Kalumet (aka Ork Monk aka Trevor McGregor aka Arboraetum aka Tiger Punch) is Zoltan Vajda from Hungary.
One of the oldschool master of storytellers of the psychedelic trance scene. He got involved in the mid 90’s, early enough to see the spreading of trance worldwide, to witness its transforming through the 00’s to our present time. Considering this kind of possession of psychedelic experience, one can never be in doubt to have a very special time when he is playing, be it live act or DJ set.
His musical history goes back to late 80’s, when he grabbed his first accords on the guitar. The bass guitar came in a few years later, and his world of sounds slowly got a shape, influenced by Joy Division, The Clash, Suicidal Tendecies / Infectious Grooves, L.A. Style, The Overlords, U96, Kraftwerk, Front Line Assembly, Yello, Gabor Szabo, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Korai Öröm, Hardfloor, Emmanuel Top, the Ninja Tunes like Herbalizer and Coldcut, Morcheeba, then Green Nuns Of The Revolution, Quirk, X-Dream, Four Carry Nuts, the Matsuri, Dragonfly and Spirit Zone releases, Audio Active, Black Star Liner, Korsakoff, then in the beginning of the last decade, by early Iboga, ZMA, CreamCrop, Disham and Son Kite, and maybe most of all, the traditional / folk music of the whole world.
Having a wide musical culture like this, he never kept his imagination on a short leash. In fact, he is mostly known from his unmistakable manner of creating free-form fusion dance music. Since his first remix in 1998 until this 2015, he released more than hundred tracks on many labels from Chi Recordings through Kagdila, Psylife Music, BrainBusters to Horns And Hoofs, Random Records or Sangoma, he represents a very wide range of styles.
Under different names such as Ork Monk, Trevor McGregor, and Tiger Punch, he traveled through half of the world to perform in special places like a cinema in Donetsk, a laundry in Cologne, a bowling alley in Tokyo, in the catacombs of Buda Caslte, in the middle of Kanchanaburi lake near Bangkok, the mountains of Transylvania and Bulgaria, the forests of Lithuania and northern Russia, the magical beaches of Koh Phangan, jungles of Brazil, clubs of Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, London and Moscow, main stages of Ozora, Lost Theory, chill out areas of Boom, Voov, Sonica… not long ago arrived to Malta to find out what the story is there.
His most significant releases are:
Burlesque album (Halu Beats),
The One Inch Punch album (Random Records),
his compilation Freerunners (Psylife Music),
his Trevor McGregor EP called Flanger City Cowboys (Horns And Hoofs Entertainment),
the Ork Monk EP Speaking Stones,
the Sheer Liquid Wonderment minialbum (Sangoma Records),
and his latest album, Jungle Juice (Impulse Audio Records)
Conquered countries: Austria, Brasil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany (Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Munster, Greifswald and Voov Festival), Ireland (Dublin and Life Festival), Japan, Malta, Poland, Portugal (Boom Festival 2004, 2010), Romania, Russia (Moscow and Space of Joy), Scotland, Serbia, Sweden, Slovakia, Thailand, Ukraine (Yalta, Kiev, Carpathians, Donietsk, Laspi, Odessa, Bakchisaray)