This was one of my best sets and I’m so glad I played it at Vortex. Vortex is a favourite on my calendar. After moving to a new venue this year, with tons of drama from people trying to stop the party, the Vortex crew has surpassed themselves! The new venue is even better than the old, in a beautiful Blue Gum Tree forest.
So much fun was had by all. I managed to lose my wallet on Saturday, always a stupid thing to do. Someone handed it in and I managed to get it back on Sunday, with all my card and drivers license in! The community and friendly vines there are phenomenal, make a plan to get there next year.
Stoked to finally be able to share this epic journey of NANO RECORDS nooizes that myself and brother from another mother, Regan Nano, wove together at the Origin Festival in Cape Town earlier this year
…truly was a magical 2-minds-meld-into-1 experience and looking forward to many more merry blasts together in the time ahead
Endeavour is the psychedelic trance project by Iván Gonzalez, computer geek and sound designer born and raised in México. He has been involved into music since his childhood and he soon discovered the psytrance scene, which is now his primary passion and artistic expression. He spends most of his time writing music, trying to improve his producing skills and experimenting new ideas, with the aim of exciting people and injecting them pure energy on the dancefloor. He is nowadays well-known in the local scene, for the quality and maturity of his music, which reflects the knowledge he acquired through the years. His creativity and his understanding of audio manipulation enabled Endeavour to start collaborations with the best psytrance labels all over the world. The Endeavour project wants to bring all the listeners, dancers and fans, an intelligent and unique psychedelic trance experience, and its power has already led him to perform at numerous events in Europe & Brazil. He choose to become part of the Blacklite Records crew and to release his debut album – currently in process and expected in early 2015 – in order to spread his twisted psytrance all over the world. Follow Endevour and discover all the news about him!
Noemi Black is a born in Poland young Techno Djane. She loves heavy, industrial sounds thats why she always was fascinated in TECHNO music. In her DJ set’s and podcast’s you can hear everything that is the best in TECHNO genere.
She began her career in Poland. Noemi played at many events across the country, especially: Magnetic Sounds (Poznan), Mental Asylum Night (Warsaw), Audiolake Festival (Radkow), Electronic Festival (Krakow), Silesia in Love (Chorzow) and on many club events.
In 2014 she moved to Germany and here continues her career. During her musical adventures she had the opportunity to meet and play together with: Klaudia Gawlas, Drumcomplex, Niereich, Hackler&Kuch, Fatima Haji, Marika Rossa, Alex Bau, Ramiro Lopez, Dominik Eulberg, Kerstin Eden, Sven Wittekind, Björn Torwellen, Mike Vath and many more.
On March 2013 Noemi runs her own radio show called “Technical Vibe” which is broadcast on Digitally Imported Radio and many more international radio stations. In this podcast she captivates Her fans with the most interesting track’s wider range of techno music. By partnering with major music labels from around the world Noemi has access to unreleased tracks, which also promotes in Her radio podcasts.
This was one of those rare sets where everything just goes right. They don’t happen very often, but when they do, they create a new kind of energy on the dancefloor. Everyone can feel the absolute elation in the DJ and that cannot be faked. When one has a set like that, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been DJing or how many bad days you’ve had that week. All that matters is the smiles in the crowd and the joy in your heart.
This first Spirit Train experience of ours was actually 3 years in the making and, as fate would have it, from every perspective, all the elements came together to make it pure magic.
As Burn virgins, we arrived wide-eyed and bushy tailed, finally, getting to lay eyes (and ears) on the beast that is LOBO (what a beautiful creature it is).
When stepping aboard knew we were home.
The (relatively) warm, windless night and even the delays in operations on the Wednesday, all seemed to play in our favour. A later start in the small hours of Thursday morning meant meeting the challenge of keeping the light-dancers entertained and lift their energy or risk losing them to the darkness of the night (and sleep).
LUPIS and LOBO, arranged to work in unison to encapsulate and mesmerize in invisible amphitheater, demanded it.
Musically our intent was to merge our personal tastes and do our best to fill the playa with sound. Having its tendrils reach out and, hopefully, draw people towards the light.
On a personal level, as DJs and a couple, this set was all the more poignant. Life and travels mean that this will likely have been the last of our infamous back2back sets.
So we wanted to go out with a bang…
When the sound engineer came up and whispered that he was entrusting us with “all the headroom” and we saw the hard-working Spirit Train crew squeezing the last of their juice to have a little sesh and the countless, dusty smiles getting their rave on, we realised, with great gratitude and humility, that we would share in a priceless magical moment, one that marked a new experience for us and also a perfectly fitting send off and end of an era.
We hope this mix continues to bring as much joy as it did out on the playa.
HAUSWORK is a DJ duo combining Ainslie Ford and Nicole Weitsz. A brand originally associated with “all girl” line-up events hosted at the famous Chukkachurri beat bar in Cape Town, South Africa.
As DJ’s both Ainslie and Nicole have an appreciation for sounds crossing various electronic genres. Hauswork as a duo focuses primarily on their housier sounds.
A self-confessed late bloomer, it wasn’t until 2007 that old skool club-stalwart Nicole found herself living in a house blessed with turntables, and the bug bit hard.
Quickly grasping the fundamentals of vinyl, timecode and controller interfaces, she found a passion for big room, bass heavy, thumping techno, in direct contrast to the more delicate sounds of her female counterparts. Frustrated with the politics of trying to work her way in to the scene, she started what became the most successful night ever to feature at the legendary Chukka Churri. The infamous Hauswork name was born. With an all-female line up playing to a packed-out dancefloor, Nicole found a home to refine and develop her rousing sound.
With the closing of Chukka the Hauswork name became the outlet for the housier musings as a back2back partnership with one time mentor, Ainslie Ford, which still continues to rock Cape Town’s dancefloors with a fearless fusion of deeper and techier house. The 8 hour journeys in to dawn at Bullion became a mainstay and the duo still finds themselves regularly on long-set duty to this day.
Nicole’s techno sound has evolved to be as competent opening a floor as closing a party, whilst always remaining accessible to the changing dancefloor landscape. This has contributed to her becoming one of the most regularly booked female DJs in Cape Town.
Zimbabwean born, Cape Town based DJ, Ainslie Ford, has been involved in the dance music scene since his move to Cape Town in the mid-90’s.
An enthusiastic and somewhat legendary clubber, he took his passion for the electronic sound, (born many years before through his attraction to the musical stylings of the legendary group, Yello) to the decks. Originally this was crafted in to a challenging and emotive progressive sound.
After picking up a sound engineering qualification, and a sojourn to the U.K, where his mettle as an artist was tested in various residencies and underground warehouse and squat parties, Ainslie returned to South Africa and successfully plied his skills in Johannesburg.
Returning to Cape Town he got involved with Rhythm is my Bitch, becoming the self-proclaimed “grumpy old man” of the team. He then hosted the Underground Sounds of Cape Town online radio show, and formed the collective of the same name.
Currently he is a regular and resident in some of Cape Town’s nightclubs and his eye is set on promotion of his own events featuring local and international artists who are driving the sound forward.
An outspoken protector of and protagonist for the heart of the scene, his passion in the straight beat sound sweeps across the realms of deep and tech house, tech and techno and this is compiled in to considered sets which reflect his ability to tease, read and lead the listener with surgical precision.
DJ and producer Marcel Dettmann is recognised as one of the most influential proponents of contemporary techno. Widely associated with iconic trademarks including Berlin, Berghain and Hard Wax, Dettmann stays true to his roots by consistently innovating his interpretation of electronic music, integrating art with the scene.
Raised in the former GDR, in a small town near Berlin, Dettmann had already begun to develop his passion for electronic music in his youth. Bands like Depeche Mode, The Cure and Front 242, as well as post-punk and industrial, count as his earliest influences, long before he discovered his affinity for techno. His hometown lacked a record store specialising in electronic music, so between 1995 and 1998 Dettmann began selling vinyl from his own home. He purchased records from various distributers, Hard Wax amongst others, both to resell to his friends and to cement the foundation for his own considerable collection.
Like many of his friends, the mid-nineties saw Dettmann frequenting Berlin’s nightlife. This included club institutions E-Werk and Tresor where the resident DJs of that time aroused his passion for the Chicago and Detroit influenced sound. In 1999, after many (including self-organised) parties, his turning point came; Dettmann began to work as a resident DJ at Ostgut, Berghain’s predecessor. Shortly thereafter upon receiving a job offer from Hard Wax, he finally moved to Berlin. His apprenticeship as a vinyl buyer and seller as well as DJ, granted him an extensive depth of musical knowledge and intuition.
Dettmann quests tirelessly for new ways and inspiration to further develop his own concept of electronic music. His label MDR (Marcel Dettmann Records) serves as a platform upon which to shape his musical vision, and through its releases, to launch new talent onto the techno scene. As a curator and producer, Dettmann fosters the call to create in a way which is equally timeless and innovative. His own releases comprise two albums on Ostgut Ton, numerous singles and remixes for artists of various genres – Junior Boys, Fever Ray, Moderat, Commix, Clark and Laibach to name a few. Furthermore, he has produced compilation albums for London’s fabric club, Berlin’s Berghain, the Belgian techno label Music Man and one issue of the DJ Kicks compilation series on !K7 imprint.
Outside of the club context, Marcel Dettmann has established himself as a multi-faceted artist. He designed the sound concept for „New Works“, an exhibition of photographer Frederike von Rauch, contributed to the contemporary dance project „Masse“ – together with Frank Wiedemann and choreographer Nadja Saidakowa in cooperation with Berghain and the Berlin State Ballet. His single “Seduction feat. Emika” provided the soundtrack to director and screenwriter Parker Ellerman’s short film of the same name.
As a passionate DJ and one of the faces of Berghain, Dettmann seeks to inspire his listeners with sounds both reduced and rough, balanced by emotional and surprising moments throughout his sets. Between pure techno, banging Chicago, tracks old and new of the past twenty-five years, Marcel Dettmann communicates his message with an apparent effortlessness.
Sourone (Michal Kalinowski) is a one person musical project focused on widely understood electronic music . His fascination with electronic music took from a young age, but he started production in 2005. Since then, he’s in love with sequences ,envelopes and automations. His work is characterized by two poles. The first revolves around a progressive minimal and tech trance, which seeks to draw from the various, sometimes very different forms like dubstep, electro, and even amen d’n’b . Very easy to notice his fascination with glitch. In this matter Sourone had an honor to release on compilations on some bigger labels. The second pole of his music is melodic, broken electronics – idm, minimal dnb. from this side u can feel his distinctive flow, but the form itself is different from the opposite pole. “evil” factor and the dark harmony is replaced by the light side. The two poles are inspired by each other, and sometimes penetrating through synergy, new ideas and new sounds. Also as Enoruos – his side project – he is creating abstract and melodic experimental . Sourone launched his live act in 2008 when he played his first live performance. Since then he had opportunity to appear on lotsa line ups.