The journey is key in Ecstatic Dance. I like to create a cathartic musical journey, which adds up to more than the sum of the individual elements. Enjoyment is integral, but having a transcending experience; the music guiding body and soul to unusual places, is what makes a true Ecstatic Dance special.
My feel for the journey stems from my own adventurous spirit, always yearning for the wonderment of seeing a mountain glistening in the sun, or a lake on a windless day, or the Pleiades in the night sky for the first time. My main influence growing up was progressive rock, the great concept albums of yore, incredible journeys in their own right. Then progressive house at the turn of the millennium: those magnificent euphoric ramps and drops for ever and ever cascading into the future. And the spirit of Africa where I was born and raised, the drum which is the heartbeat of our bodily existence.
My choices are very eclectic as is part and parcel of the core qualities of a DJ, to bring you that personal melange you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. Always staying close to music with a core which reflects the pure energies embodied in us: crown, heart and hips, light and dark. Deep earth and volcanic eruptions, euphoric peaks in the stratosphere. And a cello to touch you gently. All genres and styles are building blocks or tools to use in the journey - this is the incredibly vast creative beauty of this medium.
I started out during the golden age of rave at the end of the 90s. After a long break during study work and marriage in South Africa I gave that all up to start anew and broaden my horizons in Holland in 2011. When ED came to Amsterdam in 2012 I was hooked and saw it as a wonderfully rich medium to convey art and joy. Since then I've slowly built a repertoire and can look back on many memorable journeys, not only in music but to places. As ED expands the nomadic DJ has the chance to spread his or her wings and so I've spun in Barcelona, Ibiza, Lisbon, Berlin, Bucharest, Amsterdam and New York amongst other places. The journey is ever continuing as is life: the beauty of reinvention, learning and sharing epic passion.