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.
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.
I am possibly one of the biggest fans of Newtown Knife Gang, I may even be a borderline groupie (I call it man love). When ‘Listen’ dropped in 2011 I was excited AF to see the guys back on stage and this time with a new frontman, Spencer Martin. Their self-titled debut album was a success and we saw the band playing shows all over South Africa and in 2016 things were no different. They released their latest single ‘Crossroads’, which was playlisted on national radio and this allowed the band to extend their reach on a more mainstream level.
Wassup all my Lalelani people. Today I got a little something special for ya’ll. I caught up with the homie Mr. Pretty So Slim himself, Inferno Williams, to discuss about himself, the industry, and what he’s got in-store for us in the near future.
It’s 2017, and we’re all trying to shake off the festive season, and get back into the monotonous day-to-day routines of life. As soul destroying as that might be, there are bigger issues in the world, and there’s one that is currently plaguing Mzanzi as we speak, Rhino poaching/extinction. Don’t fret, if we ALL do our little bit, we can change the tides and make sure future generations can have the privilege of witnessing a Rhino in its natural habitat. Our Last Night, an international band from Hollis, New Hampshire, U.S.A, have decided to take it upon themselves to play their part in fighting the good fight, and are playing at this years Rocking For Rhinos 2017 for MAHALA (therefore the Rand-Dollar exchange rate won’t be an issue). We caught up with Alex Woodrow aka Woody, and discussed their upcoming S.A tour while getting to know them a little better.