Nominated for the Grammy Award 2020 with Steel Pulse for his production work on their album ‘Mass Manipulation’, plus three-times #1 in the Billboard chart as a musician and songwriter on Lee “Scratch” Perry, Steel Pulse and Hollie Cook’s albums, marks this year a very important chapter for Gaudi’s career.
A global favourite in the dub, psychedelic and electronica scenes, producer and solo artist Gaudi keeps feeding his ever-growing fan base with his infectious bass-driven grooves and innovative production techniques. There’s no easy way to encapsulate London-based Gaudi’s vast body of work, for the past three and a half decades he has been shattering genre barriers, pioneering psychedelic-influenced dub, world music and reggae, amassing a stunning collection of originals, remixes, collaborations and production works with artists such as: The Orb, Mad Professor, Deep Forest, Lee Scratch Perry, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Trentemoller, Simple Minds, African Head Charge, Lamb, Sizzla, Beats Antique, Steel Pulse, Dub FX, Shpongle, Horace Andy, Michael Franti, Balkan Beat Box, Youth, Bob Marley, Dub Pistols, Grandmaster Flash, The Beat, Hollie Cook, Salmonella Dub, Grouch, Barrington Levy, Prince Fatty, General Levy, Afrika Bambaataa, Ace Ventura and Astrix to name but a few. Whether he is finessing high-profile projects in the studio, or whipping a crowd into a frenzy, Gaudi places all importance on sonic perfection, providing the best aural experience for his fans. He has done so for his entire career, which has seen the release of 18 solo albums, about 300 productions and remixes, plus a number of movie soundtracks. A consummate musician and live performer, in his shows he plays theremin, minimoog, vocoder, tape echoes, percussion, multi-effects, stylophone and dub sirens, mixing his live dub vocals through analogue equipment to maximum effect.
Honouring the traditions of old school dub, on stage he always leaves space for his music improvisation, resulting then with each of his performance been unique and unpredictable.
As an accomplished keyboardist and theremin player he is also part of live acts whom sporadically performs with, such as: African Head Charge, The Orb, Deep Forest, Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood, Scott Page and Roberta Freeman from Pink Floyd, Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Addiction, Norwood Fisher from Fishbone and Youth.
Beyond the music, a burning passion reveals itself in a scathing rebuttal of tyranny and oppression through sonic resistance. In constant demand on the live touring and festival circuits, Gaudi spreads the words of peace, love on every stop, performing at some of the best worldwide clubs and festivals such as: Burning Man, Lighting In A Bottle, Reggae on The River, Burning Man, Symbiosis, Okeechobee, Wanderlust, Oregon Eclipse, Photosynthesis, Wakarusa, The Big Up, Gratifly, Kinnection in the USA; Shambhala, Motion Notion, Harvest, Eclipse in Canada; Boom Festival in Portugal; Glastonbury, Boomtown, One Love, Glade, Waveform, Gatecrasher, The Big Chill, in the UK; Vasundhara, Bass Camp, Sulafest, Indie March, Chilltop in India; Electric Picnic, Body & Soul in Ireland; Ozora, Samsara, S.U.N, No Man’s Land in Hungary; Indigo, Twistival, Doof, Klika in Israel; Rainbow Serpent, Earthcore, Eclipse 2012, Earth Frequencies, Peatsridge in Australia; Universo Paralello and Skol Beat in Brazil; Ometeotl in Mexico; Dakini in Romania: Sonica, Colisseum in Rome, Rototom Sunsplash in Italy; Tribal Gathering in Panama; Re:Birth, Solstice Festival, Zanpa Jam, Harbesta in Japan; Envision in Costa Rica; Space Mountain, Omni in Spain; Cosmic Convergence, Mayan Heart in Guatemala; Bubble in Malta; Harmonics, Trelaze, Vinelive in France; AUM in New Zealand; Sticky Jam in Russia and far, far beyond….
M-THEORY features a distinctive and fat kick and bass sound with tight rhythms and quirky loops delivering a unique psychedelic groove. This psytrance project has been constantly evolving since 2005 and is finding ever more ways to express its maverick sound musically. M-THEORY has produced a full studio album and several EPs, remixes and tracks on a number of established labels such as Blacklite, Digital OM, BMSS, Grasshopper, Iono, Antu, Free-Spirit, Profound and Alchemy. He has played at some of the leading festivals around the world like Boom, Ozora, Universo Paralello, Antaris, Fusion, The Experience, Indian Spirit, Shankra and Sonica, as well as in club nights across the world and at London underground parties. He has worked with prominent names in the scene including Zen Mechanics, Sonic Species, Pixel, Rinkadink, Burn In Noise, Earthling, Gabriel Le Mar,Outsiders and Hypnocoustics. He has also remixed tracks by the likes of Avalon, Gaudi, ManMadeMan, Cosmosis and many more.
Alchemy Records founder and Label Manager, Shane Gobi is one of the leading DJs on the global trance circuit. Originally from South Africa, Shane founded Alchemy in London in 2001. Since then, he's become a regular favourite at festivals and clubs from London to Japan. Voted DJ of the year on Isratrance in 2003, Shane is known for his technical wizardry and his unique journey sets.
Jay OM aka Journey, Omsphere, Sonic Wave Control, The Wayfarers, Keewl and Scratch & Blast are all or in part Milan-born, London-based DJ and producer Giampiero ‘Jay’ Mastino. Label manager of Free-Spirit Records, Jay forged his earliest psychedelic-rock influences playing guitar in local bars in Milan in his younger days. His romance with the decks beginning in the late ’80s working for a local radio station, where he was given the opportunity to spin his first records.
With that love firmly in place the move to London followed in 1998. Soon thereafter he started DJing professionally as Jay OM and in 2003 he studied Sound Engineering and Music Technology before beginning a solo production project under the name Journey.
In 2004, Jay conceived the vision of a network of like-minded artists in the psy trance, progressive and ambient genres all working together to promote themselves, and each other, under the one banner. Thus, the Free-Spirit label was born. Originally intending to focus on artist management, the label’s skyrocketing success combined with the enthusiasm of Jay, the artists and their fans enabled Free-Spirit to outgrow its horizons, becoming one of the strongest and healthiest multi-genre electronic record labels around.
All the while Jay was expanding his production spheres. In 2009 he started a psychedelic progressive side-project called Omsphere; a tribal progressive trance act called Sonic Wave Control followed in 2011; then in 2015 a collaboration with Imry called The Wayfarers. In January 2017 he started another two collaborative projects: Keewl with Cylon; and Scratch & Blast with Tron, with EPs from both projects. Keewl’s Activated Souls EP is went out at the 4th of September and reached rank 24 on Beatport, Scratch & Blast’s EP at the beginning of January 2018.
Jay has played all over the world in more then 30 countries across five continents and released four solo albums: two as Journey – The Man Who Sold The Time in 2007 and Through The Mirror in 2011; Sixth Sense under his Sonic Wave Control moniker; and K‘ag Bak‘tun as Omsphere in 2013.
Since February 2016 he has been hunkered down in the studio working on the third Journey album, Limitless, due for release at the 21st of November 2017.
Additionally, under his plethora of recording guises Jay has produced multiple EPs plus tracks for various record labels and been responsible for compiling the compilations Free-Spirit Volumes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 and Reawakening Volumes 2 and 3. In March 2017 he released the Ten Years as Free-Spirit compilation, which reached No. 5 on the Top 100 releases on Beatport.
Jay also runs Killah Mastering, arranging, mixing and mastering for multiple artists across various genres as well as mastering almost all the 64 Free-Spirit Records releases from 2005 until the present day.
As a final string to his bow, Jay is a successful party promoter, holding Free-Spirit Records label parties around the world and running Implosion events in London for eight years. Since 2012, he has been responsible for promoting one of London’s most acclaimed fiestas, Tribal Village – A Psychedelic Adventure
For over two decades Liquid Ross has been shaping the new sound of trance on the dancefloors of the world, from the seminal Liquid Connective parties through to becoming label manager and chief A+R for Liquid Records and newly established Altered States Music to residencies at London superclubs including Matter and Ministry of Sound.
Liquid Ross has also played all over the globe at some of the world’s most prestigious trance events including Boom Festival (Portual), OZORA (Hungary), Universo Paralello (Brazil), Rainbow Serpent (Australia), Trimutri Festival (Russia), Time and Space (Mexico) and a regular at Glastonbury, Glade Festival, Noisily as well as running the largest psytrance stage in the UK at Boomtown.
As well as trance, Liquid Ross also plays techno and progressive and some ambient, electro and breaks.
As well as a DJ Liquid Ross has also managed a variety of big artists including genre defining legends The Orb as well a promoting some of the UKs most successful and groundbreaking events that include Liquid Connective, Synergy Project, illumiNaughty and more.
Born in Turkey but a Londoner for many years, Bahar began DJing professionally in 1999. Starting with underground parties promotion, in due course she established her self-owned and managed record label, SubBubble. Bahar has released 13 EPs and continues to create new music. She is the co-founder of Psy-Boutique Festival with Judit Langer and plays festivals all around the world, including Universo Paralello (Brazil), Ozora (Hungary) and Sonica (Italy). Bahar’s big heart spreads love wherever she goes and this is evident in all her endeavours.
Multitalented artist Calemma has dedicated his lifelong research to photography, media and music. All the influences he came across through the years skilfully converge within his sound ,creating each time an unique musical experience. Giovanni has been the co-founder of United Tribes (Italy) Between 1992 and 1994, United Tribes marked an evolutionary step in the European music scene and defined new aesthetics in visual communication. Since then Calemma has been working professionally as a visual artist, DJ and promoter of events across London, Berlin and Italy. He is currently promoting Diskonnekt music events in London, with the emphasis on truly quality music and a firm commitment towards delivering a vibrant dancefloor within a people-centred environment.
UK-based psy trance artist Neill Moore is resident at London events Psymera, Psyrthymix, Cohesion and Planet Angel. He's played for many UK events including Noisily Festival, Black Pearl Festival, Elixir of Life, Tribal Village, Astral Circus, Shattered Barriers, Liquid Connective, Halcyon and Illuminaughty.
Neill's style is either a fierce, groovy and uplifting morning/twilight sound at around 145bpm or progressive that ranges from funky and pumping to beautiful and euphoric. Everything he plays has exceptional engineering quality with genre fusions and unpredictable compositions. It is Neill's unique and solid mixing style, high quality crowd reading skills and story building though his DJ sets that have got him the attention of a very loyal and growing fan base, as well as many promoters, DJs and other artists in the scene.
On the production front, Neill has been working hard over the last few years, releasing a collaboration with Aphid Moon and putting together a compilation for the new Psymera label. He's also launched his live act, NEO, to showcase his many unreleased tracks that experiment with crafting his powerful crossover psychedelic sound that encompasses elements from every psy trance sub-genre to bring together a unified and distinct style.
DM-Theory is the result of almost 20 years of music production experience by Marcello Baccheschi. After establishing himself as a full-on psytrance (M-THEORY) and progressive trance (CIMI) artist, Marcello decided it was time to experiment with a slower bpm and techno beats under a new alias. DM-Theory is an exploration of innovative sounds, solid percussive rhythms and a hypnotic vibe culminating in a unique techno style with psy influences. In its short lifespan since the project started in 2018, DM-Theory collaborated with and remixed tracks by influential artists such as Saafi Brothers (Gabriel Le Mar), Tripswitch, MVMB, Gaudi and Youth. He is part of the Ibogatech rooster of artists with 4 EPs released for the label and working on an album already lined up for publication.
DJ Ebru Al
Turkish-born London-based DJ Ebru Al began her dance music adventures in 1993 at a home studio in North London spinning old school acid house tunes. She started DJing professionally in 2010 and has since played many unforgettable high energy techno, progressive and full on psy trance sets for the London underground party scene, as well as in South Africa and in various countries around Europe. DJing highlights include her massive main stage set at Ozora (Hungary), Universo Paralello of Brazil and of course Psy-Boutique. She is the first female DJ and producer signed to Green Tree Records. Ebru’s recent compilation showcases her first production ‘Illuminate’, which raced up to No 1 in the Beatport Top 100 Psy Trance charts. With the release of her compilation, she’s illustrated that she definitely has many more adventures to come on her musical journey.
Jay is a successful party promoter, holding Free-Spirit Records label parties around the world and running Implosion events in London for eight years. Since 2012, he has been responsible for promoting one of London’s most acclaimed fiestas, Tribal Village – A Psychedelic Adventure…
Foose, founder & manager of GreenTree Records. Dj since 1995, played all around the globe, from Thailand To Curaçao. He plays mainstage psytrance and downtempo for alternative/chill out sets.
Romanian-born, London-based techno DJ Mara LeFay found musical inspiration in the Berlin warehouse scene and soon began a career in music with a love for all the grandeur of the warehouse, super-club, festival and forest party scene.
Playing a variety of techno, tech house and electronica on both CD and vinyl, Mara has recently played some of the UK’s premiere venues and festivals including Ministry of Sound, Troxy London, Lakota Bristol, Bowlers Manchester, Boomtown Fair and Noisily Festival as well a number of festivals across the globe such as Psy-Fi and Hadra.
Retone is London based Producer & DJ John Ryan, making and playing House & Techno. Under previous musical guises he has had his music played on Radio 1's Pete Tong Show, with tracks released on Steve Lawler's acclaimed ViVa Music imprint and featured on their 'Best Of' compilations. DJ's supporting his music include the likes of Detlef, Denney, Sante, Ramon Tapia, Danny Howard, & Slam. Outside of the studio his DJ sets have led to residencies at clubs such as Pacha, The Egg, & The Lightbox, alongside regular gigs all across the UK, Europe and further afield to festivals like Burning Man.
A great DJ set isn’t just about the music. Of course the music has to be good, but for me it’s all about the energy created and exchanged in the moment. When I play, the energy from the crowd lifts me sky high. All I can do is try to reflect it back and let it flow. Together we can create a moment of excitement, electricity, and when the stars align, magic! 2 years ago playing The Secret Stage at Psy-Boutique was one of my all time DJ highlights. The magic was certainly flowing that night, and I’m sure it will be there again with us in 2020! I can't wait!
Lemon Tree have been in existence and releasing tracks since 2003
Best known for their release in 2005
Is there a God? On Psymeditaion (Organic Records)
The metamorphosis from a two piece mainly electronic outfit to a recording and live performing 5 piece band happened in late 2017.Paul Bacon will playing and mixing tracks from the Lemon tree back catalogue and tracks from the recently released Album, which is available for free download at lemontreemusic.bandcamp.com/releases
I bought my first 12inch dj track in 1995 it was Misjah & Tim - Access and it started what has been a rollercoaster journey through the dance music underground, from 1995 till 2004 as Dj Carobus i was lucky enough to play for some amazing soundsystems and nights across the UK including HP Soundsystem, Frantic, Progress, SUF, Exodus, Grooveyard, Tribe of twat, Inukshuk, FunkyFatKats my musical influences at that time were Mark Sinclair, Tony DeVit and Lawrie Immersion, my signiture tunes during this period were Lochi - London Acid City, Well Paid Scientists - To The Batrave, Audio Pancake - Fuck Goa, Roland The Bastard - Your Mother Wouldn't Like It, Wayne G - Twisted. Westbam - Wizards of the Sonic, Tony DeVit - Are You Ready, in 2004 i decided to stop djing.
My true passion has always been Euphoric uplifting trance and in 2009 my then partner reawakened that passion and over the next few years i met 2 people, Jay Mastino and Lorraine who both inspired me to want to play again and in february 2014 at SecretSoma IV i played my debut set as LiquidRish where i now have a monthly residency, i have since played at Tribal Village, Triptonarnia, The Butterfly Effect, Psyrhythmix, The Almost Famous Crew, AudioAddictz, Liquid in Rotterdam and Maxhine Elves in Nijmegen, musical influnences include Tristran, Outsiders, Lucas, KIM, Killerwatts, Avalon, M-Theory and Jay OM to name but a few.
The biggest difference now is the people who inspire the most are my friends, my favourite artist is Nikki S she personifies everything that is good about psytrance
In 2004 Negma started to play in big events, attracting great attention from her great variety of house styles. DJane Negma grew to one of the top female DJs in the Turkey the last 5 years. Her sets contain every style of house and her music style is always happy and colourful just like herself. Positive energy is easily heard in her music. Not only was Negma succeeding in her dj career, but she also graduated from Istanbul University Computer Engineering. Also she will go to sound engineering school. She is a technical talent so she is learning new technologies quickly.
In more recent times she has had the opportunity to play in many countries including Miami, Ibiza, Paris, Germany and Cyprus and has also found herself warming up and working along side some of the worlds leading names in the industry such as Marco V, Randy Katana, Johan Gielen, Outwork, Junior Vasquez, Sean Tyas, Alex M.O.R.P.H, Ronald Van Gelderen, Jochan Miller, Sied Van Riel, Yahel, Ernosto & Bastian, Aly & Fila, W&W, Leon Bolier, Mark Norman, Pedro Del Mar, Sander Van Dien (First State) Joyce Mercedes, Niki Belucci, LayDee Jane, Miss Shiva, Nugen.
Negma also produces and remixes her own tracks. This has also been very successfull for her, especially with her remix of Katana - Feels Like Magic.Her style of music changes with the times which keeps audience fresh and coming back for more. Currently her efforts are being put into various productions along with friend and fellow dj, alex_turkey, which will be ready for release in the near future. Now OUT !!! Negma feat. Aaron Smith - Dancin (Summer 2009 Mix) on Junodownload.
Sharing their love of electronic music, Alexandra & Kai have been playing together for the past two years. Based in London, the duo have a passion for melodic techno and deep house. Together, they bring great dynamic and infectious enthusiasm; all of which is reflected in the crowds they play for. Channelling their energies into discovering tracks that bring emotion and happiness to their crowd, Alexandra & Kai also draw their inspiration from live gigs and festivals, and from an ever-growing collective of talented friends. Together, they host and run Kimberfest, an annual 3-day music festival at their home in the English countryside.
Kai started as a promoter and DJ on the Brixton club scene 15 years ago, and has since played in Ibiza, as well as at Pacha and Egg, at festivals including Noisily, Psy Boutique, and Kimberfest and at events hosted by Fox & Badge, Malice, and Take it Further. Kai combines the precision of his German ancestry with the romance of his birthplace, South Africa, into sets that leave an impression long after the night has passed.
Alexandra has been DJing for just a couple of years. In that time, she has played in Frankfurt, and at events in London, ranging from Fox & Badge’s Underground Masquerade at The Steelyard, to a private party in a royal residence. When not indulging her love of music, Alexandra is an independent publisher of award-winning books on design, science and nature - all of which weave their way into the music that she loves to play.
Alexandra & Kai have played at events from London to Cape Town, as well as at several festivals, including Psy-Boutique, Turkey; Noisily, UK; and Kimberfest UK.
Alex McKenzie is a Manchester-based DJ and current resident on the multi-award winning radio station, Reform Radio, under the name of A Night Athlete.
You can expect to hear a vast range of tunes in any of his sets from disco, funk and soul, through house, breaks, deep and tech house and techno.
He plays mainly private parties and festivals and is known for his mammoth, varied night-into-daytime sets.
Pete Ellison started DJing back in 1998, originally playing hard house on vinyl, and DJing at various underground London events. His music collection from the past 20 years is vast, and encompasses a multitude of genres ranging from house, nu-disco and funk to melodic techno, tech house and progressive house.
Long DJ sets are a speciality, with his longest ever DJ performance being an 8-hour set. Interesting gigs have included boat parties, woodland raves, the dungeon of a French chateau, a party in a Swedish National Park, and a festival in the Sri-Lankan jungle.
He is the founder of a London DJ collective called Serendipity, which is formed of four friends with a passion for music and throwing underground events and parties. Serendipity broadcast a radio show every weekend on Maxximixx radio. Before Serendipity, he ran a “word of mouth” club night called Ultrafunk, which had events selling out months in advance. He has recently started producing music, with a view to starting a record label soon
Tom has been djing since he was 15, when he discovered a love of music and parties. He has played at clubs across London and the UK as well as festivals including Dimensions in Croatia. He is co-founder of Digital City warehouse parties, which have been rocking hidden and forgotten spaces in London for over a decade with a blend of techno, electro and good party vibes. More recently he’s a resident at the Humdrum free parties in the south west of England, playing a choice selection of trance from old school Goa to modern psychedelic productions.