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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 Sci Lab: Go out there and be yourself

Sci Lab, or rather Craig Marsh, discovered psytrance at the age of eighteen. During 2007, he studied sound engineering at Cape Audio College which better equipped him to start producing his own music. A jack-of-all-trades, Sci Lab is involved in many business ventures and projects. In 2010, he co-founded popular psytrance organisation Mungus Fungus and later, Spectrum and Reboot. His musical style can be described as hard, dark, progressive – and always surprising. Sci Lab’s high-energy performances showcase his keen knowledge of musical software and technology as well as his ability to fine-tune his sounds to suit any dance-floor. Catch Sci Lab at Vortex Parallel Universe for the first time ever on the 26th of March 2016.

Photo by Llewellyn Dredge.
Photo by
Llewellyn Dredge.

PSYKED:
Hi Craig! You’re not only a DJ and producer but a successful event organiser; has putting together your own line-ups and booking artists enabled you to make better music? Surely, you must know what gets the crowds going.

SCI LAB:
Hi Batia; thank you for this opportunity to chat about the psytrance community. Organising events has given me the understanding of how an event should flow and has definitely helped me out in my track selection as a DJ. As a producer, I am still trying to find my feet – Djing and production are two different ball games! Production requires a whole new level of discipline. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Sci Lab: Go out there and be yourself

Exclusive interview with Bruce: be true, be you, have fun

Bruce Abrahamse is Solar AxisSpliff Politix, Synchronist or quite simply, DJ Bruce. Signed by Nexus Media, Bruce can be described as a true veteran of psychedelic trance. A respected DJ and an altruistic role–model to many, Bruce has nearly two decades worth of experience behind his name. His humble approach and experimental style is what sets him apart from the rest.

Growing up, Bruce listened to rock, metal, grunge and industrial genres. His early influences include 90s style Logos tracks, Patrick and Ben third eye and Steve Deli Virus – these were the DJs who originally exposed him to trance though there was not much speak of it at the time. “They managed to create their own unique style,” says Bruce.

“In the early 90s I was into Hallucinogen, Sandman, Total Eclipse, Astral Projection, Deedrah, X-dream, Delta, Etnica and Tsyuoshi.” Though he still listens to them all, Bruce says that there have been too many new artists since then to mention.

We chat to Bruce in an exclusive interview ahead of his performance at Vortex Open Source 2015.

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*Questions by Brandon Menzies for Vortex Trance Adventures. Edited and compiled by Batia Efrat for PSYKED.

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Exclusive interview with Berg: it’s all about the vibe

Shlomi Berg started playing with synthesizers at the age of fifteen. Now he’s signed with Blue Tunes and Spin Twist Records and is one of the world’s greatest psy-prog DJs, performing at top trance festivals all over the globe. He’s remixed and collaborated with the likes of Neelix, Coming Soon, Capital Monkey and Symphonix. Berg’s unique style is punctuated by his signature bass-lines, grooving melodies and trippy high-tech sounds.

*These questions were compiled by Batia Efrat.

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PSYKED:
Hi Berg! It’s so great to chat to you at last. Tell me a little bit more about your musical style and how it’s developed since your first EP?

BERG:
Hi Batia! Thanks for the interview. When I started my project four years ago, I tried to bring something else to the scene. Something no body had done yet. I began making my own style of bass and after I discovered it, I just kept going with it. My first EP compared to today has a lower BPM and less instruments. Nowadays I’m working with 138 BMP and adding more instruments such as more leads and melodies.

PSYKED:
Has music always had a place in your life?

BERG:
Of course! I remember going to school and on the way recording myself singing some ideas for new tracks. *smiles* I always knew that’s what I’m going to do in my life.

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PSYKED:
Your trademark sound is catchy but distinctive; how do you avoid sounding like all the other progressive DJs out there?

BERG:
It’s not that easy to be unique in the industry; it’s hard actually. But I am trying as much as I can to maintain my own style. In the end, it’s always good to listen to others artists and to get some inspiration and bring into one’s own style too.

PSYKED:
What do you listen to when you’re not mixing?

BERG:
Recently I have been listening to Vini Vici; they’re really talented and open minded. If you haven’t heard their album yet now is the time!

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PSYKED:
You’ve performed at festivals all over the globe; what kind of location do you prefer – the beach, forest, mountains, city and so forth?

BERG:
I think the best locations are open air parties (mountain, forest etc) because most of the open air parties are massive and also, the sound is much better outside. Sometimes clubs can be better than open air parties – really, it’s all about the vibe. If the vibe is good then the party is good. But in terms of location, I prefer open air parties.

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PSYKED:
Is being a DJ really as a glamorous as everyone thinks? What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects for you personally?

BERG:
It seems like it’s a sweet life to be a DJ – and it is. (Kidding). It’s not that easy to fly very weekend, living from one jet lag to the next. I work 24 hours a day and I am always online on my phone. But in the end, I like my job. It’s always been my dream to live the DJ life.

PSYKED:
Have you ever experienced an epic fail on stage – if so, what was it?

BERG:
Yeah, two years ago I played at an open air party in Brazil. Ten minutes before I finished my set, the volume turned down so that you could barely hear the music. I thought it was my fault but then I realised it was from the main mixer. I turned off the music and walked away from the stage. Everyone sat down on the grass. It took them about ten minutes to finish the mixer and when it was fixed, I finished my set.

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PSYKED:
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would you choose and why?

BERG:
Lately I have been collaborating with someone I have always wanted to work with. I still can’t say who it is but I can say that he is from another scene. By the way, we have already started a track and it sounds sick! I can’t wait to release it. 🙂

PSYKED:
Before we wrap things up, is there anything else you’d like to share with our followers?

BERG:
I have played in roughly fifteen countries in my life and I must say that South Africa, and Cape Town in particular, is one of my favourite places! The place, the people, the vibes are incredible! You guys know how to jol. Love you and thank you for supporting! I’ll see you at Sunflower Festival.  AWE _/|\_

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Exclusive Interview with Kriss-Kross (Nexus Media)

Kriss-Kross is the progressive project of Cape-Town-dwelling Ross Moore and Christopher Hansen.  The dynamic duo were recently signed by Nexus Media, along with Infectious and D-Sciple, and represent the next-generation of psytrance with their grooving daytime jams, punctuated by 138 BPM. Kriss-Kross is set to perform at Aurora SA this Saturday. We were fortunate enough to have a chat with them.

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These questions were compiled by Batia Efrat on behalf of Psyked in the City.


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Exclusive Interview with Broken Toy aka Sad Paradise

Local legend, James Copeland, has been ripping head-banging tracks for over 10 years under ever-popular aliases such as Broken Toy, Super Evil, Nesono and his proggy alter-ego, Sad Paradise. His musical style is punctuated by hard-hitting basslines, cheeky riffs and groovy melodies. James is set to perform two of his signature acts (i.e Broken Toy and Sad Paradise) this Saturday at Aurora presents Time Lock. We were fortunate enough to chat with him. This is what went down.

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*These questions were compiled by Batia Efrat on behalf of Psyked in the City.


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