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VISIT CAPE TOWN – 5 Reasons why

If you have travelled around the world, you must have seen some beautiful cities. You noticed their beaches or snow, architecture, culture and parties. Did you ever consider coming to South Africa? How about Cape Town?

LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE INCREDIBLE MOTHER CITY…

THE MOUNTAINS AND THE OCEAN

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

Cape Town is special in so many ways because it is an all-rounder due to the fact that you can do almost anything! Let’s start with Table Mountain. This is a view from the air of the cableway which (how awesome is this) gives you a free return ride on your birthday should you bring your ID on the day! Sweet!

Hiking? Check out the routes at http://www.capetown.travel/visitors/see-do/nature-adventure/five-table-mountain-hikes-to-try

table mountain by bloggerinspo
Lions Head by Bloggerinspo - Tarryn Hardwicke

Lions head, another favourite, is extremely popular for hikes and busy each day. Follow Full Moon Hike if you would like to keep up with the Full Moon Hike events that take place each month which should definitely be on your bucket list if you haven’t taken part already. Always remember when hiking at night to stay in large groups for safety and keep the mountain clean!

Surfers paradise! Cape Town has waves, beautiful beaches and talented surfers!

Houtbay is a whole new world! Here you see it from Chapmans Peak which is a total must see.

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

The Houtbay Market runs from Friday to Sunday and is a definite must see!

RESTAURANTS

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Rock Pool Delivering the yummy goods!

Rock Pool Delivering the yummy goods!

The second thing we have to appreciate is our food. This is because we have almost everything. We have the whole world’s selection all in one city. Even on those cold, stay-at-home-and-work nights, we have wonderful access to apps like Uber Eats, Delivery xtreme Cape town and many more!

EXPLORE RESTAURANTS:

https://insideguide.co.za/cape-town/new-restaurants-in-cape-town/

http://www.capetown.travel/visitors/eat-drink/50-restaurants-in-cape-town-that-locals-love

FESTIVALS

Outdoor Festivals are gold and it’s definitely the “weekend away” if you’re looking for a good time every now and again.

The nightlife pumps each day of the week!

STAY IN THE LOOP FOR UPCOMING FESTIVALS AND EVENTS:

Psytrancewordwidemagazine

MyCityByNight

Cape Town Parties

GET REAL by Bloggerinspo - Tarryn Hardwicke

SPIRIT

Sport! It’s something that drives our country and we have such spirit. It brings our whole nation together in just a moment. It is definitely something to experience as a visitor for some fun and time to feel free!

ART

Lastly, let’s just touch on the art we see all over the city.

Brian Rolfe Art – Adderley Street Wall

First Thursdays CapeTown gives you an opportunity to see what Cape Town artists, as well as International artists have to exhibit. It’s always a vibe.

Cape Town is just paradise, let us never forget how lucky we are in this world. See you soon! ♡

All content photographed and written by Tarryn Hardwicke

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!

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

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape TownSurfs 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

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