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Young Sound Driven Student, Ecoteric, Infuses Nature into his Music

Young Talent in SA:

 

EcotericEcoteric, a musical project freshly part of Mindspring Music and Technophobia Records.

Launched in October 2018 by Julian Venter, a student of 18 years old living in Johannesburg. He produces music that’s focused merely on the human soul. Ecoteric’s musical genres include Zenonesque and Psychedelic Dub, however, when in the studio, Ecoteric focuses more on the natural sounds and productions of Zenonesque and Dub music.

The young and ever nurtured musical project’s destiny is to enhance all listeners with situated frequencies, with an endless-goal to allow the listener to become more self-aware of his/her emotional soul-baby. Solely music allowing human beings to be at one with themselves and their surroundings, an eternal bond with Mother-Earth.

 

❝The energies that drive us contribute to every magical moment of our existence, and when combined with the right touch of musical enhancements, we find that we all come across, just like our veins, just like the roots of trees connect each other, with love and compassion.❞

– Julian Venter

 Who/what influenced you towards your style of music and music in general? 

Julian: I began making music at the age of 11, I remember being seated in my cousin’s studio, observing him as he goes. Gilles Dice, the mentor, an incredible artist. The man who originally planted the idea of music production in my mind.

I started the music project Ecoteric last year in October because I felt like I had to make deeper music with meaning, emotion and intention. I felt like making a musical style similar to Adama’s. He inspired me to approach a more natural and organic feel and just like that my journey began.

❝Love earth, for she is our mother,
and she loves us.❞

https://soundcloud.com/ecoteric/leminin

 

Ecoteric lives for the moment of consolidations between people and nature because it is so ever beautiful to have a glimpse at a person and feel the love that person beholds for our Planet.

Tell us about your past/future festivals?

Julian: I had my first psychedelic festival experience when I was 13 years old, I also perform at this event called Mongi Wobble. After that day I knew what I wanted to do.

I had my first performance at Twilight last year November, I played a three-hour dub set at the chill area. At this stage I had already begun to produce my own music and the first ever track I finished as Ecoteric was called “Teria”. This track may get released by Merkaba Music. I then went on to perform at one Jozi Tribe’s events where I played a more progressive Zenonesque set. later on, I simultaneously got in touch with Technophobia Records as well as Mindspring Music, today I’m an artist on both their rosters.

I have been booked by:

Psyclical , even though the event hasn’t been launched yet, Psyclical hosts epic indoor as well as outdoor events.

Connexion NYE Open Air Festival by OneLove Productions

I am also collaborating with an incredible artist from Australia, his name is Gabriel Jack and he goes by the artist name Scionaugh. I have worked with a lot of different artists from around the globe and I have had only great experiences with them. Sarah Leigh Steensma is a driven companion in my musical production lifestyle and I seldom call upon her aid when I want to add extra energy into my music. She writes lyrics and provides powerful vocal material. I recently played a two-hour dark into bush prog set for Elysium Festival.

Upcoming albums and EP’s:

► Teria [Album], 2019 – Merkaba Music
► Leminin [EP], 2019 – Technophobia Records
► Osirus [EP], 2019 – Mindspring Music

Recent bookings:

► Twilight Open Air Festival V14, 2018/11/04 [SA]
► Gypsy-Xmas (Zenonesque Music Gathering), 2018/12/26 [SA]
► Saturn Surfers Earth Day Celebration, 2019/01/12 [SA]
► Elysium Open Air Festival, 2019/04/19 [SA]

Sets:

Teria (might get released on Merkaba Music)

Frequency of Thought Remix

Elysium Open Air Festival Set

Gypsy X-mas Set

What are you currently working on? 

Julian: I have exciting new work coming up such as my multi-styled album as well as my two EPs called “Osirus” and “Leminin” for Mindspring Music and Technophobia Records respectively. One of the many things that excite me the most is that I’m starting a duo project named ‘Shmangle’. This duo-project will have a more driving and progressive, as well as a deeper Zenonesque oil sound. ‘Shamngle.’ It will be myself and Luca Kovacich (Young Padawan) as ‘Shmangle’ and we are in the process of creating a guest mix to feature with Technophobia Records. This will be our first move as the duo.

Before the start of Ecoteric took place, I began two aliases which still exist today. The first would be Eopal. Eopal is my downtempo African tech alias. This music project is part of Suid Tronica Records. It would be my psytrance alias, although I haven’t quite settled with a proper launch for it, I am planning on putting together an EP and involving powerful artists from both South Africa and around the world.

 

 

What are your future plans in the beautiful world of music?

Julian: I am planning an Australian visit as Ecoteric, I will be going there and performing at various events as well as at Australia’s traditional Bush Doof Gatherings. This tour would only happen once I have prepared myself, until that day, I’m grinding!

I have a certified and completed mixing and mastering course with lead singer Justin Swart from ‘The Amblers’ behind my name as a music producer. Justin Swart is also the founder of Olive Productions. I also have the future possibilities of being booked in Sweden, Brazil and Israel to perform as Ecoteric.

Catch Ecoteric on IG and FB!

Finding Freedom Inside Prison With Yoga

I knew I was going to cover Yoga as a topic this week, however, I had no idea I would be blessed with the opportunity to speak to SevaUnite about the Prison Freedom Project at Pollsmoor Maximum Facility in Cape Town.

Yoga and Meditation assist in the relief of suffering and rehabilitates the mind, body and soul. It brings a state of acceptance. This can alleviate the pain of prisoners who have wronged others, or sustained severe trauma.

Men are getting up at 5am to find some space and quiet to practice yoga.

SevaUnite began in 2010, conducting a series of Yoga rehabilitative classes at Pollsmoor Maximum Facility in Cape Town to the admissions centre, male juvenile section and the women’s unit. There is a Mindfulness Correspondence Course also available for volunteers and following this, there’s a Teachers Training Course that they can enrol in, should a passion begin to blossom.

Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside
By Lee-Ann Olwage
Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside
By Lee-Ann Olwage

A SevaUnite Volunteer, Shale Tinkler, shares some insight into his journey with the organisation and his own experiences with yoga/meditation.

What role do you play in SevaUnite and how long have you been involved?

I have been volunteering with Seva Unite since mid-2016, teaching yoga to offenders at Pollsmoor.

How can we as the public get involved with SevaUnite?

To get involved as an instructor or by making a contribution towards expenses, contact Seva Unite via their Facebook page or email leela@sevaunite.org. donations of any unused yoga mats are also welcome.

Describe some of your most memorable experiences whilst working with the organisation.

My most memorable experiences mostly involve seeing the powerful impact yoga has had on those practising. Over a 90 minute session of postures, breathwork and relaxation, tense, guarded facial expressions and body language visibly soften and become lighter, more gentle and open.

Some practising have reported that yoga helps them feel more calm & peaceful and deal with anger and stress in a positive way. Others mentioned how they were able to gain deep insight into themselves and their past and gain hope and a more positive outlook for the future.

My very best though, was once, after a deep relaxation at the end of a class when I asked how everyone was feeling. One responded with “I feel like I’m not in prison anymore”. I think this illustrates yoga’s potential, even in physical confinement, to bring about a powerful sense of inner freedom.

Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside
By Lee-Ann Olwage

What inspired you to start Yoga/Meditation? 

I was introduced to yoga by someone close to me, thinking that it would be a good form of exercise. While it definitely has been hugely beneficial for my body, what really keeps me coming back to my mat are the profound benefits I feel in my mind and spirit. When I practice consistently I feel more peaceful, more cheerful and more connected to those around me and to life itself. Yoga has helped me learn self-discipline and continues to help me learn to know and love myself.

SevaUnite also helps collect unused/unwanted clothing, toys and household items and allocates it to those that are in need.

All photography was done by Lee-Ann Olwagehttp://www.leeannolwage.com/

Check out more info on SevaUnite at http://www.sevaunite.org/

For some YOGA on Insta checkout my personal page: yoga_for_days

I hope you enjoyed this read and have a wonderful weekend! 😀

Some quality time with Disco Volante

Interview by Tarryn Hardwicke

The future looks promising with  Psymedia | Recess pt.2, Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2018 and more on the cards, it’s sure game. Disco Volante, the collaboration between Critical Mass (Daniel Honor) and Risky Business (Alex Inggs), give us the break down of their journey.

How did Disco Volante come about?

DV: We were big fans of each other’s music and a specific style of psytrance. Before we even wrote our first track together, we were coming up with a name for the project.

What/who inspires you and your music?

DV: It’s more of a feeling/emotion that we want to convey that has come from moments at parties over the years. When we find those notes that bring across that feeling in the studio, we know that we’re on the right track with what we want to play out.

What is your most memorable concert and why?

DV: In SA, probably Masqued Ball in 2014. We had worked super hard for the set and had a perfect response from the crowd during as well as after the set. Overseas would be Metagenesis in Mexico and Crystal Matrix in Portugal.

Do you have anything that you are currently working on at the moment? If so, please tell us!

DV: We’ve just released our 2 track EP ‘Back of Beyond’ Nexus Media. Currently, we’ve got remixes for Shift and Technicolor as well as a collaboration with CoRupt.

What upcoming parties will you be playing at that we can all get excited about?

DV: Off-hand we have Psymedia, Vortex Phoenix of Fire and Seeds of Freedom Festival (Portugal) coming up with more to be revealed along the way.

What has been your favourite part of Disco Volante’s journey?

DV: Getting the opportunity to travel, showcase our music and experience different cultures abroad.

Do you have any advice for today’s upcoming musicians wanting to join the industry? If so, what would it be?

DV: Be prepared to dedicate the next 10 years to reach your goal. There’s no fast-track to success besides hard work when it comes to your own productions. Also, finding your own unique style is the best way to set yourself apart from everyone else.

How has social media influenced your reach and your music in general?

DV: It’s a necessary evil. It would be great to just write the music and perform it, however, it’s hugely important to stay in touch with your fans. Platforms such as Youtube have such a big reach for our tracks in comparison to Soundcloud which helps spread our music around the world.

Describe yourselves with a meme.

Disco Volante Meme

HAPPY FRIDAY

 

Get Real Takes Their Second Event To The Next Level 05-06/05/18

We arrived at GET REAL Ft. Hot Bullet, Plastic Robots & More, located at Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, an outdoor venue just outside of Cape Town. We couldn’t have been blessed with a better day. Sunshine lit up the grounds and that’s where it all began.

Leading up to the event there was a lot of hype – social media was epic. There was a massive crowd involved in the marketing of the event on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and use of email. The Get Real Team really did a great job in getting the word out and creating an awareness about the event in advance.

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Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

I think we can all agree that the everyone looked absolutely incredible. If you weren’t there, check out Full Album – GET REAL for more photos. The music really had that crowd moving. The acts on stage were outstanding and mixed and matched dance, fire and disco vibes.

So there was the Main Stage and Tiki Beach Bar. It became dark and the visuals so intense! The lighting and cartoon/geometric screens were something I saw everybody zone into. I loved the vibe at Tiki Beach bar because it had its own theme, was constantly pumping and the palm trees just gave me that tropical feeling. The Main Stage was also a win because of the visuals, live acts and the lighting. Both stages had a grand line-up.

The Line-up

The line-up at GET REAL included both local and international DJ’s which had the crowd in memory lane after mixing up some classics. Below are the links to find their music in case you missed it!

Hot Bullet

Plastic Robots

HEADROOM

Strange Loving

DEAN FUEL

 

Dane Stirrat

 

Das Kapital

 

Mogey vs KHORD

IKon

Minx

https://www.mixcloud.com/minxdj/

 

TommyV

 

Two Tone

https://www.facebook.com/twotonedjs/

 

When it came to time to eat or drink, you were spoilt for choice! Between the two stages, there were multiple food vendors each with something unique and different. YUM! I gulped down my pizza way too fast to snap a photo – sorry not sorry.

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Have a great week!

Surfs Up, It’s Spring Tide!

All swimmers and surfers in Cape Town were warned about the Full Moons Spring Tide on Monday the 30th April and its powerful rip current. As a content creator, I grasped this opportunity and started capturing the tide.

For those of you who don’t know, Spring Tide has nothing to do with the season Spring, it is the alignment of the sun and the moon with the earth. The ocean is pulled back and forth by a gravitational force. This creates the tides.

Spring Tide Cape Town Tarryn Hardwicke

Upon my mission to capture some waves, I came across some incredible surfers taking full advantage of the moment.

LOCATION: Long Beach

Longbeach was warm and vibey and cars were pulling up by the minute! For these photos the following items were needed:

  • Canon 1200D
  • Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
  • Canon 100-400 4-5.6 L

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

 

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

LOCATION: Inner Kommetjie

Inner Kom was the next stop but first, it was VITAL to grab some snacks for the sunset.  For these photos the following items were needed:

  • Canon 1200D
  • Salt Lays and Cadbury Marvelous Creations Jelly Popping Candy Slab
  • Canon 70-200mm 2.8 L IS
  • Canon 50mm 1.8

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

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Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

I couldn’t have chosen a better way to spend my Monday. The talent out there is real. Who knew the Spring Tide would bring such magic.

Big thanks to my partner in crime James Van Hinsbergen for joining me on that mission and to all of you in the water.

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town sunset

 

 

Colourful Cape Town

WHEN ARCHITECTURE SHOWS ITS COLOURS

 

Bokaap, a vibrant and iconic neighbourhood situated at the foot of Signal Hill has unique and creative, meaningful architecture that brightens up the city with its colour palette. Bokaap area is a firm favourite with tourists and architectural history lovers alike.

Where do all these beautiful bright colours come from and why?

Some people say it all began when the people of Bokaap claimed their homes from the council and expressed their freedom in their own way, and this was through architecture. Some say the use of colour is a celebration of Eid within the Muslim community. It is also known to have been to express the Rainbow Nation.

Between 1790 and 1840 the style of Bokaap emerged. Each house has a similar design, a “stoep”, a Dutch or Victorian Style window and Cape Dutch Style door. These homes are required to maintain their facade for heritage and to continue its history.

The beautiful cobbled roads give you a warm feeling as they guide you around the neighbourhood. On a sunny day in Cape Town, you’re in for a treat! Buildings bursting with colour, heritage, and culture, all brought together through architecture.

Cape Town is a gem and forever growing.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke

Photos by Calvin Drysdale