Cape Town born, Johannesburg-based Jazzuelle AKA Thando Tshoma has been one of the most prevalent artists in the South African dance music scene for some time now. Rising through both city’s ranks thanks to years of hard graft has turned him into an producer that takes nothing for granted and one for whom there can be no half measures. Last year, Tshoma released his debut LP ‘Circles’ on Get Physical Music, a powerful introduction that blended cinematic intent with a club ready verve.
How has the year been so far? What have been some highlights?
“The year’s been amazing. You know the goal is always progress and that’s what I always focus on and I carry that mindset with everything I do. Whatever I do, I have to keep moving forward. There needs to be an element of growth, you know, so the year has been steady and good to me.”
"I'd definitely like to see more artists come out and break through around the world, and for there to be less generalisation that every artist from South Africa, or Africa for that matter, plays Afro house or wears a tribal mask and paints their face..."
How do you see the house music scene in South Africa evolving? Do you feel it is changing? If so, has more global recognition and respect for the scene and style coming out of SA been a positive thing overall?
If there’s any sector in dance music that has had to be genuinely run ‘for the love’ and ferociously adapt to survive the music industry’s turbulent climate, it’s independent record labels. Since the digital switch in the mid-2000s, indie labels have faced more challenges than you can shake a limited edition 10” hand- numbered picture disc at. Few make a profit for the first few years of business, even fewer will reach their 10th release. But could the tide be changing for this most vital, yet most financially tested sector?
“I remember back in 2003 when iTunes was just launching. Everyone was crying, saying it was the end of the industry,” explains artist, composer and label owner Richard Earnshaw. He’s the co-founder of Duffnote Records, a label that’s branched out in its own unique way as a music house that services the film and TV sector with scores, just as much as it serves the dancefloor with soulful tunes. “But it’s just another phase. Even back then, we felt downloads wouldn’t exist forever. It’s consumption.
Sophia Saze offers up an eclectic techno selection for the latest edition of our Fresh Kicks series.
Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia, but now based in Brooklyn, Saze is about as creative as they come. A multimedia artist who’s been involved with music and dance from a young age, she's now turning heads in the techno scene with her well-crafted, highly varied output.
Ever since German duo M.A.N.D.Y. burst onto the scene alongside their label mates Booka Shade for breakout track ‘Body Language’ in 2006, everyone — ourselves included — has been waiting for the much-loved German duo’s debut album.
Back in 2006, Booka Shade were the hottest property in dance music, the German duo — which consists of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier — had just released the follow-up to their hugely popular debut album, and were at the helm of one Berlin's most respected imprints, Get Physical.
What was so special about ‘Movements’ is it was better than their excellent debut album, 'Momento', something that doesn’t happen all that often in dance music.
Tracks like ‘In White Rooms’, ‘Nightfalls’, ‘Darko’, and ‘Mandarine Girl', were everywhere in clubland — especially in Europe.
Cologne duo Andhim claim to have met at a Bavarian sausage-eating contest when they were facing each other in the final round. What is certain is that Tobi started off as a turntablist, hence the duo's propensity for caps, while Simon spent his teens hanging out with jazz musicians, no doubt explaining their propensity for beards.