Hello all, and welcome to another periodic update about all the things going on behind the scenes here at Ektoplazm!
My winter sojourn in Taiwan was highly productive and the redevelopment process is nearing the point at which I can start sharing something of the new design. I have also kept up with demand by artists and labels to release new material for the most part—although the last month has been a bit rocky as I haven’t had consistently good internet access while transitioning back to life in Canada. Nowadays I am playing catch up, buzzing through the release queue about as fast as I can upload things. By July everything should be back to normal with applications processed within two weeks of submission or so. If you’re interested in submitting something to Ektoplazm please consult the distribution policy.
Recently I was interviewed by the fine people at Psybient.org about my first encounter with trance music, my approach to DJing, the state of the psychedelic downtempo scene, and my work here with Ektoplazm. If you’ve already read a beginner’s guide to Ektoplazm this interview will hopefully expand your understanding of what this project is all about. Read the interview here!
Now for some bad news: the Ektoplazm t-shirt shop will be closing on July 31st, 2015. The service I partnered with in late 2013 will be shutting down the on-demand part of their business and I’m not in a position to print and stock shirts myself. I will take a look into some alternatives but it may take a while until I find another company that can produce such high-quality merchandise. Since there’s only about a month left before the shop closes I have reduced prices so that more people who want to pick up a shirt can do so. Don’t miss this opportunity, I can’t say for sure that these shirts will be available in the future!
A couple of months ago I finally hit the storage capacity of my primary web server. I have been dreading this for some time now as buying a second server vastly increases my monthly expenses—but I had no other choice. It took a while to transfer everything over and test most links but everything is now running smoothly. I am aware of a few missing release packages but I still welcome reports of broken downloads, slow transfer rates, and so on via the contact form (be sure to give me enough information to diagnose the problem too). My monthly server expenses are now up around USD$500 so your donations mean more to me and the project than ever before. If you appreciate Ektoplazm and you have the means to contribute please make a donation!
I won’t say too much about the redevelopment effort in this update; suffice to say that things are going well and I’ve got a working HTML5 music player and a much cleaner, responsive interface that should work well on mobile phones. I’ve been unable to continue working on this aspect of the project in the last couple months due to moving around too much and various other circumstances beyond my control but will be back at it in July and hope to finally have something to share of it this summer. It’s getting close!
In other news I am helping my friend Ben Rama open a new record label this summer, Techgnosis Records, with a focus on the dreamy side of deep progressive techno and psytrance. Ben, Mydä, and myself will be showcasing the Techgnosis sound at the All Stars Festival in middle Ontario on July 17-19, 2015, my only remaining festival gig this season (check the Facebook event here for more info). You’ll be hearing more from Techgnosis this summer but in the meantime please feel welcome to follow the project on Facebook and SoundCloud.
Finally, I would like to introduce a side project of mine, Synaptic FX, through which I have been exploring the deeper end of underground house, techno, and trance over the last several years. After performing at Solstice 2015 last weekend I returned to civilization and recorded my first proper studio mix under this guise: Reunion. If your music taste extends beyond psytrance I encourage you to give this mix a spin. It’s three hours long and follows the same kind of storytelling approach that you should recognize from my work as DJ Basilisk.
Thanks, as always, for your love and support of all things Ektoplazm!