As 2017 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of the best outdoor music festivals of the year. Jungala Festival, hosted by PsynOpticz Records at the ever-popular Buffalo Drift venue on the Berg river, is one of the largest and most eagerly awaited outdoor festivals on the psytrance calendar. This year, PsynOpticz transported its party-goers to what felt like a slice of paradise and we’d like to take a moment to relive some of the memories.
Ridiculously awesome decor by ZARAZbrought the Isle of Jungala to life this year (with jungle totems and the circle designed by Christopher Dowding and decorated by Artescape) while entrancing lighting and mind-blowing sound from Magnetic Storm Cape Town provided a powerful visual and audio experience that won’t soon be forgotten. In fact, we feel like inserting a few heart-eyed emojis just thinking about it. If you weren’t there, fear not. We’re going to fill you in on what you missed.
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.
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.
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.
This year, PsynOpticz Records is proud to welcome you back to Buffalo Drift for the long-awaited Jungala Festival 2017. Get ready for three days and two nights of magic and adventure in a place where music and nature meet. The line-up promises some seriously top-shelf local and international psytrance to catapult you into the next dimension.
PsynOpticz Records is proud to welcome you back onto the forest floor for one of the season’s most anticipated events, Jungala Festival 2016. Since its inception, Jungala has continued to present its world-class productions without fail. This year’s instalment is no exception with a line-up featuring some of the globe’s hottest psychedelic talent including Ital, Stereo Plug, Eclipse Echoes, Pragmatix, Aho, Obliviant, Diksha, Justin Chaos, Psydeva, Synkronic, Heterogenisis and Nailik – as well as your favourite local acts (full line-up below).
Psyked in the City is giving away two tickets to the event. Keep reading for more info.
It was Saturday morning, the 25th of April; we were on the road to Buffalo Drift at last – the home of Jungala Festival 2015. My excitement mounted as finally we passed through the gates. The sounds of Rob GonZo’s techno beats emanated in the background and we decided to scout the dance-floor. It was twelve o ‘clock, already the venue was bustling.
I strolled through a quasi-market filled with colourful stalls selling dream-catchers, crystals and clothing, and past the Prema Shanti Healing Sanctuary. The Psychedelic Dream Temple lay ahead with its collection of visionary artworks – as curated by Jonathan West. Then I saw it: the dance-floor. What a sight to behold!
The castle-like structure towered before me and we moved into the oasis. Unfortunately Broken Switch was unable to perform due to unforeseen circumstances so we were treated to some extra Rob GonZo magic before Nick Grater got behind the decks.
At only 25 years of age, Iliuchina (aka Veronica Iliuhin Loren) is already one of the most prominent names in the world of psytrance. The talented Berlin-born DJ is signed by a number of international labels including PsynOpticz, Spectral Records and Magnetika, and has shared the stage with world-renowned acts such as GMS, Electrypnose and Astrix. Iliuchina is loved for her dark psychedelic style and driving basslines which have captivated audiences around the globe, from Germany to Portugal, all the way to Mexico and Australia. This year Iliuchina will return to Cape Town to perform at Jungala Festival 2015.