Ready for Origin Festival ?
One of the biggest events of the flourishing Psytrance scene in South Africa has to offer will take place this weekend.
As winter hits the northern half of the globe, summer is reaching its prime at the other half, along with the biggest psytrance festivals this time of the year has to offer. After Universo Paralello Festival in Brazil last month & Rainbow Festival in Australia last week, the beautiful landscape of South Africa will host Origin Festival this weekend.
Characterized with diverse, beautiful crowd, mindblowing decoration, and stunning location, Origin Festival starts this Friday, and will go on till Sunday the 31th of January 2016, on the scenic Elandskloof Farm in Helderstroom near Greyton, just 125km from Cape Town.
Origin 2015 official aftermovie
The festival feature 2 stages: Origin stage, that is dedicated to Psytrance, and Beats stage, that focus on Techno, Tech & Deep house. On this year’s event the Origin stage will feature sets by Symbolic, Broken Toy, Altruism (DJ Thatha), DJ Pogo, Headroom & DJ Regan to mention few.
Origin Festival is produced by Nano Records label boss Regan and his wife. The link between the festival and the label does not stop there, as the label release the a compilation series named after the festival.
“Origin” is a VA compilation series based on the sounds & vibes of the festival. 5 editions were released so far, the last one released just last month. The 5th edition of the series features 19 tracks by almost the entire roster of Nano Records artists plus other leading psytrance artist.
On “origin” 5 you can find tracks by (in one form or another): Tristan, Raja Ram, LOUD, Laughing Buddha, Dickster, Space Tribe, Avalon, Symbolic, Headroom, Skyfall, Broken Toy, Mad Maxx, Burn in Noise, Altruism, Killerwatts, Rinkadink, and many many more.
Label boss Regan mixed the compilation into one massive continues mix. Play it:
Prior to the release of “Origin Vol. 5” we grabbed Regan for few words about Nano Records and the Festival:
Q: Can you tell us about Origin Festival and its connection to the label in general and to this compilation? Does the compilation feature tracks played there? Is it simply an inspiration for compiling the release?
A: I have been producing the Origin Festival with my wife for over a decade now and it has always been a showcase for NANO Records and many of its artists. We have released a few ORIGIN compilations on NANO to promote the event over the years, all of which have been great successes. The compilation is more of an example of the kind of sounds you can expect on the main floor at ORIGIN. Many of the acts featured on the compilation have or will be playing at Origin in the foreseeable future too.
Q: Can you tell us about the South African trance scene?
A: Well the scene is pretty diverse, and had been strong for many years now. Right now there is a growing following for proper psychedelic music as well as a growing crowd that are into the more ‘poppy’ side of Psy Trance, which has got a lot of the older heads a little upset. I feel change is inevitable, and its actually great that new people are coming into the scene that slowly we can infect with deeper psy sounds and hopefully we switch them onto their own deeper sub-conscious and flick a few consciousness buttons on in there (: .
Q: What are Nano Records plans for 2016?
A: A shed load of new music for starters! We have a lot on the go. So you expect a bunch of new eps and singles from all our artists, and albums from Future Frequency, LOUD, Pogo, and a South African compilation to start the year. We have some very exciting new artists we are working with like Magik, James West, Outside the Universe, plus plans for some down-tempo beats which i really hope we finally get to release. We are also looking into a making a recipe book. No, not really.
Check out the 2nd & 3rd edition of the series here: