Skyfall Menog Interview – “first place is South Africa”
Whether you know him as Skyfall Menog or simply by his name Daniel Bernardo – the Portuguese psytrance producer has made friends all around the world with his chilled vibe and his killer productions. A firm favourite in South Africa, it’s no surprise that he loves playing here and after a brief hiatus – it’s been a few years since we last saw him here, hasn’t it? – he returns armed with his new progressive project – Skyfall and to also blast us with the darker, twistier full on sounds of Menog.
This time he is doing a bit of a tour with three gigs lined up – 2 in Cape Town;
- Origin Festival 2015: 30 Jan – 1 Feb
- Fiction: 4 Feb
Then off to Joburg for;
You’ve played in South Africa a few times in the past. How do you describe our parties to your friends in Europe?
Skyfall Menog: I always say I have my top 3 places to play worldwide and in first place is South Africa, does that answer your question?
What made you decide to start your progressive project (Skyfall)?
Skyfall Menog: I needed something new in my musicical life, I needed more inspiration and I also started to enjoy the 135 to 138 BPM music, and I couldn’t do that with Menog, so Skyfall was born.
You’ve naturally put more time into Skyfall over the past 12-18 months which would be understandable. Do you think writing progressive music will change your approach to new Menog tracks?
Skyfall Menog: It has already. I´m using some techniques from progressive music on my Menog project, and it’s always good to work on something other than your 15 year old project…. but Menog will always be Menog…
What was the biggest learning curve going from writing full-on music to progressive?
Skyfall Menog: To take it more easy music wise…and that with slower music you can actually give more quality to it, there is more space in between, so there is more space to focus on small details.
It seems like things may be coming full circle again after a few years of progressive trance dominating the daytime dancefloor. Do you agree that daytime full on seems to be making a comeback after losing popularity for a while?
Skyfall Menog: Like you said, it’s a circle… and yes it’s coming back little by little, but progressive I think will always be dominant for day time; it’s the perfect music for day time.
How did you discover psytrance?
Skyfall Menog: In 1997 a friend of mine gave me the Deedrah – “A Self Oscillation” album and one week after I went to my first psytrance event near Lisbon.
Who were some of your early psytrance heroes when you first started making tunes?
Skyfall Menog: Tim Shuldt, Infected Mushroom and Cydonia (Dino Psaras) were the main heroes back then…
If you could do an official remix for any artist in the world (no matter how famous) who (and what track) would you choose?
Skyfall Menog: In the trance scene you mean? I would remix Infected Mushroom – The Fly.
What’s the best thing about travelling the world playing your music to people?
Skyfall Menog: To be appreciated for what you do for love, and in my case, to be able to live the dream from my childhood.
And what is the worst part about travelling all the time?
Skyfall Menog: All the waiting alone and the jetlag!!!
The global psytrance scene: Does anything need to change or is it as good as it can be right now, worldwide?
Skyfall Menog: Needs to have more and more quality festivals to make it even bigger worldwide, and in some countries it needs to have proper promoters to make events more professional rather than doing it just for the money.