Zetan Spore was originally formed in West Cornwall, UK by Ian Hasdell in 1995. After being inspired by psychedelic rock in the late 80’s and it’s evolution into early dance acts such as Eat Static and Astralasia, and then by the birth of psytrance in the first half of the 90’s, Ian bought a second hand Amiga 1200 computer and started arranging samples to form his own style of psychedelic dance music. After releasing his first album, “Alien Frequencies” in 1996 and then getting heavily into the world of synths and sampling, his twin brother Mark came on board, playing guitar and didgeridoo to form their unique synergistic partnership.
Together they brought out the next Zetan Spore album, “Visitation” in 1997 and were then signed to Aardvark Records, where they have so far released another ten albums: “The Pillars of Creation” (1998), “Subspace Distortions” (1999), “Outer Space Hopper Safari” (2001), “Transwarp Audio Head Drive” (2002), “Burn Up” (2004), “Escape Velocity” (2005), “Flux” (2007), “Tribes of the Stars” (2010), “Psilocybia” (2013) and their latest release “Dimensions” (2018).
Having played their first gig in 1997 and being more motivated by the live side of music, they have kept their set-up almost entirely hardware-based for live performance and after playing hundreds of gigs over the coming years, have remained one of the few genuinely live psytrance acts around.
The highlights of Zetan Spore’s extensive live performances include playing to a 25,000 strong crowd at the Euphoria Festival in Singapore, a stunning set high up in the Swiss Alps with Visions of Paradise and headline sets for Antiworld, Synergy Project, Whirl-y-Gig, Sunrise, Cabbage, Remedy, Conscious Monkeys and Symbiosis, plus top slots at Waveform, Beautiful Days, Sunrise, Bearded Theory, Alchemy, Cosmo, Symmetry, Endorse It, Off The Tracks and Eastern Haze festivals, not to mention hundreds of other live appearances at festivals, live music venues and clubs.
Their music can best be described as truly psychedelic, driving, full-power psytrance, breaking in huge waves of energy and positivity, with didgeridoo-fuelled tribal breaks and searing guitar riffs adding more depth and power to their sound.
Having a reputation for incredibly energetic and uplifting live performances, and taking the crowd to a whole new level, they’ve built up a large and enthusiastic following and never fail to rock the dancefloor.