We caught up with one of the creative minds behind Kool Out Lounge and DJ, Akio, to discuss his road to success, and pick his mind about some industry topics that have many divided opinions.
Lalelani: How long have you been a hip hop DJ?
Akio: Professionally, only since 2008. I started first DJing back in 2002 and continued as a side hustle while I was a student. I was raised to believe that I should go the practical route by getting my undergraduate degree, work on a Masters, and then join the workforce. Entertainment was never really viewed as a viable career path. It was only after the success of Kool Out Lounge that I decided to pursue it full time.
Is it a bird? Is a plane? Nooooo! It’s NEW HERO! That’s right folks, we caught up with the music industry’s NEW super-powered HERO’s, to discuss their origin story and their plans to eradicate the tyranny of the industry’s vile villains. In-case you don’t know, or have been living under a rock in the middle of Timbuktu, NEW HERO is the dynamic duo that comprises of Keaton Carelse, aka “Grimehouse“, and Scottie Moore, the lead singer of “REBURN“. “NEW HERO is non genre specific, armed only with the common goal of creating music that takes you on a journey to make you feel good”. Ok, enough of the riff-raff, check out the interview.
These two need no introduction. They have collectively been rocking South Africa for over 14 years, and 2017 has been great to both of them. Albert Frost released, “The Wake Up” last year, and walked away with a prestigious SAMA award this year for best rock album, while Francios Van Coke has numerous projects on the go: Fokofpolisiekar just dropped their new album, he played the last nationwide tour with Van Coke Kartel, and his solo career couldn’t be stronger. Now, on the 27th of September 2017, these 2 legends come together with the rest of the Blood Brothers crew, to rock out for a great cause – “to unite as one to battle against the terrible cancer disease, in support of the Vrede Foundation”.
Trancemicsoul, is a legend! His mixes got me through some hard times in 2016, and seeing him live in Johannesburg and Cape Town, made me realise how big of a career he has ahead of him. With his love for house music and techno, he has infused the two, and the result is insane. It will undoubtedly get anyone on the dancefloor moving. Basically, he induces an uncontrollable urge just to move to the beat. His mixes are a true musical journey, that will uplift your soul, and ultimately your overall mood. The mix that I have listened to repeatedly, and that caught my attention, was filmed by Militia Broadcast, for Red Bull Studios in Cape Town, and trust me when I say – you WANT to watch this.
I remember it was like yesterday – Johannesburg, 1 Fox Street, September 2016 – this vibrant energy came on stage, my attention shifted and I was glued to the stage for the next 45 minutes. It was electrifying! It could have been the best performance I saw live in 2016. I met her yet again at an event in 2017 and yet again, she stole the show! So it was no surprise that when the lineup for Grietfest dropped, I took the opportunity to interview Moonchild Sanelly in an instant. One thing I know for sure, come next week Saturday at Grietfest, don’t miss this amazing lady on stage.
A couple of days ago, I met someone new. Quite a few new people in fact. Four days in Durban and my life was infinitely changed for the better. And, not exactly because of Durban. But, because Friday to Sunday of the past weekend saw the return of the Zakifo Festival to South Africa.
At first, you don’t believe it. A ‘Marley’ is coming to perform for the masses in South Africa. Then you hear Thandiswa Mazwai, Ray Phiri, Petit Noir, Bombino, Gangs of Ballet, Nova Twins, Kommanda Obbs, Lu Dlamini and Jojo Abot will all be gracing the same stage. Many of these names we just didn’t know. So you do a little research, dig into the biographies and then realise that the organisers of Zakifo have done something really special. A global collection of the some of the finest afro-soul, blues, jazz, reggae and maskandi traditional music.
I know it’s been a minute, but I came out of the shadows to give ya’ll some of that crack that ya’ll been fiending for. We have been chronicling Chron Burgundy and Huck Finn’s recent journey building up to the release of their debut EP “New Rap City”, and guess what folks…. It’s finally arrived!!!!
Wassup all my fellow Mzanzian’s! Today I got something special for ya’ll. I chatted to one of my favourite DJ’s in the country, Ru de la Vega. We discussed his career, his upcoming releases, and his opinion on certain “sensitive” subject in the scene.