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Meet psy-trance DJ Sally Doolally

Author: michelle pirovich
Wednesday, September 18, 2002
Sally Doolally loves psy-trance, travelling, djing outdoors; sunrise sets, and believes Australians to be the craziest partygoers of them all. Sally will soon be in Australia, firstly in Melbourne for the Benefit Night at Earthdance and despite her hectic schedule Sally spared some time to chat with TranZfusion.

You have played in some amazing places, was it always your dream to play music in gorgeous foreign lands-

Music has always been my life force but my first love for many years now has been travelling, so being able to combine them both is definitely a dream come true for me.

Having played in some far away places; does it amaze you how global the psy-trance scene is-

The psy-trance scene has grown alot in the last few years with many amazing parties happening in all corners of the world and I think its great that more people are finding this music. In some places though the scene has already exploded and some promoters are putting on parties solely to make money, which takes the whole essence away.

Are there any universal sunrise anthems-

Sunrise tracks have to have something very special, as they need to capture the feeling of a new day dawning. I guess there are some classic sunrise anthems out there, but for me it's always a different experience in each set; it is a different day after all!

Do you ever get claustrophobic playing indoors-

I don't exactly get claustrophobic but being indoors can be a little suffocating to say the least, especially if the club is very small and hot! Psy-trance fits well in the open-air and it's the whole nature of the scene itself to be outdoors! In places like London and Melbourne the parties have to go inside for the winter, but most organisers make an effort with the decor to disguise the environment in a beautiful way.

You will have to excuse my rudeness but I have been out of the psy-trance scene for quite some time, how has the music evolved over the last few years-

In 1999 there was a huge shift in the trance scene that took place with a new influence coming from Scandinavia, chilling the bpm down and making the sound that so many people label as progressive trance, (although personally I hate to label music with a name). There was also a huge burst of minimal trance sounds coming from Germany. I have been greatly influenced by both of these genres of trance and play these sounds in my set. Music is constantly evolving and you can see that simply by all the new artists and labels that have come along in the last few years. For me it's all about the feeling, placing the right psychedelic sounds at the right time of the day or night!

A lot of dance music is currently under fire from greedy corporates, has psy-trance managed to escape that-

I don't think it's a case of escaping it but more a case of them not having so much interest in us. This scene is small in comparison to other dance music scenes, so it probably doesn't generate too much interest from greedy corporates yet. Most people that work with this music realise that it's not a moneymaking thing but a love thing, otherwise we would all be playing or making house music! In some places the parties have grown out of hand and become all about making money and this is sad to see, but I guess it's a natural progression and as long as the music is reaching the people, that's what is important.

You are coming over here for Earthdance, what made you choose to play in Australia-

After getting booked to play at the Outback Eclipse Festival in December, South Australia I was asked to come and play at Earthdance in Melbourne and I just couldn't resist, I am now able to support a cause that I believe very strongly in, the freedom of Tibet! Melbourne is also home away from home for me and I have a lot of friends there, so I decided that this is where I would start my Australian trip.

What is Earthdance all about for you-

The whole concept of Earthdance parties taking place simultaneousl