Ryan

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Ryan Pember, born in Zimbabwe but grew up in South Africa. Always loved the rhythms of dance music taking to it like duck does to water. With six years under his belt and a fresh ampule of enthusiam, Ryan has been quietly storming the New Zealand psy scene.

This marks a massive change as being used to being dancefloor bound and now on the other side of the decs. When asked to describe his sound; fat, groovy, psy prog. and a dolop of full on stuff to stir the pot up a wee bit.

Inspired by a bunch of his peers in the scene in New Zealand has given him the force and execution to feel it time to stand up and and rinse out the basslines on the world stage. As to where he is taking his sound that is up to the universe, love and light to decide.....BooM!

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Sonic Climax

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Often called 'The Machine' for his marathon approach as a dancer and DJ alike, Bernd is a 'musical veteran' from Germany. Growing up in a musical family he started playing drums and percussion as a kid and was always hard to remove from dance floors. With the advent of electronic dance music he realized that 'conventional music' was only a stepping stone towards DJ'ing so he sold his drums to purchase turntables and a mixer in 1994.

Bernd soon found dance parties and festivals to be his natural habitat where he could flourish and expand not just his but also other's consciousness. Mostly active in the Underground Techno Szene he played countless gigs in Europe before moving to New Zealand in 2001 to focus on Psychedelic Trance. 

Bernd has played events like Cyberculture, Dreamweavers, Splore, Dimensions and Weekend Safari ( both Phat Productions), Mad Compressor Sound System (New Caledonia), regular appearances at Twisted Planet and Trancevaders, is a fixture at AUM Productions festivals and is also co-host and resident DJ at Rural Remix Productions.

Bernd’s deep sense of rhythm combined with analytical skills enable him to whip out lengthy, structured mixes creating a journey for the crowd to dive in. He is especially adept at 3+ hour - 3 deck performances mixing nearly non-stop. His popularity and consistent involvement in the Psy scene have earned Sonic Climax prime time slots at most trance parties in the Auckland area. 
He layers colourful, uplifting, and highly energetic progressive psytrance in the 136-142 BPM range.

Sonic Climax has played alongside names like Atmos, Antix, Chicago, 1200 Mics, Tripswitch, Young Kim, Suduaya, Rinkadink, Tetrameth, Spectrasonic, Interpulse, The Psyentists, Jekyll Noqualms, Lucy Illume, Hanuman, Tanzen Hilft, Complement, Ray Castle, Natz, Pied Piper Paul and many others.

Skylab

Right from the beginning of Phat Productions there was Skylab. Always tinkering, always perfecting, he's like the evil genius of the bunch except he uses his powers to ensure the parties are always peaking at their best. Steve H aka Sky Lab is a multi talented core member of the Phat productions team. Steve has put a lot of his passion for creating the vibe into these events and the parties are usually littered with his artwork and construction. 

Like most things Steve turns his hand to playing full on psytrance was no different, and 10 years later he's still blasting dance floors all over New Zealand. You can always expect Steve to take it to the next level whether it be morning or night so be ready for this guy to to take control of your mind, body, and soul.

Miss Molly

After first being introduced to Psy Trance at a New Years festival in Whitianga in 2005, Lil Miss Molly caght the vibe. After a year of going to solid parties and immersing herself in the culture of the scene she was given a few cheeky djing lessons and the fun really began. The Otherworld Crew saw the twinkle in her eye and saw fit to give Miss Molly her first gig at one of their underground parties in Hamilton.

Miss Molly's passion for music and dancing runs deep and at the time couldn't understand why she never saw many female Djs. After being told by a couple egotistical top40 DJs that she couldn't do it, she was even more determined to prove a point. One thing led to another and before she knew it she was the proud owner of some turntables and really began to fall in love with psychedelic music. Miss Molly initially starting out playing Progressive but as the years have gone by she has slowly been dipping her stiletto into the Full On without succumbing entirely.

Miss Molly has achieved much acclaim playing quite a number of evets including; The prog room at space, previous Dimensions, Madagascar. Alien Nation, Otherworld, Nuvolution, Twisted Planet parties, and Wonderland - Musik is Magik,and the Psy Salad Radio Show. She is influenced by the likes of; Shiva Chandra, Sensient, Tetrameth, Burn In Noise, Headroom & Ital. These days to descibe lil Miss Molly you would use terms like meaty, driving and grunty, this is one dj who is 'not here to f@$k spiders', she is here to just share good tunes. We are absolutly priviledged to have Lil Miss Molly playing at Dimension, Look out for her chunky driving sets.

 
 

Akasha

DJ AKASHA is the project of Akash Sandhu who is based in New Zealand. She comes from a family of music enthusiasts, passionate singers and a deeply rooted Punjabi culture that loves to celebrate festivities with dancing parties.

Akasha began listening to electronic music at the age of 12 thanks to the influences from her brother.
She discovered the psychedelic scene after moving to New Zealand. In 2012, she was awe struck by the full on psychedelic sound she experienced at her first outdoor party 'Phat Production' in Madagascar. Akasha had discovered what she was looking for, and instantly knew she wanted to learn to mix.

She adopted the alias AKASHA, which in Sanskrit means the first element of creation, the substratum or very basic form of sound.

Two years later, Akasha was dropping sets at gigs all over New Zealand following her NZ debut at Alien Nation 2014 plus landed gigs in Malaysia (her origin) and Thailand - playing at stunning locations, outdoor festivals, clubs, boat parties and more.

She became a label DJ for 'Phat Production' and also joined emerging Australian label 'Higher Recordings', following her Australian debut in Melbourne and Byron Bay

Akasha's musical style is dark and energetic with groovy melodies and a element of futuristic psychedelica. Her tracks are carefully selected with a personal reminiscing touch, which she enjoys sharing with the rest of the psy world.

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Adamint

Dj Adamint After a failed entrepreneurial career designing a line of spit roasted chocolates, Adam found himself seeking inspiration on a more spiritually rewarding level… Chatter rings.

Incorporating his previously developed skills of running in sand with jandals, Adam perfected the art we commonly refer to as straw hat making. Adam is a specialist at not really maintaining relevancy. Influenced by melting checkered shapes, Adam definitely knows how to maintain specific items within the d-floor area. And create a multi discombobulating frequency simulation! Catch him doing stuff exclusively at the next Phat event.

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ICU

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Eve Sweetman, also known as VJ ICU is a visual artist who uses both digital and mixed media to create abstract psychedelic art. Eve Sweetman aka VJ ICU, from Devonport, Auckland became inspired as a psychedelic artist from the experiences she gained by attending the Phat Production’s events from 2012 onwards.

One experience in particular opened up her minds eye to the power of bending visuals and twisting the imagination. After that singular moment Eve was now on the mission to become a Vj. Seeking guidance from the one like Vj Benski the original inspiration she had had at Dimension, and with the help of Team Optrix and the Phat Productions crew she is now frames deep piecing together her dream. Her aspirations elude to be creating her own unique animated and generative visuals that pack a whopping punch, whilst involving other artists to collaborate and make their creations come to life.

Big Dave

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Growing up in a family of childrens music performers, Dave discovered psychedelic trance on Kariotahi Beach on the west coast of New Zealand, and from then on life had changed forever.  

His journey took him to the UK where he then spent three years attending many outdoor and illegal (“squat”) parties in the London underground scene, where he made many lifelong friends.  From there he started playing in the London underground parties, first one being in 5 floor building filled with ravers in north London, and then taking on a number of morning mash up sets with friends from Wildthings Records Beardy and EVP.

However after discovering the incredible Opus sound system he decided he had to bring this experience to New Zealand, and came back to start Phat Productions.

His style is very much the London underground vibe – having it the whole time, psychedelic and “Slamming” – always delivering the goods when the crowd needs it.  Make sure you catch him at Dimension!

Architekt

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Architekt is Ben Lawrence from Auckland, New Zealand.

Ben's musical journey began with picking up the guitar when he was 14 years old. Through playing guitar, he discovered his love for creating music, and went on to form a progressive metal band and experiment with electronic music production in his teenage years.

After attending his first outdoor psytrance party in 2008 and hearing psytrance on an Opus rig, Ben realised he had found the music he had been searching for. He learned to DJ and became part of the Phat Productions crew, and began to write psytrance in 2010.

By 2013, Ben had produced and released tracks on Subsystem Records, Womb Records, BMSS Records and Mutagen Records, becoming the first artist from New Zealand to release full-on psytrance. In 2017, he played his first live set at Phat Production’s ’Dimension’ festival.

The sound of Architekt is unique and recognisable, combining high energy rhythms with meaningful synthesis which takes listeners on a ride. His debut album will be released in September 2017.

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