I get time to think about stuff whilst on the road when I travel long distances for parties, and this time around I thought about the words from the recent Raja Ram interview on IDM Mag. It’s really interesting to hear the opinion of someone who lived the growth of this industry. I don’t think we actually stop to ever consider what we are living and experiencing each time we are all involved in creating a festival, everyone, including the party goers; together we create our trance scene. He spoke with such wisdom due to his years of dedication to the psychedelic music world, and a true understanding of the beauty that lies within these crazy lifestyles we lead. I am so excited to be seeing this living legend DJ this weekend at the Easter Vortex, which also marks 21 years of VORTEX Productions… and we get to hear Shpongle on a massive rig, what a psychedelic treat!
The one thing that he said that resonated with me the most from the interview was;
People often think parties are not important or they are frivolous, but they are so much more than that.”
Being a Psytrance party goer isn’t just for a party on the weekend, it’s a lifestyle that we carry with us and we create lives around it, we meet people, make connections that you might never have come into contact with, or just to get to travel to a remote venue to spend the weekend in the great outdoors, fresh air and get in touch with nature. To have a sense that we have a tribe to congregate with and have something bigger than just our careers and jobs that supposedly define us (I am probably bias towards this way of life because it is all I know).
Big Festivals and small gatherings each have their own special energy, and it’s those energies we need to tap into and take home. I feel it is magic that is created by the energy exchange and intention of everyone’s hard work to bring together these massive playgrounds that resemble wonderlands in the forests, mountains or beaches, or even down to clubs in the winter time. But it is creating an opportunity to get away from life’s worries and financial drains, and to rather dance, laugh, be silly and… LET GO!!!
Not every party is going to have these moments of heart bursting expressions on the dance floor or enable you to have an epiphany of your life. It might actually be about about connecting with people, chatting and chilling in the sunshine, or sometimes it’s just nice to go to a club on a Wednesday night and hear some psychedelic music and meet up with friends for drinks at the bar and perhaps shake your butt for an hour, then go home. Sometimes we just need a massive festival to get lost in, and disappear on a dance floor for a few hours, where nobody knows your name, but we all have this comfortable sense of being in the right place. I know I sound like I’m giving the rose tinted version of the Psytrance festivals; there is obviously also the negative side of parties, but we have to go through it to understand it, and with every good there is a bad, it’s the law of the universe.
Going to parties is so much more than just going to a party, it truly allows us ALL to come together from all walks of life. We are all gathered together in remote locations dancing under the moon and stars, watch sunrises or baking under the sun whilst having the best time!!! What better stress reliever is there? What war? What global Debt? What load shedding or national chaos?
Yes parties are a distraction, but I think we need it every now and then.
I don’t know about you , but I have never felt like this at any other type of party; I really feel we tap into something when we’re on the floor of a Psytrance party.
It’s amazing how the psytrance scene has grown around South Africa. This past weekend I was playing up at Wacky Woods near Jeffrey’s Bay with DJane Satori, and we both had such a great time sharing our music with everyone who came to dance with us. The gathering was intimate, but the appreciation from the people was awesome and one can really see that the effort put in over the years from Rudy Rossouw from Wacky Woods and his team has definitely made an impact in his area over the years. It’s amazing that in little South Africa we have small festivals in different areas of our country. The Psy fever is spreading and it’s up to us to keep it strong with effort and Love from all of us so that we we can make another 30 years or more of psychedelic freedom.
See you all this Monday 9:30 am-11:30 am at the Vortex <3
Enjoy a short little trip down memory lane – or if you’re newbie, a brief history lesson with these pics of Vortex parties through the years, that I found in my collection.
Psychedelic Freedom!!!!!! Shout it out as loud as you can.
Vortex Through the Years
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