influence of friends who showed me the songs that I liked, I decided to start playing DJ sets to bring something different to what was going on. At this same time, I started learning how to use music production programs. I kept learning and improving until 2010 when I started the 2012Live project with my friend and former member, David.

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Interview with Psyops ahead of Vortex Open Source 2016

Psyops is Sean Marais from Cape Town, South Africa. First introduced to psytrance by his best  friend in the year 2000, he became entranced with all aspects of the psychedelic trance scene – including the music and décor – which soon led to the inception of Psyops . His diverse musical style ranges from ambient to minimal, day and night-time psychedelic, and more. Psyops says that his music is about telling stories and taking the listener on a journey. One thing’s for sure: it’s almost impossible to remain still when he’s playing. This year, we’re psyked to see Psyops return to the Circle of Dreams for Vortex Open Source 2016.

Psyops

PSYKED:
Hi Sean! Let’s start at the very beginning (it’s the very best place to start). Do you remember the first time you got behind the decks? We’d love to hear about that definitive moment when you decided to become a DJ.

PSYOPS:
Well, I can’t really remember the first time but it must have been at a friend’s house back in the day – 15 years ago – messing around on vinyl. We rigged big speakers and faced them outside, blasting underground hip hop and DnB but my first gig was at Gonzo’s in Plumstead in 2006. That was a rad moment in my life.

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Exclusive interview with Vertigo ahead of #MagicOfJungala

Veritgo is none other than Ricardo Rivera Alvarez. Born and raised in Mexico, Vertigo discovered his affinity for music at a very early age. By the time he was 16 he had already begun performing at prominent local events in his hometown, Gaudalajara; not to mention producing his own music. The Vertigo project came to life in 2013 and was signed to Blue Tunes Records shortly after. Since then Vertigo’s energetic progressive style has continued to gain recognition across the g lobe. This year we are psyked to welcome him back to Cape Town for PsynOpticz #MagicOfJungala where he will be performing alongside international headliners such as BLiSS and Mystical Complex.

vertigo-magic-of-jungala

PSYKED:
Hi Ricardo. Thanks for chatting to us today. You broke into the scene at a really young age! How did you first come to discover this genre of music and what inspired you to start creating it yourself?

VERTIGO:
I discovered it through my love of music. As soon as I heard my first Infected Mushroom album at the age of 16, I was already hungry to explore more about (what was then) a new world for me. So one thing led to another and a few months later I was already writing songs – even before attending my first festival. When I started to play, I realised how great it felt to see a crowd dancing, jumping, playing, or just being happy with the music and, with time, how music can be a powerful tool for the mind.

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Exclusive interview with Disco Volante: Melodies, groove and energy

Disco Volante is made up of Daniel Honor (aka Critical Mass) and Alex Inggs (aka Risky Business). Since inception in 2013, the act has continued to attract psytrance listeners far and near with their high-energy, powered by euphoric beats and melodic undertones. Signed by numerous labels including Global Army Music, PsynOpticz and Nexus Media, Disco Volante knows how to turn up the energy on dance-floors big and small. We’re psyked to welcome this dynamic duo to the line-up of our second collab event with Reboot on the 8th of July, DISCO DISCO, where we will be celebrating the release of their brand new album.

Disco Volante

PSYKED:
Hi guys! To start off let’s talk about your new EP, Clickbait. How long has it been in the making, and what kind of sound can we expect to hear from you guys this time round?  

DISCO VOLANTE:
Yes, we are adding the final touches to our new EP which we are expecting to release next month on Nexus Media. We can’t wait to showcase our fresh, new music! The last EP we released was in January 2015 so it has been quite some time. We have been working for months trying out different sounds and techniques, and our knowledge has grown quite a bit in the studio. Our new EP is definitely going back to our roots – the vision we had when we first started this project 3 years ago [which is] our interpretation of euphoric twilight/ full-on psy trance. You can expect loads of melodies, groove and energy on our new EP. We will be releasing the artwork and final track list during the next week or so.

PSYKED:
Will there be any more releases from Disco Volante coming out this year? 

DISCO VOLANTE:
Most definitely. We are writing loads of tracks for compilations on different labels (this is also why our EP has been so delayed). Our next release will be with our good friend DJ Ganeisha’s compilation Science of Music Vol 3. We also have more tracks on the way that will be coming out on other friends’ V/A’s including DJ Guapa Lee on Replicant Records and Chemo Boy through Global Army music. We’ll be announcing more soon. Continue reading Exclusive interview with Disco Volante: Melodies, groove and energy