Local Musician Don Roche Launches Techno Album Under The Guise; Her Star.
ahead of his album launch, Don Roche SHares his account of using dance as a therapeutic tool for personal healing and growth.
I had become fed up with consumerism and corporate culture. On Thursday I left my job, Friday packed up my apartment, Saturday I left my home country and by Sunday I was naked on a mountain in Greece.
At a Rainbow Gathering, I had a dream where I was pulling a cartoon guitar out of a box made of musical notes. I interpreted this to mean that I had to resurrect my musical side in Turkey. I ended up at a seven day Sufi spiritual gathering. It involved 24 hours a day of non-stop ritual music and dancing. This is where I learned the meaning of the phrase, “dance until you die.”
I realised the only way I could listen was if the music was vibrating in my body. This means that when we are listening to music, we are actually just listening to a part of ourselves. This led to me experiencing myself, the music, and the dancers as one being.
I took on music as my life’s purpose and since then I have practised percussion with Sufi mystics, performed in India with a jazz band, learned to play the sitar and the ukulele in Zeppi’s (Qala), played a number of festivals in Malta in a medieval band called Bibita, and played the banjo at The Crabshell and Ferdie’s.
The album Tantric Techno is based on ancient practice from Kali Tantra, where the practitioner feels their pain and offers it up to the Goddess Kali. We start with a simple breathing practice and dance our pain away. The track title tells a story of a person offering their pain to Kali, meditating in a cave, and going on an epic adventure. I shot a music video with my phone in Tal Mixta Cave. The video is intentionally shakey to give the impression of following the viewpoint of someone going crazy.
As for how I got the name Her Star? That’s an ‘out of this world’ story for another day.
Tantric Techno is released on 17th May
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If anyone would like to support Dons’ goal to create a community where people shamelessly fly their freak flags and express themselves through dance, you can purchase a Tantric Techno T-shirt at his online store.