Psykia Sets It Straight
Reported by Psylicious
Submitted 10-06-09 18:54
Psykia, real name Francesca Spadoni is an eclectic young artist from the Italian underground music scene. Totally immersed in the psychedelic trance music scene and its culture she spent a year writing her book, Trancefloor: an ethnographic study about the soundscapes of dancing souls. With a DJ career that has taken her to international territories, as well as the many parties within her Italian homeland and the UK, Psykia is now an integral part of Psylicious, with residencies for its radio show and future hosted events and stages.
Her DJ sound is underground, taking in the sub genres of full on night time, full on, progressive and chilled out psychedelic beats, making Psykia perfect for all trance floors, festivals and stages. Following her recent gig in Slovenia, I took some time with Psykia to write this feature for HarderFaster and to find out more about her passion for the music and the culture of the psychedelic trance music scene.
Fra, welcome to Harderfaster and thank you for taking some time out to answer a few questions. How has 2009 been for you so far?
Oh it has been great for me! Since 2009 started I have been playing a lot all around Europe and this has been the best year for me yet. I moved to the UK in January and since then many new ideas, influences and people have opened my eyes. Italy is fantastic, I really love my country but I’m very polemic about the political situation you can feel when you go to parties.
How would you compare the party scene back home in Italy, to the party scene we have here within the UK?
The big difference between the two scenes is that if you go to a party in Italy you will find mostly people from Italy, if you go to a party in London you will find people and sounds from all over the world.
You studied classical music in your primary years, what was your instrument of choice then and do you still continue to play classical music?
I studied violin since the age of six and have studying some piano as well. I’m glad that my family wanted me to study music, I always felt a bit special because of that. Music helps me when I have problems, takes me out of reality and makes me dream. I use it very much as a therapy.
I still listen to and play classical music, it is in my blood and makes me fly with my mind, it’s the best music to relax to especially when I’m saturated from hours of playing other music at home.
So, from classical through to electronic music, how did the transition happen for you and what was the catalyst behind you becoming a producer and DJ?
I was influenced from a young age by my brother who has spun techno and trance for many, many years now. To me electronic music has always been very familiar, I grew up with that sound around so I wasn’t too surprised by the music when I went to my first rave.
I was always dreaming to make my own sound one day and I’m still working on it. When I started to go to events I was very involved in partying but after a while I felt like I wanted to be even more part of the thing, to start to understand deeper that sound that really grabbed me so much. So I decided to start a two year course in electronic music and that was the key.
To be honest before I started the school I was convinced that I would never be a DJ - I was more interested in making music but I met people at the school that really changed my point of view about that!
Who were your main musical influences growing up and now?
Every day I discover great artists that influence me but Aphex Twin is the biggest for me. I also always loved trip hop; I saw Lamb at the Brixton Academy a long time ago and it was amazing.
Now I’m involved with the great English psychedelic trance sound, I really love the work of artists like EVP, Psymmetrix and Archaic and when I play my psychedelic sets I like to play tracks from artists like that.
You spent some time in Goa after becoming involved in the psychedelic trance scene, what attracted you to the scene, culture and way of life?
“Goa is not a place…it is a state of mind.”
That’s the thing, I went to Goa because I needed to go deeper, to research myself, the roots of this culture which I feel part of. The first time I was there for three months; I learnt a lot and I understood what I really wanted to do. I went back to Goa last year for another three months. I spent most of my time playing at parties, meeting people, sharing music and enjoying life.
You have an immense passion for the psychedelic scene that seriously shows in the book that you have written about the scene called "Trancefloor: an ethnographic study about the soundscapes of dancing souls." How did this transpire and what was the driving force behind you writing this book?
Well my book is an anthropological research piece on the trance culture. I wanted to show what the trance culture is and try to explain the essence of it not only from the point of view of someone who is involved but also as a pure analysis of what this expanding consciousness experience is. It took a lot of work to view it through pure eyes but I think to have done it.
I made it because I felt the need to go deeper; to go straight to the point, Goa, to discover why and how this culture was born there and why so many people from all over the world can be connected by the trance sound.
You play more underground sounds and also play tracks from chill, progressive, full on and night time styles. How would you define each style and sound you play?
Good question! I don’t like to define my sound, I think is almost impossible. I play what I like and I always try to make a good journey for me and the people who are listening to my music. I can play many different styles but it can also very hard for me to find music which fits me completely, but when I find it, I love it!
2009 saw you connect with Psylicious both within the management and radio show that you are a resident within. How did this happen for you and what are your future goals with this?
I found Psylicious family in one of my trips on the net and I felt really good energy from them so I decided to contact them and some magic happened, now I play monthly at the radio show and I really can say that it’s great now to be part of the family. I have learned many things and I think that there are many I still can learn from them, they have much more experience than me and love this culture very much.
Next year is already looking good with a tour of America and I get to meet and play alongside two of the American Psylicious DJs, Maja (Mistress Jade) and Meghan. I am very much looking forward to this trip.
You are playing out most weekends either within the UK or abroad - what has been your favourite party so far this year?
For sure it was the first party I played in London, Psybang, where I played after Psymmetrix and EVP live, I was dreaming that I was on that line up and the dream came true, they are two of my favourite artists in psy trance.
So where can HarderFaster readers hear you playing out in the near future?
I’m gonna play at many parties around UK this summer and then at the Offworld Festival…I’m really excited about that!
Fra, it has been a great pleasure chatting with you and thank you for your input and time with this feature.
Thanks to you Tom. I wanna say thanks to Psylicious, HarderFaster and all the people that believe in me and in what I’m doing.
For more info:
Psykia Info: http://www.psylicious.com/acts/psykia
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