Psysociety: Can you tell us how you found the Psytrance scene, how were you introduced to Psychedelic Trance?

Anubis: I was first introduced to Psytrance by a friend in 2000, I knew nothing about it and ended up going to a party here in Cape Town, that was the first time I heard it.

 Psysociety: How do you think the scene has changed since your first introduction?

Anubis:Obviously the music has changed a great deal for the better and for the worse in a sense, the ideology has also taken a knock and of course the people and their attitudes, as well as the organizers.

I’ll elaborate. First of all the quality of production has obviously advanced with new technology, however, there are some aspects of the music that have not, for example, the psychedelic energy seems to be dwindling as more formulaic music is produced. Not always though, as some music has advanced in this sense. Also, there are so many more types of strains of Psytrance now than there were back then. Generally, I would say it’s the energy and the style of the music that has changed most, I always felt that the ageless music made by some of the masters then was trying to teach me something. That was that everything I thought about the world and I was just in my mind and not a reality and more importantly I could create my own reality. I always felt as if some very ancient forces were communicating with me opening my mind to all the possibilities of life, guiding my path and removing all that was not necessary to believe, through sound and dance. A lot of the stuff nowadays has nothing to do with these essential elements of Psytrance. It is simply just made to impress and has no part in it towards the light.  This is what disappoints me most. On the other hand, there is a lot of positive stuff going on as well, new boundaries have been broken in terms of composition and sonic clarity, but I still feel the older stuff has more meaning and substance. I am willing to accept that some nostalgia is at play.


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Psysociety: Why did you choose your alias Anubis?


Anubis: Anubis chose me, ha-ha seriously one day the name came to me while making music, and further research into it turned up pleasant results. For example, Anubis was not only known to the ancient Egyptians, but also the Greeks, who said he was one that connects the unseen world to the seen one, there are many other things as well but I won’t go into it now. One thing I will say is that most people think he is simply the God of the dead which annoys me and is not the case.


Psysociety: What music inspires your project?


Anubis: Well, I started out making “Normal” Psytrance in terms of bpm, and as time went on discovering new styles and tempos which at the time was more interesting, free and underground compared to the mainstream stuff which was starting to become progressively worse no pun intended. Artist wise there are many from whom I draw influence. Let’s start with the older stuff, Dark Soho, Biodegradable, Infected Mushroom, Scorb, Ram, Hux Flux, Digital Talk and many others. In terms of the new style, higher bpm, Highko, Kindzadza, Furious, Bombax and Illegal machines etc. Then it seemed to me that this style changed again or evolved and so other artists like Kashyyk, Insector, Arcek, Crazy Astronaut, Kindzadza, Paralocks, also had an influence on me as I changed as well.


Psysociety: How do you think the Hitech scene differs from the mainstream scene?


Anubis: It is more of a niche market so to speak and is obviously a lot smaller, but it is a lot more free and underground than the mainstream, which is awesome artistically speaking, however, it can also become monotonous listening to such high bpms all the time. They are similar in a sense the mainstream and the high tech scene in a way that there is also commercial high tech stuff being produced just for the sake of it if you know what I mean. Music is all about feeling to me. I chose this over the mainstream because it is more exploratory and there is more room for experimentation which artistically is obviously what you want, instead of having to stick to certain parameters. So that makes it for me.


Psysociety: Do you enjoy other sub-genres of psychedelic trance? If so, what sub-genres and artists?


Anubis: Absolutely, I like all music provided it is a true expression, which to me is the goal of production and what I also sometimes struggle to achieve. I like regular Psytrance like Ajja etc. I like dark Prog like Sensient, Grouch and most of the Aussie/ New Zealand guys. Also, some forest type stuff like our South African guys are making like Killawat, Higherwatska etc. I even like some commercial stuff as well, as I say it depends totally on what the motives of the music ARE BE it any subgenre.


Psysociety: You are compiling a compilation for Freak Records, can you tell us a bit about it?


Anubis: Yes, I am, it is interesting because it will only consist of South African high tech artists being released mainly for international ears, so I am happy that we can showcase our talents on such a proper platform.


Psysociety: What was your best experience at a festival or party?


Anubis: Wow, once again, there have been so many over the years, I could not say what was the best one, but at one party long ago some friends and I were tripping and as the day broke we saw what we thought were horses moving around not so far from the party but it was in the city centre so we thought we were imagining it. It was a totally surreal experience. Any was, it turned out, in fact, that there were indeed horses being stabled there!


Psysociety: How important is music production to you? Do you see yourself making some sort of music for many years to come?


Anubis:  I would say that to be creative in any sense for me is important weather cooking, playing instruments or in this case music production, I enjoy all of those but to put it in a different way, if I am not producing as much as I should I feel like something is wrong. In fact, I use this as a gauge in my life and it keeps my mind right.


Psysociety: Do you have any future plans for your music? What are your future goals for your music?


Anubis: I would like to do lots of different forms of music and get to a point where I have albums denoting each style, one of them being High tech of course.

This interview was made by Seth Human aka FRIGHT RATE.

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