This is the live recording of my set from Lucidity Festival (universe) 2014. Easily my favorite downtempo set I’ve ever put together. Once again, HUGE thanks to everyone on the Lucidity crew and to my fam at mk2systems.com XOXOXO
1 Cerebral Theory – Didgi Putti
2 Consequence – Lovershell
3 Eyelove – Prism
4 Tycho – Awake
5 Adoxe – Second Wind
6 Oh Tebins – I’m Attractive
7 Nico Luminous – Night Owl
8 Gladkill – What Goes On
9 Apparat – Limelight (original mix)
10 Inf3ction – Sunrise
11 Oh Tebins – Lipstick
12 Om Unit – The Silence (feat Jinadu)
13 Rough Fields – Girls in Cars
14 Massive Attack – Teardrop (Phutureprimitive remix)
15 Two Fingers – Magoo (Original Mix)
16 Fine Cut Bodies – Amendment XVIII
17 B.R.E.E.D. – Trip Biscuits
18 Tara Walsh – White Flag (Whitebear remix)
19 Lulacruza – Simple Reflejo (feat. saQi)
20 Eyelove – Mali
Wow that was killer. STELLAR weekend, and once again I brought the trusty DSLR out to the festival. Here is a montage of my POV at Lucidity Festival 2014. Big thanks to the Lucidity crew, and to all the hard workin’ folks that helped create this amazing event.
Video footage from Lucidity Festival 2013. Unfortunately most of the day shots are less-than-HD quality because I forgot to check the settings on the camera before shooting. I learned a lot putting this together though… next time I’ll be more prepared. =)
It’s been a few years since I announced that I was going into hiding, and I have been avoiding bookings for a number of personal reasons, but in April I got an offer that I simply could not refuse… a sunset timeslot in Santa Barbara at Lucidity Festival on the main stage, sandwiched between Psy Fi and Bluetech and surrounded by four corners of Funktion Ones!
It’s been so long since I’ve played out, there were a number of logistical hurdles to overcome before I would be ready to play. Not only would I have to re-install Ableton Live, but I would also have to download all new music as well. Not only was my music scattered across multiple archival hard drives, most of it felt pretty tired by this point anyway. There can be no half-assing a show of this caliber. Before long I was back in the groove, with a fresh head on my shoulders and a renewed vigor. After wiping the dust from my midi controllers, Emily and I rolled our asses down to Lucidity… And for the first time in a long time I was nervous to play.
Upon arrival, I was completely stunned. Familiar faces emerged from the crowd to ask if I’d “come out of retirement”, and people I’ve never met told me how happy they were that I had come. I had no idea SoCal had so much love for my music. When sunset arrived, I gave one of the best performances of my life, for one of the most amazing audiences I’ve ever played for. But the most humbling experience came later that evening, a fan on the dance floor told that he had dragged friends from miles away to come see me… and proceeded to dissect my entire musical career, citing the sets that signified changes in my music’s direction, and took a few guesses at what might have prompted my change of heart. He was REALLY listening… and he was right on all counts.
Half of the reason I went on sabbatical was because I wanted to focus on my design career for a while (putting all eggs in one basket for a change), but the other half was due to feeling completely stagnant, musically. I felt like my writing style was becoming too formulaic, and the pressure to play my own produced work made my sets feel uninspired and repetitive. For those reasons, my 3rd release “Space” never saw it’s way to completion. (the only track I finished is now available for free download, via MK2systems)
Lucidity Festival was a spiritual turning point for me, because the people I met really struck such an emotional chord, and made me remember why I started DJing in the first place. If you look at my first memekast set from 2007, my bio says, “Swami is the archetypal DJ as shaman, his mission to “Raise more people’s spiritual awareness through the ecstatic dance experience.” Somewhere along the line I fell victim to the curse of the music producer… always holding my own work up to the impossibly high standards of others. The magical people I met that weekend reminded me that my music still does it’s work, despite my becoming disconnected from it’s purpose.
So until next time, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I hope to see you all again soon. =)~S
Whenever you feel small and insignificant, remember the following:
1. That the human neocortex is the most densely complex thing discovered in the universe by man.
2. That it is a scientific fact that the iron in your blood was formed at the core of 1 or more stars that went supernovae long ago.
3. That YOU played an important part in earth’s most significant period of change in history.
animated gif courtesy of: http://awlblogs.blogspot.com/2011/02/cool
In design, if I ever have to make something glow, I always add a touch of pink to the outer edge… a habit which actually started after I read Valis by Philip K Dick. It’s a reference to the phosphene activity he saw when Valis fired information into his brain.
“This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” — Dalai Lama XIV
My Hero… We all love and miss you, Terence.
This film is dedicated to the work and play of Terrence McKenna, on the fractal edge of time, 1946 – 2000.
Terence Kemp McKenna was an American author, public speaker, metaphysician, psychonaut, philosopher, ethnobotanist, art historian, and self-described anarchist, anti-materialist, environmentalist, feminist, Platonist and skeptic. During his lifetime he was noted for his knowledge of psychedelics, metaphysics, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, mysticism, Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, biology, geology, physics, phenomenology, and his concept of novelty theory.
This video is included as a bonus film on the DVD “Shamans of the Amazon” now available in a 3-DVD Box Set – 260 mins – Cat# U670. Loaded with Bonus Features and featuring Terence McKenna. Go to http://www.UFOTV.com.
“Shamans of the Amazon by Dean Jefferys is one of the best documentaries available on the use of ayahuasca in contemporary context, in traditional cultures that are being destabilized by the forces of globalization. As Jefferys’ documentary makes clear, the revival of traditional shamanic practices with ayahuasca is proving to be a potent political and propaganda tool for reaffirming and preserving cultural values and identity in indigenous societies that are buffeted by environmental, economic, and societal forces beyond their control.”
– Dennis McKenna PhD, co-author The Invisible Landscape