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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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Review: Beartrap Ground Zero Festival 2014 (Sunday)

On the 15th of March 2014, I awoke during the early hours of the morning – early, as in it was still dark outside – with excitement stirring inside me for the Sunday Session that awaited us at Ground Zero Festival.

We were on route before the sun came up. Nekkies was the venue of choice this year, having been a longtime favourite for major festivals, such as Earthdance, with plenty of space to accommodate three (yes, three!) stages and a pool to boot.

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I was a little bleak about having missed Double-Click and Vini Vici the previous night, not to mention some of my favourite locals and the Insane Intelligent Lighting Display that everyone was raving about. Fortunately however, we arrived just in time for Ultravoice (a legend within the international psytrance community having almost a decade’s worth of experience behind his name).

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After a little chocolate tequila for breakfast (shhh, don’t tell my Mom) we were well on our way to psychedelic paradise. The dance floor was heaving when international icon Sesto Sento took the stage. (This was a pretty big moment for me, considering I’m a full-on Sesto freak). Spirits were riding high when he played his famed “Lift me up” mix.

Just listen to those melodies!

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The sun was glaring by the time Blastoyz began to blast his killer high-tech beats, so I made my way over to the sprinklers at the rear end of the dance floor. There I met a few other drenched partiers. As we revelled, stomping bare-footed in the mud my favourite track “Green Stuff” erupted from the speakers.

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Sway was on next. The crowd extended a warm Beartrap welcome and you could see that “Mama Bear” was right at home. Her uplifting beats protruded from the DJ box. I didn’t want them to stop for a minute. The hose pipe was going at this point, and the crowd was causing muddy mayhem on the dancefloor.

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Headroom was behind the decks before I had a chance to recover. I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you are having fun! I realized I was in a total time warp, going from one killer set to the next, when I glanced up to see Dave Mac was taking over, bringing his proggy tunes to life.

Finally, the big moment had arrived. The all-mighty Berg captured our attention as he climbed onto stage. It’s no secret that he’s become a psy-sensation within the Cape Town trance scene. His popularity seems to escalate every time he graces South Africa with his magic. And it’s no wonder why.

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Apart from Berg’s dashing Israeli looks, his hard-hitting bass-lines and proggy psychadelic hooks are globally-recognized. As I jammed to esteemed tracks like “Wizdom” and “Limitless” my expectations were well exceeded.

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What an awesome atmosphere. Cape Town can Berg in my book! Talk about ending the party on a high-note. Big thanks to Beartrap, RP Sound and Lighting, Psylife, Abby and Laura (Sway).
Until next time… Stay #psyked.

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Photos by Dreamer.

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Win 2 x tickets + Caramel Vodka for Celestial Beings.

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