Earth Dance for peace and love
What an epic start to the season – those of you who went to Alien Safari Sprung will agree with me that it was truly an explosion of energy. Everyone seemed to shake off the winter and welcome the spring fever. I personally had the best time, totally letting loose on the dance floor and immersing myself in some of my favourite artists music. I also play a lot of the music from artist such as KIM, Earthling, Ever Blast and Chromatone, so for me on a personal note, I was in musical heaven.
This week we are amping up for another epic journey with Good Times events for Earth Dance in Cape Town.
Earth Dance – More than just a party
I’m assuming you are all aware of the ethos behind this festival making it an extra special event.
Besides the global dance for peace the productions raises funds through the festival for big charity organisations such as Earth Child Project – I think its super important to do as much as we can for charity and what better way than to make a party! I personally get involved in any charity work I can, sometimes we make a club night and raise funds for buying blankets for dog shelters, or school stationary for the ‘7 passes swop shop.’ I feel that everyone should do a little something, as it all helps at the end of the day.
Playing Earth Dance is truly an honour and I cherish each set I’ve had the privilege of playing for them because of its overall intention. We are all there to come together and give energy and dance with the intention of love and peace. I have had the pleasure to jam a few Earth Dance Parties – this year’s set will be the first time I will play a morning set – so join me for some seriously big beats.
Earth Dance Memories
My first set I ever played for Earth Dance was back in 2006.
I remember being really nervous, I was placed as the set before the link up. Back then the stage was still small and modest, the décor consisted of shading and painted back drops to cover the speaker stacks. I remember the mountains were covered in snow in the distance, so it was super cold up on stage and consequently made me super sick the week after. I think my close sister friend Julisa Peterson gave the prayer for peace. This was a big deal for us, because she was a huge help in getting me on the decks in the beginning of my career and together we stood on stage at an Earth Dance which was a big achievement back then – great memories.
Cape of Storms
2008 was the party of storms – the event started off with sunny skies and a great vibe on the dancefloor. There was a huge queue outside the entrance to the venue, as literally the whole of Cape Town was pulling in to party. I will never forget the moment I realised the weather was about to change, standing in the food vendor area chatting away, and with no warning the wind picked up and as the sun set the storm pulled in. I think it was one of the worst wind storms ever! It literally tore the party apart, yet we still managed to carry on till the very end, leaving the real ‘stompers’ behind to party hard. I remember standing on the stage holding onto the decks, as it really felt like the stage was swaying in the wind, the crowd didn’t seem like they were dancing too hard but rather huddling together to get protection as the dust storm raged over their heads. The show went on till the very end, and turned out to be an awesome start to the 2008 season.
For Earth Dance 2009 I was invited back to dance for peace. This time the stage was a lot bigger and I was a lot more confident in my mixing, and I remember rocking it hard. When it was time for the prayer for peace, they had a group of people walking in a line holding white flags trailing through the crowd, creating a mystical vibe. It was a beautiful experience to be on the stage to lead the link up with the MC for The Prayer for Peace and the amazing part is that all around the world there are people doing the same thing at that very moment, connecting us all to the moment in time and channelling the powerful love and energy of the earth.
My favourite Earth Dance, from a personal DJ perspective, was 2012.
I had an amazing set; it really was one for the books. This time the stage looked like a massive flower, and I remember really connecting with the whole experience, ‘plugged in’ so to speak.
I felt my heart chakra beam with energy while I played, the wind was blowing and to me that can be magical with the style of music that I was playing; creating a vortex of energy that flowed through the dance floor. I recall a couple of big cheer moments and I really enjoyed that set the most – let’s see if I can top it off with this year’s set for Earth Dance Cape Town 2015 !
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