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PLANEWALKER

the Space Wizard of the enchanted circle


Inviting you on a cosmic journey to the higher planes of the musical multiverse, Planewalker calls on his ancestral Irish and Lithuanian roots to infuse his compositions with the ancient tones and rhythms of the druids and the magi. Weaving memorable stories and gems of spiritual wisdom seamlessly into the stream of sounds, every song is designed to unlock the hidden powers inside you and inspire you to align with the Divine Will.

Born in 1981 to platinum-selling singer and songwriterMichael Martin Murphey, Planewalker began his life’s journey in Taos, New Mexico. A child of the computer age, he was programming a Commodore 64 at the age of 3 and spent most of his childhood lost in the alternate universes of the Transformers, Atari and Nintendo. He recalls wistfully, “I always wished that I could live in a time where magic was real. To me, computers and video games were the closest thing to magic that I could find, so I’ve always been obsessed with them.”

Music called to him early at the age of 5 when he began taking violin lessons. At age 9 he began learning the piano, which was the first instrument he managed to gain any skill in playing. At the age of 13, he took up the electric guitar. Later that year, he had his very first ecstatic dance experience when he received a Sound Blaster AWE32 sound card as a birthday gift and installed it into his 486 computer running Windows 3.1. “There was this trance demo song that came with the sound card that was just incredible! I remember playing it for the first time and being blown away by how cool it sounded. I ended up looping the song and dancing for hours by myself in my room until I was totally exhausted. That’s when I fell in love with the sound of the synthesizer.”

For the next four years, he spent most of his free time learning how to produce music using early versions of Cakewalk and learning Joe Satriani and Steve Vai songs on his electric guitar. Upon graduating high school, he moved to Boston to study guitar performance at Berklee College of Music, which is when he had his next serious encounter with electronic dance music:

“I was living on the third story of an apartment building in one of the busiest intersections of downtown Boston. On the first story, there were these DJs who had loud, crazy dance parties that went all night long. The booming bass could be heard all the way at the top of the building. It drove me crazy. I would try to sleep but find myself unable to do so because of the loud music, I would go downstairs and knock on their door, begging them to please turn it off. They would, but then an hour or so later, they’d turn the music on again and wake me up. This happened over and over again. Finally, I decided on a different approach. I figured that if I got to know them, they would be more likely to listen to me. So the next time it happens, when I knock on their door, I ask if I can come in. Before I know it, I am sucked in to a whole world of sound I had no idea existed before then. I end up falling in love with the sound and dropping out of Berklee to pursue electronic music production.”

Unfortunately, there were no colleges offering degrees in electronic music production in 1998. “I had to hack it, listening carefully to songs and analyzing them, then trying to reproduce the sounds on my computer and Korg X2 keyboard. But I didn’t understand how synthesizers worked. They seemed utterly arcane to me compared to the guitar.”

In 2001 he befriended Amani and Treavor of Desert Dwellers who encouraged him and inspired him to continue producing music. In 2001, in the midst of pursuing a liberal arts degree, he released his first two albums – a hip-hop album titled “Clear & Present Truth” and a trance album titled “Neurogenesis” using Fruityloops and Cakewalk Sonar. At the time, his musical alias and nickname was “Epsilon.” It was all downhill from there.

In 2004, he was signed to Pure Energy Records for a vinyl release of his first psychedelic trance song, Delta Waves. This was the same year he left New Mexico and moved to Los Angeles to continue pursuing his career as a producer and DJ. It was in Los Angeles that he met key individuals such as Knowa Lusion, Phutureprimitive, and David Starfire who we would later end up remixing and performing alongside. Having gained some skill in electronic music production, he began teaching it professionally at the Icon Collective.

In 2006, he left Los Angeles and moved to Portland, Oregon where his DJ career really began to take off. There, he landed a job teaching music production at Spun Academy and began collaborating with a local psytrance crew called Apollo’s Lute as well as the Seattle-based Oracle Gatherings led by Osiris Indriya and Michael Manahan. He also met Mister Chill’R who he produced and formed the group Chaos Control. Over the next two years, he performed at over 50 events throughout the west coast of the USA, culminating in a set after Rabbit in the Moon in 2007. During this time, he also inspired Smoke Sign to begin mixing records.

In 2009, he moved to Spain where he released his first full-length psytrance album, The Kaivalya Project. Over the next several years, he was booked to headline festivals such as Esthetic Evolutionand Entheosand was signed to Geomagnetic Records which released his Psychic Evolution EP. During this time he lived in Spain, Portland and Boise, Idaho.

In 2011 he moved back to Taos, New Mexico where he completed official remixes for Desert Dwellers and Merkabaand began performing at the Star Tribe series of events at Taos Mesa Brewing. At these events, he shared the stage with Ott, The Polish Ambassador, Kalya Scintilla, Desert Dwellers, Bird of Prey, Random RabWhitebear, Govinda, Andreilien, Kaminanda, and David Starfire.

In 2015, he took up the Celtic harp and fire dancing and began integrating them into his music production and performances.

In 2017, he released his debut psy-bass album Planes of Consciousness and began performing with Ramla Taal Tribal Bellydance.

In 2018, he was booked to open for Random Rab at Meow Wolfwhere he recorded a live setwith Celtic harp.

He currently lives in Taos, New Mexico where he runs his production company and record label, Waveform Wizardry. He is currently working on a new psytrance EP.

 

RAMLA TAAL TRIBAL BELLYDANCE

invoking the magic of the moon and the goddess


Stay tuned for more info on the amazing dance troupe that performs with Planewalker…