I STILL PARTY ALL NIGHT — TWITCH [FT. PSYMILL]
PSYTRANCE WORLDWIDE MAGAZINE: PSYTRANCE | INTERVIEW | TWITCH | WORLD | MUSIC | Originally Published March 3, 2021 | Written By Tarryn Hardwicke
FINDING NEW WAYS TO PARTY ONLINE
Don’t you just LOVE Twitch? Yeah we cant hit the big festivals and many of us are in hard lockdown, but this doesn’t mean we can’t party.
Twitch is arguably the world’s biggest and most popular live-streaming platform. Many streamers have ended up on Twitch as opposed to other platforms. From the start of the pandemic, I think its safe to say that many of us suffered, each in our own ways, the music industry, events, devastating. Then others struggled in other ways and we all, of course, were shadowed with the feelings of loneliness, some - depression and other struggles. We thrive on unity and music brings us together.
I stumbled upon a Psy stream one day recently and decided to tune the hell in cos it looked like one mad party — I was so right!!
Introducing PSYMILL, one insanely awesome Twitch streamer — His engagement with the audience is phenomenal, and the reaction just blew my mind. This is what brought me here to publish this incredible story…
INTERVIEW WITH PSYMILL (JONATHAN WOOD / DJ TRIPLE V)
Jonathan Wood aka PSYMILL shares with us his experience with Twitch and how it helped him through the pandemic:
“Music has always been a part of my life. It all started when I was young and decided to experiment on my father's turntable (which was not a DJ platform, but an expensive af (lol) precision player from Japan. I managed to wreck it when I was scratching my mother's classic LP records (Dolly Parton stuff hahaha) in the early 1980s.
I started producing strange music things as a young teenager on cassette 4 track machines and it was mainly strange synthy things and odd sounds from around the house... Ever hear the doorstop on the back of the bathroom door. That shit would entertain me for hours with the hilarious spring sounds it would make. To be honest, it still makes me outright laugh and maybe a few snorts like the sound of pigs being exercised out of a possessed person. I was in and out of music bands throughout my teenage and young adult years. From singing to playing many instruments from drums to synths/piano and a little guitar and trumpet.
I started DJing in 1989 for various functions here and there. Nothing amazing. House parties and barn parties (Wisconsin, we are insane like that) Back on really old record decks and hodge podged gear that would make Astrix probably facepalm for all of us.
I launched an online radio station in 1999 and it went all until 2013 called Gruvsonic. 4 channels of radio including Psytrance. I would mix live on this platform, which was included as a part of the Microsoft Windows radio Network and included in the old Windows Media Players. I was mixing mostly uplifting trance in those days and dabbling in psytrance here and there. Almost 3 years ago, I decided to focus on psychedelic trance and put trance in the back for a time.
Twitch gave me the flexibility to spin a few styles and after a time, I focus mainly on Full On and progressive psychedelic trance. But I also still spin trance regularly in between. As I was doing photography for a number of years and Covid pretty much destroyed my business, I went full time on Twitch with my channel.
Annnnnd, here we are right now. I hope I'm not too late to join the party as a DJ/artist. It's all I think about and all I want to do until life leaves my bones and the universe delivers me to what's next.
I haven't really had any professional photos of myself done. You would think that as a photographer, I would. Twitch forced me to think differently and come out of my fear of being seen on camera. My physical attributes were the result of that and once I decided to break myself of that fear, I am becoming far more trusting of being on camera. I have been around the block so to speak with being bullied because of my physical appearance. But lately, I am starting to not care what other people think.
“I'm the guy on Twitch who mixes psytrance, wears cheese, and turns into a dirty pickle. Thanks for checking out my stream! I'm pretty much a "no-name" that has been doing the DJ thing for a lot of years (30+) I got serious on Twitch when Covid screwed up everything. Now it is a full-time thing. I'm disabled and was always hiding my disabilities until Twitch helped me not be afraid.
My ultimate dream is to mix at a large festival in the future. I am the hybrid alien of psytrance, DJ Triple V.
MUCH LOVE AND LET US CARRY ON THE PARTY
Thank you to Psytrance Worldwide Magazine for publishing this article and featuring our beloved PSYMILL. Stay Moist!