You sometimes hear stories about friendships that spawned from childhood and stretched out into adult life. What you don’t often hear is those stories resulting in one of the biggest trance duos in the world. In this case it has, and is the reason Yotopia will be rolling in for the Love & Light festival this December.[one_half last=”no”]
For almost a decade, Yonatan Rimon and Tomer Dayan have been blasting their tunes out of stacks all over the globe. Their first album, Point Blank, was released under Portuguese label Flow Records in 2005. From there, they made their way from party to party, giving people a taste of their ‘Yotopian’ sound at iconic events such as Tshitraka , Indian Spirit, Full Moon Festival , Glade Festival , Boom Festival and Universal Parallello – to name a few.
Struggling to find enough studio time in their busy schedule, they began to explore not only as producers but as listeners as well. After being introduced to the sounds of progressive house and techno, and having made it past what they call the “crossroad of waiting for the right time”, they felt prepared – and with reason. Their second release, Connect the Dots, was released in 2009 under trance behemoth Iboga Records and saw their success and acclaim skyrocket even further.
“Too many artists use only the well-known formula that ‘pops the crowd’.”
Another Tel-Aviv sensation, they provide an insight into the Israeli scene that I wasn’t aware of before. All this time, I thought there was something in the air of the city, but maybe not so much. “It’s not really about Tel Aviv, because many didn’t actually grow up there. Tel Aviv is the centre, where young people come to ‘make it’. Most of the known artists are from small places and suburbs and later moved to Tel Aviv. But the city provides the perfect setting for young artists. There’s always places open, parties to check out and new people to meet,” they tell me.
I’ve noticed something plaguing many long-time partygoers over the past year or two in regards to the latest boom in trance party popularity, and the influx of progressive ‘ear candy’ music that has come with it. The veterans have more to share on this: “Expanding is not a bad thing, but it can obviously be used in a very wrong way.[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”]
Too many artists use only the well-known formula that ‘pops the crowd’. Even more than that, the problem is the booking agencies and promoters that are not in for the love of it, are more driven from personal interests and money. That’s why you can see parties with practically 10-12 hours of the same style all over again – it has no logic, and the people are starting to feel the same.”
So what is the ideal festival? “In our mind, a perfect event blends different styles from deep and tech house, to more techno and progressive house. Then it’s the perfect time to have space for more deep progressive trance acts, which are so hard to find today. And from there you move on to the more powerful stuff, still keeping a little bit of everything and not too much of the same thing. There are too many promoters that are afraid to do that and bring only big names or friends to play.”
They describe their music as more than just another prog-psy-tech hybrid, they believe it to be best described as a story that they try to tell. “Each set has its own character. It’s more about presenting the set as one piece, instead of throwing separate bombs, one after the other. And with our ‘miles down the road’, we’ve become quite good story tellers.”
I know I speak on behalf of all Capetonian trancers when I say that Yotopia is a very welcome addition to the stellar line ups set out for the rest of the year. Before we end our conversation, they have a few final thoughts to share with those of us eagerly awaiting their performance this December.
“We’ve heard great feedback about Love & Light and we honestly can’t wait to get there, to party and to have good times with you all. It’s also our first time in South Africa and it’s always so much fun to get to know a new place. People – feel free to come and say hello on the dance floor!”
I’ll take them up on that offer, and I’m sure I’ll see you all there too.[/one_half]