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Reported by paul jack / Submitted 17-05-10 23:19

As far as Psytrance acts go you probably can't get any bigger than Infected Mushroom. The Israeli fungus group are one of the few dance acts to truely transcend the underground scene and break into the mainstream bigtime. Just typing infected into Google will bring Infected Mushroom as the first choice and who are we to argue with that? This Friday they jet in to London for the Halcyon event at Matter. We sent Paul Jack in hot pursuit to find out how life is for the spore bearing fungus fruits.

Good day to you guys, how is life treating the Mushroom? All good I hope?
Fantastic! Thanks for asking Wink And a good day to you!

Firstly, tell the readers of HarderFaster what you've all been up to since your last appearance at Halcyon in November? Has 2010 been good to you so far, and what have been the highs and lows?

Well since the last time we were at Halcyon, we’ve traversed the planet playing parties big and small for party-lovers of all shapes and sizes...It’s been a great year. Our latest album, Legend of the Black Shawarma, has done really well which got us recognition with Billboard and the opportunity to collaborate with artists we really respect like Matisyahu, Jonathan Davis, and Perry Farrell. The ‘lows’ are simply the time we have to spend away from our families  This is why we end up flying in and out of LA every weekend... It’s been a great year overall.

Matter is the newest superclub on the block in Britain, and is fast becoming the venue of choice for some of the biggest names in Dance music. What was your first experience there like, and what are you looking forward to most about this second visit? Also, why do you think it lends itself so well to psychedelic music?

Last time was an incredible experience – the place was rammed and the crowed was electrifying... It’s definitely no surprise the venue has become an artist favourite...we are excited to make it back. And anything can lend itself to being psychedelic if the production is spot on – with this place, they spare no expense to make sure club-goers have the time of their lives.

How did you find playing to Halcyon, did the response meet your expectations, or exceed it?

Well, we always expect the party to be insane Wink but yes, as I mentioned in the last answer, it was incredible...

Are there any DJ's or live acts that you admire, or just downright get you grooving? Who would these be and what is it about their music or performances you like so much.

Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of time to listen to other acts, and when we are home we are focusing in the studio – our influence is drawn more from the rock world – Primus, Metallica, Depeche Mode... these are groups that get us grooving...

Most successful performers can quote one moment that turned their career into what it is today. What was this for you and when did it happen?

Well that’s a tough question... A few experiences come to mind – breakthrough performances at massive U.S. festivals such as Coachella & Baltimore Virgin Music Festival. A performance we had on the beach in Rio de Janeiro for 100,000 people with the Black Eyed Peas also felt like a turning point. And – I’d say The Doors remix opportunities we had were huge too. Like I said, it’s a tough question – we’ve had many amazing experiences that we are so thankful for, and all helped us to get to where we are.

You never seem to stop traveling, how are your air miles looking right now? Which country you particularly love visiting?

Yes, travelling is the name of our game...We love going to London, of course, Brazil is nice for us, going back home to Israel is fun too – AND Asian countries are great too!! Korea, China, Singapore, Japan....really we love going to every country for its own reason!

When do you find time to lock yourselves in the studio and do what you do best? Is there a particular time of year or even day that you feel you are most creative?

As I mentioned, we fly back home to LA during the week – so during the week days we can spend with our families, and then once the sun goes down and the kids are in bed, we hit the studio that we built in Erez’s back yard Wink We only work together...never separately.

Where do you see yourselves in 10 years, and how do you see the Infected Mushroom sound changing in that time?

In 10 years, hopefully still touring and making music – but who knows!? I can only hope that life is still as good to us has it has been over the last 10 years. I don’t think I can say we expected to be doing what we are doing now 10 years ago, so that is a BIG ‘who knows!?’. Wink

So a promoter rings your agent and says 'we would like you to play a DJ set'; firstly, is this common, and secondly, is it nice to have a break from the norm? What would you say are the positives and negatives of DJing over playing live?

It happens, sure... but for us, the reason we moved away from doing DJ sets was that we were ready to try something new! We do miss it though... and lately, when we have been doing it, we have been enjoying it – because it is a different vibe – so I think in the future you are going to start seeing us playing some DJ sets again Wink

You're headlining Halcyon again on the 21st May, and once again the guys at Halcyon Island (yes, they own an island and that's where they work, honest!) have come up trumps with a line-up that fuses stars like yourselves with lesser known, raw talent for the future. Anybody on that line-up you've heard good things about and want to catch?

Don’t know the line-up yet, who should we look out for?

What's happening with you musically at the moment? Any new material we should keep our ears peeled for at the Halcyon that you're particularly excited about playing?

Yes – always making new tunes and incorporating them into the set – we are excited for the party, and can’t wait to rock out with you! See you soon Smile

*Due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers this event will now take place at The Fridge, Brixton*

Photos courtesy of Vickie Parker. Not to be used without permission.

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Halcyon @ The Fridge *VENUE CHANGE*
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On: Friday 21st May
At: The Fridge [map]

From: 22:00 - 06:00
Cost: £15 / £18
Buy Online: Click here to buy tickets
More: Halcyon sold out in November, Halcyon sold out in March!
And if the rumours are true it looks like Halcyon May will be
another sell out for all you lucky Halcyon ticket holders!

Headlining our May event we welcome back the unmissable
Infected Mushroom, who will be performing as the full live
band playing a full 2 hour LIVE showcase. If you did not see
these guys at our event in November then this your chance to
see the number 1 psychedelic band in the world!

Talamasca will be making his hotly anticipated debut at
Halcyon. Talamasca is one of the most requested live acts at
all big psy festivals such as full-moon festival, Samothraki or
Boom festival in Europe, Eclipse, the biggest electronic
festival in Canada, Chemical sound festival in Rio, Goa sound
festival in Mexico, Fuji festival in Japan, and he will be now
touching down from France on the legendary main stage at

Following in the theme of Halcyon events where we like to
build a musical journey showcasing the very best of all kinds
of psy we are proud to announce another debut in the form of
the massive progressive psy act ATMOS from Sweden. Under
this trademark, Atmos has released 4 albums, loads of
singles and has made countless appearances on compilations
but more important - his music has been embraced, played
and loved by such a broad spectrum of people, ranging from
the top 10 djs to aspiring bedroom djs all over the world. He
has also been touring all over the world covering every single
major festival and event for well over 12 years. His sense for
merging rhythm programming with delicate strings into a
well-produced groovy sound is guaranteed to make everyone
get down to the dance floor and that has made him an
instalment to count on…

In rooms 2 special guests Braindrop..
Braindrop bring their Bass, Joy, Fun and Happiness ethos to
Halcyon for the first time ever. Combining bass-heavy rave
music and circus performance in one mindblowing multi-
sensory mash-up, over the last 4 years the Braindrop crew
have built up a huge following and a legacy of ridiculously
epic parties held at some of London’s top raving arenas!
They debut at Halcyon with a devastating yet diverse line-up
headed and masterminded by The McMash Clan - spanning
dubstep, bassline, d’n’b, techno, electro, jungle, hardcore and
lots more. Expect festival style fun, lots of bass and good
vibes all night long"
Region: London
Music: Psy Trance.
Beatnik LIVE
The McMash Clan
SCAMP (Life 4 Land)

Who's Going? (16) : andi jarred, Andy Force, cheerio, Club414, dj mr.lucky, Frank E, hejro, Lambs, Matt, NatNat, Nikki S, paul jack, phil lankester, Tara, Timmy Whiz, Zoelee 

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From: Frank E on 21st May 2010 19:41.34
Would like to hear the collab with Matisyahu!

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