| DJ Pollyfonika | Tron |
The Hype is building as THE EXPERIENCE FESTIVAL on Koh Tao, Thailand draws closer.
This year marks the beginning of a new decade and its all hands on deck to create an event
that aims to bring people together in a unified space of amazing music and energy.
This year’s line-up is exceptional, featuring some of the very best global psytrance artists,
and we caught up with Mexican Born TRON,
who’s set to make his FIRST Thailand appearance this year.
Represented ZERO1 MUSIC, he took time out before heading off to Germany to allow us a sneak peak into
his music, thoughts, expectations and Thailand Bucket lists …
-How long have you been in the psytrance scene and who/what was your biggest motivation to play?
I have been in the scene since 2000, so almost 19 years!
I heard few tracks here and there but one from GMS (Arabian (k)nights on mescaline)
got me quite hooked on the idea of making beats or at least mixing them!
-Talk me through your set preparation, which producers do you draw inspiration from?
My brother from another mother Masaya aka Spectra Sonics...
he is a force of nature, really good guy to have close...
Also Neuromotor.. both completely out of this world in terms of focus and production.
I have had lots of inspiration from my fellow Zero1 artists throughout my career…
grew up listening to their music...KIM, Dickster, Tristan, GMS, to name a few..
have all bumped their styles and production standards up quite a lot the past few years.
It’s really inspiring to hear the improvements over the years!!
-Your top 3 Psy-releases of all time (if you produce include a favourite you’ve released yourself) ?
I gotta include Infected Mushroom - Classical Mushroom , one all time classic for me that one.
GMS vs Systembusters (got me hooked so has to be here too) honestly.
I got too many favourites over the years ... can’t really go for one or another..
from Protoculture to Double Dragon or Lotus Omega, to anything from Grouch or the old Sensient albums,
Headroom, Eskimo, Spectra Sonics.. whew so difficult to pick...
from my old releases i think my latest album, Boundless, is my favourite.
For what it means to me to have released it, is not just for the music.
-Any newer trance producers we should have our eye on from your professional point of view?
Hmm I think Headflux is gonna turn some heads, he has some really good stuff.
Noface also has some really nice stuff
-How has the psytrance scene as a whole changed from when you started out?
Well it has changed a bit.. not so much in general but the parties are now bigger
and the crowd gets younger (or me older) 😊
I feel the music is leaning a bit more towards EDM and so the party also is leaning toward EDM culture
rather than the original vibes of the movement.
-Alternative genres of music that has influenced you / your sound as a whole?
A lot from classical baroque and romantic music since early ages .... old rock like Pink Floyd or The Doors...
but from recent electronic genres, really any music that is well produced I can enjoy ...
I sometimes find myself in the middle of silence, where if I'm not in the studio
I prefer to relax the brain and ears!
-Is this your first trip to Thailand’s Experience Festival?
if so; what are your expectations or, if you’ve been before sum up your Experience experiences.
It is my first time going to Thailand full stop!!
My expectations are something like... near paradise, doof on a beach... pretty much sums it up.
I am looking forward to seeing the beautiful places around and exploring the island with my friends...
also I’m sure u will find me every day in that deep blue sea.
-Advise for newer artists starting out …
Patience and lots of work.... no other route to success
-Any superstitions or pre-gig rituals before a set?
Hmmm I'm normally quite nervous before sets... still don’t know how to shake it off so i go around restless for a bit.
Maybe its down to a ritual cos its been quite some time since i started doing that !! :)
I like to drink a beer to cool my nerves that seems to work well most times!
-Do you still get nervous before a gig?
-Weirdest on stage moment?
I think it must have been the time I was so drunk I can’t remember :D
(I was not drinking beer but whiskey before the set... I don’t do that anymore) 😉
-Besides the basics, what do you never leave the house without?
-What’s on your Thailand BUCKET list ( non music related)?
I’m a sea creature.. so the more time I can be in that water works best for me...
I would like to see Bangkok and go to one of those markets... wanna see how close they are resembled from the movies.
The islands look insane, I hope I can see some paradisiac places while I’m out there...
and I know it’s not Thailand but maybe I would like to check Cambodia out more specifically Ankor Wat ruins!
-TRON in 3 words
Professional bull-shitter (sorry it`s ott`s definition.. still funny I think) XD
I think an artist is in 3 words, a cosmic creative channel...
where one would get some inspiration from anywhere and even anything unrelated,
and transform it to something beautiful (or not) ...
Sometimes (i think the best ) we dont even know or think what we are doing, we just do...
that’s when art occurs , not trying to impose our own views on the piece.
-Where was the link recorded you have selected us to include on your Experience Promo Interview
and can we expect similar sounds come the festival?
The link was recorded last weekend at Sommernachtztraum (forrest explosion festival in Germany) definitely can expect some of that!!
I hope you like it!
It’s that time of the year again where we gear up the “TICK-TOCK” five month clock countdown to THE EXPERIENCE FESTIVAL on Koh Tao, Thailand.
This year marks the beginning of a new decade and its all hands on deck to create an event that aims to
bring people together in a unified space of amazing music and energy.
This year’s line-up is exceptional, featuring some of the very best global psytrance artists,
and we were lucky enough to catchup with Mexican Born Djane POLLYFONIKA ,
who’s set to make her Thailand Debut this year.
Representing BLACKLITE RECORDS, she took time out to allow us a sneak peak into her thoughts, expectations and Thailand Bucket lists …
-How long have you been in the psytrance scene and who/what was your biggest motivation to play.
I've been active as a DJ for 13 years and I would say that Psytrance itself was my biggest motivation.
Since my first attendance at a party of this kind, I wanted to be a DJ.
The energy that this music transmitted towards me was something I also wanted to deliver.
-Talk me through your set preparation, which producers do you draw inspiration from
It all depends at what time am I set to play;
I have a few styles I like to mix with each other just to put some variety in my sets to avoid making them flat.
The artists that inspire me the most have a unique sound, at least from my perspective.
You can recognise each track of theirs individually and that’s what I look for when I'm choosing tracks.
Music with a story and an original flavour or groove is a must. Obviously, the drive of energy is implicit.
Some of my favourites psytrance producers of all times have always given me this feeling through their music,
such as: Sinerider, Chromatone, Scorb, Tron and Barak to name a few.
-Your top 3 Psy-releases of all time (if you produce include a favourite you’ve released yourself)
· Panick “Lab-O-Matic
· Barak “Twilight Cave
· Tron “Biologic”
-Any newer trance producers we should have our eye on from your professional point of view
There is a few I'd like to mention, maybe they are not that new but definitely
fresh and talented producers that are making great tracks such as: Animalien from Mexico, Nailik from Canada,
Delirum Tremens and Kusabi from Italy, Architekt from New Zealand, Algorika from France, Formantz, the new project from Nukleall & Endeavour
and another side project from Poli called 3rd Eye Hole.
I'd also like to add Neuromotor to this list, because even though it's an old school project, he is back with fresh new killer tunes.
-How has the psytrance scene as a whole changed from when you started out
We could say that a lot of people nowadays don't care about the music and just go to get f*&ed up and follow the trends and blablabla,
but this is well known and boring to hear again, so I would say that the thing that has changed the most in my personal opinion
is the communication, especially since social media overtook an essential part of our lives.
Before, the music from the artist was the most important factor.
Nowadays the job needed isn't just from the studio; if you don't have a proper manager and a work team behind you,
you will need to learn digital marketing, be super active in social media, have proper pictures,
skill in video editing, and if possible, be a graphic designer too, or invest on all fronts!
I'm not saying there is something wrong with this or anything, because I deal with this myself and this has been beneficial for sure,
but sometimes it's a bit overwhelming the amount of presence you need to have on these platforms in order to have a successful career.
Of course, music will always speak for your work and It's the most important thing,
but the times have changed and this is how it works now, the communication is more complex regarding the amount of platforms
you have to share your content on but at the same time more superficial.
The unfair part of it is that talented artists don't have the same visibility or chances to share their music
just because they are not very active and/or interested in social media.
The good point is that exposure is more available for new projects as long as they want to push out into this social media world.
-Alternative genres of music that has influenced you / your sound as a whole
At home I usually listen to a lot of different genres, such as: Trip Hop, Rock, Indie Pop,Chill Out, and other funky electronic music variations.
I think it's important to nourish our ears with diversity of sounds in order to expand our inspirations.
-Is this your first trip to Thailand’s Experience Festival - if so what are your expectations and if you’ve been before sum up your Experience experiences
I am thrilled because this is my first time at Experience Festival as DJ but also as an attendant.
I have always wanted to come, even if I wasn't playing so, feels great to be able to do both!
I'm expecting a beautiful place surrounded by amazing friends and killer music as I've seen on pics and videos of previous editions.
I think that if you want to have a memorable NYE, Experience is the place for it, so I'm super excited!
-Advise for newer artists starting out
Don't start doing this only for the money or the fame. Do this with you heart, genuinely.
Play/Make music that touches you; original ideas are always appreciated.
Don't just follow trends only because they sell better, in the end,
the hard work behind originality is what will be remembered and valued through the years.
Even if developing you own sound takes ages, do it, don't give up, because that's what being an artist is about.
All good things take time, it's like slow cooking.
-Any superstitions or pre-gig rituals before a set
I'm definitely not a superstitious person but my mandatory ritual before a set is to take a nap.
I've noticed that I play better if a good nap is behind.
Also, I try to listen to a nice Psytrance set while getting ready for the party to get inspired and in the mood.
-Do you still get nervous before a gig
For sure! I always get a bit nervous, even if the party is small.
This is because I always want to give the best of me, no matter the place.
But also, we as DJs can get very nervous before a gig if we see that the equipment is not what we expected (lack of monitors, damaged mixer or cd players, etc), lol.
-Weirdest on stage moment
I don't remember one in particular but It's always weird when super f*cked up people come up to the DJ booth
and start talking to you while you are mixing.
I always try to be friendly but sometimes things get out of control and it can be very annoying.
-Besides the basics, what do you never leave the house without
My water flask! It's super important to be hydrated at all times avoiding plastic bottles. :)
-What’s on your Thailand BUCKET LIST (non music related)
I really want to explore this country as much as I can as
I want to stay for one month at least so, any recommendations are welcome!
I want to go with the flow.
-Pollyfonika in 3 words
Creative Vision of Life