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ॐ Gryphon-X ॐ


Read the ॐ Gryphon-X ॐ Interview below and share it on social media.


Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


My DJ alias is Gryphon-X and my real name is Russell Pike. I hail from a small town in the province of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This is where my love for Trance began, in the dark warehouses of the underground rave scene back in the 90's. Back then it was more about Hard Trance and Uplifting Trance but as time went on I was exposed to other sides of Trance (Namely Psytrance). I started playing music (Mixing) on Vinyl Turntables, playing Hard Trance. This I did for some time before landing a resident gig at a club in Port Elizabeth (where i had relocated to in 2001). Since then I moved to Cape Town (the heart of the Psytrance scene in South Africa).

For the past 6 years or so, I have been playing Psytrance and more so Full-On (Daytime and Nighttime) which really is a sub-genre of Psytrance that really does speak to me. Powerful basslines with clean Psychedelic Sounds flowing from the speakers is really something I have enjoyed on the stomping grounds of the Festivals here. It was only fitting that I began to play this myself and develop my own sound in between all the sounds that are coming out of Cape Town these days. I have stuck to what I love and not paid much attention to what others are doing, I feel this is important to ensuring whoever is listening to you, can get to know you instead of getting to know what everybody else is doing.


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


I would say that it has always been trance that has been my taste since I first discovered electronic music really. Yes my taste has evolved over the years but as we grow as humans (intellectually and spiritually) it is only fitting that our music may also evolve and grow. I have always loved faster music, even when I was a teenager, it was all about speed metal, thrash metal. Then as I got older and discovered Trance it was all about hard trance (140-150bpm). Now days it is all about Psytrance and Full-on Psytrance which I play between approx. 140 & 145 bpm (sometimes pushing it a little further but not often) My influences are really producers such as DJAntrix, Avalon, Circut Breakers, Spirit Architect and many others – Yes they have changed as I have changed -)


What´s new right now?


Well for me, my main project is the Gryphon-X project but bolted onto that is a page I started about 7 month's ago called Psychedelic Saturdays (Facebook). I partnered up with an online friend of mine from Poland and our vision is to have a platform where dj's/producers can perform Live Video sets and promote themselves. We offer this platform every Saturday to 2 artists and we promote them as much as we can all over Facebook. The page has grown nicely in 7 months (from zero to now just under 6000 fans). You can catch me on there maybe once every 4/5 weeks but it is mainly used for other artists and not for me. You can join the page here: https://www.facebook.com/PsychedelicSaturdaysLive/

Then every Friday night you can catch me on www.tribalismoradio.com at 11pm (GMT+2) where I play a live audio mix each week. I have been part of their family now for just about 2 month's and it has been great fun.

There is something massive for me in the pipeline for the end of the year but that I cannot speak about just yet – All I can say is that it is a dream come true and I cannot wait for it to materialize ?

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?



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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


Learning the art of self promotion without any tranining in the promotion sector.
Not overcome as yet but still learning all the time.


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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


I have played at a festival that has been in my dreams for a very long time!!!


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https://soundcloud.com/gryphon-x

https://www.facebook.com/Gryphonxdj/

http://www.twitter.com/gryphonxdj

https://www.facebook.com/PsychedelicSaturdaysLive/

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