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Эксклюзивное интервью с проектом Iacchus в преддверии Mystic Sound Records party в Москве.

Iacchus - это музыкальный проект Дэна Фореста, основанный в Лондоне в 2007 году. Мастерски сочетая невообразимое количество стилей, Дэн добивается особенного индивидуального звучания. Начиная от glitch, dubstep и bass музыки и заканчивая dub и world music с обилием живых инструментов - каждый найдет для себя что-то знакомое, и вместе с тем для каждого музыка Iacchus будет невероятным открытием. В преддверии грядущего выступления Дэна на Mystic Sound Party в Москве 6 декабря и презентации альбома, мы задали ему несколько вопросов.

MSR: Дэн, ты что-нибудь знаешь о российской психоделической сцене?

Дэн: Если честно, не особо много. Знаю только, что psybient очень популярен в ваших краях – возможно, даже больше, чем у нас в Великобритании.

MSR: У тебя есть какие-то ожидания и предчувствия относительно твоего грядущего выступления в Москве?

Дэн: Мне уже не терпится! Я всегда хотел побывать в России, но не складывалось.  Ближайшее место, где я был – это Украина. Я был там однажды и это было одно из лучших выступлений в моей жизни. Так что я в большом предвкушении. Не знаю, чего ожидать, но уверен, что будет немного прохладно на улице.

MSR: Где ты находишь вдохновение для творчества?

Дэн: Да везде: психоделическая культура в целом поспособствовала тому, чтобы я начать писать такую музыку. Меня вдохновляют и другие музыкальные работы; я не скрываю, что на меня очень сильно повлияло творчество Ott и Tipper (вы можете найти отсылки к их работам в названиях моих треков). Я считаю, что развивая настроение или тему, подхваченную у других музыкантов, я нарабатываю те навыки и умения, которые могу использовать при написании своей музыки. Я учусь. Я пытаюсь смешивать элементы, которые мне понравились в другой музыке, с собственными. Меня также вдохновляют и свои творческие находки. Полевые записи, новые сэмплы и накручивание новых звуков на синтезаторах – все это выливается в композицию, которую я создаю. А еще мы все время обсуждаем музыку с моими друзьями, и я так благодарен им за это; у нас всегда возникает много задумок!

MSR: А что значит Iacchus?

Дэн: Это один из греческих богов. Я прочел про него, когда подыскивал название для своего проекта. Тут мне понравилось звучание слова, да и бог сам по себе довольно таинственный – как раз то, что надо. Загвоздка только в том, что имя Iacchus сложно уловить на слух, поэтому мне приходится записывать свое имя людям. Постоянно.

MSR: Скажи, чем ты еще занимаешься, помимо создания прекрасной музыки?

Дэн: Я пишу софт для вэбсайтов. Это работа с полной занятостью, к сожалению, и поэтому у меня остается не так много времени для создания музыки, как хотелось бы. Еще я обожаю народную музыку и пою в двух народных хорах, а это тоже занимает время. Работа, написание музыки, пение – со всем этим я едва успеваю есть, спать и видеться с друзьями. У меня занятая жизнь, и нужно быть очень организованным и мотивированным, но по-другому жить не получилось бы.

MSR: Обложки твоих альбомов очень красивые. Все они были созданы Дженнифер Тёрнбулл (Jen Turnbull), да? В каком формате вы с ней сотрудничаете?

Дэн: Ага, Джен сделала обложки для трех моих последних альбомов. Для 'Together as One' и 'There Is Only Infinity' я попросил разрешения использовать уже написанные работы. Джен их кадрировала, добавила текст для CD и так далее. А для ‘Frogspawn’ история другая: у меня в голове уже был образ обложки, и я попросил ее изобразить это, что она и сделала в этом году, а я остался доволен результатами. Джен потрясающая и никогда не просит денег за работу, поэтому я особенно признателен ей!

MSR: А почему именно Frogspawn (лягушачья икра)? Просто так или с особым глубинным смыслом?

Дэн: У этого название есть несколько значений. Во-первых, я слегка одержим лягушками: всегда обожал эти создания, и мои никнеймы в интернете были неизменно связаны с лягушками, так или иначе. А этот альбом я решил так назвать, потому что это мое детище, это то, что я “породил”, тем более у меня в голове уже стоял образ обложки альбома. К тому же мне очень импонирует идея создания нового семейства миров, а внутри музыки может находиться микрокосм вселенных, я считаю. Вдобавок, когда я начинал работать над альбомом, я был женат и надеялся, что у меня уже будут дети к тому моменту, когда я закончу альбом. Но ничего этого не получилось, и моя жизнь потекла в другом направлении (вся эта история отражена в последних двух треках, кстати), но я все равно оставил это название - Frogspawn.

MSR: Что бы вы пожелали русским любителям psychill в преддверии вашего выступления в Москве?

Дэн: Не могу дождаться, когда же вас всех увижу, и надеюсь, вам все понравится. Я буду тусить вместе с вами и слушать выступления других прекрасных групп, так что не проходите мимо, я буду рад позвороваться.

Услышать выступление Iacchus’а с презентацией его нового альбома Frogspawn можно будет 6 декабря на Mystic Sound Party.

 

 

 

Exclusive Iacchus interview for Mystic Sound Records party in Moscow

Iacchus is a psychedelic/ambient project of Dan Forest formed in London, UK in 2007. 
Masterly mixing a lot of different styles in his music, Dan achieved an unique and individual sound. Taking influence from glitch, dubstep and bass music, and stepping into dub and world music vibes with live recordings – everybody will find something familiar in the music of Iacchus while still experiencing an incredible journey of discovery.

MSR: What do you know about Russian psychedelic scene?

Dan: Not a great deal to be honest except that psychedelic ambient it is very popular in that part of the world, perhaps more so than my own country.

MSR: Do you have any expectations or presentiments regarding your upcoming show in Russia?

Dan: I'm very excited to be playing, I've never been to Russia and have always wanted to visit, the closest I have been was Ukraine and that was one of the best gigs of my life so I'm really looking forward to it.  I don't know what to expect except that it might be a tad chilly :)

MSR: Where do you find an inspiration for your music?

Dan: I find inspiration in all places; obviously, the psychedelic culture in general has influenced me to make psychedelic music.  I find a lot of inspiration in the works of other producers.  I make no secret of the fact that I am massively influenced by producers such as Ott and Tipper (you will find references to them and their songs in my track titles).  I find working towards a style or mood I have heard in other people's music teaches me a lot about music production and gives me new skills I can use when creating music that is more my own style.  I try to blend elements I like in other music with a few things I like to consider my own.

I also get inspiration from the tools I find.  Making field recordings, getting new samples, and making new noises on synthesizers will often shape the next song I make.  Also I owe a lot of gratitude to my friends who I discuss music with all the time and we have lots of ideas together. 

MSR: Few words about the name of your project?

Dan: Iacchus is one of the greek gods, I read about him when looking for a name, I liked the sound of the word and the god sounded fairly mysterious so it sounded appropriate.  Given few people can spell or pronounce it I think I shot myself in the foot, I have to keep writing it down for people!

MSR: What do you do besides making excellent music?

Dan: I have a full time job unfortunately, writing software for websites, so don't have as much time for writing music as I would like.  I also am very much into folk music, I sing in two folk choirs, which also takes a lot of time.  So with work, writing music, and singing, I barely have enough time to eat and sleep and see my friends.  It's a busy life and I have to be very organized and motivated, but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

MSR: Artworks for your albums are pretty attractive. They all seem to be created by Jen Turnbull. Is that correct? How do you cooperate?
MSR: Is that you to describe your would-be artwork to Jen or she is the one to offer you her artwork ideas and you choose?

Dan: Yes, Jen Turnbull has done the artwork for my last 3 albums.  For 'Together as One' and 'There Is Only Infinity' I asked if I could use one of her existing pieces, and she cropped it for me and did the text for the CDs etc.  For Frogspawn I had the idea of the image, so I asked her to paint it for me, which she very kindly did over the course of the last year, I am very pleased with the result.  She is amazing and never asks for any money so I am truly indebted to her.

MSR: Why frogspawn exactly? Just for lulz or having a very deep phylosophical meaning?

Dan: Frogspawn had several meanings to me.  Firstly I'm a bit obsessed with frogs, it's a creature I have always liked, my online nicknames have always involved frogs in one way or another.  I decided to call this album frogspawn because it was going to be my creation, something I spawned, and I also had the idea for the artwork and liked the idea of giving birth to a whole new set of worlds, I think there can be a microcosm of universes inside music.  Also when I started the album I was married and hoping to have children by the time I finished.  Sadly that all fell apart and my life took a different direction, a story told in the last two tracks of the album, but I stuck with the name Frogspawn anyway.

MSR: What are your pre-party wishes for Russian psychill heads?

Dan: I can't wait to meet you all and I hope you have fun.  I'll be lurking around listening to the other wonderful bands on the lineup so please do come and say hello :)

Exclusive Iacchus interview for Mystic Sound Records party in Moscow
 
Iacchus is a psychedelic/ambient project of Dan Forest formed in London, UK in 2007. Masterly mixing a lot of different styles in his music, Dan achieved an unique and individual sound. Taking influence from glitch, dubstep and bass music, and stepping into dub and world music vibes with live recordings – everybody will find something familiar in the music of Iacchus while still experiencing an incredible journey of discovery.
 
 
MSR: What do you know about Russian psychedelic scene?
 
Dan: Not a great deal to be honest except that psychedelic ambient it is very popular in that part of the world, perhaps more so than my own country.
 
 
MSR: Do you have any expectations or presentiments regarding your upcoming show in Russia?
 
Dan: I'm very excited to be playing, I've never been to Russia and have always wanted to visit, the closest I have been was Ukraine and that was one of the best gigs of my life so I'm really looking forward to it. I don't know what to expect except that it might be a tad chilly :)
 
 
MSR: Where do you find an inspiration for your music?
 
Dan: I find inspiration in all places; obviously, the psychedelic culture in general has influenced me to make psychedelic music. I find a lot of inspiration in the works of other producers. I make no secret of the fact that I am massively influenced by producers such as OTT and Tipper (you will find references to them and their songs in my track titles). I find working towards a style or mood I have heard in other people's music teaches me a lot about music production and gives me new skills I can use when creating music that is more my own style. I try to blend elements I like in other music with a few things I like to consider my own.
I also get inspiration from the tools I find. Making field recordings, getting new samples, and making new noises on synthesizers will often shape the next song I make. Also I owe a lot of gratitude to my friends who I discuss music with all the time and we have lots of ideas together.
 
 
MSR: Few words about the name of your project?
 
Dan: Iacchus is one of the Greek gods, I read about him when looking for a name, I liked the sound of the word and the god sounded fairly mysterious so it sounded appropriate. Given few people can spell or pronounce it I think I shot myself in the foot, I have to keep writing it down for people!
 
 
MSR: What do you do besides making excellent music?
 
Dan: I have a full time job unfortunately, writing software for websites, so don't have as much time for writing music as I would like. I also am very much into folk music, I sing in two folk choirs, which also takes a lot of time. So with work, writing music, and singing, I barely have enough time to eat and sleep and see my friends. It's a busy life and I have to be very organized and motivated, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
 
 
MSR: Artworks for your albums are pretty attractive. They all seem to be created by Jen Turnbull. Is that correct? How do you cooperate? MSR: Is that you to describe your would-be artwork to Jen or she is the one to offer you her artwork ideas and you choose?
 
Dan: Yes, Jen Turnbull has done the artwork for my last 3 albums. For 'Together as One' and 'There Is Only Infinity' I asked if I could use one of her existing pieces, and she cropped it for me and did the text for the CDs etc. For Frogspawn I had the idea of the image, so I asked her to paint it for me, which she very kindly did over the course of the last year, I am very pleased with the result. She is amazing and never asks for any money so I am truly indebted to her.
 
 
MSR: Why frogspawn exactly? Just for lulz or having a very deep philosophical meaning?
 
Dan: Frogspawn had several meanings to me. Firstly I'm a bit obsessed with frogs, it's a creature I have always liked, and my online nicknames have always involved frogs in one way or another. I decided to call this album frogspawn because it was going to be my creation, something I spawned, and I also had the idea for the artwork and liked the idea of giving birth to a whole new set of worlds, I think there can be a microcosm of universes inside music. Also when I started the album I was married and hoping to have children by the time I finished. Sadly that all fell apart and my life took a different direction, a story told in the last two tracks of the album, but I stuck with the name Frogspawn anyway.
 
 
MSR: What are your pre-party wishes for Russian psychill heads?
 
Dan: I can't wait to meet you all and I hope you have fun. I'll be lurking around listening to the other wonderful bands on the line up  so please do come and say hello :)

Mystic Sound Reords website: http://mystic-sound.com/
 
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE LINK:
 
https://www.facebook.com/events/623850201059669/
Published in DOWN TEMPO WORLD
Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:10

Exclusive Interview with Sergio Walgood

Today we want to introduce you one of the most talented guys of planet Earth,  - Sergio Walgood from Portugal.

"For How long have you been making music?"
Hi! Thank you for the invitation. Music was always a big part of my life, my father is a guitar player and I grew up listening to him playing 60’s music and learning some tunes on guitar. The first experiences making music was with my big friend André Rivotti Casimiro making original blues tunes. Around 1998 I started to pay more attention to electronics and I started to make some experiences with this old casio keybord, guitar and 2 tape recorders, it was really raw and nothing special. Sometime later, after going to my first Psytrance events I started to experiment computer programs and some tunes were made trying to recreate this new music for me.

"How many LP's with your music were released?"
As Sérgio Walgood I have released my first album “Chill in Tribe” for Ajnavision Records in digital and CD format and the Bandcamp digital release “The mind and Space"
As OCO (world, tribal fusion band) we have released “Beyond Dust and Bones” in digital and CD format.

"Which tune on that LP do you consider as the best one?"
It’s hard to pick one. Every tune has its character and sometimes I like one the most and other times others. But from the feedback I receive, the one that most people like is “The Dream” from “Chill in Tribe album”.

"Do you make difference between psybient and psychill?"
I don’t really pay too much attention on this, but I think that one is more slow than the other

"Which venue is the best for slow music in your opinion?"
Boom Festival Chillout Gardens and ZNA Gathering chillout

"Can you predict the future of Downtempo genre ?"
I think that this genre will grow a lot and have a place of his own instead of a alternative stage in a psytrance event. It is already happening this change.

"What is your favourite musical instrument?"
Guitar and strings instruments

"Which  planet are you from?"
Lovely planet Earth

"And for your music, is it from there as well?"
Yes, totally. :)

"What does your music does with human conciousness?"
It brings textures and emotions from different cultures.

"What is definition of "Love" to you?"
Love is a powerful emotion connecting us with cosmos and ourselves.

"What is harmony in your opinion?"
Harmony is when everything is in balance and peace.

"What is your favorite place on  Earth?"
My favorite places on Earth are anywhere I find balance love and harmony. One of them is Serra de Sintra (Portugal)

"What is your favorite smell on the Earth?"
Oh! The smell of delicious food! :)

"Please name the artists you can recommend?"
Oco, Random Mode, Angular momentum, Zen Baboon, Balancé, Chilled C'quence, Pedro Neves (Waves), Teresa Gabriel, Irina Mikhailova , Kalahari, Andrew Sigil, Wåveshåper, Hataken, Master Margherita, Kaya Project, etc…

"A few words for Sunday Freak readers then..?"
Thank you for reading and for the support! Hope you have a great and happy life. Se you soon somewhere! :)
 
 
Published in DOWN TEMPO WORLD
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 12:33

What is DOWN TEMPO WORLD

Very important part of our life- on the work, at home, on the parties and afterhours belongs to low bpm music- that is lately named as psychedelic downtempo.
This, quite huge music sector is still new, but the rise and popularity gain of it is obvious. As an in every upcoming movement, there is still a lick of the information about the artists, labels and communities of Downtempo World.
 As well no one can clearly identify the terms and division of the subgenres of that music.

For this reason from now and on, we have decided to put more attention to that content and we start with publishing a maximum detailed report:

PSYCHEDELIC DOWN-TEMPO

In general, we can put in Psychedelic Downtempo folder any type of electronic  music occurs psychedelic  effects and sound hallucination which is  slower than psychedelic or psy-progressive trance. The tempo, as well as the drum patterns of each track can vary. Sometimes the beat can be restrained and/or simple. Sometimes the beats are more complicated and more featured instead of being in the background, but even then they are less intense and more hypnotic, than trance. As you will find out from this report, downtempo encompasses a wider variety of styles than usual terms, related to usual Chill Out music.

Ambient is often described as having an atmospheric, enveloping, unobtrusive, background sound. The style originated in the 1970s from the music of Brian Eno (in USSR originated by Mikhail Chekalin). It has developed into several forms from then on. Ambient music conquered popularity in the early 1990s, thanks to such bands as The Orb, Aphex Twin and Future Sound of London.

However, ambient is still a rather vague notion. Representatives of some different genres can be also defined by this term, for example: “academic” experimental electronic music (Chris Meloche, David Shea, Asmus Tietchens, David Toop, Oval), space music (Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana, Klaus Schulze, Jeff Greinke, Alio Die), dub (Bill Laswell, The Orb, Mick Harris, Drome, Woob), ethno electronica (Jon Hassell, Banco de Gaia, Astralasia), industrial (Lustmord, Merzbow , Final, Aube, James Plotkin), club culture hybrids (The KLF, Global Communication, Mixmaster Morris, Biosphere, Higher Intelligence Agency, Sun Electric, Tetsu Inoue, David Moufang, LTJ Bukem, Autechre).

In 2002 record producer Jeff Towne and journalist Peter Manzi (New Age Voice Magazine) ranked the top ambient albums of all time. Among the experts invited for selection there were the following musicians: Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Stephen Hill (founder of Hearts of Space record label), etc.

As a result "The 25 Most Influential Ambient Albums of All Time" were selected. The Top 25 included both the classical works (Brian Eno and Steve Roach) and the albums usually classified as progressive rock (Tangerine Dream), as well as electronic music (Kunst Grand, Jean Ven Robert Hal, Aphex Twin, The Orb) and even jazz (Miles Davis). This way the very "ambient" definition expanded essentially.
Many musicians and bands of different psychedelic electronic music genres have been playing on alternative and chill out dance floors of all the trance music festivals            of the world and participating in lots of club projects for years.
Mixing of "acid" synthesized sounds with beat base and classical ambient music has recently resulted in a new style called psychedelic ambient or “psybient”.

Psybient has all the reasons to be called "The New Age" of music, the future of psychedelic sound on dance floors. It is a slow (deep hypnotic sounding at 105-120 bpm) variety of psytrance. Synths or live samples with typical "floaty" sound and ambient elements are often based on slow rhythm (that can be different from beat).

They get filtered and repeatedly edited with additional effects meant for achieving the most psychedelic sound.

The harmonious melodic sound wave is easy to pick up. It is based on the strongly expressed beats that make one move with the same smoothness due to its tempo.

Psybient can equally include electronic sounds and traditional instruments, archaic vocal techniques and elements of meditative singing. Sometimes electronic sound can be combined with ethnic and modern musical instruments, space sounds of synth keyboard and music overtones.

There is as well a slower variety of psybient used for meditations and ritual practices.

The typical representatives and founders of this modern style are as follows:
 
Alwoods       www.soundcloud.com/alwoods
Younger Brother      www.facebook.com/youngerbrother
Aes Dana     www.facebook.com/Aesdana
Solar Fields      www.facebook.com/solarfields
Carbon Based     www.facebook.com/carbonbasedlifeforms?fref=ts
Bluetech     www.facebook.com/iambluetech
Astropilot     www.facebook.com/astropilot

Some tracks of Shpongle    http://shponglemusic.com
Eat Static     http://www.eatstatic.co.uk
Might be also related to psybient even though they go beyond the style to a large extent.

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PSYCHILL

Сhill out is an umbrella term for several styles of electronic music characterized by their mellow style and mid-tempo beats — "chill" being derived from a slang injunction to "relax. Psychill is hard to define, as there are many different kinds of it, but it can be described as electronic music that combines elements of psychedelic trance, ambient, world music and new age into a spacy psychedelic chill out genre with the tempo above 104 bpm and lower…  Often  a fat groovy deep melodies has many ambient/psybient influences.

 Chill out music emerged in the early and mid-1990s in "chill rooms" at dance clubs, where relaxing music was played to allow dancers a chance to "chill out" from the more emphatic and fast-tempo music played on the main dance floor.

Although similar to psytrance’s emphasis on maintaining non-stop rhythm throughout the night, psychill is far more focused on creating a vast soundscape that can be experienced over the length of an album, focusing less on beat matching and allowing for a myriad of tempo changes.

Psychedelic chill out culture appeared probably in trance festivals.

 The idea is to chill and rest from dancing, to listen to tunes and to speak about life. Psychill is mostly electronic music, often more complex than chill out, ambient and lounge. It might or might not have a defined rhythm section. Often psychedelic chill out music contains samples from eastern and other traditional instruments, and sound FX and samples from psychedelic gurus like Timothy Leary or Terrence McKenna.      
Psychill originated, like psytrance, in the smallest state of  India, Goa. Because of the heat, humidity, and dust in Goa, the birthplace of Goa trance, DJs tended to use cassette tapes or DATs instead of vinyl records. As a result, beat matching was very hard. As a solution to the dilemma, a production technique developed of having relatively long atmospheric portions in each track, which would allow a DJ to easily mix two tracks of different tempos without having them clash. These short periods that were free of heavy, bass driven beats acted as “chillout” periods for those who were dancing (or tripping) to relax and regain their energy for the next track. These atmospheric interludes in the Goa trance parties were the roots of the psybient/psychill
genre.

The founders of Psy Chill music we can name The Infinity Project (Raga Ram and Graham Wood) with the debit album   "Mystical Experience"  (released on Blue Room records 1995 )

Some of the most popular and genre leading psychill artists list includes:

Ott                      www.ottsonic.net
Shulman            www.shulman.info
Kaya project     www.kayaproject.com   
Asura                 www.facebook.com/pages/ASURA/106457240133
Ishq                    www.facebook.com/pages/Ishq/172448309479144
Chronos             www.facebook.com/chronosproject
Maiia Project     www.facebook.com/djmaiia  
DreamStalker    www.facebook.com/dreamstalkerclub
AstroPilot            www.facebook.com/astropilot
 
VooDooDoll 
 
Published in DOWN TEMPO WORLD
Monday, 06 October 2014 14:18

BEST Russian speaking downtempo artists :

ASTROPILOT
 
The last year has been fantastic with many quality releases by Altar artists...
Following in the style of his well known 'Solar Walk' series, this opus brings to us more of the depth and quality of composition that Dimitry is known for with his 10 years of experience and audio craftsmanship.
 
Including remixes from acclaimed Greek musicians Alwoods and Cabeiri and featuring two exclusive and unreleased live remixes from his performance at Boom Festival 2012, 'Star Walk' is a unique and beautiful listening experience that represents the passion and drive that both Astropilot and Altar records share in their love of music. Could this be Altar and Astropilot's final inspiration? We'll see!
Few tracks for the best vibes :
 
 
 
CHRONOS
 
After being absent for a little while on Altar Records, Moscow based musician Nick Klimenko...
The 'Mars' journey can be described as follows 'Today, the solar system travels a near circular path around our galaxy, keeping a constant 30000 light years between us and the seething galactic core'. We once assumed most stars stayed in such quiet orbits for their entire lives. Our ride may have been more exciting. The characteristic spiral arms of a galaxy such as the Milky Way are waves of higher density, regions where stars and gas are a little closer together than elsewhere in our galaxy's disc. Their additional gravity is normally too weak to alter a star's path by much, but if the star's orbital speed happens to match the speed at which the spiral arm is itself rotating, then the extra force has more time to take effect.
'It's like surfers on the ocean if they're paddling too slow or too fast they don't get anywhere. They have to match the speed just right, and then they get pushed along'. Have a great trip through the Milky Way! The universal spectacle throughout was shaped for admiration and delight, grand in itself alone, but in that breach through which the homeless voice of waters rose, that dark deep thoroughfare, had nature lodged the soul, the imagination of the whole enjoy!
Few tracks for your mood :
 
 
 
MAIIA
 
In the ancient world there are many mysteries, but none as perplexing as those found in the Mayan culture.The Maya were noted as well for elaborate and highly decorated ceremonial architecture, including temple-pyramids, palaces and observatories, all built without metal tools.They are regarded as the inventors of many aspects of Meso-American cultures including the first calendar and hieroglyphic writing in the Western hemisphere. Unlocking the Secrets of a Lost Civilization, Maiia's album Sacred Knowledge of Ancient Civilizations' will transport you straight out in the middle of a magical forest of emerald.This is also an ode to Shamans which makes rites of passage to carry the sacral knowledge, keeping the continuum between civilizations.This way the study on the ancient rituals of the initiation of Mayans enables better understanding of cultures that maintain harmonic relations with the natural environment, their value system and logic of the relations with the world of nature.The use of their experience by our modern civilization would help to create more harmonic and internallyunified culture, overcome the negative experience of the consuming society.Ritual trance journeys have been a vital part of shamanic and eastern dance cultures for thousands of years. Our contemporary approach to Trance Dance brings together the richness of these ancient rituals with some startlingly effective modern techniques. The end result is access into the deeper realms of our self and the universe... a glimpse into the mystical world that lies beneath our normal perceptions ofreality

Few tracks for your enjoing :
 
 
 
ZYMOSIS
Album "Between two points"
 
Zymosis is a psychedelic-ambient project which has brought it's own bright light to psy-culture over the past 14 years.
Four years ago these Ukranian pioneers debuted with 'Elements Into Data', an album that became widely cherished among psychillers, Goaheads, and ambient lovers alike. This release gave us a unique organic experience comprised of world music inspirations and shamanic sounds seamlessly fused with elements of psychedelic trance.
 
Now arrives the long awaited follow-up 'Between Two Points'! With this newest offering, expect nothing less than a fantastic emotional album featuring remixes of Shulman's widely acclaimed track 'The Unexpected Visitor', a solid collaboration with Seamoon, and last but not least a nice melodic track from their first album remixed by none other than Micky Noise.

Few tracks for your mood :
 
 
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Hi Downtempo world, I’m really happy that more people start to be interested in the downtempo side of psychedelic music. I hope that with your help the scene can grow bigger, rise and bloom)

Few words about your projects, please (Maiia Project and Mystic Sounds Records)
Well, Maiia Project was born in 2006, when after a year of being a dj I started to make music  myself.

Then several years later after the first releases on compilations and a mini-album called Forest Magic, some great musicians-instrumentalists joined me for live performances and for recording some live sessions in Maiia tracks. Maiia Project is very dynamic, we change almost for every live performance. It’s interesting and surprisingly, and it doesn’t give a chance to be bored.
 Through the music of our project we aim to attract listeners to explore ancient ethnic rhythms and magic sounds.

We wish to remind people about the Nature surrounding human beings and to bring joy and love to their hearts.

Maiia Project has released 3 full-length albums on Altar Records, Plusquam Records and Ovnimoon Records. In September 2014 we are releasing the 4th album of the project, Sky In Diamonds, on the Ovnimoon Records. The style is closer to dance music rather than to chillout, starting with a downtempo track with live bass and continuing with progressive goa trance tracks. As the style differs from the previous music of Maiia Project, I decided to join number 303 to the name, in honour of the legendary TB303 – its sound is present in each track of the album recorded on my favorite x0xbOx.

At the beginning of 2014 we together with Edward Cybered founded a label, Mystic Sound Records, in order to discover new talented artists and promote their music globally.

 We focus on different styles of psychedelic downtempo and want to expand to the side of goa-trance and dark progressive music.

We also want to make Mystic Sound Records a quality place for realization of creative potential of well-known projects and musicians, starting from mastering which is made in one of the best Russian studios - manifold-studio.com, digital and CD releases presented in all the major stores around the world and finishing with promotion and quality events of the label.

Why did you choose downtempo electronic music?
I’m not sure that I chose downtempo – maybe downtempo chose me)) Anyway, I like downtempo music for a large space for different sounds and absence of strict rules, there is always a place for experiment.

That’s the way the best music is born – when a musician just passes his inspiration to sounds without having a ready “product” in the mind.

Do you make a difference between Psybient and Psychill?
Psybient generally has the 4/4 time signature, while Psychill is more flexible in this side. A lot of golden PsyChill hits written by Shpongle or Shulman are made in the 7/8 time signature.

What is the source of you inspiration?
Nature, its beauty, and energy. Wonderful art and interesting books, sounds of a musical instrument. Life.

Is shakti-power help you so much?
Shakti is my energy so, sure, it helps me to transform my feelings into music exactly the way I do)

What is the color of you vibes?
Maybe rainbow?

Downtempo for you - Lifestyle, subculture, just a genre?
Downtempo is my world here and now.

Do you think that Psychedelic Downtempo is important part of Trance Festivals?
As the main music on the trance festivals is different styles of psychedelic uptempo music, the downtempo side is a must-have there. People need a place to chill-out after the dancefloor or prepare themselves to it. Actually, a new trend is to make completely downtempo festivals presenting different styles of chill music only.

Which World festival did you play?
In regard to the previous answer – there was an annual festival in Latvia, Klusa Daba, consisting of four stages with different styles of downtempo. It was located in the center of Riga on the dam. I played there twice. I played in Morocco at Rhythms Of Peace and at a lot of festivals in Russia and Ukraine.

Did you see much difference between any Russian Chill-stage and Foreign Stage?
We have a strong stage here in Russia – a lot of talented musicians and djs, radios, websites, party promoters, artists, performers, dancers, vjs and other creative people. As well as a lot of people who love all this. I can see that the same is in France, where, for example, Iurii GagarinProject gathers  parties with amazing downtempo lineups and crowds. So in the main I can’t feel much difference, we are all one.

Which is you suggestion for Russian Trance Festival organization? And What do you think about chill-stage organization?
 My main suggestion is not to make a chill stage at all if you
don’t have energy to manage it. Cause it’s very sad for musicians and djs to see a “secondary” stage with a bad sound system and no design or even without an equipment for live performance.
 At the same time here in Moscow we have a set of inspiring promoters who are making only downtempo parties, with no trance dancefloor. As one of these organizers (we made parties as chill in tribe community and will continue in the new season as Mystic Sound Records), I can tell that purely downtempo parties are interesting for people. We gather together a lot of creative people and conscious listeners who come to listen to wonderful music, to dance and to be charged with an amazing energy.
to dance and to be charged with an amazing energy.

The best chill-stage in Russia and Foreign for you mind?
As for this year the best chill stage was on Tortuga island – on the shore, with almost a sea behind the scene and lot of wonderful live and dj gigs. The best foreign one for me was the main stage of Klusa Daba.

What around us- Nature, Space or... you can associate with chill out vibrations?
Chillout vibrations are everywhere, it is life. It can be associated with nature, space, emotions and everything else.

Can you please predict a future of Psychedelic Downtempo genre?
New genres appear constantly. One of the interesting modern styles is a mix of Dub with Glitch, which is more close to PsyDub. We are trying to discover this genre in series of Ethneomystica compilations on Mystic Sound Records.

 The future  of the genre in Russia ?
As I've mentioned we have a lot of talented musicians here in Russia and we can make our stage bigger by supporting each other.

Please name few artists you can recommend.
Naturelement – an amazing musician from Greece, Lyquid Crystal – a wonderful project from Russia.
Globular, Radiactive Sandwich, Slackbaba, Chronos, Yechidah and a lot of talented artists – I can continue endlessly.

What is your favorite place on Earth?
I love my summer house where I live from April till October, with my nice home studio on the second floor with a view over the tops of forest trees.

Your favorite Food?
I love fruit and berries.

Your favorite hobby?
The musicmaking)  As I have an everyday work for Microsoft –  music is my hobby. Hobby  taking all my free time)

Some words with you energy for Sunday Freak readers:
I believe that music can make this world better. I wish all people could live in peace and be happy. Support each other and enjoy your kind deeds. Thank you, Sunday Freak magazine, VooDooDOll and X.P. Voodoo for your support, I’m honored)
 
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Five top albums recommended by Downtempo World for this month:
 
AKSHAN
Each piece on this album is full of emotion and texture.
Ranging from lush cinematic atmospheres to addictive mid-tempo rhythms, this album is a mix of many styles to create something unique and beautiful.
A polished cohesion of ethnic, symphonic, trance, and shimmering ambient textures. Akshan's work yields up an atypical musical experience that will relax and energize, inspire, transcend and will sweep the listener along as each song tells its story.
 
 
Few tracks for you to enjoy:
 
CABEIRI
Cabeiri brothers Nickolas and Dimitris Vavalos from Greece...
Cabeiri delivers their first release with 'Inner Thoughts', a strong album full of deep, relaxing ambient laced with down tempo grooves and complex melodies. 'Inner Thoughts' is a dreamy story told in original compositions.
Deep vibes mixed with heavenly moods, floating soundscapes, pumping down-tempo grooves.
This album is a beautiful voyage into deep spacey ambient music that is perfect for both dancing and chilling.
Skillful production guarantees this release will sound as good in your headphones as it does on the dance floor. With 'Inner Thoughts' you'll find eight new full-length unreleased tracks of mystic and relaxing vibes that are perfectly suited to the chill-out dance floor or the early evening trance set.
It's refreshing to hear something as well-crafted and versatile as this.
 
 
Few tracks for your enjoyment:
 
CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS
The Swedish duo Carbon Based Lifeforms graces us with their fourth album Twentythree...
From wide and far reaching soundscapes, the hypnosis subtly builds up with washes of ethereal melodies while floating pads are brushed by reverberated organic and electric data or the distant echoes of life on a planet.
The album Twentythree consists of 8 genuine and unrestrained tracks that will forever expand our visions of the open space. Authentic and vibrant, deeply emotive, the story unfolds...
Composed by Daniel Segerstad and Johannes Hedberg, featuring Karin My Andersson for the voices.
 
 
Few tracks for your mood
 
SERGIO WALGOOD
8 tracks of the best Portuguese Chillout music composed and played by Sergio Walgood with a mixture of Downtempo, Dub and Tribal Beats.
 
'Chill in Tribe' can be described by dream trips between the earth and space, wrapped in organic rhythms inspired by tribal and oriental cultures with a touch of psychedelica. Do you want to chill in Tribe with us?
 
 
Few tracks for your mood :
 
IRINA MIKHAILOVA
Night Flower' is a beautiful compilation which represents Irina's collaborative work...
Seb Taylor (AlephZero/Interchill) and Graham Wood (Tip Records) from UK, Toires from France, Steve Schroyder (Tangerine Dream/SSO) from Germany, as well as Raven (Waterjuice) from Canada, B.Cochran (Hands Upon Black Earth), B.Smiley, D.Battenfield (Aquila)from USA.
It's like brightly coloured veils slowly swirling in warm evening winds, heavy with the scents of faraway caravans. Irina's music is analogue fusion of worlds in exploration spinning waves of intonation into digital envelopes, postmarks seal destination in ethnic refuge, time stands still.
Timelessness in her every note, the vibes, that bind you to her spell is poetry in unison with the soul.
 
 
Couple tracks for your mood:
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Saturday, 06 September 2014 06:44

IRINA MIKHAILOVA‏ - Exclusive Interview

Today we are happy to present you an exclusive interview with one of the most charming woman of The Earth Irina Mikhailova.
Diva from Russia has unforgettable voice, which builds the stairways from reality to the imaginary sky world...vibrations of it will forever stay deep inside your mind in space of your dreams...
 
Rich of the multi-ethnic sounds that surrounded her childhood, and the depth of her soul, Irina Mikhailova blends her warm and otherworldly vocals with trance-inducing music of an amazing cast of musicians such as Kaya Project (UK), Vibrasphere (Sweden), Star Sounds Orchestra (Germany), Omnimotion (Sweden), Vlastur (Greece), Toires (France), Govinda (USA), Seb Mullaert of Minilogue (Sweden), Medicine Drum (USA) and more.

Irina Mikhailova sings to us from the heart of her indigenous roots that lay in the rich traditions of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Born and raised in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Irina currently resides in San Francisco, where for the last few years she has released many solo and collaborative projects, most of which explore vocal technique, traditional instrumentation and digital composition, all while taking in the styles of contemporary folk, modern lounge, dub-ambient, tribal trance, and Arabic groove.
Irina's music has been used in variety of documentaries and feature films. One of the highlights include movie "Salt" starring Angelina Jolie as well as "Halo", a multi-billion dollar science fiction video game.

She plays frequently in Europe and has performed at variety of festivals such as Peter Gabriel"s Womad festival in England as well as festivals in Japan, Morocco, Australia and more. Her solo albums are receiving international critical acclaim and are available on ITunes, Amazon, CDbaby, Napster and Irina's web site:
www.IrinaMikhailova.com

 
INTERVIEW:
So, Irina, we are happy to have you in Sunday Freak’s Downtempo World. And thanx a lot
for the time you gave to us . So, please, tell to our readers, why did you choose downtempo electronic music?
 
I did not ever choose one style of music. I sing traditional music as well as some uptempo electronic music etc. I go by what moves me musically and makes you soar now more selectively than before! So my music style is all about growing with time but also preserving the essence and spirit of traditional chants with which I like to remind new generation to not forget their roots and depth of spirit of this amazing music.
 
Do you make a difference between Psybient and Psychill?
 
Not really. For me it is an atmosphere that matters and an effect it has on audience more than what style of music it should be called :)
 
What is the source of you inspiration?
 
Experiences of the past, present and future
 
Does Shakti-power helps you so much?
 
I feel the divine force but I don't assign it to any culture or religion so that words don't loose their power if overused in certain circles.
 
What is the color of your voice vibes?
 
I feel the BLUE~
(color of protection)
 
Which form you beautiful voice has?
 
Like the ever-changing air and water flow...
 
Downtempo for you - Lifestyle, subculture or just a genre?
 
As I said earlier I don't just do downtempo music, I do some very energetic dubstep and other genres so community is my lifestyle, and Eco and Art one because it inspires our lives :)
 
Downtempo is a special point of mind ?
 
It is relaxing and rejuvenating and inspires like some other genres meditative restful state!
 
Do you think that Psychedelic Downtempo is important part of Trance Festivals? 
 
For sure. People have a need to change the speed of their movement and slow down so this is where downtempo helps balance other styles of music at the festivals or events.
 
What around us- Nature, Space or... you can associate with chill out vibrations?
 
Ether, big body of water like the ocean, or tall and beautiful trees soaring to the skies!
 
Can you please predict a future of Psychedelic Downtempo genre?
 
As anything else in life it will evolve but how? it is for us to decide....hopefully we will get away from formulas and be bold enough to create music which moves forward and does not always fit into any known electronic genre.
 
Please name few artists you can recommend.
 
Maluns, SiebZehN, Grouch, Vlastur, Braincell, Kalya Scintilla and many more.....
 
What is your favorite place on Earth ?
 
Too many but one of them floating on the cloud ;)
 
Your favorite Food?

Asian organic
 
Your favorite hobby?

Photography/Painting
 
Some words with your energy for Sunday Freak readers:

Stay inspired and creative, change things if you don't like them even if it seems impossible, remember to be kind and compassionate when it's hard and take good care of your soul/body/mind.
 
Thank you so much, Irina, Spasibo and please continue to joy us with your art and inspiration.
 
 

IRINA MIKHAILOVA PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS • WOMAD, UK • BOOM, Portugal • Big Chill, UK • MEG Montreal, Canada • Samothraki Dance Festival, Greece • Morocco 2000, Morocco • Freedom Festival, Portugal • Return to the Source, Japan • Miami Winter Music Conference, USA • ACA Fest, Mexico • Fullmoon Festival, Germany • Health & Harmony, USA • EarthDance, USA/Germany • Antaris Festival, Germany • Fusion, Germany • Love Parade, Germany • Hadra Fest, France • VuuV, Germany • Ozora, Hungary • Howeird street fair, USA
 
PREVIOUS RELEASES Irina has appeared on a variety of recordings and compilations in the last few years including : Firedance by Kaya Project (Interchill / Canada / UK) Desert Phase by Kaya Project (Interchill / Canada / UK) Firedance by Kaya Project (Interchill / Canada / UK) Cafe Paradiso ( Park Lane rec, UK ) Ease Division 3 ( Spiral Trax, Sweden ) Lucid Dreaming by Eastern Spirit ( MikelaBella, Israel) Isabliss by Amethystium (Neurodisc Rec, USA ) The Riddle Of Isla De Pascua ( Avatar / Israel ) Hadravision ( Hadra Records / FR ) Eco Zen 2 ( One World Music / AU ) Beginner's guide to Bellydance ( Demon Music / UK ) Night Flower (Elefaria Rec / USA ) Buddha Bar X (George V / France ) Lumin - Ketri (Dakini Records / Japan) Café Tel Aviv (Avatar / Israel) Destination Lounge San Francisco, Vol. 2 (Revive The Soul / USA) Angels Voices (Sequoia Records / USA) Floating Point 4 (Sofa Beats-Iboga / DK) Vibrasphere - Exploring the Tributaries ( TribalVisionRecords / CZ) Beginner's guide to Buddha Lounge (Demon Music / UK) Tribal Matrix (Dakini / Japan) Cafe Goa (Avatar/ Israel) Defining Moments (Chillosophy/ SE) Farewell Ferengistan (Banco De Gaia / UK) The Riddle Of Santa Catherina (Avatar / IS) Caravan Of Light (Lua / USA) A weekend in Paris (Water Music / USA) New World Groove (Interchill / Canada / UK) Buddha Tea Lounge (Sugo / USA) Frequent Flyer (KinkySweet / USA) San Francisco under a Groove (NHR / USA) Soul Vibration (Liquid Records / UK) Celtic Lounge (Sequoia / USA) Tropical Chill (Sequoia / USA) Pour le Bain (E-FrenchSound / France) Dimanche (Water Music / USA) Destination Lounge San Francisco (UBL Records / USA) Traveler 3 (Six Degrees Records / USA) 13th Moon (Interchill / Canada / UK) Earth Octave Lounge (Interchill / Canada / UK) Walking Through by Kaya Project (Interchill / Canada / UK) Elixir by Kaya Project (Interchill / Canada / UK) Miditation 2 (Ceiba Records / USA) How Weird Street Fair (Ceiba Records / USA) Majmar by Toires (Hoots Records / France) Black Ops by Red Seal (Flow Records / Portugal) Lumin - Hadra (Valley / USA) Music for Qigong Dancing by Star Sounds Orchestra (Millenium Records / UK) Medicine Drum - Original Face (Cyber Octave Music / USA) Earth Dance 2000 (Cyber Octave Music / USA) Medicine Drum - Talking Stick (Cyber Octave Music / USA)
 
Links to Irina Mikhailova web space:
 
 
 
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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 08:38

Overview of five top psybient artists

Overview of five top psybient artists :

ALWOODS
'Aeolian Mode' is the first album .
For this album, Alwoods draws inspiration from his love of nature, the elements, and his time spent in the Greek mountainside. Natural sounds, bright atmospheres, and pulsing energies create a wondrous audio experience that fuses morning sounds with deep ambience.

Few tracks for yourenjoying :
https://soundcloud.com/alwoods/alwoods-voice-of-sherwood
https://soundcloud.com/alwoods/alwoods-kerkini-lake

" Long Life Forest " is the second album ,its really new sound,absolutely fresh...

Every song is a unique piece of art in itself and the quality and craftsmanship reflect the time taken to produce the entire album.
 Originally scheduled over a year ago and released just now, this album shines with the extra time and effort invested to perfect it. Each sound hits your ears with thick bass lines that vibrate and resonate your ear drums and your entire being.

A favorite off of the album that moved the down-tempo and chill-out dance floors this past summer is 'We Are Modern Shamans'. The combination of melodies with the shaman's vocals deep energetic bass makes the track irresistible, and makes it an infectious track to dance to.
Every song is diverse, but they all keep the familiar 'Alwoods' progressive-chill signature sound. Both his first album 'Aeolian Mode' and 'Long Life Forest' are tied for one of the best Altar Records albums so far.

Some tracks for your enjoying :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8lZZax0QNo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBcOSGaS1dc

ASURA
Charles Farewell aka Asura opens two outstanding chapters...
...in his musical odyssey with '360', a powerful cinematic Downtempo album which captures and enhances the essence of the original Asura sound with its slow grooving rhythms, entrancing melodies, deep flowing pads and ethnic instrumentations.
Asura

This fourth album from Asura will stand as the coming out of Charles Farewell as an incredible composer of overlapping ambient genres, from ecstatic to chilled,
 groovy to uplifting, he offers the audience a wide open musical journey with finely chiseled orchestrations and a strong sense of space and timelessness.
Mostly instrumental, the album offers a sublime vocal introduction courtesy of Ayten and discreet voice overs from the artist.

'360' is a lively and attractive record which presents three years of sound modeling, synth programming and deep immersion in multi-layered soundscapes. Peaceful and majestic.

Few tracks for your enjoying :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lv9Cz08lNo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMRCn9ev4vE

 

AES DANA
A complete deluxe edition to gently flow into a trip.The name is Memory Shell :
12 tracks offering a panoramic vision of deep morning trance and ambient, wrapped in a 3 parts digipack including a 16 pages booklet of pictures and texts.

ASTRAL WAVES
Astral Waves is Dj Zen's psybient project.
Astral Waves aka DJ Zen of Altar Records is known for his 2007 release of 'Mystique' and having released numerous singles to well-known labels such as Altar, Peak, Sellaband, Sunline, Suntrip Records, and YSE over the past decade.

Zen is well known for his ability to tell deep spiritual stories with his music, which always ends in a mind blowing experience
Zen takes years of growth and experience paired with much valued input from talented artists such as Vibrasphere, Astropilot, Alwoods, CJ Catalizer, Suduaya, Zymosis, and Tentura and puts his evolved skills and knowledge to work remixing original tracks supplied by these artists.

'Magique' is comprised of eight tracks. Each is reworked from top to bottom including the use of live drum samples taken in his studio and the lovely voice of Iz. This long awaited album is sure to please a wide spectrum of music lovers, from ambient chillers to psychedelic and progressive heads! Enjoy!

Some tracks for your mood :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TofiqZob0w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwyN-H2Wde8
 
ASTROPILOT
"Solar Walk " is a voyage into the higher orbiting realms of dream consciousness. Astropilot continues his psybient travels with this astounding composition
.
With this album, AstroPilot has reached a serious, rich, and extremely well polished level of production. We invite you to listen and share in this experience that we feel will be another strong Altar contender for space ambient release of the year.

Few tracks for you :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHmuYI_7O7o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MIdI8BQWQU
 
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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 08:02

ASTROPILOT - Exclusive interview

ASTROPILOT INTERVIEW
Today we publish our exclusive interview with one of the leading artists of Downtempo World- Russian based project Astropilot.

 

1) Few words about your project,please.
Hi folks! My name is Dmitriy, mainly I known under my music project AstroPilot. I make music for last 15 years and I create psychedelic chillout/progressive music since 2005. From the beginning of this project I made psychill with some ethnic vibes, but after some years I slowly moved to music with spacy atmospheres and slow progressive/trance beats, someones call it chillgresive, also I make totally beatless space ambient music.

2) Why did you choose downtempo electronic music?
Well I listened to psychedelic trance music since middle of 90s, and in 00s my very first music sketches were in psy-trance music, and after some time I got tired from trance and I focused more on slow rhythms as listener and as musician. And I found myself in it. Since that time I tried many genres, so now I would like to say that I don't make some exact genre of music, I make music that could includes elements from many music genres. I try to stay from limits of music styles, I try to make something my own.

3) Do you make a difference between Psybient and Psychill?
Music critics invent musical genres, then I just make music that I like, I can't decide how to call it, it's up to listeners.


4) What is the source of your inspiration?
Love, life, travel, books.

5) Downtempo for you - Lifestyle, subculture, just a genre?
Now downtempo for me is just a word, I can listen to many kinds of music as well I can make many kinds of music, all depends of my mood and purpose.

6) Do you think that Psychedelic Downtempo is important part of Trance Festivals?
Sure, it is. I love multi-style events for many tastes and moods.

7) What around us- Nature, Space or... you can associate with chill out vibrations?
I think both. If you know about original meaning of ambient music is an ambience, so it could be nature and it could be space, depends of where you are :)

8) Can you please predict a future of Psychedelic Downtempo genre?
Mix of many genres but with some deep psychedelic vibe.
 
9) Please name few artists you can recommend.
From psychedelic scene: Cabeiri, Alwoods, Suduya, Tipper, Aes Dana, Merkaba.. It's really hard to choose some names since that time I became full-time musician. Sometimes I prefer silence instead of music :D I recommend listen to different music. My current favorite album is modern classical album - Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons.

10) What is your favorite place on Earth?
I love some quiet nature places - forests, mountains.. Every country has some variations of it. So it really hard to select one place. And there are many places in this planet that still wait me.

11) Your favorite Food
I'm vegetarian, so I like any fresh veggies and fruits.

12) Your favorite hobby
Travel, finding new interesting places.

13) Some words for Sunday Freak readers:
We are born in truth, but until we grow, we begin to believe the lies ... Scariest lie in human history - a lie about our imperfections..
 
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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 07:40

ALWOODS - Exclusive Interview

We love this guy and his music. Real genius, the founder of new  direction in psychedelic music and just a nice dude.
Sunday Freak e-Magazine proudly presents
Alwoods ( Altar records, Greece)
 
John Rigas (aka Alwoods)  was drawn to psychedelic music when he began Djing more than a decade ago. After a long time of experimenting with sound, learning to write, composing and studying music technology, finally arrived in Downtempo and Alwoods project came up in the field.


 Until so far, 2 full length albums are being produced. Aeolian Mode and Long Life Forest.

Alwoods draws inspiration from his love of nature, the elements, and his time spent in the Greek mountainside. Moreover, from all journeys, festivals and beautiful places that he visited all around in the world.

 "Aeolian Mode" is an album full of soft driving beats wrapped in thick psychedelic auras that is perfect for stimulating the energies of a new day. Natural sounds, bright atmospheres, and pulsing energies create a wondrous audio experience that fuses morning sounds with deep ambience. Each sound hits your ears with thick bass lines that vibrate and resonate your ear drums and your entire being.


"Long Life Forest" is John’s second full-length album. Beautiful melodies accompany driving bass-lines as energies are lifted and sustained by John's signature 4/4 kick. Every song is a unique piece of art in itself, and the quality and craftsmanship reflect the time taken to produce the entire album.

His albums have been released from Altar rec, but he also has released single tracks and remixes in Plusquam rec, Omnimoon rec, Atmospheric rec.

Also, Alwoods has appearances in Great Events like :

- PsyMind 2012, ORiON 2014 Canada
- Ometeotl festival 2014 Mexico
- Aristofreaks 2013 , Systo Gathering 2014 Russia
- Tangra Festival 2012 Bulgaria
- The Xperiment 2012 Ukraine
- Modern Shamanism 2013 Malta
- Spirit Base 2012 Hungary
- Ambient Revolution #3 2012 Greece
(and this summer ‘’Seli Mountain Gathering’’ 2014 and ‘’Sonica festival’’ 2014 Italy)
 
 
 
ALWOODS INTERVIEW

1)So,  "ALWOODS" what does it mean?
There are two meanings for me, firstly that feels to me as All Woods literally, all the woods of the world, and secondly, there was a period that a passing by asteroid named Alwoods by its discoverer and I kinda liked the name.

2) What planet are you from?
Totally Earth! Nature, Sea, Sky, Mountains, nowhere else this beauty.

3) Why did you choose downtempo electronic music?
After a long period in Psy music, I wanted to try something new for me. My path began and lead me to downtempo, keeping psy vibes and elements of my beloved tunes but at the same time adding atmospheric natural sounds, in lower bpm.

4) Which space area your music comes to us ?
Planet of imagination

5) Do you make a difference between Psybient and Psychill?
I don’t think that there is a significant difference between those two genres, but for me Psybient comes with a bit more movement of soul and body, with 4/4 kick.

6) You have two albums this kind of music? Which you like more? Tell me, please a few words about both?
Basically, the first one is more atmospheric and slower in comparison with the second one. Second one has higher tempo, and has sounds that reminds me also progressive elements and psychedelic atmosphere. I can’t really say that I prefer one more than other, I have beloved tracks both from first and second album.

7) What kind of connection do you have with your friends from outer space?
We are still on cable connection… haven’t upgrade to wireless!! LoL

8) Downtempo for you - Lifestyle, subculture, just a genre?
Downtempo is for me my life at this moment, who knows, it might get evolved…

9) Do you think that Psychedelic Downtempo is important part of Trance Festivals?
Of course it’s important, because I think they are parallel genres, and one is attached and surface the other, so that it can exists absolute balance and travel within the sounds of both genres.

10) Can you please predict a future of Psychedelic Downtempo genre?
There is already evolution in Downtempo, and I see that more progressive and trance elments make appearance these days. Sometimes, the magic is just wait and see

11) Please name few artists you can recommend.
Cabeiri, Astropilot, Suduaya, Asura, Carbon based lifeforms

12) What is your favorite place on Earth?
Olympos Mountain! So spiritual place! Area of enlightenment to me!

13) Your favorite Food
Greek gyros

14) Your favorite hobby?
Videogames, Pool, weekend journeys and trekking

15) Some words for Sunday Freak readers:
Thank you so much for your support! It’s so essential to me, seems soon that we will all have new experiences from Alwoods to enjoy!
 
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