“All I have from SA are sweet memories, it was when I had only started DJ-ing so all was still fresh and new back then.”
Israeli based, Progressive Psy ambassador D-Addiction will be playing live this week-end at the annual Origin Festival. Since his founding days he has been wielding the swords of innovative and intuitive music production and DJ skills. He talks to us about his admiration for the South African Psy scene, his objective with his Quantize project and just what exactly (in his opinion) draws people to various forms of music.
You hold Belgium in high regard as a turning point for your musical expression. What is the story behind this?
When I reached the age of eleven my parents were sent to work at the Israeli embassy in Belgium, so it wasn’t really up to me but I’m very grateful for that. I was exposed to so much electronic music at such a young age. It’s kind of thanks to that that I got my electronic fever back in the early nineties.
What was your game mission with Quantize, did you achieve the goals you had set out? Also which decisions led to your solo outfit début in 2010 as D-Addiction?
Well the mission was to be innovative in the progressive scene and I think it was definitely achieved.
The decision to start a solo project came from the urge to really lay down my own thoughts and feelings. It was time to search new grounds, evolve, expand and look for a brand new path for my psychedelic experiences, D-Addiction started Dec 2010 to be exact.
Your primary musical influence stems from the dance music era of the 90’s and early 2000’s while you were playing in countries like Thailand and India. Which sort of influences from that time and those countries would you say you still hold within yourself and your music?
Honestly I can’t think of something specific from those countries that influenced my music directly. Of course everything that I have encountered while travelling back then has left some kind of trace in me and in my music. I love meeting people and collecting experiences so all of those things have a direct impact on my creations.
If one had to sum up your particular brand of Progressive Techno Trance into a feeling, what would that description be?
That’s a tricky one. I think the most appropriate feeling would be energetic, seeing that that’s what I feel and aim to create when I’m in the studio, a sweeping and driving feeling.
You’ve played in South Africa before, what stands out as a strong memory of your time here?
All I have from SA are sweet memories, it was when I had only started DJ-ing so all was still fresh and new back then. I remember I was amazed by the whole scene there. It was how the parties went down, the people who participated in those events and also the great SA Psy trance music that started to really take off around those years. That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited to return, it’s like closure for me seeing as those were my first steps in to the Psy trance scene at the time .
What do you make of the popularity that Psy/Progressive Trance enjoys in ours and a few other countries, and what sort of people can you surmise are drawn to it?
I’m pretty proud and happy to see Progressive Psy where it’s at today and it’s still getting bigger by the minute, especially seeing as though when I started, Progressive Psy was not as popular or being played at big events. To see it change and grow along the years is always a pleasure .
I don’t think it draws a specific group of people, I think music finds its way to people, and when you love something, you are then naturally drawn to it and interested by it. It’s just a matter of time until you are living the music as a part of your every daily life. If you are able to connect to the music or not then from there the rest is clear.
Since you are Israeli based, would you say your general contemporary influence is Tel Aviv inspired and is that what you will be bringing to Origin this year?
Well I’ll be bringing… guess you will just have to get down there and see and hear for yourself no?
INTERVIEW: Mary Honeychild
Alright then, if you truly would like to find out the ‘flavour combination’ he’ll be bringing to the main Psy Trance floor at the annual Origin Festival this week-end, find yourself there at 23h00 on Friday night for a DJ set and on Sunday 14:00 – 15:00 for a live set in order to bear witness!