“Can you see the colours? Everything is so trippy.”
If you love a good dance-floor banger, you’re probably familiar with this vocal – it comes from a track by Vini Vici, Tristan & Avalon called Colours, and it’s exactly what comes to mind when I think back to Origin Festival. This year Origin pulled the rabbit out of the hat, giving us a jaw-dropping “candy land” themed dance-floor and the same top-notch production we’ve come to know and love over the years.
So what were some of the highlights from Origin Festival 2017?
Let’s start with the production. It’s not an easy job pulling off a large-scale festival with such precision year in and year out, but Origin keeps it consistent and that’s one of the reasons why we get to enjoy phenomenal sound (thank you RP Sound and Lighting) and stellar line-ups, incorporating a myriad of electronic genres. Continue reading Looking back: Origin Festival 2017 highlights
It’s that time of the year where Ultranoize welcomes you to a festive gathering of psychedelic X-Mas cheer! This year will be especially merry as Ultranoize celebrates its 5th year anniversary of hosting their X-Mas event. We’re proud to present this massively festive line-up featuring international Virtual Light and top local talent. (see below)
We’re giving you the chance to score free entrance for you and two friends as well as a bottle of Jägermeister or Tequila.* Plus, we’ll send a gift coupon to the value of R50 to spend on Fyah-fly’s psychedelic playthings to everyone who enters. Keep reading to find out how you can win.
Continue reading Get #psyked for Ultranoize Xmas Party – tickets and prizes up for grabs
This year Earthdance International will be celebrating its 20 year anniversary. This year’s theme, Global Shift, signifies the beginning of a new era of deep peace-making and true environmental stewardship. Earthdance is one of many peace organisations, groups and projects that align with the International Day of Peace – 21 September. In this varied field of activist and public service groups, Earthdance combines music, community, social consciousness, support of charities and activism, asserting that peace is as much about living fully and thriving, as it is about protesting war. Continue reading Win tickets for Earthdance Cape Town 2016
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.
Continue reading #WinterVortex: Exclusive interview with Technicolor
Side Effects is the progressive trance project of Tzahi Geller and Yarden Yogev. Signed to Iono Records, the Israeli duo have been making music together for more than half a decade. More recently, the pair launched an exciting new project called Bouncerz which Tzahi will be performing at Vortex Trance Adventures – Phoenix Festival in South Africa. We caught up with him ahead of the event.
Hi Tzahi! Tell me the story of how you and Yarden met. When did you decide to start making music together?
Hi there! Yes, Yarden and I have been good friends since childhood and we started producing together in 2009.
Continue reading #WinterVortex: Exclusive interview with Side Effects aka Bouncerz
For centuries, the Winter Solstice has been celebrated by civilisations across the globe. The change of the seasons is significant for a number of reasons, both literal and metaphorical. During this period, the sun is “born again,” awakening us to the fact that nature is ever-shifting; reminding us that to evolve and flourish, we must move with nature and dance to the deity’s divine rhythm.
The celebration of the Solstice serves to reconnect people with planet through a process of ritual, reflection and renewal. As the sun returns, a divine source of creation and life, we give thanks to the universe for its transformation and revival. Just as our physical senses must adapt to the elements that be, so must our focus and understanding change as we begin to perceive the world in a new light once more.
Join us as we celebrate this process of reawakening at the Phoenix Festival of Fire 2016. We are giving away a set of double tickets to the event. Keep reading to find out more.
Continue reading #WinterVortex: Win double tickets for Phoenix Festival 2016
Prefix is the psychedelic project of John Vichos. Growing up in Johannesburg, then moving to Cape Town in 2014, Prefix was always musically charged. But it was only after DJing genres such as tech house, minimal and techno for a few years that he discovered his love for psytrance and techno could indeed be merged – and so, Prefix was born. His memorable stage presence and versatile style never fails to attract a crowd. This year, he will be making his debut performance at Vortex Trance Adventures – Phoenix Festival 2016.
Hi John! Tell us about your ascent into psytrance – apparently you attended a festival in 2007 and that’s what got the ball rolling?
To summarize, I had a buddy from Cape Town who I would see during December holidays when I would go travel to the coast from Johannesburg with my family. We would swap the music. Being from Cape Town with its exploding psychedelic culture, most of what he would share with me was psytrance. It became infectious, and eventually I had him take me to my first outdoor which was Earthdance Cape Town in 2007. It was the first time I had ever experienced music and a gathering with such effortless power; it was truly a gathering of tribes. That’s when I got bitten by the bug.
Continue reading #WinterVortex: Exclusive interview with Prefix
Andrew Winer aka Sadhu Sensi is an electronic music producer, born and raised in Cape Town. He began experimenting with music from a very young age and, in the early 2000s, became the keyboard player in the ska/reggae/rock band, 7th Son. Sadhu Sensi’s ambient tunes range from down-tempo to blues, experimental house, electronica and dub. To date, he has performed at many top music festivals alongside some of the most accomplished artists . This year, he will be making his debut performance at Vortex Trance Adventures – PHOENIX FESTIVAL on the 24th of June 2016.
Hi Andrew! First off, tell us what inspires you as a producer.
Nature, plant medicines and the expansion of consciousness. Continue reading #WinterVortex: Exclusive Interview with Sadhu Sensi
Psy Mantis is the progressive DJ project of Craig Horn. With over 11 years of experience in the local psytrance scene, Psy Mantis is known for delivering the chunkiest beats to his loyal listeners. His musical style can be described as dirty progressive with an emphasis on banging bass lines and cheeky vocals. This year, he’s set to make an appearance at Vortex Trance Adventures – PHOENIX FESTIVAL on the 24th of June 2016. We caught up with him ahead of the big event.
Hi Craig! First off, let me congratulate you on becoming the label head for Natural Beat Makerz Records in South Africa. What inspired you to make the move from PSR Records?
PSR Music was a great label. It was where I found my sound: fat, dirty and chunky. But life is change. I started finding what I liked on other labels as well. When some of the PSR Music producers moved over to NBM Records, I took a real look at the label and saw it was run like a family with full support of all artist and DJs. So, it was just the next logical step. Continue reading #WinterVortex: Exclusive interview with Psy Mantis
Two of Cape Town’s most formidable psytrance productions have teamed up to bring you BLUE MOON FESTIVAL – an audio experience featuring your favourite local talent. Join The Village SA and Spectrum at Zone 7 for a night of psychedelic bliss and debauchery fuelled by the sounds of Deliriant, Mad Science (Rubix Qube And EMP), Broken Toy, Archive and friends. Full line-up below.
Psyked in the City is giving two lucky troopers the chance to win a free ticket and a R100 bar tab. Keep reading for more info.
Continue reading Win tickets and bar tabs for Blue Moon Festival with Spectrum and The Village