Hallucinogen aka Simon Posford is a pioneer of electronic music and one of the earliest performing artist of the psy-trance scene. With the release of his first album, “Twisted”, which reached Number 27 in the French album charts, a genre was born.
There are many words to describe modern electronic music but none that come close to the wealth of emotion and experience that comes from listening to a Posford tune. These days he is just as likely to be entrancing crowds around the globe with a throbbing epic live set as he is to be dribbling ambient delectations in the Hallucinogen Soundlabs in the West Country. He is co-director of Twisted Records with Simon Holton, ex-label manager of Dragonfly Records. Their label is one of the hottest underground gatherings of talent this side of Mars.
Hallucinogen’s second album “The Lone Deranger” blew the lid off the musical scene that had built up around his influence. Not only did it have more of the killer musical riffs but also was a feat of clean production and professionalism previously seen with the likes of The Floyd, one of Simon’s major influences. Another tune that influenced Simon was “The Age of Love” by Jam & Spoon and this can be heard in some of his earlier releases.
Simon is the musical genius behind Shpongle with the other musical nut Raja Ram. There is talk of a ‘Hallucinogen 3’ but Simon’s recent work concentrated around a brand new Shpongle album and weird collaborations with some real psy heroes like Merv aka Eat Static called Shpongle Static which debuted at the mighty Ozora festival in 2019.