After a long day missioning around town area, we stopped off on Long Street and ended up at Mr Pickwicks, a little blazed and having a lengthy debate over who had the better milkshake, we bumped into Tim and Warren, the guys who make up Cybernetix and invited them to come sit down and have a chat. We got chatting about, making new tracks for Nexus Media, how they became Cybernetix and the craziest thing they have seen behind the decks!MCBN: First question we usually take it slow, get to know each other. How did you guys meet and how did the name Cybernetix come about?
Yo dude! Well, we met working at musica and we both were filling up the dance section with psy! we started to jam around then, learning the programs and after working separately for a while I think we both realised that our music sounded better when we combined. Fmycityor the second part: We were busy working in studio and realized that we haven’t even come up with a name for our act, we picked a dictionary and went through it hunting for a name. we came across Cybernetix (spelt cybernetics). The definition we found was “the science of systems and control between animals and machines”. Warren and Tim – Animals, our PCs – the machines.
MCBN: Explain what a normal day in the life of Cybernetix consists of?
Tim: The great thing about writing with someone else is that you can get 2 things done at once.. we both work on whatever is flowing and then swap later on and sit down together in the final mix.. 2 for 1 🙂
Warren: Yeah, I agree with Tim. We both work in the audio industry, so days can differ vastly and the hours can be unforgiving, so working as a team of 2 helps. We get more work done passing projects to and from each other.
MCBN: When did you go first start DJing and was it through trance parties that you started??
Tim: I suck pretty hard at DJing – I mean I can beat match and all that, but im not on the same level as Warren.. Its never really grabbed me.. I just love the music and parties so I decided to start writing trance.
Warren: Haha Tim stop being so modest…. I started playing underground hardhouse parties back in 2001, I still clearly remember a owner telling me I couldn’t play the style I was known for because it was too hard. A friend introduced me to trance about 3 years later and went to one of the bigger festies CT has to offer, I was blown away by the energy and how much more intelligent the music was. I decided on the spot to start networking and learn more about the art of producing Psy Trance.
MCBN: Going back to back all the time must have a complication or two in your time. Has one of you ever given the other a headlock or a quick punch to the ribs during a set?
Tim: Naa, nothing like that. We have very similar taste in tunes for our DJ set, and in our live set we have different responsibilities.
Warren: With our DJ sets we pretty much just enjoy ourselves, no punches or headlocks I’m afraid. We prep the set before we go out depending on the slot we’re playing, so its usually smooth sailing except for some venues with dodgy gear :/
MCBN: We have seen you guys play at some of the biggest parties here in Cape Town, which stand out for you and would you say have been the most memorable?
Tim: Gotta say that Alien Safari: sprung this last season was really kick ass, everyone was just so amped that the outdoor season had started and it was a really cool vibe, also the Organik.outdoors we’ve played at have been fun.. always a slick party.
Warren: Beartrap with Hujaboy stands out for me, we had some fresh new bombs that we had just written with Rabdom L. What a up for it crowd! Always awesome to see folks going off to some stuff hot off the press.
MCBN: The age old question we love asking DJ’s. You must have seen some crazy things while DJing, what stands out for you as the craziest moment behind the decks for you guys?
Tim: Some crazy guy snapped our CDs in half once cause he heard the CD skip! we had to finish the set on one deck!
Warren: Is this interview R rated? Haha! Just kidding! Tim, back to the dodgy equipment… It wasn’t our fault man, I swear! No one time, he lost it….
MCBN: Who are your favourite local and international DJ’s? And who would you say has influenced your sound?
Tim: Locally: Lost & Found, Rabdom L, Shift, Phyx/Brethren, Artifakt, Rubix Qube, pretty much all the Timecode and Nexus guys and Terrorbyte as a pure DJ!
Internationally: Absolum, Outer Signal, Concept, Phatmatix, Digital Talk. and early Logic Bomb, Hux Flux stuff
Warren: Agreed, also parasense, xenomorph, acidance records stuff from the older side of things,
Newer projects would be Khopat, Orca, Time Twisters, Speedball, etc still dig the quality of Azax syndromes music although not really my style, really dig concept and phatmatix would love to work with those guys.
Other styles include: Trentemoller, Bloc Party, Slipknot (love the theatrics) Pendulum, Wolfgang Gartner, The Death Kit, Butter Party, Deadmau5 and Melleefresh, believe it or not Calvin Harris, dammit I’m going to get slated for that one… he he. Etc etc. Good beats is good beats, end of story!
All music influences us in some way…
MCBN: If you could get drunk with 3 people, dead or alive, who would it be?
Bob Marley, Bob Moog, Salvador Dali… Jeez what a hectic piss up that would be!
MCBN: What are your top three tracks at the moment? You can say Prodigy – The Omen (Cybernetix Remix) cause its the best!
Tim: Hehe, yeah thats always a crowd pleaser, but would have to say: Daywalker (vs Rabdom L) and Tevatron on our nexus media digi EP, and Cybernetix – Déjà Vu – soon to be released.
Warren: Thanks man, glad you like it! Cybernetix – Déjà vu, still really digging our versus with Deleriant called Degenerate and yeah, going to have to side with Tim and call track 3 Cybernetix – Tevatron on our ep on Nexus Media.
MCBN: With the winter months moving in rather quickly, are you guys going to go into hibernation and produce some fresh new tracks for Nexus Media (the collab with Rabdom L is the heat). Or do you have any gigs lined up we should know about?
Tim: We are def going to be working hard over winter to get a brand new live set for next season, and to get the album going…
And we are going to be playing at a few winter parties (check our pages for details) but next up is a charity gig – stomp for life followed the next day at rhino room! (21th, 22th may)
Warren: Definitely going to be working hard this winter, got to get as many tracks done as possible for the up coming season. Fresh, new produce off the conveyor belt at the Cyber factory. hehe
MCBN: The final questions is a little different today, here’s a situation… You get locked in a room with Julius Malema and Steve Hofmeyer and they both tell you how much they dispise trance music, who do you punch first and why?
Tim: Steve hofmeyer – he is a musso (sort of) and should have a little respect at least….
Warren: One time, c’mon Steve you probably use the same software we do, Im sure we can have a civil conversation……
MCBN: Thanks for taking your time out to chat to us, keep producing those sick beats and we’ll hopefully see you on a dancefloor soon. To find out more about Cybernetix, you can join there fanpage: (click here) or you can take a listen to some of their tracks on soundcloud: (Click Here)