Producer, DJ and friend of Dry, Stathis Kalatzis aka. Mr. Statik, recently visited Chile to play at and help arrange the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp and to play another show at Santo Remedio in Santiago. He showed us these beautiful images of the otherworldly nature of Chile, which we just had to share. Here’s what he tells us about the trip. You can also listen to his set from the RBMA show here.
“Thirty minutes of Google searching and booking last minute flights/accommodation is a bet that can definitely go either way in a foreign country.
An early a.m. flight from Santiago to Calama airport and two hours of linear bus drive – seemingly in the middle of nowhere – later, I arrived to this small village that someone sprayed on the map with clay, brick and copper.
First looks can be deceiving while the semi deserted outskirts and alleys lead you to its heart, Caracoles street, the melting pot of several tour based enterprises, loud cafes/restaurants and exploration eager visitors from all over the world. San Pedro and its surroundings are blessed with truly unique contradictions transforming every day ‘s tours to a wildly varied feast for the senses.
I got to embrace my inner kid while floating at the high density salts lakes (second only to the Dead sea) in Salar de Atacama while viewing the Licancabur volcano on the horizon. I geeked out on endless walks amidst the Valleys de la Luna & de la Muerte, walks of utter silence and imagination running wild – the ideal centerpiece of my favorite sci-fi movies and next best thing to experiencing life on another planet, it’s no wonder that NASA conducts most of its Mars expeditions’ experiments there.
The literal highlight of the trip however was the ascend to the El Tatio geyser field located 4300 meters above sea level. A combination of light headed-ness, occasional shortness of breath, attributed to both the altitude and the mesmerizing spectacle of pure force of nature emitting the grounds as the sun was slowly rising at 6 a.m, it’s the kind of experience that will pleasantly haunt me for quite some time now.
Going to San Pedro de Atacama desert has been the most spontaneous decision I’ve made in a long time and one that will fuel me with inspiration in ways that I only now begin to fully grasp.” – Stathis Kalatzis.