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“Music plays a role in every human being’s life, starting right from birth if you take a lullaby for example. Strange…or not?! Music is well said to be the language of angels. It’s a way of life, a parallel dimension meshing with ours, perhaps. Sometimes I think it’s the stairway between heaven and earth. Ultimately music puts us in touch with our emotions, and for me sometimes vica verca. If music could look into a mirror, I would be the reflection!” -Frik “PsykoTroniK” van Coppenhagen.
Frik van Coppenhagen AKA PsykoTroniK AKA Sanctum Harbor, was born in Springs, South Africa, on June 10th, 1982.
Frik’s love for various genres of music started growing from a young age, with hard and commercial rock as favorites. At age 10 he fell in love with the hypnotic sound of the piano, but was unfortunate in the luxury of tutoring. So then at the age of 16 he managed to buy his first instrument, a classical guitar, while employed on a weekend basis. It didn’t take too long to realise that he had quite the ear for music as an artist, so after learning basic chords in guitaring, he further progressed by ear & imitation only. Not long after, Frik obtained an electric guitar as well as a semi-acoustic guitar. By now he was completely convinced that music was his destiny…
Having grown up in this day and age, Frik has always been intensely interested in, and intrigued by, technology. You know what they say… “Boys never grow up, their toys just get more expensive.” So inbetween he started playing around with PC music production software, but without any serious intention for the future.
In Winter of 2003 Frik started a band he called Winterburn. A band of which he was the song writer, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Winterburn had the privelage of sharing the stage with artists like, local band turned international - Prime Circle, as well as The Quiet, Overflow, Mass-A-Mendez and many more. The band’s first stage performance was on Novermber 1st 2003, in the Witbank Music Festival at Steve’s Place. The 24-hour entertainment show consisted of 2 stages, 12 bands, some DJs and more.
On May 5th 2004 Winterburn participated in Radio Kragbron’s “Battle of the Bands”, the first event of its kind to ever be presented in Witbank by a local radio station. On May 7th 2004 the band once again took the stage for the launch of Barham Bay, joined by international disk jockey DJ Surge and other bands. Winterburn performed live at various other venues, and it didn’t take long for the band to make their mark locally. “Why” was a song aired on Radio Kragbron, and was voted by locals to be above the likes of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Robbie Williams…hitting slot number 3 in the top ten! “Why” was also played in some Witbank nightclubs. Still in 2004, the band was sponsored to do a tour covering all Aventura Holliday Resorts. Frik wrote about 9 more songs within the period of a month, to make for a complete album recording of about 12 songs, just in time for the tour.
PsykoTroniK – REBORN:
In around 2005 Winterburn seperated due to unforeseen circumstances, and Frik moved to Johannesburg – the heart of nightlife entertainment in South Africa. That was when his music productions started to excel, as he was no longer a band, but very possibly an individual artist. Where before Frik played with production software only now and then, resulting in a track here and there….he now started to produce some groundbreaking material! “PsykoTroniK” was a name Frik thought up, and initially used only as a screen name on the world wide web and other things. But then it became a very known name amongst his friends, who were all growing fond of his unique sound. PsykoTroniK is not constraint to one specific style of music, but many different styles including genres and subgenres of house. He has an extremely unique sound of his own - something he likes to call “Dream House”. “Dream House” is also planned to be a series of releases, so watch this space!
PsykoTroniK’s fire was further fueled when properly introduced to the underground house scene, where various underground house genres became a total addiction. Electro, Tech, Fidget, Minimal, Glitch and some Dubstep are only to mention a few...
In June of 2010 he participated in the first ever remix competition on the EML Network, presented by EML Recordings (UK). On August 5th 2010 all the remixes were aired on scrubradio.com (internet radio station) where PsykoTroniK received great feedback on his remix for Electromagnetic Impulses’ “Do It”.
On September 23rd 2010 Frik “PsykoTroniK” van Coppenhagen was officially signed by EML Recordings (UK). This talented South African producer brings music to life, and has a lot more up his sleeve! Watch out world….PsykoTroniK is coming!!