Dave Mac catches up with the Skragg on his new venture into the world of events and artist management as he chats about the Multiverz; the new company he has formed with long time friend, Johan ‘Brez’ Bresler…
Multiverz is a new events brand, but the people behind it have been in the scene for many years right?
Yes that’s right Dave, Multiverz is a brand new company forged from our love for what we do. While we are launching the company by hosting a slamming series of winter indoor psy-progressive techno events, Multiverz is more than just an events company. It will augment into an artist management agency and record label. We are currently compiling a various artist compilation due for release later in 2013 which will see the launch of Multiverz Records. Multiverz is a joint venture between Johan Bresler and Craig Hudson. Johan AKA Brez, has decades of events and production experience through being involved in various music scene’s, amongst others as a manager for the legendary Prime Circle. Craig Hudson (AKA The Skragg, Radbom L and Twisted System) is a DJ and Producer that has been involved with Psy-Trance in South Africa for over 15 years, a founding member of Timecode Records and been privileged enough to have performed all over the world as an artist. These two maniacs have joined forces to combine their extensive knowledge and experience with the ideology of making a valuable contribution to the Multiverz.
Names are usually difficult to come up with – how’d Multiverz happen and does it have a meaning?
Essentially it’s the name given by earthlings to the chasm of cosmic ocean their planet floats around in, traditionally known as the Universe. However evolved understanding of the Quantum Sciences has revealed the hypothesis of infinite parallel universes – hence the term Multiverz. The Multiverz is symbolised by the concept that all possibilities exist symbiotically as one.
The CT trance scene is bigger than ever and seems to still be growing. What’s your take on why this single scene dominates in the W. Cape?
Wow, that’s a complex question. It’s obviously a combination of so many things. Having seen festivals and events in countries all over the world I would say that a huge factor is that this sub-culture has been allowed to evolve in a relatively free and open environment. We are so blessed in Cape Town to be allowed to have regular outdoor events in the most beautiful locations in nature. Over time the authorities and organisers have learnt to work together but the mere fact that framework exists within our system has created a tolerant space enabling the scene to grow and flourished unhindered. The timing of the movement is also a big factor as the collective consciousness itself was on the dawn of a new age of understanding to think for itself. As with stuff like the internet brought access to real knowledge, the trance movement saw a convergence of free-thinkers and open-minded people gathering to explore and experience life – no wonder it’s become so popular 🙂
You have a series of parties lined up for winter. Is Multiverz specifically aiming at the indoor market or are there plans to go outdoors?
Yes we are hosting 4 indoor events at Trinity in Cape Town this winter starting with SACRED TECHNOLOGY on Saturday 1st June. We have decided to launch the company now during winter to establish the Multiverz. We are going indoors for now because it’s getting cold in Cape Town already and being outdoors is a bit risky from a weather perspective. We certainly have big plans to go outdoor and look forward to the forthcoming summer.
What do you feel is the core thing that may distinguish you from other promoters?
Music is at the core of the Multiverz – everything is frequency! We aren’t here to re-invent the wheel. South Africa has some incredible event organisers that have already set a very high standard. We want to hear the best musicians on the planet in the best possible circumstances as well as contribute towards the greater body of knowledge through our work as an artist agency and record label. One aspect the Multiverz will be focusing on is the business relationship between local artists and promoters. We will be setting an example in that respect in the hope that other promoters recognise the viability of such a model. This is all about the music and our artist’s need to get what they deserve.
You’ve selected Major-7 for your first event and Perfect Stranger for the second one. What made you choose them?
All the big international artists we are bringing are musicians that we listen to ourselves. I was lucky enough to hear Major-7 at the last Rezonance Festival and was blown away. They are also X-noiZe and we’ve been listening to their music for even longer so it’s a great honour to be able to bring them down to play both acts. Our second event is on Friday 28th June with the granddaddy of Progressive-Techno – Perfect Stranger. When he did a recent remix competition online it was backed by Ableton and the master has over 100k likes on his FB page – that is bordering on insanity! We can’t wait to have Yuli here and get to know him a little better and obviously we’re really excited to see what he has got in store for us this time around.