Musically inclined from a very young age, Iain Wylder’s music career started classically, when he learnt to play the piano, flute and violin at school. His interest in the genre of EDM started in 1992 listening to local weekend dance shows and it was in 1997 where he started experimenting with mismatched belt driven turn tables playing at friends basement parties at every chance he could. This was only the beginning…
At Age 16 Iain got his first gig at DJ’s Cafe in Bryanston – he then joined forces with his brother where they played together at many venues including Funky Town in Kyalami. They later on played at the Corona Cafe in Edenvale for a few years and it was there that he first started playing the harder styles in a club environment.
After a 3 year break his passion for music developed even more, and he started playing, alongside his brother again, at the renowned Tempo’s in Kya Sands, where he became a resident there for 4 years and got the privilege of opening for many of SA’s top Dj’s including Ricardo da Costa, Kyle Watson, Nick Supply, Justin Vee and Mark Stent.
In 2008, Iain finally got an opportunity to play at the legendary E.S.P. at their Slippery ‘n Wet New Years party. He impressed them so much that he continued to play as a guest on many occasions after that. In early 2009 he played on the main floor at Fu-Cha (Jonannesburg’s biggest outdoor Psy-Trance and Techno festival). He built up a strong fan base at this event and he returned to play again at Fu-Cha that year in September.
At the end of 2009 the idea of TrancePort was born. He was part of a core team who decided to have exclusive events on a boat at Hartebeespoort dam. It was a huge success, and was well remembered for a huge rainstorm which didn’t even stop the party. In fact, the concept was so well received that by the time the next party came along on November 2010, the tickets were sold out weeks before the event kicked off.
This event inspired a spin off podcast 2 hour on-line radio show called TrancePortation. With Iain Wylder and Brad Price alternating as hosts, they have invited guest DJ’s to play an hour long set, after having showcased the latest & greatest in trance music themselves. The guests have included some of the biggest names on the local trance scene, including James Damian, DJ Speedy, Sue -X, Muzik & DJ Dizzy. This show has been critically acclaimed, growing from strength to strength and is now an essential download for all fans of trance.
Iain has played at the Save The Last Trance events at Recess Nightclub in Centurion. He played the opening set at their very first event, alongside James Damian, DJ Speedy and Muzzi Muz. He has also returned to E.S.P. as a guest DJ, playing at the Sunrise Sessions party (ASOT 500 after party) as well as opening the following Slippery ‘n Wet party which featured international trance giant, Ronski Speed. At Ultrafest 2011 (Voodoo Lounge, Johannesburg), Iain played on the Trance Floor – the attendance at this popular multi-genre event exceeded all expectations, and the genre of trance was introduced to a new audience.
It was in 2011 that Iain really cemented his position as part of the top Trance Dj’s in South Africa when he became part of the Truth family. Truth Night Club in Johannesburg is SA’s premier trance club and to date, the only club in the country that showcases progressive & uplifting trance each & every Saturday night in what is known as the legendary “Truth Trance Room”. Iain is also co-host of South Africa’s most successful podcast – Trance Africa, alongside James Damian & DJ Morgan aka The King. Together, these 3 have taken the show to new levels and regularly have some of the biggest names in the trance world as their guests.
With many projects in the pipeline, Iain is becoming a regular on the trance scene line ups, keep your eyes & ears open for this little crazy man.