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Launching Frequency of Space with Nikki S
Written by Tara on 22-11-15 15:29 (6790 views)
Certainly no stranger to HarderFaster, Nikki S has been one of the driving forces behind the London dance scene since the heady days of her sell-out Endorphin events in the early noughties. After years promoting events and managing artists and labels, it was perhaps inevitable that she’d eventually follow her passion and start DJing and producing. Now all her hard graft is finally paying off, for she was signed to first Liquid then Alchemy Records earlier this year, then in April her debut EP Mechanical World went straight to No. 2 in the Beatport charts.

On the eve of the release of her incredible debut album Frequency of Space and the album launch party at the Alchemy and Psy-Boutique Party on Saturday 5th December at The Steelyard – where she’ll be playing live alongside psy trance legends Sonic Species, Earthling, Shane Gobi, Hamish, Renegade DJ and Bahar Canca – we managed to get this true diva of dance to slow down for a few minutes for a long overdue chat…
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Andy Force interviews Sourone ahead of his UK debut at the Zenon Records Special
Written by Andy Force on 11-10-15 23:04 (5323 views)
The musical philosophy of some artists suggests that the route to success is the path of adaptation and acquiescence to the fads and fashions which circulate the music scene, in the hope that the popular wave they ride will take them to new heights. Counterposed to this are those to whom the pure expression of musical instinct cannot be compromised, and whose creative art is brought into this world for its own sake. These innovators and originators are the life-blood of the scene; their ideas are the ones which stimulate the growth of new techniques, styles, methods and even genres. These creators often sit on the margins until the world is ready for their arrival, instead of making themselves fit into the pre-existing paradigms of the musical world. [Full Story]

XSI prepare to launch their dancefloor apocalypse at the Shattered Barriers Gathering
Written by SHATTERED BARRIERS on 06-10-15 22:44 (5094 views)
A dancefloor apocalypse is descending on east London and it's going to do more than shatter a few barriers. French psychedelic trance duo XSI are preparing to launch their arsenal of euphoric full-on psy trance stormers on London and you’d better get ready for the fall out!

With the countdown on to the dancefloor apocalypse of the year at the return of Shattered Barriers on Saturday 24th October at iCan Studios, the Shattered Barriers crew got the low down from Jean-Marc Segondy aka Bionix, one half of XSI project...
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Nikki S looks at making Babies, ahead of London Landscapes 2 at Ministry of Sound
Written by Nikki S on 28-08-15 15:43 (6927 views) (3 comments)
After the massive success of hosting the Central Stage at Unsigned Festival London, the Yeah Baby Productions team are teaming up with Furthur Progression Records to celebrate the launch of ‘London Landscapes 2’.

Recognised by Mixmag as one of London’s top day time Indoor/Outdoor festival events, Babies have played host to some of UK’s leading acts, along with some high profile Internationals. We caught up with Yeah Baby Production promoters Dino Ciancamerla (aka Neutrino) & Kerry Dunlop to find out what makes Babies Events so special.
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I survived Glastonbury 2015
Written by Craig Gunn on 20-07-15 13:10 (6496 views) (5 comments)
The Who have played their final encore. Security have ejected the final camper, eager to cling to the hallowed fields of Glastonbury. And as another year draws to a close, the epic task of cleaning up thousands of abandoned tents and laughing-gas cylinders begins in earnest.

And what a festival it was! Glastonbury 2015 had some epic moments with artists giving the performances of their lives. Being my 12th year at the festival I have a solid back catalogue of experiences to draw from so here, I, with the help of others, will try to piece together the highlights.
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HarderFaster Guide to Glastonbury 2015
Written by Craig Gunn on 23-06-15 17:24 (5927 views) (2 comments)
Come rain or shine, Glastonbury is still regarded, with a slight nod to my own personal love affair of the past 15 years, as the ‘mother of all festivals’. It has been rocking and rolling since the day after Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. Back then you could purchase a ticket for £1 to see the Kinks – the following year it was free for Bowie!

Over the years the line-ups have been at times epic; other times there has been a backlash unjustly lathered on the Eavis clan for their inclusion of Kanye West this year for example. There have always been controversial bookings and many naysayers of Glastonbury line-ups. Last year it was for Metallica, who, by all accounts, were fantastic and then Jay-Z the year previously. Even Dolly Parton last year on Sunday afternoon had 100,000 people eating out of the palm of her hand whilst playing the Benny Hill theme tune backwards on saxophone, a surprising goose bump moment for me - who years previously had cried when Radiohead played Fake Plastic Trees – oh how times have changed.
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Harnessing the rational to illuminate the transcendental with Hedflux
Written by Tara on 14-06-15 22:50 (6337 views)
Scottish sonic sorcerer Steve Young aka Hedflux has been DJing since he was a teenager, playing D ‘n’ B and breaks until he caught the psy trance bug and embarked on a passionate production pilgrimage to combine the exquisite atmosphere of psy trance and the groovy eclecticism of breaks. Such aural alchemy soon saw him soon becoming one of the leaders of the pack in the comparatively new genre of psy breaks, before carving his very own genre of psychedelic tech funk.

He’s since launched his own label, Luminus Music, where he continues to give out some of his top tracks for free/donation, many being found on the incredible compilations In Retrospect: Selected Works from 2007–2014 – containing anthems like Music is my Weapon (2007), Revolve (2010) and Pyramid Eclipse (2013) – with remixes from the likes of OOOD, Nanoplex and Bad Tango. In March 2015 he dropped a bomb in the form of the awesome Collaborations EP with Kiwi beat maestro Grouch, featuring remixes from Nanosphere and Brujo’s Bowl, before embarking on an epic tour of Australia. Now he’s back in the UK: but not for long, as he’s about to pack up his studio and move his family to Honduras.

With Hedflux about to play one of his final UK sets for a wee while at Astral Circus on Friday 26 June at Brixton Jamm, we were fortunate enough to get him to answer a few questions about his music, spirituality and ayahuasca and er... quantum physics!
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Free-Spirit's Moka Mafia takes us on a pychedelic adventure to Tribal Village
Written by Tara on 04-05-15 17:47 (5252 views)
Since gathering the London psy tribe and instigating a new breed of psychedelic events a couple of years ago, the Tribal Village crew has continued to innovate and surprise, with every single event containing new firsts to keep things fresh. For their event this Saturday 9th May they’re not only moving to a bigger better venue – The Steelyard – and have got aerialist ErialC on board to heighten that carnival atmosphere, but once again there are a host of debuts and UK firsts, with Belgium’s Foose playing in London for the first time, Cyclon coming from Japan to make his UK debut and the world-wide launches of O.C.D. LIVE (South Africa) and Wayfarers (UK/Italy).

Moka Mafia however isn’t new to music or the London scene, having been in bands since the age of 17 and played pretty much most musical styles around while starting to write electronic sounds on his Atari computer using Cubase. It was only upon arriving in London from Sardinia in 1997 that he first went to Pendragon at Brixton Academy and fell in love with the psychedelic party scene, which lead to him getting inspired by the music in the chill outs at events such as Return to the Source, Astral Phoenix, Fairy Tales and Chichime – where he made his DJ debut in 2003. Since then he’s become a regular on the scene, while continuing to study his craft at the Conservatory of Music.

This Saturday night he’ll be showcasing some of his unreleased tracks as well as playing live keyboards and mixing up a storm of eclectic beats. We tracked down this musical mafioso to find out more about his path to Tribal Village
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HarderFaster Awards 2014 - The results are in!
Written by HarderFaster on 15-04-15 16:34 (39069 views) (7 comments)
Before 2014 faded into a distant memory, we asked HarderFaster members to look back and tell us who, what, when and where made their year, whether that be for good or bad reasons.

At your request, this year’s poll was extended to give everyone a chance to have their say, and it was worth the wait as your votes continue to demonstrate the usual wit and wisdom with various members managing a mention for festival and, establishing recent tradition, kerb attracting interest in every category.

And as we’ve commented over the past few years, you have pretty diverse and eclectic tastes so we’ll continue to award top honours to those who were clearly in the lead and honourable mentions to those who were near the top or where there’s no clear winner.
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The Many Styles of Psy Sisters: Part 2
Written by Tara on 23-02-15 19:38 (7326 views)
In the second installment of our two-part feature on the many musical styles of the Psy-Sisters Collective, we interview members of the original team: Miss Kiff aka DJ Amethyst, founder Psibindi, Renegade DJ, Sati and Sol Shine, ahead of the Psy-Sisters Second Edition at Vauxhall’s Union this Saturday 28th February. [Full Story]

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