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Interview with DJ Waater

Interview with DJ Waater

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Monday, 07 July 2014
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This interview is part of  VA – Tribalessence II Special Episode  Broadcast: 7 july 2014 , 23h59 IST (GMT + 530)  on radio station: www.tenzi.fm (trance channel) .

INTERVIEW:
DJ Waater:
Hello man! Thank you for inviting me onto your show, it is a pleasure to be here.
PT:
Welcome to Psychedelic Transcendence, Its a pleasure to have you with us. We are especially excited due to the recent release of the much awaited Tribalessence II compilation from Triplag Music.
DJ Waater:
Yes, thank you, it has been a wonderful journey making this second album to follow up the success with the first Volume of Tribalessence.
PT:
We shall talk more about it shortly. First tell us how your journey has been as a DJ, right from wanting to be one to releasing the first edition of VA – Tribalessence
DJ Waater:
For a long time, I was inspired by the dance floor, being a dancer and finding what really inspired me to move and twirl. Twisting into dementia as I might say. I listened to other artists making magic on the dance floor and ear candy like none other.
A lot of my inspirations came from dancing in the forests of Washington. The way the sound of the music would carry against the trees and into the wind from reverb, echo, percussion and delay. It was all bout the Goa Trance spirit for me. As I came to discovering my own inner DJ and persona to create dance floor experiences as a event productions manager in the Northwest, I came to find Triplag Music as an amazing platform and Vic Triplag being a wonderful and open-­-minded manager.Released with them, and the rest is history.
PT:
We have noticed that several gigs are happening in the US. How is the Psytrance scene is US lately ?
DJ Waater:
Good question, there are a few good events here in the USA. Such as Red Marines festival in California, as well as the many Mandala events hosted with Parvati power. Mostly there are pockets, such as ones in Colorado, and Touch Samadhi with Kri in North Carolina and some Chillumnati shows. I see events sporadically come all over the continent. Hardkore Nate has been making some events, Mostly shows around 200 is the tops around here, with more mixed genre events. There are a few bubbles with 500+ every now and then, but it stays fairly consistent. Right now I feel we are at a good point with music, and the direction. There are many possibilities in the way electronic music has came to as a whole, and I feel here will be a strong urgency for psytrance to float to the top in US likeness.
PT:
This sounds promising for the Psytrance scene and plus there is splurge of good quality producers / djs providing good support.
DJ Waater:
Absolutely!
PT:
Which festival / Gig is the best you have been to this year?
DJ Waater:
It has been a slow start honestly. Many mid-­-tempo events have been coming through with much praise. We had an intimate gathering with not more than 75 people. The event was astoundingly fresh and inspirational. people were amazing. Family all around, and a dancefloor that had a wonderful kick. I have been more focused on finishing up my certificate in Professional Music this last year. For me, I’ve been more in the dustbin getting my Tribalessence project together, as well as advancing my skills as a recording engineer.
PT:
What is your opinion about the evolution of the Psytrance scene with its many sub genres developing simultaneously ?
DJ Waater:
It is all Goa to me. It is as they say in India, “sab kuch milega!” — Everything is possible. There is good music wherever you go. Day or night. With my new compilation, I requested artists to focus on experimenting more with there sounds, less sampled, and more tribal spirit. The idea was yes, Dark for Triplag style, but perhaps a bit more, left with an open ended question…where do we go from here?
PT:
Any upcoming producers or labels you be following recently ?
DJ Waater:
I am really excited to see Tyho’s direction with his art. He is a new artist with T2 being his first release. As well as Satori’s new project as Ogopogo. pretty much all the artists I have on my compilation are ones I follow and love to play there music. I’ve been fascinated with most every artist on my compilation and I would love to see where these peoplego from here. Sirtja from Moon Station records, Kaos, and of course many of our Triplag Artists, Psychoson, DigitalX and upcoming Upavas. I also have a deep love for groovy downtempo. Senzar was a wonderful addition — among electronic fused dub artists such as Sounds from the Ground.
PT:
Alright. Speaking about the compilation, tell us how the second edition of Tribalessence came about ? How much time did it take? Any concept behind this compilation? Any difficulties faced?
DJ Waater:
The most difficult part i’d say was from my bicycle accident last year which caused the project to go on hold for some time. It took nearly 9 months of pre-­-production, and came about 1.5 years after it was theorized. We did our best to make it happen, but I can guarantee all the tracks have been masterfully crafted and all artists put in a little something extra towards the end to make sure production was top-­-notch. We mastered it here in town via Ascended Masters Dojo with Yamio263, and art inspired from my father, digitally created by Shado Norstegaard of Psychedelic Television.
PT:
Why did you guys add this second edition instead of venturing into a new one ?
DJ Waater:
After the success of the first volume, it only made sense to continue the story with a Second installment. I wish to give the audience a new edge to this journey and tip my hat to some of the more morning/daytime vibes. It is important remember, not forget and dance the waves of divinity. Consciousness and awareness are valuable lessons in life as it is to Love and cherish.
PT:
VA -­- Tribalessence II has been released in digital format only. Any reason for this choice
DJ Waater:
Good question! Many these days have switched to Digital Mediums, and CD’s have become wasteful even though it is nice to have something physical. By digital Means we can create a higher quality audio, such as 24 bit audio. There is some discussion bout special vinyl pressing. The art was designed for vinyl. There may be some special presses along the way.. in lieu of my bicycle accident from last year as a near-­-life experience. Please..stay tuned! Triplag Music wanted to experiment with a name your price mode. If you have it, then please support, if not, we give to you freely. We love you and wish to support. We also know that the CDs have been slowly moving out as an old medium and becoming 2nd generation.
PT:
sounds interesting. You recently mentioned there is going to be an event as well for the promotion of this new compilation. Tell us about it ?
DJ Waater:
Yes! Friday -­- August 8, 2014 featuring Upavas and many local talent from around the area will be joining us at the Analog Cafe in Portland OR, USA from 10p-­-4a. More information will be available via Indigo Presents on Facebook. http://facebook.com/IndigoPresents
PT:
Sounds like its going to be a good one !
DJ Waater:
Yes, we are very excited to see what is to become.
PT:
How is your health now and how are your other projects of downtempo djing and organiser of events progressing
DJ Waater:
Very well thank you -­- slowly but surely. It has helped me realize what is important in my life, the goals I need to focus on and where I need to set my sights. I could not be happier. I’ve been working with other crews Such as Every Element and most recently with Karen Zotter in a World Celebration Memorial for Nelson Mandela’s life. It was a wonderful occasion and played some more harmonic and live instrument based electronic music. I used to host a downtempo night in Seattle when I last lived there for 4 1/2 years. It was where I first cut my teeth and set my roots. Ambient, and Downtempo will always have a special place with me. I’ve been working on some projects with Cameron Bergh (Modcam), who will also be joining in the downtempo chamber for the album release. I hope to have some more soon. I have also been working on a “Drowning Clowns” project with my partner Nate Powers (pantiestheclown) in Indigo Presents. A ambient / downtempoproject and at times, darker psy.
PT:
Super. Where can one listen to the music of these projects ?
DJ Waater:
http://waater.us or a dance-­-floor near you.
PT:
There is not yet a major psytrance festival in the US compared to those in Europe. Do you think we can expect one to happen shortly.
DJ Waater:
We have some, but nothing major. Again, ebb and flow. I foresee in the next few years we may host Earthdance again in the Northwest, but beyond that there is no foretold future.
PT:
Tell you about your involvement in the Earthdance project
DJ Waater:
Many years I have came to DJ for Earthdance throughout the Northwest (USA). In 2011 I was the primary host Earthdance Northwest 2011 with the help of Michael Friedman from Every Element. We had some involvement and help with Earthdance Vancouver from Triplag Family (Ganika), and as well Sobey Wing. It was a milestone for me an great accomplishment. This was the first year I had released the first volume of Tribalessence. Vic and I met in person for a mini-­-tour throughout the west coast. It was wonderful.
PT:
It is considered that psytrance scene is mainly concentrated in certain areas of the US. Is this true or is it spread out nowadays. Which are the main spots where the scene is really brewing

DJ Waater:
Most places I’ve seen trance alive and thriving is in Asheville, NC — Some areas of Texas, Colorado, and California. In Portland -­- many people are into the mid-­-tempo madness, however more and more these days, I see people inching toward more trancing elements in there music. I look forward to the future.
PT:
The Psytrance music movement is on the rise in India with an increasing number of gigs/festival coming about across the country. Any advice you would like to give to the people involved to keep this movement going strong
DJ Waater:
Keep it interesting, Let it flow, and continue to promote the positive influence and the ever changing rhythm and tone. There are no borders. Follow your heart.
PT: What is next for Grei Shepherd
DJ Waater:
I have a show on Mt. Shasta in California. I will be performing at on Aug. 22, and many other musical projects I am looking forward to. If you are interested in bookings, or have comments/feedback, or track submissions for future releases, please contact me: [email protected]
PT:
Any message to your fans or supporters
DJ Waater:
Absolutely! Keep supporting and watch out for more news to come. I would love to come visit and play music and generally available.

Live in Trance, and keep it real. Love always.
PT:
This was great. Thanks for all the info. Thanks for speaking to us and we wish you the best! We shall speak again soon.
DJ Waater:
And of course, thank you for the opportunity! Om namo narayan!

JULY, 2014

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