Buddha Mag interview with Marcus Henriksson.
Talking about bringing up the awareness of Entheogens.
When an psychoactive substance is used in a spiritual, shamanic or religious context it is called Entheogen.
Since the begining of time we human beings have been using entheogens to enter into higher states of consciousness and trance-like states.
Entheogens is used as a medicine for understanding oneself and one's psychological blockages. Not for escaping the world and the civilization we live in. When used as an "escape drug" we run away from our self instead of acknowledge what it really is that wants to run away from oneself and why we run away.
The view has to change. The focus has to be directed inwards and not out into the external world.
One could say that to use an entheogen is to change focus and intention to an more introspecting view and with the intention to heal and to explore who we really are.
It is only the last 50 years of human history that the war on drugs started. And we can all see that this war is making millions of people around the world suffer. It is not the substances that is the danger. The danger lies within ourselves. To look upon the external world and say that the problem lies out there is not going to help. It is only going to make it worsen. We have to look within to see where the problem is coming from.
Every word we use in our daily life is charged with energy. Words are important and they set the energy of the experience. Just think about the word "drug" and see how much negativity it is charged with. You even might get inner pictures when you look upon it more closely.
The war on drugs is an never ending loop that we human beings have put ourself in. And it will only end when we realize that the problem lies within and not in the external substances that we call drugs.
So what are we projecting onto the external substance when we call it a dangerous drug?
We project negative energy and fear upon the substance. We are putting the internal problem onto the external substance.
What is this creating if we say that we have to fight a war against "drugs"?
A war against ourselves that can never be won. As long as we believe that the problem lies in the external substance, the war will never end! We have to understand that the problem lies within.
Who are we fighting and who is suffering?
We are fighting ourself and we are suffering ourselves over this war.
We need to raise the awareness of entheogens and what they really are!
I am not promoting the use of psychoactive substance. They are to be used in a responsible way and with awareness and wisdom.
In an indigenous society there is always an elder or shaman who is the one with the awareness and wisdom of the entheogens. He/she is the societies doctor/psychologist you could say.
If there are someone within this indigenous society who is creating a "crime" he/she is taken to the elder/shaman. They see this person as sick and that he/she needs medicine. As we would see ourselves sick with the flu for example.
Then this person has to take the entheogen and have a session with the edler/shaman to be able to get rid of the sickness. They go within to find what made this person create the "crime" in the first place. It is a psychological problem within that is making the person act out and behave in this negative way.
The entheogen togethere with the shaman will cure the inner problem and the person is healed.
In our society we punish the one who made the "crime" and then maybe also put them in jail! That is making the problem worsen and the psychological pattern is pushed even deeper within. This is affecting the collective psyche of the whole world.
Here is my hope and vision for the future.
Bring up the awareness on psychoactive substances and entheogens so that the governments and politicians start to understand that the problem lies within ourselves and not in the external. So that the laws can be changed accordingly.
Let the indigenous shamans educate the modern psychologist on how to use the entheogens in a safe and correct way.
If people are to get a "punishment" for their "crimes" then it will be to meet the shaman and the entheogen.
Help the people who create the "crimes" in the first place with the use of entheogens to solve the collective disturbance.
Love, light and world peace,
Marcus Henriksson aka Minilogue, Son Kite, Nobody Home
Video interview by Kai Teo & César Ortiz.
Article by Kai: http://goo.gl/6jjB5Z
Music: Nobody Home - Drum journey (Home Records)
I visited the Korg office in Japan. It was nice to talk to the creators of the Korg Minilogue syntheziser... the soul of the instrument :-) I did a little improvised jam session with two Minilogues, Monotribe, Volka bass and a Volca beats.
Hi fellow co-creators,
I want to share an old mix tape that I and two friends (Pontus and Mats) made 20 years ago. The year was 1994 and we had just discovered techno music. So this is my first ever techno mix tape. We called our dj-team for Toxomniac. I don't really remember where we got the name from but we thought it sounded good :-)
Since I'm already digging deep in my past I also would like to share my first techno party experience with you.
I went to my first techno part together with my friend Pontus in the summer of 1993. It was in an old warehouse called "Den Grå Hallen" in Copenhagen. But before I tell you more about it I just want to explain my background and where I come from. I grew up on a farm in the countryside of south Sweden. My father being a farmer and my mother a housewife and a horse race trainer. It was a big farm with lot's of pigs and horses. The closest village was populated with 300 people. It was a very safe and quiet environment with the nature as my playground. I was a very shy and quiet person. I think I had some kind of fear of people and I normally preferred to stay at home where I felt safe. So it was a big thing for me to go to a rave party in a city like Copenhagen… far away from my home on the farm :-) I was of course very curious and wanted see what this techno / rave party was all about.
To get to Copenhagen, Denmark you first had to take the train to Malmö and then cross Öresund sea by ferry. That in itself was quite a journey and took a couple of hours. We took the last ferry at midnight. Finally in Copenhagen we had to walk to the venue because we couldn't afford a taxi. Back then there where no phones with GPS navigation so we where using the map on the back of the flyer.
I remember that I could hear the music long before we reach the venue… we just had to follow the sound to find our way.
Standing there in line outside this big warehouse building with pumping loud techno music coming out of the old windows was a very strong experience for me. It felt like some kind of loud monster inside the building :-)
I was listening to body music and synth music like Front 242 and Skinny Puppy back then, so the pumping techno music reminded me a little bit of that kind of music.
Coming through the entrance I was hit by a very big and loud sound system :-) High sealing and concrete floor. There where already a lot of people dancing. The smoke mashine was working hard and so was the stroboscope lights. I didn't know how to dance to the music and since I was shy I thought the safest thing was to go stand in a corner and observe. The first thing I noticed was that people were not dancing towards each other but they where facing the dj. This was new to me. I really enjoyed the loud sound system… I could feel the bass vibrating in my body.
After some time I took the courage and started dancing. In the beginning it felt kind of weird just standing there by my self dancing/jumping to this hypnotic music. But after a while it felt good and I could relax a bit. I think my biggest fear was that people would laugh at my way of dancing… but no one laughed and it actually felt nice to face the dj instead of some other person.
I couldn't really hear any difference in the music… it all sounded more or less the same.
There where many names on the line-up… and I had no idea how to know who was playing. I remember that one of the names on the list was Dj Hell.
Around 04.00, after a few hours of dancing I was starting to get tired… both mentally and physically… and also kind of bored of the music. I tried to find some place to sit down but there where no chairs or anything. I wanted to go home and sleep. But I couldn't because there where no ferries to take me back to Sweden at this hour.. not until 07.00. What was I going to do? I was exhausted and soo tired and the only thing I could think about was sleeping! I had no other choice than to dance… everybody else was and they didn't look tired!? I pushed myself and started dancing again… it was tough at the beginning but then… suddenly my tiredness disappeared! And the more I dance the more energy I got… I was starting to enjoy this techno music :-) It was almost as if the body was dancing by itself!
As I told you… I was a very shy person back then and I was also very afraid of eye contact.
I had been dancing next to a beautiful girl for some hours… she was totally into the music… and so was I. We where in some sort of trance I guess. We got eye contact… looked at each other and she smiled… Wow… I felt so much joy and happiness by this short contact… and it had nothing to do with flirting or trying to find a partner for the night. It was something else… something magical! And all around me there was these beautiful and happy people dancing… and they where all smiling and enjoying themselves! Wow… all my fear and shyness where melting away and was replaced by a wonderful feeling of joy and happiness :-)
It felt like I was taking part of some sacred and holy ritual… and I believe I was :-)
I had not been drinking any alcohol and I had not taken any substance. It was all coming from myself!
I had never experienced anything like this before… and I was in a trance! Totally hypnotized by the music and the dancing.
So now I was standing here in this old warehouse building and I was definitely on a journey. A journey into myself… and beyond my fears!
I looked up towards the dj and in that moment I knew what I wanted to do in my life… I want to be the one who played the music and created the journey for the dancers.
It was in this moment I decide to become a dj… and it was here Nobody Home was born :-)
I am very thankful for this experience… it really helped me to let go of some of my fears and to connect to other people in a way that I had never done before!
When I was around 10 year of age I bought a record called Max Mix 5. It was a record with a megamix from two italians who was mixing disco and pop music (José Maria Castells & Toni Peret… thank you :-)). I was inspired by them and tried to do the same… I took what I could find and made my own megamix. I used my mothers old ABBA records and mixed it with Skinny Puppy!!! So I guess that this was actually my first ever mix tape :-)
I wanted to create a journey for the listener… a journey that would make the listener go into themselves and get in contact with their fantasy. Where they could travel to places beyond the ordinary life… and mixing ABBA with Skinny Puppy will definitely take you on a journey ;-)
These experiences is still very much alive inside of "me". So today when Nobody Home play as a dj there is this urge inside. An urge that wants to create a ritual and take the listener on a journey. By using the music and the party as a carrier to help go beyond our fears and limitations. Nobody Home believes we can connect to something greater that lies beyond our "ordinary" life and perception… and if we REALLY let go of everything… even letting go of the sense of "I" we might connect to our true self ;-)
I believe that this is the modern society's way of expressing the ritual. The ritual that we human beings have been doing since the beginning of time. Using the ritual to connect to something greater and to heal ourselves. I also believe that the ritual is an important part of humanity.
So don't just see a club night or a festival as just another party.. see it as something sacred and holy… something special that you give to yourself. Something that will bring joy and happiness to you and your friends.
I wish you all an amazing journey… and may all you wishes come true :-)
Love and light,
These two tracks was created with this in mind:
Since the beginning of time we Humans have been using different methods of inducing altered, heightened or trance-like states. Like the native humans used rituals, drumming, dancing and chanting to get "into" an trance-like state.
Trances and altered states follow the pattern of a journey: departure, traveling through (inner worlds and dimensions) space, and then returning home.
In the classic shamanic journey traditions, rhythmic drumming, rattling or chanting is used to facilitate the entering into, traveling through and returning from the spirit world.
Another method in shamanic traditions worldwide involves psychoactive, visionary or entheogenic plants or mushrooms to provide an amplification of perception. In classic enteogenic plant ceremonies the ingestion of plant is usually combined with rhythmic drumming and chanting. By the use of hypnotic and deep dance music in combination with psychoactive substances brings in the shamanic journey into todays society.
The modern dance scene is the expression of the ritual that we human beings have done for thousands of years. This ritual is built into our DNA and we humans need to dance to be able to connect to our true self!
In modern dance/club culture the use of psychoactive substances is well known, but how to use them in a creative and uplifting way is not… For the one who is traveling deep within, set and setting are very important factors... with our without a subtance! A safe and friendly environment with the "right" circumstances (set and setting) is the key to get the most out of the journey.
To go deep within can take some effort. We need to let go of our preconceptions and roles we play in our daily life. This is where the hypnotic and psychedelic dance music come in (the ritual). The traveller is not bound by time and space or of personality or gender. We travel together to a place where there is no limitations. To a place where we are free. A place where we connect to something greater and open up ourself to healing and inner guidance.
"Entheogen" mastered by Alex Psaroudakis @ M-Works.
"Drum journey" mastered by Marcus Henriksson. No limiting, no digital plugins, little compression and some analogue EQ'ing to keep the original space and dynamics in the music.
I wish you all a beautifull journey. / Nobody Home
This ritual is built into our DNA.
Son Kite is back, releasing their first album in ten years on Iboga Records.
The duo Son Kite is on a mission. It burns through everything they say and is clearly expressed in their way of making music and performing. “Dancing is a very important ritual. Our main mission as artists is to make people get into this trance state”, they say.
The Swedish trance duo released their third album “Colours” back in 2004. Since then Marcus Henriksson and Sebastian Mullaert have been touring the world and releasing albums with their other project Minilogue, gaining increasing popularity in the house and techno scene.
This November they are returning to the roots, releasing their fourth Son Kite album, “Prisma”, on Iboga Records; the first Son Kite album in ten years.
“Prisma” is their first album ever to have been produced over a long time span. One of the tracks is from 2007. Two of the tracks are made two months ago. Each of the seven tracks encapsules the feelings of that particular moment in time and captures the development they have been going through over the past seven years. Hence the title.
“You send white light into the prism, and you have all these rainbow colours coming out. It’s still the same source, it’s still us, but it’s flavoured by all these years of evolution”, Marcus says.
In many ways the album is like going back to the foundation of the musical journey for the two Swedes. Back to the enthusiasm and endless energy they felt when they first started making music together in 1996. Back to the use of analogue equipment (including releasing the album on vinyl). And back to what it’s all essentially about, according to the duo: Getting into the all-important ritual of the dance and the trance state. A ritual that is as important as ever in our modern world, where we are constantly bombarded with digital stimuli, new distractions and non-stop demands to want something.
“Many people have lost their connection to why we are here and what we are doing here as human beings. Hunting for money, fame and achievements is what we learn in school, and it’s very easy to just get lost in this hunt without even being aware of why we are not happy doing it. That’s why it’s so important to get into the dance ritual and let the the stress out”, Marcus says.
“This ritual is built into our DNA. We are supposed to do it, and we have always done it. African natives do it a couple of times a week. Something important happens when we dance to hypnotic drum patterns for several hours. It gives us more energy and fuels us with creative ideas. It’s healing, like yoga and meditation. It’s so important that we know this and don’t forget our roots,” Marcus says.
The album reflects a lot of the discoveries and realizations they have made during their 20 years on the electronic music scene.
“Back in the 90s when the techno revolution started, the whole thing was underground. It wasn’t about styles and genre, but more about a gathering on secret locations that felt new and refreshing and was a really strong experience for everyone. But then the scene evolved and changed and became popular in the mainstream. Parts of it reached the overground and turned into club culture. That was good for a while, but then the money striving and the business models took over and transformed into standard club nights with the typical setup and the typical dj’s and the same thing week in and week out. And those modern industry standards for clubs and techno are not enough for our souls”, Marcus says.
He saw this development happening within himself. “When Son Kite took off we were playing at underground parties all over the world. Then we started Minilogue which became very popular on the techno and house scene, and we began playing with superstar dj’s like Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin and got to see all these huge clubs in Ibiza and big festivals all over the world. Obviously I really enjoyed it to begin with. But I lost myself in it. The ego was building up, hunting the money and the fame, and I lost the connection to why I was doing it in the first place. It took me a while to realize this. It was a real eye opener,” says Marcus.
“Prisma” is about finding the way back again, reconnecting with the original spirit of the electronic music scene, being fully present in the now and losing the ego on the dancefloor. And to get into that state of trance, you have to dance for many hours, not just one or two, like the typical club set.
“There is a lot of music out there that triggers people’s restlessness. It’s a reflection of our modern society. We have so many stimuli coming so fast at us that our attention spans are getting shorter and it’s getting harder and harder for us to wait for anything. We want to challenge that restlessness with our music. We want the people dancing to face it inside themselves”, Sebastian says.
With the increasing popularity of the electronic music over the last ten years, the restless energy on the dancefloors has increased, the duo points out, with dj-sets filled with incessant peaks, constantly hunting for those explosions and “hands in the air” moments. This turns into a self-perpetuating pattern with the crowd getting addicted to the hit effect, projecting restless energy back to the dj who in turn starts using bass drops and other ego-boosting tricks every 5 minutes, trying to get a reaction and please the crowd.
“It’s very difficult to stand in front of an audience of 20.000 people who wants this nervous energy and not be seduced into giving it to them. But we really believe that the task of a good dj is to help the crowd let go of that restlessness and the ego and get into the trance”, says Marcus.
Marcus and Sebastian both meditate daily, and preferably before they go on stage, too. “As an artist you have responsibilities. When you are placed in the center of everyone’s attention, people respond to the energies you send out, and if you are insecure or sending out energies that are all about manifesting yourself, you can easily forward your own unbalance to everyone and thereby hurt the whole. That’s why it’s really important to get in touch with the deeper stillness. Meditation, yoga and dancing are ways to do that,” Sebastian says.
“Dancing for eight hours and really uniting with the music is a reminder that this is how it could be with everything you do in life. It’s such a wonderful feeling to be one with what you’re doing, to really melt into the experience. That’s why it’s so extremely important for us to inspire people to reach that feeling. It’s a tool to really connect to life. The sound of our music is formed by this aim”, Sebastian says.
Releasing the album on vinyl has been very important to the duo, as well as using analogue equipment in making the tracks.
“The analogue equipment like the drum machines and the sequencers are affected by their surroundings, by all the vibrations and the feelings in the room and by you standing next to them. Their timing is never completely exact, and these small variations make them more human”, Marcus says.
“The computer screen has these visual representations of the music, and the entire process takes place in your thoughts and in your head much more than in your heart and your body. With the analogue equipment your access to the psyche and the subconscious is a lot more direct. And that’s the beauty of it. To express what is inside of you and let other people feel that. That’s what it’s all about,” Marcus says.
By Christina Majcher
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