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Shambhala Celebrates 20 Years With Familiar Faces

Friday 04th, August 2017 / 17:20
By Ryan Rose and Michelle Swami

VANCOUVER – It’s kind of hard to believe that Shambhala is one of Western Canada’s longest lasting music festivals, what with music always changing and the Canadian dollar going up and down. But now in its twentieth year, the festival is older than some of the festival-goers themselves. And not only is it a fan-favourite, it’s also a haven and home to the DJs that make it what it is. Ahead of this year’s twentieth anniversary festival, we asked a few of your favourite artists about their experiences at Shambhala, and what makes it so freaking awesome. If you’ve been ever been to this crazy forest festival, a lot of their answers may not surprise you.

 

 

Stickybuds

BeatRoute: What year was your first Shambhala and if so, do you remember it?

Stickybuds: 2001 I believe, maybe 2000. Of course I remember, hanging out with my best buddy Adam and raving hard under the stars.

BR: What was the moment you realized, wait, I really like this place?

SB: Some of my favorite early memories were hearing Krafty Kuts play the breaks bootleg Groove Armada “Superstylin” at the main stage, pre-pagoda 2003 maybe, and Adam Freeland playing Marilyn Manson’s “Beautiful People” in the Village a year or two after that… both epic times. I’ll also always remember the first time I walked into the Fractal with the giant tree stump DJ booth and giant visually mapped pill looking things… I loved Shamb from the first night I attended. On the DJ side of things, there is no better feeling than playing a set in the Fractal when it’s heaving with energy, lasers, sound system and vibes. I’m grateful this year will be my 13th time getting to do that.

BR: Favourite stage?

SB: The Fractal Forest obviously, there is like nothing else in the world. It’s a magical place.

BR: What makes this festival different than the other ones you’ve played?

SB: I think because all the stages are managed independently you get a lot of different inspirations and visions all working together, all amazing in their own way. The landscape of the ranch, climate of the day and night, size of the sound systems and encouragement to be yourself and enjoy the weekend how you see fit, really make it special.

BR: Can you describe Shambhala in one word?

SB: Magicforestbassloveboopbambadoodlesweetsauce.

 

 

 

A Skillz

BeatRoute: What year was your first Shambhala, and if so, do you remember it?

AS: I think 2007, or maybe it was 2006? A lot of the earlier years I attended have morphed into one big shamblur.

BR: What was the moment you realized, wait, I really like this place?

AS: I remember the first time I ever walked into the Village after playing the fractal forest. The Glitch Mob were playing their last song, which was a remix of “West Coast Rocks”. It was just a vibe I hadn’t ever witnessed, and it kinda blew my mind. I’ve got loads of special memories from over the years, including some from my own sets, but this was one of the first wow moments.

BR: Favourite stage?

AS: Fractal forest. That’s like my home base at sham. I’ve always played at fractal and that’s where I’m most likely to bump into my friends. Rich-e-Rich does an amazing job with the line-up and the stage set up every year and it’s always the place I spend most of my time.

BR: What makes this festival different than the other ones you’ve played?

AS: Well it’s the only festival I’ve ever played that doesn’t serve alcohol. Everyone I tell that to back at home in the UK responds like it must be a real downer, but it’s probably one of the reasons why I like it. No alcohol, no problems, just good vibes. But that concept would never work in the UK, haha.

BR: Can you describe Shambhala in one word?

AS: Magical.

 

 

 

Smalltown DJs

BeatRoute: What year was your first Shambhala and if so, do you remember it?

Smalltown DJs: It was probably 2004. I remember walking into the Ewok Village (now called The Village), and thinking that it was the craziest party ever. Like on some Peter Pan/Lord of the Flies level stuff.

BR: What was the moment you realized, wait, I really like this place?

SDJ: Right away. My favourite memories in the early days were always Vinyl Ritchie’s rave sets. They were incredible every time.

BR: Favourite stage?

SDJ: The Fractal Forest is our home base at Shambhala. It’s got a Star Wars theme too, so I love that obviously. We’ve DJ’d there for 13 years or so in a row.

BR: What makes this festival different than the other ones you’ve played?

SDJ: Well, it’s kind of like a Canadian Burning Man, but with more focus on the music.

BR: Can you describe Shambhala in one word?

SDJ: Phantasmagorical.

 

 

 

Opiuo

BeatRoute: What year was your first Shambhala and if so, do you remember it?

Opiuo: It was 2010, I will never ever forget it until the day I die.

BR: What was the moment you realized, wait, I really like this place?

O: When no matter where I was, at any moment, I felt like I was surrounded by friends, even though I knew hardly anyone. It’s a special place.

BR: Favourite stage?

O: I think each stage has its qualities. And that’s the beauty; each is just different enough to forever be able to discover something new throughout the whole weekend. I’m lucky enough to have played 4 different stages over 4 different years. It’s like a second home for me!

BR: What makes this festival different than the other ones you’ve played?

O: The shared openness of every participant. It’s as if they built the festival themselves, and not just there to take it in. The pride runs wild.

BR: Can you describe Shambhala in one word?

O: Supersickadventurousmindmeltation.

 

 

 

Stylust Beats

BeatRoute: What year was your first Shambhala and if so, do you remember it?

SB: 2003, I believe. I remember seeing Freqnasty and Bassnectar and being like, WTF is this, haha.

BR: What was the moment you realized, wait, I really like this place?

SB: Too many to count

BR: Favourite stage?

SB: Have to go with the village stage!

BR: What makes this festival different than any one you have played before?

SB: The people and the venue/production. All top notch!

BR: Can you describe Shambhala in one word?

SB: Home.

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