Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Regardt van Zyl, aka Abra, is a celebrated DJ and producer specializing in Darkpsy, Forest, and Psychedelic Trance music. As a co-founder and label manager at Our Minds Music, he has played a pivotal role in shaping the music scene in his region. Abra, short for Abramelin, is inspired by ‘The Book of Abramelin,’ which chronicles the teachings of an Egyptian mage, Abramelin or Abra-Melin, who lived from approximately 1362-1458. His teachings focused on white magic and the qabala (tree of life). Just as Abramelin transported minds to mysterious realms of myth and magick, Abra strives to lead audiences on a musical journey, telling untold tales from times long past when myth and magick were integral to human existence.
Regardt’s musical journey began at the tender age of 16 when he took up the guitar, influenced by rock, metal, blues, and classical music. A decade later, at 26, he transitioned to electronic music production, quickly developing a melodic, storytelling sound that has become his signature. His music not only reflects his talent as a producer but also his deep connection to ancient and mystical themes.
Today, Abra’s music transports listeners to far-off, mysterious realms of myth and magick, reviving stories from a time when these themes were woven into the fabric of daily life. Whether he’s creating groundbreaking tracks, managing releases at Our Minds Music, or performing live, Regardt van Zyl, as Abra, continues to be a driving force in the world of electronic music, contributing to its evolution while honoring its mystical past.