Initiating a ‘Digital Domain’ with Savage Circuit
Reported by Psylicious
Submitted 30-09-13 17:58
With his latest EP release ‘Digital Domain’ well underway, launched on Free-Spirit Records and reaching fans, enthusiasts and DJs from all corners of the World, I caught up with musician and producer Vince Garcia to find out more about his foundations and of cause his psychedelic trance act better known as Savage Circuit!
A well known face within the London psychedelic party scene originally from Miami, Vince made his intrepid relocation to the UK to immerse himself further into the culture, music and essence the psychedelic scene has to offer. During his formative years in the UK he released under the moniker ‘Pagan Technologies’, before his evolved emulation transpired into Savage Circuit.
A journey in the right direction, along its way his music has been critically lauded and played by names such as Shane Gobi, Tristan, Dick Trevor, Antaro and Captain Kairos.
For those of you who have not had the pleasure to witness the energy Savage Circuit omits during one of his sets please do! In the mean time please welcome for the very first time to HarderFaster.Net, Savage Circuit . . .
Hi Vince welcome to HarderFaster and many thanks for taking the time to talk to us. I understand this is your first interview feature here?
That's right. It's great to be here.
You originate from the USA having moved to the UK in the 90's after graduating in Audio Engineering at Ft. Lauderdale. What magnetised you to the UK?
Well, I came to the UK specifically to be involved in the Psy Trance scene. At the time I moved over here, the Psy Trance scene in America consisted of parties that were held in conjunction with UK production and events companies like Return to the Source.
Tsunami were doing great events in New York and New Jersey, as well as various other crews around the country. This was all well and good, but I wanted to be surrounded by psychedelic culture, and the UK was one of the central spiritual points for the scene, so I decided it would be a good place to be.
So making the move and now being on the door step of the European scene and beyond has projected you further? Has this inspired you more than being back in the US?
I think it has. It's a lot easier to play music to a crowd that gets it immediately than to have to win them over. The scene has developed in the States though. New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and California have all been proactive in the scene since the mid nineties. I went to Return To The Source in 1998 at the Liberty City Science Centre in New Jersey in 1996. A Psychedelic Trance party in a Science Museum. Amazing! The line up was the cream of the crop of the Psy Trance scene as well. So America was doing it, but not like Europe. It wasn't as prominent over there.
Because I moved to the UK, which was a hub and epicentre for the scene, it was definitely inspirational. You felt engulfed in the culture, which is what I like.
So a move in the right direction inspired you under your former 'Pagan Technologies' moniker to release 'Outsider/Induction Ritual' on Psylevation Records with additional work and engineering by Dick Trevor. How did this come about and whose ears picked up on your sound?
That was John Hall's record label. John was a great Psy DJ who began releasing music in 1999, and he put out some mighty fine releases. He heard my stuff in the studio and commissioned a release from me. He hired Dick Trevor to engineer it. We recorded Induction Ritual live at Kinetic Studios in Oxford Circus. Dick worked on that session and then invited me to record the second tune that was to be on the record at his Green Nuns studio. He is a really great producer and a wicked guy.
You then went onto collaborating with Paul Wright(Deviant Species/RAM) before morphing into Savage Circuit, why the change when you have names such as Shane Gobi and Tristan supporting your sound? Has your sound differed from that of your formative productions as Pagan Technologies?
I think so. It's really important to be able to move on without losing the essence of your sound or style. For me it's essential to be able to redefine or develop things. Otherwise it's just an exercise of repetition. I'm always striving to improve and get better. Every new track affords you the possibility to try something new and I'm not afraid to take that leap. Just because you've done well doing something doesn't mean you should rest on your laurels. I wouldn't want to make the same record over and over again. I like a challenge. Challenging yourself makes you grow and develop, which is essential for any artist.
2012 was a year of uncertainty for so many thinking the World was going to demise as Hollywood suggested. They got it wrong, but you got it right with your release on Alchemy Records with your EP Cross Talk. How well has Cross Talk been received in such a saturated climate of digital download EP’s?
I still get messages on Facebook from DJs all over the world telling me they are still playing it, so for me that's a really good thing. It means the EP was well received and that's the best thing you could hope for really. I'm proud of that release. So much love, work, and strife went into that. Blood, Sweat, and Tears . . . literally! I think it's got a long lifespan, it has a timeless quality to it. It's really psychedelic. You could play that record a long time from now and it will still rock. It's pretty future proof.
You have just released your latest EP ‘Digital Domain’ on Free-Spirit records, boasting four tracks of driving psychedelic splendour. What was the ethos behind this release and how does it feel to see the EP pulsate like the tracks them selves up and down the charts of digital platforms such as Beatport?
I wanted to really push things up a few notches with Digital Domain. I wanted to continue on the path set by the Crosstalk EP, but developing a lot more sound design wise. I knew I wanted to keep it very Psychedelic, but make it very driving as well, with of course the deep element of mystery. I was really inspired by the music I heard in Goa last season, so I wanted to express that too. I wanted to create something that would sound best being played in the jungle! Or on a moonlit beach, or a forest clearing. Tribal Space Age music. As far as how well it's done and been doing . . . that's a really nice thing to see. I make music from the heart and it's great to know other people are feeling it as well.
With this in mind Vince, what plans do you have for production in the near future and will you be releasing through different labels?
Definitely! I'm due another EP soon on Alchemy, as well as talks of forthcoming releases on Aphid Records, Mutagen and Magic Phangan. I would love to do more work for Free Spirit Records as well, with their release schedule permitting of course.
As a live act also, what have been pivotal moments for you and where can we see you on stage soon?
Pivotal moments have been many. I've been very fortunate to have been able to play at some epic events. I'll be playing at Multiverse in Bologna Italy on October 12th and the Pre Boom Festival, Elixir of Life after party here in London in late October. Then it's a spot at Moonphase Galaxy in London on the 3rd of November, Elixir of Life's New Year's Eve bash, and Tribal Village at Jack's in January, also here in London.
Vince it’s been a great pleasure catching up with you. Thanks for your time and insight here on Harderfaster.
Cheers thanks for the time also.
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