The Life of a Party | Diary of a DJane
I had the best time this year at Easter Vortex.
I was in a great head space to party, so I might sound slightly bias, but I also felt that there was a great energy on the dance floor amongst the trees on a farm in Caledon. Heather Dreyer and her team were responsible for creating this year’s Easter celebration and I feel that the job was well done; the layout, the décor and friendly crew… all superb. The one amazing thing about this party was it brought out some old faces that haven’t been seen in a while and Raja Ram’s set showcased some old tracks that haven’t been heard on a big rig in over a decade as well as some remixes of old favourites. All in all it was a party to remember, and on my way home driving along with my mind reliving certain moments of the past weekend, it got me thinking – do we ever stop to show gratitude to the people who make it possible for us to have our parties and our psy scene?
The promoters of our industry work so hard putting a festival together and sometimes have to endure the harshest weather conditions and handle situations that we at the party are completely unaware of, just so we can have a good time. Our psytrance industry predominately does not use sponsorship to help towards the financial backing of events so the parties are created like any events company, with hard earned cash to front it.
People complain at the cost of a ticket for an event, but do we truly understand what it costs to make an event without sponsorship? The list of what you need is massive for any kind of event; we’re talking a couple of hundred thousand, and nowadays the bar is set high for the level of production, yet people are still moaning about this or that. I find it slightly distressing, because we should be grateful we even get to party! So many places around the world have huge problems preventing them from experiencing a healthy party scene that offers events almost every weekend. They’re lucky to even get the party running without being closed down. We live in 2015 and life is expensive, and with the cost of living rising, why wouldn’t the cost of an event go up with it?
I still have to pinch myself as a reminder of how fortunate we are to get this opportunity to drive out to a remote area and party with a bunch of crazy like minded smiley people, practically every weekend all spring, summer and autumn, and nowadays through winter as well but just going indoors, it’s crazy!!!
Here in Cape Town we have had many clubs and promoters come and go over the years – who of you remember right in the beginning there was ‘Logos’ in Muizenberg?
I never went there, that was before my time. There was the legendary ‘Getafix’ above the Hemp shop off Long street which then moved to the Gardens area; I remember both clubs very well, I spent many nights there dancing it up and then later becoming a DJ there. I played the closing night which we brought the house down!!! You could also buy food and hot drinks over the bar counter, I felt so safe going there and I often went alone. Or what about Afrogalactic Cafe, Club Babylon then later there was Upstairs, above ‘Mama Africa’? After that there was the ‘Labyrinth’ parties at club ‘Opium’. Those parties rocked the mid-week, I remember playing there after my radio show; they had huge nights, jam packed!!! Organik had a Wednesday club night in Obz called Roots, where Trenchtown is now, I remember playing some wild parties in there too. Then came the days of the ‘Bang Bang’ club in Loop Street and Rhino Room.
Other events worth remembering include the ‘Free Range’ outdoor parties, they always had a cool theme, then there was “Psychosis” that did a few outdoors and indoor events, Trancegression who were responsible for the Skazi parties who did a few outdoor and indoor events. I loved their warehouse parties in winter, it made winter bearable. I wish we had more warehouse parties. Then there were the promoters out of town who created smaller events such as ‘Psynapse’ on the Garden Route who started the Gwaing River Parties and smaller beach and forest gatherings for a few years. ‘Mushroom Mafia’ in Joburg were also legendary. (I might have forgotten a name or too I do apologise). I feel these promoters have really helped create our industry and although many may not be around anymore or only came in for a few years, in my opinion they helped shape our history in those years.
I think it is important not to become complacent with anything in life because it could be over in a second and you could never experience it again. It’s important to give thanks and gratitude to where it is earned. So I personally say a huge thank you to all the promoters out there big and small who are working hard to make it all happen for us, without everyone’s hard work DJ’s and artists like myself wouldn’t get the chance to express ourselves on massive rigged stages or even in small crazy clubs, it’s an amazing life we lead. Xxx
All images courtesy of Aumega Photography
What I’m listening to now
In memory of the Raja Ram experience I suggest you listen to this … it brings back memories of the Total Solar Eclipse party in 2002 for me!!! But for the newer crowd, I am sure Easter Vortex will be etched in your memory banks, not only with this track, but for the amazing event we were blessed with.
LETS ALL TAKE SOME MESCALINE!!!!!