There are only a couple of days to go before the gates of earthcore open for another glorious edition. Sitting just under an hour’s drive from Melbourne, expectations for Australia’s longest running bush doof is at an all time high (and if you’re based in Perth or Sydney check out the earthcore in the park series which is running the same weekend). For those in the know, one of the more popular artists on the bill is Michele Adamson who is no stranger to the earthcore stages. She is also a very well known brand on the international circuit and regularly tours her solo psy-vocal trance and chill out live shows to countries in the Far and Middle East, Europe, the US, South America, Russia and Australia. She is also pretty adept behind the decks where she delivers electro, trance and eclectic chill (chillectro!!). We caught up with Michele ahead of her performance at earthcore 2016 for a fairly entertaining chat…
Hey Michele, thanks for your time! How are you and what are you up to at the moment? So you have been heavily involved at the cutting edge of dance music, how have you noticed the dance scene change over recent years? What have the changes been?
Thanks for thinking of me! At the end of the 90’s there was divergence.. the solid, dark british psy scene seemed to break apart as Matsuri put out their eclectic beats, Hallucinogen gave way to Shpongle, X-Dream introduced us to Ariel’s vocals & Total Eclipse split into separate projects. Koxbox was my favourite and they too splintered into different projects.. i thought Psy would die then.. but a fresh wave of artists like Wrecked Machines and stalwarts GMS & Dino Psaras ushered in the millennial sound.. Around 2005 it was all moving bass lines and vocals.. recognisable “hits”. Then a backlash as the 90’s revival took over! Now with EDM and artists like Infected Mushroom, Astrix and Skazi breaking out creatively from the restrictions of 145bpm, it is and always has been an exciting scene to be involved in, ever adapting and eating itself. Music is my science of choice.
You’ve performed your ‘PsyVocal’ trance, electro and chillout live shows all over the world. For those who haven’t been, what are they missing out on?
Well JOMO (joy of missing out) has replaced FOMO this year i’m told. I hate to think of anyone missing out so in true hippy style I would say my shows go out to the ether with pure intent and love in an attempt to share who I am with You. They are totally accessible if you want to dream on them..but if you actually show up? I’m going to rock your socks off, surprise you with musical and metaphysical tickles and share in a unique moment of dance, magic & feels.
You’ve lent your vocals to numerous recordings for many compilations and artist albums. Is there one that stands out that you really enjoy?
Featuring on Alan Parson’s album on the track Return to Tunguska with David Gilmour on guitar was something i knew would blow my Dad’s mind, but the reality is that i didn’t get to meet either of them. When I was at Uni and I first heard Shpongle I voiced the thought that someday someone would sing over that music and they would be the luckiest girl in the world. Destiny has been dancing with me for a while and the dance has revealed that the sweetest sessions.. the ones that mean the most to me.. are the ones with heartfelt connection between the collaborators. S
Sometimes that collaboration is from my mouth to your ear y’dig? It’s personal, it can be life changing. My work with Infected Mushroom caterpaulted me into a career in psy carving out my niche only by following my passion for the music i loved. I’ve been invited to so many different studios around the world… I feel incredibly lucky and hope each time that i can deliver something that makes us all happy.
What’s the process like for you to see how someone else perceives your voice?
This summer at Ozora festival, for the first time ever, I had an inkling of what I might be doing to people when i saw Juno Reactor and the mutant theatre Live. The two incredible vocalists blew my mind and when Taja Devi came out front in a pink wig and ridiculously foxy costume I utterly melted and fell instantly in love with her. I was transported. I had no idea that it affects some people like that. Powerful stuff! Up until then I really had not thought about it… I live it, breathe and believe it… it is not my intention to mess with you but if you feel any love then please pass it on…
You’ll be heading to earthcore soon, how does it differ to those you played around the world?
Earthcore is special.. something about the vibe..the collective.. the combined histories.. the fantastic locations… the dedication of the team to source music that is both cutting edge and true to the psychedelic nature of the scene.. the colourful people.. it is more psychedelic than other festivals i have played at and i feel a deep river of shamanic consciousness runs through it that we all tap into, not only during, but all year as the global family grows, stretches and gets excited about what is to come.
Speaking of earthcore, how do rate Australian audiences in general? Do we know how to party)
Aussies have an amazing sense of humour… something i totally connect with… when that humour and joie de vivre spills over into a party anything could happen! I’m surprised you’re asking me if you know how to party but if you want to be told.. you do it hard, you do it full on, and you do it with a love and passion that is utterly contagious. You’re the Spooge of the party scene so get ready for my money shot!
Out of everywhere you’ve performed, and with all the massive crowds, have there ever been moments where things have gotten too crazy, or do you thrive off that?
LOL WHO TOLD YOU? Yeah things get out of hand sometimes… with such intensity and heat we are forging invisible materials and often don’t know what we are creating until it jumps off a space ship and invites you to come see the future. Too crazy is a relative term and with relatives like mine crazy doesn’t just run in the family… it gallops.
Thanks again for the chat, any last words of wisdom you’d like to share with our readers?
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