Raiding the Summer Season | Diary of a DJane
Wow is a word that comes to mind when I think about this past psytrance season. Every year after the end of the outdoor parties I am left with a feeling of good memories, growth, exhaustion and change. To be perfectly honest with you – for me as a Djane, this year has been a challenging one. The start of season my life changed with an ending of a relationship. I had no choice but to face the music and get on stage, step into Tune Raider mode and give you the best sets I can.
Sometimes in life you have to leave your emotions at the door, and go perform. I pulled through it every time and, from a personal perspective, still managed to play some of the best sets of my life. I can honestly say that the music saved me! Even at the darkest moments of this past season I have found solace in the beats. I look back over my summer of psy and I am amazed at my transformation; I feel lighter and positive about life and the future of everything and I feel I can be grateful for the opportunity to shine, through being a DJ and a chance to connect with people on a dance floor through the energy of music. I am not a producer, I am a DJ. My Job description at a party big or small is to mix tunes and make sure you have the BEST time!!!! Now that winter has arrived and the outdoor season is over, it is time for healthy foods, detox and loads of yoga, reflection and to re-energise for next season.
Here are some of my highlights from the 2014/15 Season
- The beginning of last season I was on tour in Portugal, one of the highlights was playing at Samavada with Kieron (Rubix Qube) and Barry (Frozen Ghost). All three of us jammed so well, and really represented South Africa on that stage.
- Groovy Troopers in November was killer, I arrived late because I went to the wrong venue and then almost ran out of petrol. I got to play a nice Sunday set that day.
- December Vortex is always close to my heart, as Vortex was my first party I ever went to,; the beginning of the end…lol… The December Vortex venue is such a trek, but totally worth the mission. I really feel we tap into an energy source under those trees; it is called the Circle of Dreams for a reason, I reckon.
- Rez Fest: I will never get used to playing a stage like Rezonance, what an enormous machine; the crowd’s energy just after New Year’s eve was so powerful, and then by my third track, some dude tripping out hit the ON/OFF switch of the main rig. I didn’t realize at first, and I was dancing away all by myself in front of an entire Rez crowd, who proceeded to become very annoyed there was no sound. In moments like that, the sound guys have to go through a process in order to find and then fix the problem, but when they did, the crowd’s reaction to the first beat was absolutely atomic.
- Masqued Ball was the next big one for my season, this time it was a verses set with my close friend and sista Jeanelle ~ Satori, we worked really hard to make that set flow nicely. It’s so different when you share a stage with someone, every time you finish a mix, one has to let go of the beats, almost unplug from the headspace of the soundscape, and then step back in when it is your turn again. I feel the best way to keep in it, is to carry on dancing, keep the beat tapping in your feet, it’s one of the reasons I dance so much when I play, it’s a method to stay focused. I can definitely say it was a beautiful moment on the Alien Safari stage and I got to share it with Satori. We will play again together one day, but that set will stay with us in our hearts forever.
- Straight after Masqued Ball I jumped on a plane to Portugal for the Women’s’ Day Party – Amazons 2. I spoke about it in my last blog in great length, but I will say this again, it was an honour to have the opportunity to connect with all the different women DJ and artist from all over Europe on one line up. Each lady had journeyed long and hard to get to that point, and there was a sisterhood energy between all of us, even if we had never met before. I also loved the fact that the smallest girl out of the group played the hardest most craziest tunes I had ever heard.
- Throughout the year I frequent different club gigs around Cape Town, I love the fact I get to play alongside many old friends I have made over the years, we are like brothers and sisters in this psy family, and we all come together through our common love for the music and the industry.
- Easter Vortex was so beautiful this year. I am very grateful I got to be on the lineup and meet the legendary Raja Ram. His energy during his set was electric, and I think he jammed harder than anyone half his age. On a personal note, I had a challenging time with the CDJ’s, for some reason it didn’t want to read 1 or 2 of my CDS, rendering me helpless in some moments. I have to express to you how terrifying a moment like this is for a DJ, imagine standing in front of a few 100 people and you got nothing lined up, the next track is fast approaching your final chance to get the beat in, and you don’t even have a track, let alone a queued track… I luckily managed to save it in time!
- Jungala Festival was too much fun; it was my birthday weekend, and getting to play that stage, is always such a treat. There was a moment when I heard a few birthday shout outs from the crowd, that made my day – the dance floor was full power by that stage, I absolutely had to pinch myself to soak in that moment, as life is made up of these moments and it’s important to be present and ‘in the moment’ when they happen.
- Organik Love Project was just stunning, the name says it all, so much love went into this party, I absolutely love to play for Organik. This set went down really well; I tried to do something a little different and I feel it was well received.
I can’t help but sound like I’m gushing and can only give praise, but really every party promoter and artist and DJ in this town have out done themselves this season, each event has been top notch. I know for a fact that international artists dream of playing here.
I don’t know what it is about our parties that are different from anywhere else around the world, perhaps it’s because it’s my home town so I can’t help but be biased.
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