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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: The Collective Paradise Beach

As the days progressed, my excitement reached its peak. I was more than ready to party it up on the beach with the masterful Morten Granau. I’ve got to hand it to The Collective for pinning Kogel Bay as the venue for their first-ever psychedelic gathering.

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Win 2 x tickets to The Collective: Paradise Beach

Calling all psytrance lovers; the gremlins of the twilight hours, the proggy’s, Sunday stompers, daylight dancers and all trancling in between. Come and experience a full-spectrum psychedelic music journey with headlining act, Morten Granau, making his debut in South Africa.

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For the first time ever, The Collective presents Paradise Beach. Set at Kogel Bay, an all time popular party spot this season, The Collective is worth adding to the list. Picture a dance floor that’s a stone throw from the ocean, hula-hoopers on the beach, bikinis, sun-kissed skin, happy faces, a mountainous backdrop and the phatest beats.

Not only is Morten Granau getting behind South African decks for the first time, Kriss-Kross will be performing their live debut act, backed by only the best local psytrance including: Sway, Portal, Plusminus, Gokon Rave, Feedback, Dave Mac, Eqlipse, HysteriaD-Sciple and others.

Enter our competition to win 2 x tickets to be part of the journey. Details below.

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HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Like Psyked in the City and The Collective on Facebook and join the event.
  2. Tell us why you’re #psykedForParadise by:
  • Commenting below.
  • Sharing this post on the event wall, using the #psykedForParadise hashtag.
  1. For bonus points, follow @psykedinthecity and @BeartrapCPT on Twitter and #psykedForParadise.

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Winner will be announced on Wednesday the 19th of March.
Please check your Facebook inbox promptly as you’ll need to respond to claim your prize.
See terms and conditions below.

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T&Cs:

Tickets are not transferable for cash.
You cannot cede or sell your ticket.
You WILL be asked for ID at the door.

Visit the event page for more information.

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Win 2 x tickets + Caramel Vodka for Celestial Beings.

Welcome to our Celestial Beings Giveaway.

This is your chance to score tickets to one of the most anticipated psytrance events
this season, starring the international  Vibe Tribe and DaVinci Code, as well as all your favourite locals.

Details below.

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THE PRIZE

2 x tickets and 1 bottle of Caramel Vodka

ENTER ON FACEBOOK

1. Join the event.

2. Like Psyked in the City and Beartrap Productions.

3. Comment on the pinned-post on Psyked in the City’s wall.

Then share it and create some hype on social media!

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The more noise you make online, the better. So get all your friends involved.

Ready . Steady . Go .

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WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED on 9:00 A.M on Friday, 13th of February.

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T&Cs:

Tickets are not transferable for cash.
You cannot cede or sell your ticket.
You WILL be asked for ID at the door.

LINEUP: One World New Years Eve Festival.

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LINEUP (Arena 1):

31-Dec
14:00 Rekerrin & Sorcery
15:00:00 Flyp Psyd
15:00:00 Pulse
17:00:00 Absolence
18:00:00 Fundamentals
19:00:00 Switch
20:00:00 Ghost Rider
21:00:00 Freedom Fighters
22:30:00 Coming Soon

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01-Jan 
00:00:00 Azax vs Bliss
01:00:00 Azax Syndrom
02:00:00 Orca
03:30:00 Sinful Reactions
04:30:00 Twisted Circus
05:30:00 Mr Jack
06:30:00 Up-Psy-Down
08:00:00 Skragg
09:30:00 Cycle Sphere
10:30:00 A-Team
12:00:00 Sway
13:30:00 Plagiarhythm
14:40:00 Kriss-Kross
15:30:00 Infectious
17:00:00 PositiVe
18:00:00 El Vencedor
19:00:00 Psydeva
20:30:00 Painkiller
21:30:00 Technicolor (Deliriant vs Mad Piper)
22:30 Zion Linguist

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02-Jan 
00:00:00 MAD PIPER
01:00:00 Magneto
02:00:00 Wired
03:00:00 Mantis
04:00:00 SwiTcHcaChe
05:00:00 DJ D-rANg3D
06:30:00 Mystrix
08:00:00 sHiFt
09:30:00 Solar Axis (Bruce)
11:00:00 Disco Volante
12:00:00 The Commercial Hippies
13:00:00 Class A
14:30:00 Gokon Rave
16:30:00 close

 

*For more info please check out the event page. 

*Want to win a ticket for you and a buddy? Why not enter our One World giveaway?

Win tickets for One World New Years Eve Festival.

More than 18 headlining acts. 3 days of non-stop music. 2 tickets up for grabs. 1 winner.
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Welcome to Psyked in the City’s One World giveaway.

This is your chance to score tickets for you and a buddy
to one of Cape Town’s biggest New Years Eve festivals!
Details below.

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THE PRIZE

DOUBLE tickets for one lucky winner.

ENTER ON FACEBOOK

1. Join the One World event.

2. Like Psyked in the City.

3. Write on our wall:
Tell us who you’re PSYKED to hear at One World and tag the friend you want to stomp with!

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The more noise you make online, the better. So get all your friends involved.

*Remember: Include a link to the ONE WORLD event in your comment.

Ready . Steady . Go .

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WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED on Saturday the 28th of December.

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Ticket winner announced: DIGICULT GIVEAWAY

Congratulations! The winner of the DigiCult ticket giveaway is Caitlyn Holiday.
Thanks to all the stompers who entered. You guys are awesome.
See you on the dancefloor!

Find out all the info about the event here, in the Weekend Psyk.

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Review: Labyrinth ALIVE.

On Saturday night I had the privilege of attending Labyrinth ALIVE.  As usual, the event was hosted at Trinity, which just so happens to be my all-time favourite place to stomp indoors.
So, what is there to love about  Labyrinth the end of the day? Aren’t all trance parties the same?

The answer is NO! Ask anyone who has attended a Labyrinth event; I’m positive they’ll agree, they are always extremely well organised, awesomely decorated and feature some of the best local and international psy artists to hit Cape Town. Although the queue at the door was rather long, once I entered the venue I knew that it was worth the wait. The music was pumping at full-force, people were getting wild and the visuals… Well, I think the photographs speak for themselves.

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Pics by Scott Rennie Photo.

As promised, party-goers were visually enticed with tanatalisingly trippy decor and stage design by LumiNOS Decor and Myles Design, as well as a live VJ display from Frank Latter Visuals.

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This time around, I was lucky enough to jam my feet off to Sub6,
the Israeli psy sensation all the way from Tele Viv.
His set articulated everything the event stood for, total liveliness and upbeat energy.

Sub6 LIVE @ Trinity.

Photo: Sub6 LIVE.

Find him on Facebook.
Follow him on Soundcloud. 

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Download his latest album Future Kids Material here.
 
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The killer lineup also included DJs: Danalog, Stereotype, Feedback and HEADROOM and an insane closing set from Deliriant. The dancefloor was vibrant and buzzing with stomping feet, swaying hips and many smiling faces, all the way through.
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Photo: Feedback
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Photo: Deliriant.
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Thanks to all who were involved, it was a definite success.
Psyked for the next one!
Special thanks to Labyrinth and HYPE MEDIA!
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View all the photo’s from the event here.
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Did you miss out on the fun or do you just want to excite your ears one more time?
Whatever the reason, listen to the DJs here.


A personal favourite.

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Psyked in the City: Now on FACEBOOK.

Hello fellow stompers, have you heard? Psyked in the City now has its very own
Facebook page. Find it HERE.

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Please like, share and comment… Get involved and be part of the psyk.
There’s so much to get amped for in the Mother City.
Competitions, interviews, upcoming events and more. Check it out.

Exclusive interview with Drang3D: Read it here.

IN THE PSYK LIGHT: Sirajuddin Kadri, AKA Drang3D .
He’s 25 and has been rocking up a storm in Cape Town, frequenting local hot spots such as
The Side Show and dropping beats along-side A-listers like Bizzare Contact and Mystical Complex. This month he’s set to share the stage with Israeli psy-hero, BlissI was fortunate enough to chat to him to find out more about the man behind the decks…

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Psyked:    
Thank you for speaking to me today. I am a huge fun, like many other Capetonians.
For the last year or so, your name has been popping up all over the psy calandar.
How did you actually get into the trance scene?

Drang3D:  
My older brother and his friends have been listening to trance ever since
I entered this world. From as early as 8 years old I was listening to it, too.
It was Shabier Gaffoor, my older brother’s best friend, who later introduced me to Psytrance while we were taking a drive through to Llandudno. When we arrived at the beach, they took me to a cave with a clear view of the sea shore. All of a sudden beats were being played by Riyaaz Jogee (a WARD 10 member) through their “launch pad mixing console.” It truly was an eye-opening experience. I was blown away seeing the mixing live and so up-close. After that I had to go see where all of this was taking place. Rezonance was my very first Festival. After that, I was hooked!

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Psyked:          
Have you always enjoyed electronic music?

Drang3D:  
Electronic Music has always captivated me, especially really old-school vocal and uplifting trance.

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Psyked:     

Where did you grow up?

Drang3D:
I grew up in Parkwood, Cape Town. Stayed there my entire life.

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Psyked:  
And when did you decide DJing is what you wanted to do?

Drang3D:    
Well, I just tried mixing one day, and it all made sense for some reason.
I began by creating mixes and posting them, and came to play my first gig
at The Lounge in Observatory. When I was on the floor that day, I realized DJing was what I was born to do.

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Psyked:  
Are you involved in any other projects at the moment?

Drang3D:        
I am currently working on a few tracks of my own. I would like to release an EP before the year concludes. I also have various collaboration projects that are waiting to kick off as soon as indoor season ends.

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Psyked: 
How would you describe your musical style?

Drang3D:        
I would say I’m leaning more towards full-on-power psy trance.
It’s all about the fattest bass lines that can keep a crowd moving and screaming for more.

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Psyked:         
Who inspires and influences you, musically?

Drang3D: 
None other than Aarmin Van Buuren. He has been a major influence
for me, his productions and mixing ability has not declined to this day.

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Psyked:     
Are there any DJs in particular you look up to?

Drang3D:        
DJ Bruce. Much respect to that man.

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Psyked:        
Which event thus far has been your favourite to play at?

Drang3D:
COMING SOON!!! Live at The Side Show.

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Psyked:    
If you could perform with any DJ who would it be?

Drang3D:
BLiSS! (That dream is being fulfilled on the 27th July).

Catch BLiSS in Cape Town, details here.

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Psyked:    
Do you prefer indoor or outdoor season?

Drang3D:       
Outdoor season. Who doesn’t love dancing in the fresh air with the sun beating down on you?
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Photo: ItsNot Phair Photography

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Psyked:   
What would you say has been your biggest personal accomplishment so far?

Drang3D:     
It would definitely be performing at the One World – New Years Eve Festival. It was my very first outdoor gig.

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Psyked: 
How did your DJ handle Drang3d come about?

Drang3D:  
Drang3D is the dark side that likes to cause a trouble…
So, I save trouble for the stage.

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Psyked:  
Are there any upcoming parties you are particularly excited about?

Drang3D:     
Groovy Troopers.
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Psyked:    
What are the biggest perks of being DJ?

Drang3D:  
Making people smile!
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Psyked:     
… and what do you find most challenging?

Drang3D:   
People talking to you while you are mixing -_-
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Psyked:
How do you feel about playing at events alongside recognized artists
like Mystical ComplexBizzare Contact and now, BLiSS?

Drang3D:
I’m still struggling to believe that it’s all happening. It’s an ecstatic feeling to share the stage with huge, International artists.
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Psyked:          
Have you DJ-ed overseas? Is there anywhere on the globe that
you dream of DJing at?

Drang3d:
No, I haven’t, but I would really love to play in Portugal, Israel,
Japan, India, Mozambique, Greece and Mexico.

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Photo: The Kenyan With The Camera

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Psyked:
What do you think about Cape Town as a top psytrance destination?

Drang3D:      
There is no better place to party. We have diversity at its best,
amazing people, culture and beautiful weather.

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Psyked:      
Do you feel that the psytrance scene is growing in South Africa?

Drang3D:      
The scene is expanding at a very fast rate. Maybe we’ll be the trance capital of the world, one day.  😛

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Psyked:
Is there a track you’re currently working on to wow the crowd?

Drang3D:   
That’s top secret… will have to wait for now 😉

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Psyked:
Are there any tips you can offer to up and coming DJs?

Drang3D:        
Perseverance is a key aspect if you would like to grow in this industry.
Just keep mixing, regardless of what people have to say. Most importantly, always remember that it’s about the music FIRST.

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Catch Drang3D LIVE at…
PSYCHO CIRCUS – This Friday. psychocircus
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BLiSS @
The Side Show on the 27th of July.

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Listen here. 


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WIN A TICKET to see Drang3D LIVE this Friday at PSYCHO CIRCUS.
Find out how here.

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Find out more about Drang3D.
Follow him on Soundcloud.

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