How was ZNA ?
That is a complex question
A. First of all I'd like to start with a thought, or more of a feeling that emerged. This came to me firstly when I saw we all needed to queue for water in the heat (of the moment). I felt this might have been the most important moment for me of the entire festival. Queuing for the basic ingredient of life is a profound event, as water is not just an object, it is a necessity of all kinds. After this I was wandering during the night next to the lake and was gazing at the milky way. I pondered the following <3 ... - note: and listen to this track at the same time when you read the next text - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_uHa_PET9M
"When I walked trough the dark places of my mind and the world, I saw humans coming together, as tribes or in villages of some sort. I could never rely to them: nor to their culture, nor to their habits. Yes, I could do so, but only too the one thing they had in common: living of the land, our mother, in big doses of respect. That to survive they created a coexistent-state of mind. In a non-egocentric need an urge opened, one to depend on each other.
Queuing for water, queuing for food,...
But than there came a time with more build up certainties. The people forgot they needed a prophet near the water fountain, one who proclaimed thusly: "Here thay find the element and mother of all life - share - and be one, and only one as one (really) is (in itself)!"
When in the night, there he stood alone, I came across him. He gave me a swift look and uttered gently, like dry sand moves the desert: "When you are looking for the end of all things, go there!", lifting up his arm, pointing at the night sky, that was ribboned with stars and a lonely planet weaving its path trough it.
I died peacefully in his arms..."
B. Goods and bads: the GOODS
+ that main stage sound: very very good, balanced, clear and warm sound - I could just enjoy its quality so much;
+being in some sort 'locked up mode' in the artist village most of the time: met great guys like 'Gabriel Le Mar', 'Alex' aka Boshke Beats, the guys from 'MFG' (Front 242 lives): we had the best musical and historical debates! - learned me a lot to reshape and remodel my label and our philosophy into the future;
+fun'n games with Ray Castle
+ Meeting your dreamy and melancholic trance hero: X-Dream - the train rides on
+Close encounter with the boys from Astral projection: "Trilithon lives!!!" <3 Avi Nissim, talk soon! My music is on its way
+Beer with Tromesa (long time no see - his cocktail bar in Warsaw is amazing btw);
+Funky psychedelic performances of: Portamento (say what?!), ColorBox (live altering old and new tracks like no one else did), Gabriel Le Mar, Juno Reactor, and the whole line up from the 'market stage'. A big <3 to all the dj's there, damned a psychedelic festival needs slower funky, sexy stuff!!! Alex, maybe call it the groove cave next time? - can I come 'n be a groove dj too?
+Cool decorations (and an amazing, kind, splendid decorations team);
+Nice food for the artists and an amazing kind food team! Big hugs.
-the virus, no not the synth, that took me out 9-10 days (still counting);
-in general maybe a bit more variation in music on the line up: as I stated before maybe this festival has the vibe to open up even more to a more broad variety of psychedelic electronic music, like we saw on the 'market stage'? Most acts play now only their old stuff and it is always a bit "fast" imo - why not go 'back' to the end 80s and mid 90s vibe and have a more complex approach of psychedelic music/beat ranges/...?
-having to play for an empty dance floor (what a contrast with the former ZNA, where I was playing for at least 500/700 people on the guardians night :O ...could only fill it up again to 200 people, and than my body decided to shut down.
C. People I'd like to thank are:
-'Frederico Fernandes' (for booking 12h of 'Cronomi Records' music on ZNA and so believing in us) - see you next edition;
-'Sara Marrecas' and 'Greg Staikos' for representing the label and our guarding goa's spirit;
-'Ray Castle' for that special 3rd day and giggling;
-'Wim Schepmans', 'Caroline Boermans', 'Tom Poez', 'Roger Janssen', 'Fabien Marsaud' (do I forget any one?) who were there to help me when I almost fainted during my dj set (due to my illness): you were very very kind <3
-'Color Box' and 'Portamento' by proving new music can rock the floor - and be so funky business!!! You guys filled the floor with groovy beats and funky baslines...
-'Gordon Clone Brown' for being a great Canadian;
-And the goa freaks (mostly Belgians) I had to chance to talk to: 'Robbe Caranthir', 'Aimen Itos' (Hallugen, we talk soon) and 'Yassine Alea' got to me the most!!! 'Greg Zna' for being such a kind person;
- @ 'Jeroen Verley' to show me how complex playing with vinyl is
-...and last but nut least: 'Jo Frère' for a splendid two conversations <3 - just because of it and your suppor to the label!
-'Tiago Florindo' & 'Gonçalo Florindo' for being the sweetest brothers
-'Guy Vaz Marle' for being helpful on the shuttles and actually laughing trough out the entire festival - no matter how tired
-To those I might have forgotten: I'm still ill as f..ck - blame the virus <3 - I miss my belgian beer
Any way: "Don't panic, keep it psychedelic" (dj Inada)