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On an incredible Journey with the limitless Jay OM
Written by Tara on 09-05-17 19:17 (488 views)
When we first interviewed Journey aka Jay OM on here in 2006 it was the eve of the launch of his first Free-Spirit Records release, Brahmaputra, which was of course being celebrated by an epic Implosion party, Jay’s event at the time. Nearly eleven years on, Free-Spirit has released a string of successful releases – most recently, the awesome 10 Years as Free-Spirit compilation, which rocketed straight to the top of the Beatport charts – and with Jay’s third Journey artist album Limitless due to drop any day, it shows no sign of letting up.

In the meantime, Jay has cemented his place in the international psy trance scene as one of the top DJs and producers, his high energy full-on live Journey sets only being matched by his increasing number of aliases and collaborations. One of these collabs has culminated in the recent release of Kinesioöptic with dancefloor demon Hypnocoustics, while another is with the multi-talented Bahar Cancar as part of her Bahar's Magic Soup project, with Jay also playing at the album launch party on Saturday 3rd June at Boombox Lab.

First up though is the next edition of Tribal Village – A Psychedelic Adventure in London this Saturday night at The Steelyard, which promises to be something special as Jay and Japanese psy trancer Cylon present the worldwide debut of their new project KEEWL. We managed to get Jay to take a break from his hectic touring schedule to tell us a bit about life on the road...
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Getting the groove into psy trance with Cylon ahead of his return to Tribal Village
Written by Tara on 02-05-17 21:54 (1797 views) (1 comment)
Japanese psy trance artist Cylon first started out playing guitar in soul and funk bands before he fell in love with the energy of psychedelic trance and started his life-long mission to get some groove into the genre. He’s coming home to the next edition of Tribal Village – A Psychedelic Adventure on Saturday 13th May at The Steelyard for the worldwide launch of KEEWL – his new collaboration with Tribal Village main man Jay OM – as well as to play a live set of his incredible Cylon tunes.

With the excitement for Tribal Village starting to build, we caught up with Takeo-san to talk about his music, festivals, Japanese food and ummm toilet paper!
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Nick the Kid looks forward to three great promotions - Escape From Samsara, I Love Hard Beats, and Hard Trance Europe - and their collaboration on one great event - Elevated State!
Written by Matt-Endemic on 25-04-17 18:15 (1009 views)
On April 28th Escape From Samsara, I Love Hard Beats, and Hard Trance Europe are joining forces to put on one of the biggest underground line-ups seen in London for a very long time.

We caught up with Nick The Kid, the promoter behind HTE, for a chat before the big event - Elevated State.
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Let me hear you say Waio
Written by Nikki S on 23-04-17 20:11 (669 views)
With an artistic drive to create music encoded into his DNA, the half-Brazilian, half-Portuguese Fernando Seca exploded onto the psy trance scene in 2008 as Waio with over 200,000 plays on MySpace and reaching No. 5 in the Beatport charts. Following a succession of massive tracks over the past 10 years, Waio has since firmly established himself as one of the world’s leading psychedelic trance acts.

In between all of the jet-setting, tearing up dance floors at the biggest festivals on the planet, and just ahead of becoming a father for the second time, we caught up with Fernando ahead of his forthcoming performance at one of London’s most iconic venues, Troxy, with Infected Mushroom on Friday 28th of April.
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Do you want to Knowwhere it all began?
Written by James Rae on 18-04-17 14:01 (1751 views) (2 comments)
In the run up to Knowwhere’s big reunion party, in collaboration with Planet Angel on Friday 9th June, we caught up with the Knowwhere promoters from back in the day - Pablo, Anthony Dean and Stevie - to take them back to where it all started.

For those of you who may not have been around in those early days, we thought you might like to know where ‘Knowwhere’ came from. The three amigos promise these ‘recollections’ are as accurate as time and other factors allow!
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Shattered Barriers presents... the one and only Rinkadink
Written by Tara on 03-04-17 22:12 (704 views)
Surely one of the most high-energy artists on the scene, South African-born Spanish resident Werner van Jaarsveld aka Rinakink started DJing in his mid-teens and was playing at parties in Cape Town at the tender age of 15. However it wasn’t until he saw Hallucinogen and Etnica play in the late ’90s that he first got inspired to start making music of his own. At the time he’d been DJing drum ‘n’ bass and happy hardcore and didn’t even particularly like trance, but the energy of the crowd blew him away and he caught the psy trance bug.

Since then he’s gone on a global mission to seek out dancefloors to test his tunes on and fully embraced the digital age, releasing his own tracks and promoting them via his FaceBook and Soundcloud pages. At the same time, his production just keeps getting better and better – no doubt partly due to his ongoing dedication in the studio.

With the man himself making a rare London appearance at Shattered Barriers this Saturday 8th April at Boombox Lab alongside Burn in Noise, Vertical Mode, Michele Adamson and AGENDA (Shane Gobi’s new live act) and a plethora of local talent that includes Nikki S, Bahar Canca, Neill Moore b2b Lauren Lyon, FlibbertiGibbet b2b Mudstompin Munkee and many more, we managed to get him to take some time out from his hectic international gig schedule to answer a few questions for his HaFa fans...
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Spun Out on Bahar’s Magic Soup
Written by Tara on 26-03-17 18:56 (1147 views) (1 comment)
When Bahar Canca first came to London from her native Turkey to study film in the mid-’90s, she could never have imaged how music would change her life. Falling hard for the UK dance scene, she quickly progressed from playing at home to house parties and bars and soon had a residency at underground night Rude Not 2, which lasted an epic 10 years. At the same time, she was getting more and more addicted to the incredible vibe and energy of the psychedelic trance scene, initially leading to bookings at the alternative stage of festivals like Glade and Sonica. But this rising star couldn’t be kept away from the main stage for long and it was only a matter of time before she was playing the kind of psy trance that she loved to party to.

In true Bahar style she embarked on building a studio in her back garden, where her first tracks were started. Ten years on, her EP Spun Out has just bounced straight into the No. 2 psy trance releases slot on Beatport and she is now collaborating in the studio with some of her most favourite producers to create her forthcoming album, Bahar’s Magic Soup. With the album launch party looming in June and a series of gigs at some of London’s top events over the next few weeks including The Elixir of Life & Iono Records Sonica Gaia pre-party, Shattered Barriers and Dreamscapes, we finally managed to interview London’s psychedelic party princess…
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HarderFaster Awards 2016 - The results are in!
Written by HarderFaster on 15-03-17 13:11 (3212 views) (5 comments)
It’s that time again and the results are in after HarderFaster asked you to look back and tell us who, what, when and where made the grade in 2016, whether that be for good or bad reasons

At your suggestion, we added a new poll category – Jaw Drop Thread – and the winner won’t come as any surprise.

Our free-text voting system means you can enter whatever you want and we always look forward to your wit and wisdom. In keeping with tradition, we were delighted to see Josie making a comeback for best festival.

As we’ve said in the past, the diverse votes continue to reveal your 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 are no clear winners.

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Headliners PHD and NG Rezonance step up for Trance Sanctuary's 6th Birthday this Saturday
Written by Miles Gorfy on 15-03-17 10:14 (905 views)
HarderFaster is hosting the 140+ Room at Trance Sanctuary's 6th Birthday on March 18th with headliners NG Rezonance and PHD.

Peter Berry (NG Rezonance) and Paul Docker (PHD) are old friends so we thought what better way for us to get to know them than to send them along to the pub with a list of questions for each other.
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Fancy a bit of Custard at Trance Sanctuary's 6th Birthday?
Written by Miles Gorfy on 27-02-17 13:35 (1184 views)
Custard is a name I’ve known on the scene for many years, from his involvement with Planet Angel and his tracks on Discover Records. I first worked with him a couple of years ago at the Chilled in a Field festival where we both played the main stage and I got to see first-hand what an excellent DJ and lovely fellow he is.

It was a pleasure to catch up with Paul 'Custard' Mayes again, before we share the same stage in the HarderFaster 140+ Room at Trance Sanctuary’s 6th birthday on March 18th, and I dug through the skin of this creamy dessert to find out what makes him beat.
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