What’s the story?

Belantara chillout stageWelcome, welcome! There’s no denying the popularity of psytrance music worldwide. A glance at GoaBase reveals that every weekend thousands of people across the globe enjoy this magical, transcending pounding sound. Gorgeous, I sincerely love it ever since I went to my first party. I checked out dozens of festivals across Europe and Asia. From Belantara in the moist jungles of Malaysia, the dry heat of Hungary at SUN Festival, to Universal Religion in the epic mountain ranges of Nepal.

At all these places you’ll hear ambient/psybient/psychill being played. But always in a background setting, and the shows are on a small, remote stages. The DJ’s also appear to me as cut from a slightly different cloth than most visitors. That made me wonder: what’s their story? How do they look at the scene and the role they and their music play in it? In a series of interviews I want to answer that. Cause I might adore these deep, atmospherical tunes even more than pystrance…

Check out the english version of my interview with the dutch psybient group Easily Embarrassed!
Liever in het Nederlands lezen? Bekijk dan de Nederlandse versie van het interview met Easily Embarrassed!


‘Zodra je op het podium staat, maakt het niet uit dat je geen dreads hebt’

Easily Embarrassed over wannabe hippies, zwiepende gordijnen en blozende animé-meisjes.Nick en Peter live2

AALSMEER – Het Aalsmeerse psybient project Easily Embarrassed bestaat uit Peter Spaargaren (26) en de broers Jeffrey (33) en Nick van der Schilden (28). In het nette appartement van Jeffrey spreek ik hem en Peter over hun muzikale kindje. Helaas kon Nick er niet bij zijn. Het is de eerste keer dat ze face to face geïnterviewd worden en al snel merk ik dat ze net zo benieuwd zijn naar de psybient-scène als ik. “Het voelt soms alsof het er helemaal niet is, we kennen in Nederland slechts een paar mensen die zelf dingen organiseren”, zegt Peter schouderophalend.
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‘Once you’re on stage, it doesn’t matter you don’t have dreads’

Easily Embarrassed about wannabe hippies, sweeping curtains and blushing anime-girls.Nick en Peter live2

AALSMEER – Easily Embarrassed is a psybient group from Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. It consists of Peter Spaargaren (26) and the brothers Jeffrey (33) and Nick van der Schilden (28). In Jeffreys neat apartment I discuss their musical baby with him and Peter. Unfortunately, Nick couldn’t join us. It’s the first time the musicians are being interviewed face to face and it quickly occurs to me that they are just as eager to know more about the psybient scene as me. “It kinda feels like it doesn’t exist at all. In Holland we barely know a handful of people who organize something in this style”, Peter shrugs.

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