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Let’s Talk ~ COCODRILO

An artist I truly admire, expressing his heart through his music – Cocodrilo from Mexico.

After a discussion with Israel Holon Hisrav he inspired me to compose this writeup, not only as an interesting past, but an inspiration to upcoming artists and music lovers.

He started his way into the music around the year 2001 when he attended a local party where Tower Record DJs performed. One of them played psychedelic trance so since that day it became a passion and a lifestyle.

“After that day I started to become a music collector and immediately my best friend had time to buy a booth to play. It was there that I learned to mix electronic music at that time progressive house and trance. In 2003 I started working with a French label – Mandala Records and later meet Dj Dende and be part of Catalyst Records around 2006 where I could collaborate for the growth of the label by placing it on the scene plane. By this time I worked under the name of DJ Hisrav, playing DJ sets and it was during the year of 2007 when I started with the project called “In Lak Ech” next to my partner in crime, Haffman. I have achieved internationalization since 2012 playing in festivals such as Hadra Trance Festival (France), Aho Festival (Brazil), Modem Festival l & ll, (Croatia) Ometeotl Festival (Mexico), Goa Dupa Festival (Poland), Sonica Festival (Italy), Free Earth Festival (Greece), Poison Festival (Mexico), Freqs of Nature Festival (Germany), Blackmoon Festival (Italy) among others.”

Their style is unique within the Psychedelic trance scene and has matured to the passage of auditory and personal experiences over the years.

In 2012 he decided to create the first of his solo projects called Holon after maturing his own sound over the years on the project “In Lak Ech.” Conformed with a hypnotic line of trance music – Insistent, twisted, crispy, full of witchcraft and especially very psychedelic.

He recently signed on SquareLab Music based in France, so after a decade of work and synchronization with trance music, he decided to dive into the depths of time and create a dominant, aggressive and predatory sound with the project called “Cocodrilo.”

At the end, you will become a rapt prey, submerging into the depths of a psychedelic swamp of emotions.

“In 2018 I decided to found New Skulls Records based in Mexico after working and giving production courses for 5 years, and enrolling in the world of education, realizing it is one of the most satisfying activities I have ever experienced.”

This is how my vision was born, which was to form a group of skulls that evolve over time and that are determined to share their message through music.

In 2017, he decided to create his last project called Conami Kode next to Seggae with a more acid touch than the previous ones. He is currently concentrating on the label and in his 4 projects apart from being an active promoter of new musical talents.

~ COMPILATIONS ~

Mexican Vibes V/A Mandala Recs

https://www.beatport.com/release/mexican-vibes-compiled-by-dj-hisrav/933867

The order of chaos V/A Catalyst Records

https://www.beatport.com/release/the-order-of-chaos/260408

Holon V/A Catalyst Records

https://www.beatport.com/release/holon/444973

Holon ft New Skulls Vol. 1 – New Skulls Records

https://newskullsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/holon-feat-new-skulls-vol-1

Holon ft New Skulls Vol. 2 – New Skulls Records

https://newskullsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/holon-feat-new-skulls-vol-2

Holon ft New Skulls Vol. 3 – New Skulls Records

https://newskullsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/new-skulls-v-a-vol-3

In Lak Ech – The Hikury Tales – Album – Catalyst Records

https://www.beatport.com/release/the-hikuri-tales/1453222

COCODRILO

IN LAK ECH

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!

SAWLEAD GROUND in SA

Sawlead Ground is a promising Cinematic Progressive Trance duo from Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Maor Nachum & Ram Erez, both graduates at BPM College, always working hard on fresh tunes, exploring different sounds and genres, taking their music to the edge.

Maor Nachum, currently in Cape Town (sadly not for long) brought heat to the dancefloor at Anomaly’s event Anomaly ft Sawlead Ground Maor Dane Stirrat Brett Aitken Venture last week Friday.

Sawlead Ground has been releasing music for more than 2 years on some of the biggest
labels in the scene – Spin Twist Records, Blue Tunes Records and Alien Records, collaborating with artists such as 4i20, Modus, Unicode and more. Some of their EP’s have reached #1 place on Beatport’s Top 10 Psy-Trance Releases Chart.

Interview by Tarryn Hardwicke

What were the first inspirations that drew you towards making your own music and overall joining the music scene?

SG: As a kid, I went to a lot of trance parties and always imagined myself on stage playing and blasting the dancefloor.

What has ultimately been your most memorable festival/party and explain why?

SG: Definitely, EQUINOX Experience Festival here in South Africa! The production, the amazing venue, the incredible vibe of the people, the togetherness. It’s the best we have experienced. After our sets, we even stayed for the whole festival and just couldn’t stop smiling.

Which musicians inspire you and your career?

SG: Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Stephan Bodzin, Captain Hook, Freedom Fighters, Modus… the list goes on!

Where would you say that you see yourself 5 years from now? 

SG: Traveling the world, playing and spreading our/my music. I might even decide to live outside of Israel for a bit. Who knows. Maybe I can get an apartment here in Cape Town! 😛

Do you have any advice for any upcoming musicians that are joining the industry? If so, please share it with our readers. 

SG: Think out of the box! Don’t stop exploring, producing and promoting your music. Always make music that you love. Play your music to your closest friends – they are the best critics!

You mentioned that you love our Mother City, Cape Town. What has been your most epic experience thus far? 

SG: Cape Town is for sure one of the best cities we have been to! The best experience was at Boulders Beach when one of the penguins decided to taste my Israeli flesh…….:P He did what?!

We love your videography! Please, could you tell us more about it! 

SG: We love being creative and finding the humor in every situation. Through these videos, we can connect with the crowd in a different way showing them another side of us. If nothing else, the film shooting days are sooo much fun! It’s a gas. We do everything from taking footage to editing it ourselves and always add our extra own special touch to the tale.

Do you have any tracks or videos that you are working on at the moment?

SG: We are always producing and thinking about new music and videos. We are working on a series of 2 – 3 episodes (depending on the footage) of the shows we played in ANOMALY & UNDERGROUND SOUND, plus some of our personal experiences from your awesome country. On the music front, we have made a couple of new Sawlead tracks with a fresh vibe. More deep and melodic but still powerful and groovy! We are almost ready to launch those so keep an eye on our pages for more info. SG aside, I’m also starting my own solo project exploring different types of electronic music production with no boundaries. Lately, techno has been resonating with me which inspired a couple of exciting tracks I have in the oven.

WOW! Exciting stuff. Are there any upcoming festivals/parties that we can get amped for?

SG: Yes there are a few parties down the line but cats out the bag… EQUINOX Experience 2019…say no more! 😉

Tell us, what is your SPIRIT ANIMAL  and why?

SG: Probably a dog, absolutely love them and I’m quite a sucker for a scratch on the back of the head 😛

 

 

PEACE LOVE UNITY 23.06.18

UNITY FESTIVAL 5-year Celebrations 

 

“The state of being united or joined as a whole.”

So I did some traveling and Israel was my first stop. Beautiful buildings, beaches and – the people. Amongst my many “activities” I had some great fun trancing it up 😉

Unity Festival, hosting renowned parties throughout Israel, threw one day of pure MAYHEM.

A day to celebrate five years for Unity Festival and everything that ties in such as PEACE – LOVE – UNITY – RESPECT – TOGETHER WE ARE ONE

After months of snowballing hype, finally the 23rd of June arrived and festival-goers from all over the world splashed it out at Hamat Gader, Israel, at Unity Festival’s Five Year Celebration.

An incredible crowd flooded the grounds. If I had to use one word to describe it, I would say ENERGY!

 

Ayahuaska kicked off at 9am with a powerful set and the festival began…

LINE UP

I did my very best to snap some vids but when your feet just want to move…

With a powerful line-up of local artists and International, the dancefloor was super pumped. So let’s take a look at who was up on those stages?

AGNETON | GOASIA & M-RUN | Upgrade | Blastoyz | Major7 | Terra | Rising Dust | Astral Projection | Skizologic | Ayahuasca | Eran Gordon | Cosmic Flow | Darwish | Dekel | Kido & Galapagos | Libra | Kobi | Polar Energy | UnderCover & Pettra | Yahel | Dvir Lahav & Jinji

From 9am into the dark, it was non stop exuberance and an experience not to be forgotten.

 

 

 

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There were two stages:

Both stages were cooled with water sprayers (phew) and to cool down, even more, there were supertubes and pools. It was definitely a first, dancing in a pool – epic.

All the stalls were absolutely awesome. Who knew I was going to buy such dope yoga pants at a jol?

Some snaps of the lovely ladies (and guys) who added more colour to the party! Check out Indian Dream to see more!

 

 

PEACE LOVE UNITY

 

 

The festival had such high energy, and at 9am!! Israel, you beauty. Thank you to UNITY Festival for creating the opportunity for others to experience this memorable weekend. Congratulations on 5 Years. Thank you to the photographers that provided such spectacular material.

 

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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!

Psymedia | Recess pt.1 – Bringing The Heat

Psymedia | Recess pt.1 hosted at District 20/04/18

Psymedia, supported by Olmeca Tequila & Red Bull.

I think it’s safe to say that Friday was an unforgettable event. I attend these events for the love of the music and more importantly the incredible memories that are made. As the saying goes “Events end, but the memories last forever.”

Psymedia held their event at District, a popular nightclub based in Harrington Street that hosts regular events on a weekly basis. Mad drinks specials were on the cards, as you all know, Happy Hour from 21h00-22h00. Not drinking? Grab a Redbull!

Psymedia’s event was 7 hours of Techno / Progressive / Psytrance. Basically pure bliss. I don’t know about you, but my feet were definitely moving! The music was on point from start to finish and there was not a moment that dancefloor was not occupied. What I couldn’t help notice was the strong interaction between the DJ’s and the crowd and this quote just stood out to me:

Music should either move your feet or move your heart.

However, I shall challenge this quote by saying that on Friday night I think the music did both.

21:00 – 23:00 Sacred Sun

23:00 – 00:45 Geometric Flux

00:45 – 02:30 Dynamic Range

02:30 – 04:00 Deliriant

These were all local artists and were absolutely incredible up there. Check out their SoundCloud – especially if you missed the event! The use of visuals and lighting created a mindblowing atmosphere. PUPIL Visuals

Need I say much? The photos tell the story. Uplifting, cheerful and great dancing partners! 

 

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