Written by Sofia Raisanen for Keyframe-Entertainment / Evolver EDM
California’s premiere conscious movement, Enchanted Forest Gathering 2015, is “keeping it sacred, sexy, silly, and saucy.” It’s a magical legend with profound intentions beyond words. It takes place on August 14th – 16th, 2015 in Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA, in Mendocino County. We are bound for a collective gift of musical diversity, visionary artists, yogic atmospheres, galactivated downloads (themed workshops focused on Mind, Spirit, Sexuality, and Earthing and Ancestral Arts), contact improvisation, a flow zone, art galleries, the hearth jazz & tea lounge, nectar temple, and more surprises.
An overall conscious community of Universal truth, Enchanted Forest is surrounded by an old growth oaks forest space where magical triggers meets the Earth’s roots of 150 acres full of lush greenery, a promising flowing creek, and a rejuvenating atmosphere. The 5th annual and uniquely intimate gathering is approaching, so be sure to get your tickets, and prepare to internalize and transcend. With the extensive nature of the lineup revealed just last week, this alcohol-free creation is a real-life exploration of pure love filled with growth opportunities. It’s a mind-boggling experience of innovative taste, and a healing chakra alignment. We are here to dance, learn, and remember why we’re here, an awakening in the forest.
”Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest—thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.” – Beau Taplin
With over 70 international, national, and regional acts on four different stages, they’ll illuminate thought-provoking genres ranging in eclectic stylings of glitch-hop, bass heavy vibes, funk, jam grooves, hip-hop, dubstep, psychedelic, ambient, reggae, and jazz. Three massive headliners are bound to bring fresh frequencies of genre-bending taste: Papadosio, Koan Sound, and Chali 2NA & The House of Vibe. More fresh artists consist of OTT, Liquid Stranger, Vaski, Phutureprimitive, An-Ten-Nae, MC Yogi, AMB, The Human Experience, Clozee (Fra), Deya Dova, Soulular, Mihkal, Symbolico (Isr), Sixis, Digital Rust, Bumble, DragonFly, Shamans Dream, The Originalz, Drrtywulvz, Cualli, Living Light, El Radio Fantastique, spacegeishA, 4bstr4ck3r (Fra), Supersillyus Life Band, Intellitard, Oneness, Moon Frog, Mr Rogers, Luminaries, and many many more. The Hearth Jazz & Tea Lounge is a fine, sexy, mellow, and jazzy taste where you will enjoy tea service throughout the night, and flow with performances by Luminesque, discover Visionary Alliance, and a mixture of Jazz and Soul music. Sonic frequencies include Yaima, Walking Spanish, Rorschack, Binary, Junk Parlor, The Abe Train, Loco Tranquilo, & more. Visuals will be curated by Johnathan Singer, Subliminal Twin, Mister Majestic, and Altarbeast, and live painters will also be decorating the festival throughout the entirety of the gathering: Clay Chollar, Alexandra Dunham, Yurik Riegel, Derek Heinemann, Vajra, Ashley Foreman, and Jessica Perlstein.
Introducing Drrtywulvz, an Exclusive Interview
Tell us about the initial inspiration that cultivated the creative lifestyle into music production. Share with us your music history.
I played with various instruments for more than half of my life and have always had a passion for writing melodies and beats. I moved to Austin about 10 years ago. The girl I was dating at the time suggested I tour an audio engineering school. With the help of my awesome parents, I enrolled. This was an inspiring time seeing so much studio gear and have the opportunity to experiment. With the newfound freedom of living alone in a big city and the surprises and distractions that come with it, I found my inspiration for this project. I started to DJ at house parties and small club events shortly after I graduated in 2007.
What’s the creative process like via production software? Where do you draw your inspirations from in the beginning phases of development?
Most of my work is done in Ableton. Lately I’ve been using a lot of “Serum,” “Komplete” and “FabFilter” plugins, but not limited to them. When I start a track, I usually try to save up that inspired feeling you get when you see or hear some amazing art, and then I try to sit down, let it out, and start writing and producing. I can usually create something simple (like a beat) and just imagine how the rest of the track will go in my mind. While imagining how it might sound, I get inspired to keep creating and dreaming up new parts.
You released “Animal” on Merkaba Music in March, a fresh EP. Tell us about the journey of this release.
With “Animal EP,” I’d been wanting to release something that was soothing and healing, but also bring a level of excitement and dance to the style. I have been experimenting with more “psychedelic” production techniques over the last year before I finished those tracks, and I really pushed myself to learn more about different techniques, control, and new types of sound design and synthesis.
I hit up Yaygon (Kalya Scintilla) with the 4 unmastered tracks and wound up signing a release to Merkaba Music! I couldn’t be happier. The songs were mastered by the same artist (Audible Oddities) as Amon Tobin and Eskmo, who are both big influences of mine. Since then I’ve had a lot of opportunities to take my music to new places, and to connect with new and amazing musicians in the studio and on the stage. I’ve learned so much by jumping in and just doing it. I can hear and feel the growth in all my production since. Get ready for deepness!
What inspires you on a daily basis. What are some of your favorite mantras, rituals, and practices? Anything you’d like to tap more into?
My schedule has become increasingly crazy. I picked up a full-time video editing job for an audio software tutorial video company called Groove3.com. Everyday I am surrounded by new amazing software and basically forced to watch hundreds of hours of tutorial videos while I edit them for a living. I couldn’t have asked for a better job to help further my passion for music. It has really put my music and time that I spend on production into perspective. Lately I’ve realized how much I’ve been staring into the screen (up to 80 hours a week, so I’ve started to spend my free moments focusing on deep breathing, stretching, listening to new music, and connecting with new and old friends and family. About a month ago, I injured a disc in my lower back. This has really been a wake-up call for me to start taking care of my body. I’ve been reworking my posture, exercises, eating, sitting, sleeping. Pretty much everything to help this heal. As I heal and become stronger, I hope to incorporate yoga classes as a regular part of my week, and to push myself into better shape than ever before. It’s going to be a big summer.
Tell us about your alignment with Quixotic. What kind of collaborations have you guys worked on?
This Quixotic story is really amazing. It was the first time a big artist hit me up out of the blue and wanted to collaborate on something that I wrote. I had released “Distant Pyramids” through a blog called “Massive Ideas” a while back, and the track had been sitting on my Soundcloud page for free download. I got this message from the violinist from Quixotic, and they let me know their dancers had fallen in love with the tune and had began to choreograph a live dance to it for a performance. I was flattered and amazed, to say the least, and we began talking about putting their vision on the track. They began to dream up ideas on “Distant Pyramids,” which included some awesome live violin and drum parts, and we completely updated the tune to shine, sound and feel like never before. After almost a year of production from across the US, we had engineered the whole remix from part to part, helping unify our visions and creating something that was more than ourselves alone. Since then they have performed tune for giant crowds of people, recently including Red Rocks in Colorado (8,000+ people).
Are you working on any new projects/music? What do your days presently consist of?
I’m working on a heap of new and improved DRRTYWULVZ releases. I have also been remixing some groundbreaking artists, and working on some really exciting secret collaborations! I’ve also launched a side project that hasn’t gone fully public yet. It’s a new Duo called “Path of the Moose.” It consists of me and my good buddy Know Matter, who is a producer based in California. This new project focuses on the deeper and dirtier sounds that share some of the same vibes as psychedelic, neuro, trap, and downtempo.
You’ve got some pretty sweet shows coming up! Enchanted Forest, Symbiosis, and Art Outside, congrats. Share with us your feelings regarding some huge leaps.
I’ve been amazed at the opportunities arising for me lately. It’s honestly unbelievable sometimes. I’ve met some really awesome people along the way that have helped give me these opportunities. I try my hardest to push myself to work harder and longer to make these opportunities keep coming, since I’ve seen what happens when I get stuck and stop putting forth the effort into this lifestyle. A big part of this is who you know, but I feel a bigger part is who you are, and how you’re doing things with this gift. I’ve started to pay more attention to myself, my actions, the music, detail and intention, and I feel it’s paying off.
I played my first Art Outside almost 5 years ago. I realized that it was going to take a lot of work to keep the music up, and to keep things fresh and original. These festivals coming up are the biggest ones I’ve been booked at yet, and I hope things will ultimately change and become busy with opportunities and new responsibilities. Meanwhile, in all of my free moments I keep writing new tunes, and finishing old projects in order to help piece together (what I think) are the best sets I’ve made.
Tell us about the creation of the name “Drrtywulvz” and the role Wolves play in your life.
“DRRTYWULVZ” is coming up on 5 years old. It’s been a constantly evolving project in most every way (other than the name). The name was quickly thought up by me and a buddy so we could both DJ at Austin, TX clubs and parties (mostly glitch music) at the same time in Ableton. Almost immediately after the project was started, I found myself making and performing music solo under the name. Since then I have grown a lot, and reshaped my styles, inspirations and the way I write. For me it’s about creating this circle of progress and inspiration, helping other people, helping my own life and mind grow, and to becoming healthier, happier, and ready to enjoy life. (It’s also about getting this crazy music out of my brain so I don’t go insane.)
I’ve been blessed to be able to play in front of awesome crowds of people, intimately sharing beautiful energy and space. I can see and experience how people feel, react and dance to the music I create and perform, and I use this feeling and interaction to push myself to write more music and to open my eyes to new possibilities.
I really love helping others let go and connect with each other and themselves. My music doesn’t focus on a lot of words — I feel it can be just as powerful to write with intention, rhythms and melodies, and let people interpret their own meaning. I am inspired to help inspire others with my music and fuel other people’s passions, like creating visual art/paintings, dancing or just being a part of somebody’s life soundtrack. I finally feel like we are all starting to support each other and make awesome things happen all over, and this is bringing so many possibilities to life.
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’m getting ready to be in California for a solid month making tunes and hitting up Burning Man and these other festivals (Enchanted Forest, Symbiosis). I’m stoked to see what happens and I hope to see all you guys more often! Much <3 – DRRTYWULVZ –
Distant Pyramids (Quixotic Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD –