DEREK\”TheBandit\’s\” Blog

The Life Of A DJ


ALIENATION – Starchildren

Alienation.  Nothing to do with an alien race, but rather with feeling “out of place” … The daunting perception that you are part of a dying breed of kindred spirits and that there are few on this planet that truly understand you.  You feel alienated. The people, the like-minded ones, the ones you share a special connection with, are the alienation…

// 001 intro // 002 imagine a star // 003 close to heaven // 004 dream dance //

005 war of the heart

Blessed with an overactive imagination, I walk with my feet on the ground and my mind in another universe… composing songs starts with a feeling or a visual and I share these visuals in the form of a preamble to every track.  Trance music is a spiritual experience for most.  You rarely find meaningful words to dance tracks but somehow you sense emotion; reminiscent of some weird musical telepathy… where a DJ or producer speaks to you without saying anything.  Everything you mentally envision makes a sound and leaves an impression… and that’s what I have hoped to capture in music.

 –         James Nelson (

001 // > Intro

Sunrise…   Like a giant crayon it colours a darkened world. bright armies of light burst through clouds, deploying the lowest frequencies first… red light… then orange… then yellow…  until pure white light pours over every planet in its orbit… millions or rays bouncing off reflective objects, all purposefully working in unity to produce light, warmth and life.

002 // > Imagine a star

Imagine… somewhere remote… somewhere where city lights and pollution cannot cloud your ability to marvel at the sheer brilliance of the Milky Way…  You lie flat on your back on soft grass.  With a clear open sky above, you stare intensely at the infinite heavens above… so intense you feel you can pluck one of the tiny specs of light with your fingers… and hold it in your palm like a firefly. And if you waved your hand you would shatter the peace… Millions of tiny lights would fly away like sparks…  you realise that they’re not tiny at all. In fact, they are huge! Actually, some of them are no longer even there… some, purely light echoes; the memory of great suns that lost their brilliance and died tragically.  But imagine if, right now, on one of those tiny specs of light, there is someone lying flat on his back on soft grass, holding you in the palm of his hand like a firefly…

003 // > Close to heaven

Heaven…  A totally unexplored travel destination and yet desired by all.  What does heaven mean to you?  Are the streets paved with gold and scattered with precious stones? Do wild and tame animals live in perfect harmony?  Is there singing, praising and glorifying the Creator?  Your life, the ultimate price for that eternal stay.

004 // > Dream dance

Before the dawn of the electronic era, tribes connected using music, dance and expression.  a beautiful girl, shy of seventeen with long  flowing hair twists and turns to the most unusual dance her tribe has ever seen.  She is moving to the low humming of the tribe.  There is clapping… drums follow and her movements intensify…  a strange mix of fire and moonlight ignites the ancient almost phosphorescent markings on her body.  her movements accelerate, faster and faster as more tribesmen join in with different instruments…  the music echoes through the valleys below, bouncing off rock walls into the forest below.  from a distance, all that is visible are slow-shutter movements of white neon light drawing butterfly-like images in mid air…  she’s dancing the dream dance… ethereal and enchanting.

005 // > War of the heart

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either way, a daring adventure…” Helen Keller

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March 13, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Just downloaded it! Can’t wait to give it a listen! Loved “Gravity Supernature” from 003, so I’m sure these productions will be just as good, if not better. Thank you for giving a voice to homegrown talent Derek , you da man! Anyway, keep on bangin’! L8r!

    Comment by Lyle | March 13, 2006 | Reply

  2. Oh ja, and by the way, when’s the next full show? It’s becoming a staple part of listening diet now!

    Comment by Lyle | March 13, 2006 | Reply

  3. Dis campus is sooo shitty… Im unable to download 003 bcoz of some firewall / proxy server shit!!! :-p SUCKY!

    I wILL get it b4 the next 1 (004) is out tho!!! hehehe!

    ALIENATION…love that…Must get it too

    Im phreaking sick now…gonna go die in a hole….

    catch url later!

    DEREK 😉


    Comment by Psychedelic Phreak | March 14, 2006 | Reply

  4. What campus you on phreak? Coz I tell you, I’m at natal, and it’s happening wild! Got 004 yesterday, kickin’ to say the least! So talk to a lan man or something guy, but get the podcast!!!

    Comment by Lyle | March 14, 2006 | Reply

  5. NIce one James!!! Brilliant stuff!!!Great to see local guys coming to the fore with upliftment…luv your work dog. Interested to know if you spin anywhere or just produce, cause usually the 2 go hand in hand pretty much.

    Derek my boy hows things? Sounds like you are well as always…hows the remix of the mongoose coming along..

    Rad. spot ya later

    P.s Phreak and Lyle you dudes are mad 😉
    …keep the herbs flowing yo

    Comment by Coach | March 15, 2006 | Reply

  6. LOL!

    ‘sup LYLE, Coach and Derek! 🙂

    -and every trance addikt out there!-

    Lyle, dude, Im at DIT (sucky! :-p)

    hey maybe we could hook-up and I could get the casts from u? LOL (just a thought). 😀

    Ja guys…. if u can get hold of Armin Van Buuren’s STATE OF TRANCE – episode 215… ITS BANGING! (29mins into the set)
    on the set is a mix of COLDPLAY (not sure of the song title) – ITS a Gabriel and Dresdan REMIX!!! its sooooo N-I-C-E!!! 😉

    Yeah, I gotta run…. Lectures await…. :-()


    u dudes can drop me a mail at :

    Comment by Psychedelic Phreak | March 16, 2006 | Reply

  7. Thats Coldplay – White Shadown (G&D Bootleg) ive got all the asots from 180 on…think 189 is the best the first hour is just out of this world. Anyone heard Simon Paterson – F16, Got it in today its cooking!!! About to listen to asot 240. Eventually i’ll have to listen to this alienation sometime…if dtb rates then it must be good…You all be good now. weekend is just around the corner whooo!

    Comment by kevin | March 16, 2006 | Reply

  8. That Colplay – White Shadows (G&D remix). IM about to listen to asot 240. ive got all the asots from 180 on….think 189 is the best one the first hour is just out of this world. Anyone heard Simon Paterson -F16 !? I got it in today and its cooking!!! Anyways will have to find some time to listen to this alienation if dtb rates it then it must be good. see ya all later. weekend is comming soon whoooO!

    Comment by kevin | March 16, 2006 | Reply

  9. Sup guys! Kev, is asot 240 out yet? I got 239 on monday, kicks like Bruce Lee on steroids! The Coldplay tune is cool but, one of faves right now is Gustavo Santaolalla – The Wings (Gabriel & Dresden Organized Nature Remix). It’s the them from Brokeback Mountain, but done by G&D, beautiful stuff! Anyway phreak, if I ever check you out, i’ll hook you up boet, i never leave a fellow trance addict in need! Later guys

    Comment by Lyle | March 17, 2006 | Reply

  10. Yeah asot 240 is out. think 239 was the best one for quite a while. i got that G&D remix if you want it? Im not so keen on it tho.

    Comment by kevin | March 17, 2006 | Reply

  11. Yep, I got 240 on friday afternoon, tearjerking stuff! Got this Giuseppe Ottaviani set downloading right now, can’t wait to give that a listen. He had a cracking track on the Politics Of Dancing 2, so I’m pretty sure this will be smashing! Anyways, later days…

    Comment by Lyle | March 20, 2006 | Reply

  12. Phyc_Freak u kno it bru.big up to the man dtb,”trance is a way of life”,would wide release of Tiesto’s In Search Of Sunrise 5 CAN’T WAIT!!and as for the summer,armin van buuren should release a concert,if any1 got more info please email.and offcourse respect to any chick clubbers,phyc we gona club til we drop on my birthday 1st april.

    take care folks
    DTB keep up the awsome stuff,ne news from dj spiro??

    Comment by Moe | March 23, 2006 | Reply

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