Brazil Tripping the psytrance lifestyle
Recently I went Brazil tripping, the psytrance way…
Travelling to Brazil is always a favourite of mine, so when I got the news I would be starting my tour with the Respect Festival crew, this made me really happy inside, because this isn’t just any old party for me, this festival on the beach is produced by close Brazilian friends of mine ‘Edu Marques Torres’ and ‘Alex Zaghini’ and their crew.
I arrived straight from the airport and literally ran to the venue to find everyone; even though I was a bit gross from my travel I didn’t care I wanted to find everyone. The festival is situated in ‘Ilha Compida’ 4 hours outside of Sao Paulo (which is actually close in Brazilian distance).
The field was full of tents and crazy party kids everywhere. The big stage had crystal clear sound, the dance floor was on the sand making you feel like you’re dancing on the beach J
The psychedelic craft stalls surrounded the party layout, and stretched to the beach, once you leave the party boundaries one can shop with the illegal traders on the beach (cheap beer…hehehehee), and a lot of art instillations and creative people using the space to get creative. The love and passion put into this festival is visible.
DJ Band Camp
The accommodation was a funny story. We were put in a nearby posadas; it felt like DJ band camp…lol… which I really enjoyed until the shower blew, caught fire and left me running out in my towel crying for help (as it was an electrical fire, and one doesn’t throw water on an electrical fire, could have blown the whole place up).
Consequently this was my introduction to most of the other DJs and Producers… I know right… it would only happen to me.
Brazil Tripping with the Saffas
My set went down really well, I was a little nervous about how I would be received, but as usual it was just silly nerves. Calvin aka Switchcache from Cape Town played before me so the Saffa vibe was set and I came on after to hit the ball out the park!!
Also on the line up was Flooting Grooves who also resides in South Africa. All in all us Saffas did the job; I really see in the future a great exchange between our countries and I hope we can keep it up and send over more artists.
I think from both sides we are excited about this prospect. As a DJ it’s healthy to step out of your comfort zone and experience something new. I connected with some of my international friends there too; I got to hang out with Dan Sinerider, Chris Neuroplasam and Vincent Virtual Light. It’s always killer to hang with the boys on the beach drinking Caparinas.
Respect Festival is beautiful; take a few steps off the dance floor and you’re on the beach, relaxing and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, beautiful people everywhere, a real family vibe.
I saw mums with happy children playing in the daylight and creativity popping up everywhere. Brazil is a definite party destination and I put Respect Festival on that list. It reminds me a little of Universo Paralello, maybe it’s the Portuguese I hear from the people, or the beach, the palm trees and sand, but each festival has its own unique touch.
After Respect I had to go play other gigs and it hurt my heart a little having to leave at 5 am to get to these… but you gotta take the work where you can.
Brazil tripping is always amazing, filled with adventure, travel, psy family and friendships; isn’t that the point of it all?
Check out more pics from my Brazil trip:
Listening to: DJ Zaghini (Brazil)
WITH TUNE RAIDER