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Around the world in 80 daze with Zyce

Zyce is the solo progressive project of Nikola Kozic from Serbia. Since his debut in 2008, Zyce hasn’t stopped producing, performing and releasing. After Hyper Cube, his first release on Synergetic Records in 2008, he worked with and released for Iboga, Spin Twist and Blue Tunes before launching a label of his own called TesseracTstudio at the end of 2010. His fourth and most pertinent work, Alignment, was released in 2012.  Zyce will be performing at Vortex Open Source ~ 21 Years of Trance this year – a milestone event for the local psy scene. Catch him at the Circle of Dreams in Riviersonderend for one epic celebration.

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With special thanks to Louise Harford.

PSYKED:
Hi Nikola and thank you for taking the time to chat to Psyked. Please tell us how you feel about being included in this legendary line-up? 21 years of the best-ever party; is this a special occasion for you too?  What keeps you coming back to our beautiful country?

ZYCE:
Hi guys. Thanks for having me. It’s a big pleasure for me to come back to South Africa! My first performance in South Africa was earlier this year in March at Love & Light and, personally, it was an amazing experience – one of the best for sure. I remember the many beautiful landscapes and the amazingly friendly people. I was extremely happy after receiving the request to play at Vortex Open Source  as I’ve heard so many good things about this festival; it is like a Grand Slam amongst the worldwide festivals, so I’m really excited on coming back!

PSYKED:
Tell us more about your extremely popular and slick progressive sound and the person behind the sound; who is your music for? What does it mean to you and what inspires you?

ZYCE:
I’ve been surrounded with music since a very young age. During my teenage years I was playing in numerous bands, but once I discovered psytrance I instantly fell in love with the music. I mainly started with the more psychedelic and full on sound, and then got into the progressive sound as well; this is why, I guess, my own music is a combination of both psychedelic and progressive. The rest I leave to life itself, as I believe it will become what it must be, and I feel strongly about my passion and mission because it has taken me around the planet, and this give me tremendous energy and inspiration, and for that I give a lot of gratitude.

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PSYKED:
Since you were here last, you’ve travelled the globe and performed at some of the biggest and the best events; how does the Cape Town psy scene shape up against the rest of the world?

ZYCE:
From my experience it seems Cape Town has a very passionate and deep trance crowd with lots of friendly and polite people. It is always such a pleasure to see this on your travels; it gives what you do much more meaning when you feel its mutual and the same. So definitely from my experience it feels like one of the best trance scenes in world!


PSYKED:

How did you first get into psytrance and what other acts are you involved in? How adaptable are you when it comes to the sub-genres within trance music?

ZYCE:
*laughs*  I discovered the psytrance scene about fourteen ago. It was 2001, I was getting some herbs from some guy, and I heard some amazingly strange music I never heard before, and after staying a while, the music just went into me, and it was like I instantly fell in love! I even remember the first track and artists; it was THE DELTA – As a Child! So big thanks to DELTA, it surely played a vital role in where I am today.

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PSYKED:
What can we expect to hear from you at Open Source this year? Do you have anything special up your sleeve?

ZYCE:

Yes indeed. I’m very excited. I’m working really hard on my new album; my idea was to have it all done by Vortex Open Source, but it seems that it will only be around New Year. This time around there have been so many events around the globe, and I’m using this to promote and test the tracks planned for the album. So Cape Town can definitely expect to hear most of my new tracks, as they will be released very soon!

PSYKED:
Performing, as you have, with some major names and labels in psytrance,  do you have any words of wisdom for the next generation of artists eager to join the party? You are always well represented on Beatport and you manage to maintain a high ranking profile. How do you keep it up?


ZYCE:
The only advice I have for future generation is based on my own experiences, and for me this is always about working hard – lots of work with vision and focus! Talent doesn’t count for more than 5% , there is no luck in this. Studio work will take you to the top and beyond, so for me hard work makes all the difference.

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PSYKED:

Thank you once again, for sharing your special magic with the South African community. Any last words before we wrap things up?

ZYCE:

Looking much forward to see you soon in your beautiful country!

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Win double tickets for Vortex Open Source 2015 ~ 21 Years of Trance

Join us as we re-enter the sacred Circle of Dreams this year for Vortex Open Source 2015. People of all paths will once again come together for a five-day-long psychedelic journey set in the heart of a magical forest where a unique musical and spiritual experience awaits. Celebrate 21 years of Vortex to the sounds of international veterans and illustrious local talent at one of the most pivotal events of the season.

Psyked in the City is giving away 2 x tickets to the event. To enter, follow the instructions below.

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Exclusive interview with Materia: My creative urge

Materia is Andreas M from Austria. Born and raised in Salzburg, Andreas was interested in music production from a very early age. As a teenager he recalls listening to genre such as trip hop, dub, lounge, EDM, techno and heavy metal. “I’ve always been a fan of the twisted and melancholic side of music,” he says.

His musical journey began when Andreas acquired his first instruments and synths. “I was more interested in creating music and sounds rather than becoming a regular performing artist,” he explains. “Even after many great years on tour, I still see the music as my main target.”

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Andreas has collaborated with a myriad of world-famous artists including Earthling, Compressor, Sinerider, Bliss, Brainiac and others; and frequents the decks of popular psy destinations in Europe such as Austria, Germany, Swizerland, Poland, Hungary and Italy under the 24/7 label. His full-on beats are described as driving and deeply psychedelic.

This year, Andreas will be returning to South Africa for Vortex Open Source 2015. We chat to him ahead of his performance in an exclusive interview below.

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Exclusive interview with Querox: it comes from the heart

Toby Liyah, better known as Querox, set forth on his musical journey in 2008. Since then, the Berlin born muso has sky-rocketed in the world of progressive trance with countless hits behind his name, including The Girls Stuff, Berlin Soundtrack, Keep Walking, Because Of You and The Last Kiss. Having performed at some of the most iconic festivals across the globe, he’s due to make his first ever appearance in South Africa at Sunflower Festival. Enjoy our exclusive interview with the man himself.

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PSYKED:
Hi Toby! Let’s start at the beginning: what genres lead you to become a progressive trance producer and DJ? Is it true that you come from a Punk background?

QUEROX:
Hey. First of all, it’s so nice to be here with you 🙂 Well *laughs* yes, this is true. You know those crazy times – the guitar on your back, dyed hair and very big shoes, eager to go to all the crazy Punk Rock Concerts in your country. I was the singer/songwriter and guitarist of my band called Vis; we played 100 % garage punk rock. I also had another band called Prypjat that was hardcore D-Beat. It was great.

One night, all of the sudden, I went to the wrong party, and they played this insane electronic music that they called psytrance. At that point I totally fell in love with it. Step by step, I got my own equipment together to start making my first mix. I kept mixing and training really hard for a quite few years, annoying all my neighbours, before I started to perform. The musical background that I had from before really helps me nowadays in production.

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Get psyked: Love and Light 2015

2015 is getting into the swing of things and we’re kicking off it off in style at Love and Light’s second home – Nelson Wine Estate in Paarl.

We have organised a line up of the absolute finest in international and local progressive psy-trance DJ’s, including Ace Ventura, Zyce, Emok and Critical Choice, this instalment of Love & Light promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Doors open at 10am on Saturday with festivities beginning at 11am; pull in, take in the beautiful mountain views, grab an ice cold drink from our fully licenced bars or a bite to eat from one of the gourmet food stalls.

This gives you more than 12 hours of mind-blowing electronic music at one of the most breath-taking venues in the cape. This is strictly a mature party environment. There will be no under 23 for guys & no under 21 for girls.

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