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#WinterVortex: Exclusive interview with Technicolor

Technicolor is the collaborative psytrance project of local legend Shane Renew (aka Deliriant) and the Finnish producer Peter Lehto (aka Mad Piper). Since Technicolor released its debut album in 2013, the duo has continued to wow dance-floors festivals across Cape Town with their cheeky, experimental style. Fuelled by melodic leads, driving bass-lines high-tech breaks, this collab knows how to entice a crowd and rev up the energy. Technicolor will be returning to the Circle of Dreams to perform at Vortex Phoenix Festival 2016.


Hi guys! Tell me what originally inspired you two to join forces?

Howdie, thanks for the interview!  We have been friends for a long time and before we started making music together, there was always a mutual respect for one another’s music. Our musical styles were somewhat similar as we both “grew up” and loved the early Timecode and Nexus Media sound. Sharing some common ground, we decided to make a few vs. tracks and the rest is history.

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Review: Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2015

“It’s winter,” they said. “It’ll be cold,” they said. “We’ll wait for summer,” they said. But they were wrong. If you were at the Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire, you’ll know I mean it when I say that it’s a gathering unlike any other. So intimate and entrancing that it’s almost impossible to forget. That’s why on Saturday the 27th of June, I was on route to Riversonderend once again, ready to kick up the dust and brush off those winter blues.


I arrived as the sun was setting; waves of tranquillity passed through me upon entering the sacred space – the Circle of Dreams, my favourite venue of all time. I watched as the scene shifted from day to night. The lights slowly set aglow. I thought about the Shaman’s ceremony which had happened the night before and regretted missing it. Unfortunately, the nine to five can’t always be avoided. But none of that mattered right then.


Sad Paradise had just closed shop and Headroom’s captivating beats imploded through the forest. There’s no doubt that Vortex had stepped up its game since last year, providing ample heaters and fires to keep us warm and snug. Not to mention the stupendous décor. By the time DJ Mark took the reins, it was all systems go. Continue reading Review: Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2015

Exclusive interview with DJ Mark: I knew when I started that I would never give up

Mark Cullinan AKA DJ Mark is easily one of Cape Town’s most known and loved DJs. Praised for his full-on psychedelic style and an ability to blend older and more contemporary sounds, Mark continues to draw a massive crowd no matter wherever he performs.

Interview Psyked in the City

*These questions were compiled by Brandon Menzies.

Hi Mark. First things first; what inspired you to embark on the path to becoming a psytrance DJ? And how did you first become exposed to the festival scene?

I’ve always been interested in electronic music; I used to listen to some house when I was still in school. One day I found myself standing on the floor at a mammoth psytrance festival; it was the millennium. I was in awe! I turned to two of my mates and said, “I want to play at these jols,” and I pointed towards the DJ. Two months later, I had a mixer and two discmans, and that’s where it all began.


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