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omplements of the new year and the Deep Mag team hopes it was a well enjoyed break which we are sure was filled with plenty of house and dancing, I mean what’s a festive break without house? We do hope we can still say that, but since this our first meeting since the start of the year, we think we should. In retrospect, 2013 was an incredible year for new discoveries wasn’t it? I honestly believe that in one year, house music made serious inroads that will impact the industry for a long time to come. Most of these inroads were in the new talent that seemed to pop up from everywhere, Uhuru, Muzart, Heavy K, need I say more and the ever growing interest shown by legendary and power houses of international house and of cause with every year, there will be an endless supply of new releases most of which were brilliant. One expects that with such a great year passed, the one upon us should be better.That leads us straight into this month’s cover story, I can’t tell you how much I wanted this story on the cover of Deep and finally we have it. When we talk meteoric rise to fame and success, we are definitely talking about the trio known as Mi Casa, we catch up with the boys in their Rosebank studios to talk to the trio 3 and half years after that almost destined impromptu stage performance and link everything up to Su Casa. We have the usual for you and continue our mission of giving the young and undiscovered talents a chance to be seen, with underground and twitter profiles. We give our fashion lovers some advice on the looks to look out for when going to those job interviews and how to revamp your wardrobe for a new year whether out on the streets or in the power suit and of cause so much more, for tech lovers, we give you a guide to starting your own studio and catch up with the latest reviews. Join us on this New Year as we embark on a new journey, bigger and better year and bring house alive.
FESTIVE ROUND UP…
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK RULE YOUR DECEMBER
ike all good things Dezemba has come and gone, making way for a new year and yet another road to the festive season. Wherever you were, whoever you were with, one thing is certain, you were most probably jamming to the biggest tunes of 2013 – and understandably so; the year saw some of the most talented young musicians shoot up to the top of radio and music charts with releases of killer tunes. For now we’ll zoom in on 3 of these hits as we get to know these new kids on the block.
UHURU FT. OSKIDO – Y-TJUKUTJA
I personally did not see this one coming and was pleasantly surprised when I’d rock up to beach parties to find almost every car bumping this song, AT THE SAME TIME! This Uhuru & Oskido collaboration was also Come Duze’s New Year breaking song and with this in mind, it’ll be interesting to see how many awards it will walk away with. No word yet on its meaning.
CHRIS MALINCHAK – SO GOOD TO ME
In 1967 Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell recorded a song called “If This World Were Mine”. Fast-forward to 2012/2013 when American producer, Chris Malinchak, releases a sample of the song that I’m sure even Mr Gaye himself would give his nod to. Malinchak’s soulful House rendition of the song brought on a nostalgic tone to dance floors across the country. The song is available in a few compilations including Euphonic’s latest offering.
Heavy K ft. Bucie – Easy To Love
The Drum Boss, Heavy K, will most certainly tell you that 2013 was not a shabby year at all for him. Back in late 2012 and into 2013, no party was complete without “Wena”, and when his next collaboration (with Bucie) surfaced it followed in its predecessor’s footsteps in no time at all. In fact, ask any DJ which song ladies would ask them to play in their set the most and I’m sure they’ll tell you that it was Heavy K and Bucie’s “Easy to love”. The song is available on Heavy K’s debut album, currently available at all good music stores. In 2014 we can expect a new wave of talent across all genres and if this happens in the same way it did last year, we can all look forward to a full music meal come Christmas and unforgettable parties throughout the festive. By: Baxolisi Mfidi
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CONTENTS COVER STORY
THE NEW STANDARD OF HOUSE 10/
PAGE 34 RORI RORI RORI OH RORI!!
FEATURES 12- BIOGRAPHY OF HOUSE: how producers started up their careers and the channels they used to get their music into the market
Read our latest highlighs plus SA annual metro fm music awards
38- VIDEO CHARTS: Your favourite house music videos 40- DEEP CHART: The TOP 10 party tracks of all time 36- MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2014
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20- MIX REVIEW: CAFE CULTURE, BLACK COFFEE, Kaya FM, Saturday 22 :00-23:00 16- TRACK REVIEW: Deep Xcape ft. OscarTake you way 32- ALBUM REVIEW: What we recomend 44- CLUB REVIEW: Sexy, sassy, SWAY 9- FESTIVE ROUND UP: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK RULE YOUR DECEMBER
58-DESIGNER PROFILE: Gavin Rajah 54- FASHION DIARY: NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK, NEW YOU 60- FEATURE ARTICLE: We show you how to rock the
around the world
BLACK & GOLD 56- STYLE GUIDE : How to break the rules
|BIOGRAPHY OF How Producers Started up Their Careers and The Channels They Used To Get Their Music Into The Market
nce again letâ€™s take it back, back to those days where there was less politics and the music was in abundance. Your Larry Heards, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Jamie Principle, Vince Lawrence, Chip E, Joe Smooth, these are the guys that fooled around and started something as big as what was from the 1980s till today called House Music, from the sampling to the fooling around with drum machines and then taking a full length track out into the market. With limited channels to exploit in marketing of their music in those days, the 1980s, there was only Clubs and records labels which werenâ€™t really available in numbers, and a
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few radio stations. Amongst one of the few that was known as a record label was Trax Records which was founded in 1983 by co-owners Larry Sherman and Screamin’ Rachael Cain, it began operations in 1983 by purchasing Musical Products, a year later in 1984 Trax Records began. First to be released under the label was Le Noiz - Wanna dance/Certainly, popularly known for its invention of acid music and became a very important part of the then house music movement. Releasing many classics like Adonis’s No Way Back and Larry Heads Can You Feel It, this was now where all house lovers from all around Chicago would go find the music, it wasn’t long before the hype caught fire and the Marshall Jefferson Move Your Body track was the one that set it alight. Now house music was recognized outside of Chicago boarders. Co-owner Rachel Cain later founded a new record label Phuture Trax Records which she still today owns and operates alongside her TV Show Trax Television. Nowadays the available marketing channels are limitless; one can even gain fame from the comfort of their room by simply uploading your work onto the internet. Looking back at the 1980s till now house music and the industry has grown immensely since those times.
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Nominations For 13th Annual Metro FM Awards announced.
ne of the few remaining prestigious award shows in the country has returned for the congested award season and not a moment too soon. On the 16 January the nominees for the award show taking place 1 March were announced and it’s an impressive list. The show will take place at the Albert Luthuli Conference Centre (ICC), in Durban, hosted in conjunction with local government. Apart from the change of venue, the award show will see a change in the statue handed out to winners, some nice long reason was given, I’m sure that will bring more joy to the winners…I guess, anyway, more importantly, to the nominees. Three of the biggest singles of 2013 receive nominations in the best single category, Buya, Xigubu and body language , the first by regulars, Coffee and Ghanyani, all
be it we haven’t seen Ghanyi on the award roll for a bit, Gino Brown is the surprise package of the year, this will be interesting, but the categories list gets even more interesting and house dominates, best compilation, which features the likes of Euphonik’s for the love of house vol.5 and THE FRESH DRIVE ULTIMIX @ 6 VOL. 4 and of cause the biggest for dance fans, best dance album, UHURU, MI CASA, LULO CAFÉ, HEAVY K, ZAKES BANTWINI, this is going to be interesting and honestly anyone could win and deservingly so. To round off the more interesting categories, Muzart gets a nod in best group and new comer. I feel like I say this every year, but the future of house is looking good and these awards nominees are testament to that statement.
SOUL CANDI SIGNS REGGAE
HEIRESS BONGI DUBE
ou might remember her as the voice behind Ngi’funa wena, she is the biological daughter of Lucky Dube and had a fledgling soulful career at some point, well after a prolonged break from the industry she’s back and with an interesting bang. Soul Candi just announced that
they’ve signed Bongi Dube as one of their first new artists of 2014. I for one can’t wait to hear what the partnership will cook up, the combination of that soulful voice and the soulful compilations of Candi are sure to produce some tantalizing music.
NEW YEAR, NEW INSTALMENTS OF THE BIGGEST HOUSE FESTIVALS ON THE WAY…
think we can all agree the Winter Music Conference, taking place in Miami beach annually is by far one of house music’s festivals to attend, other than the venue, duh, the artist line-up is simply insane! And more importantly, it’s
never too early to prepare, lol maybe you can make it to see the likes of Avicci, Euphonik and Daft Punk. The festival website has already released dates and venues, with some names yet to be announced I am sure, so go check it out.
The festival will be taking place during the week of March 21 -30, 2014 in Miami Beach, FL and as with previous years, you can expect a rather large South African contingent. So keep a look out and don’t say we didn’t tell you first.
Deeper Sounds Of Vol.2
Coming To A Store Near You.
here aren’t many details at this point, but SoulCandi has just announced that House Knights will be featured on the Deeper Sounds Vol.2 compilation. With that big announcement, one can’t
wait to hear the rest of the feature list, but this being of Soul Candi’s flagship compilations, I trust it be superb and will appeal to us deep house lovers.
ft. OscarTake you way
By: Louisa Nkosi
roducers Dumisani and George are collectively known as Deep Xcape. The first time I was introduced to their music, I must say, I was in total awe of these guys. They are seriously a force to be reckoned with. “Take you away “is taken off the Deep Chronicles Vol. 9 mixed by Deep Xcape. The song features Oscar on vocals, who is also on “do you know” from the same album. This is one vocalist I had never heard of before this song, and I’m sure glad I do know him now and I cannot wait to hear more. This track takes me back to the days of the legendary Franck Roger and Mani Hoffman. This is the perfect love song,T ever so sexy and soulful. Towards the end of the song the duo demonstrate the power of the piano. Music such as this reminds me why I fell in love with house music. Simply takes my breath away each time.
LEBZA THE VILLAIN One of a kind" is the best way to describe Lebza the villain, he's mixing skills have earned him respect all over the country, some have even gone as far as calling him the next DJ Kent because of his of unique way of multimixing his tracks when he DJ's and his creativity on the decks. Check out our interview with him and find out a little but more about our underground DJ: DM:: Tell us about “Lebza the villain, who is the real Lebza the villain? LTV:: I’m Lebogang William Thubakgale known as Lebza The Villain. I’m a 21 year old DJ/producer born in Pretoria and raised in Ivory Park 2, Midrand. I’m a third year Boston Media house student, majoring in Marketing. I graduated top student of 2011 at Soul Candi Institute of music. I graduated at the YFM Academy 2012/2013. DM:: At what stage did you decide that djaying is what you wanted to do with your life? LTV:: At the age of 13 that’s when I knew I wanted to DJ and that’s the same time I decided to DJ. DM:: What inspired you to follow this path? LTV:: Growing up I was inspired by a guy in the hood who I used to follow around as he DJayed at parties and that guy inspired me to be a DJ. I look up to a lot of people including. Mo Flava, Cleo, DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Shimza and a lot more. DM:: Why the path of house music though? LTV:: I chose House music because it’s the only kind of music that I’m passionately involved with and in SA house music is the biggest genre. I can’t really explain it, I just love house. DM:: Tell us a bit about the competitions you were part of?
LTV:: I entered the Redbull competition but unfortunately I didn’t win it. I’ve never been into competitions really, but my friends always thought that I should try my luck, so I did. DM:: Can we expect any songs produced by you in the near future? LTV:: Yes, you can expect music from The Villain. I’ve released a couple of songs. I worked with Soul Candi and released two songs with them...so definitely, expect my singles dropping just as soon as I’m done with my schooling career. DM:: What role would you say you wanna play in transforming the music industry? LTV:: I’d like to be that guy that highlights the importance of creativity. I mean everyone can be a DJ these days, everyone can produce music but very few people are extremely creative and I believe creativity is key; it’s what will make you and your brand stand out in this industry. That’s the role I want to play. DM:: What can from the villain this year? LTV:: This year the Villain will surprise you. That’s what you should expect lol.
Café Culture Black coffee
Kaya FM Saturday 22:00-23:00
aya FM is the home of two kings of house every Saturday, delivering two hours of exceptional dance house. The first mix is by the master and legendary Louie Vega, followed by South Africa’s no.1 DJ, DJ Black Coffee. Both these DJs have earned their spot on the throne of Kings both locally and globally. Café culture is the name of the mix and this particular mix is the first for
the year 2014 and I must say I was not disappointed. The mix kicks off with a vocal track with strong electro influences infused with minimal tribal sounds. The vocals are just incredible. The vocalist describes what freedom means to him, this is most definitely a “pick-me-up”. This is followed by my favourite release for the year thus far, “Never”, the Louie Vega Joburg radio edit by Ralf Gum. The song features Jon Pierce as well
MIX REVIEW as Kafele on vocals. If you have never heard this song, you can’t imagine what a fusion of these individuals’ sounds like and your imagination will not even come close. All I can say is this one should definitely be on your playlist the entire day come the 14th of February. “This world of love that I’m dreaming”, this song reminds me of music from the 90s, only difference is the modern house beat. It’s a feel good song about love and peace in the world. There is nothing better than the piano and this is definitely my favourite part of the song. Black Coffee definitely got it right with these two tracks. The next song is by the legendary Terry Hunter with a song titled “We are one”. He features Jay Adams on this one. “We are one “follows the same theme from the previous song, it’s about being one and uniting for a greater purposes. The message covered here is so powerful. The following song proves that we really are one, (well at least where house is concerned). “Don’t forget me” is a combination of South Africa’s finest together with the best in the UK. Charles Webster with Kid fonque have teamed up on this one with the vocals of the brilliant local songstress, Khensy. This laid back track was a definite favourite for many in the year 2013. Although tribal is not a personal favourite of mine, this next track blew my socks off. What a killer track. I think the likes of Fela kuthi would enjoy this
one. It seriously took me on a musical trance, definitely impressed. It’s called Vision by Blaq Soul and there are two more remixes out which I think are worth a listen to. The next song is Moment (Original mix) by Musaria featuring Saturna and Saturna, but I must say the Atjazz vocal mix is the better of the two. This song is followed by an ever so jazzy instrumental, this could be by Black Coffee himself but we shall find out soon. The second last song of this mix is proof that the talent in South Africa is absolutely jaw dropping. I just did not believe that DJ clock is the brains behind this marvel. DJ Clock has always had a more commercial sound in the past so I guess many did not expect that he could produce something with so much soul. “I still remember you “ is definitely one song I am hoping to hear more of in 2014, big up to DJ Clock. The last offering is “Trip to Lyon” by Mr Black Coffee himself is from his 2011 release “Home Brewed”. It’s still a hit for me and I’m guessing for everyone who is a house lover at heart. My favourite line from the song goes “It’s a musical movement that moves the hearts of the people who have one love through one thing” Just beautiful. Overall, this is such an amazing way to start off the year and if the first Café Culture sounds this good, I can only imagine what the rest of 2014 will sound like.
11 January *Never –(Louie Vega Joburg Radio Edit)-Ralf Gum *We are one –Terry Hunter ft. Jay Adams *Don’t forget me-Kid Fonque, Charles Webster and Khensy *Vision-Blaq Soul *Moment-Musarie ft. Saturna and Saturna *Still Remember you-DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg *Trip to Lyon-Black Coffee
Set Up Your Own
Recording Studio B
efore we can get to work and start making the next best smash hit House track, you’ll need a few things. It’s become stupendously expensive to hire out a recording studio and produce music. The surprising thing is how much less expensive it is to just build your own. So to kick the year off on the right foot we give you a break-down of a basic home recording studio and help you get started on that music career you’ve always wanted. Remember it’s always best to get what you need and not what you want.
What you’ll need?
AUDIO INTERFACE Although your computer likely comes with a microphone input port and you can buy low-grade microphones to plug directly into your sound card, you won’t achieve anywhere near a high level of quality. Additionally, built-in sound cards provide little to no control over the signal. Among other advantages, an audio interface provides you with the ability to use high quality microphones and studio monitors (speakers). MICROPHONE(S) If you plan to record vocals or live instruments, you’ll need at least one microphone. Most microphones record certain instruments and sound types better than others. For example, the Shure SM-57 is a popular choice for recording snare drums (although it has other uses, too) and the AKG 535 EB produces great vocals. You can get very specific about your mic choices, but since we’re just starting out we want to find an inexpensive yet versatile option. Almost any condenser mic with a cardioid pickup pattern will work. STUDIO MONITORS Not to be confused with computer monitor that displays a picture, studio monitors are speakers that do their best to represent recorded sound as cleanly and accurately as possible. If you’ve never heard music through a pair of even decent studio monitors, you might be blown away by the detail they provide. Even better, you can get a good pair for a reasonable price—much less than you’d pay for high quality entertainment speakers that, most of the time, don’t sound as good. The Samson Resolv A6 works great. For a little more money, look at the Yamaha HS50M. Regardless of what you get, you should also invest in a pair of monitor isolation pads so the sound quality of your monitors isn’t negatively affected by the surface you place them on. MIDI KEYBOARD/CONTROLLER If you plan to use virtual instruments in your arrangements, you’ll need a MIDI keyboard to play them. These come cheap, and you don’t need anything fancy in most cases. For under R100, you can pick up the M-Audio KeyStation 49 for a compact keyboard that connects over USB. For a few more keys, get the M-Audio KeyStation 61. These keyboards only provide basic controls, however, so if you plan to manipulate your instruments (a common need in electronic music) you’ll want something like the M-Audio Oxygen 49 instead.
MIDI INTERFACE (OPTIONAL) Every keyboard mentioned in the previous section offers USB MIDI output so you don’t need a Focus rite interface to connect them to your computer. Some keyboards, however, only provide traditional MIDI ports. Some of the audio interfaces mentioned earlier (such as the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2) double as a MIDI interface and provide MIDI inputs, but if you need a separate device the E-Mu Xmidi 1X1 is about as cheap and simple as it gets. CABLES You’ll need a few cables to connect all your hardware. Generally anything USB-based comes with a USB-A to USB-B cable, so you probably won’t need to buy any of those. Microphones, on the other hand, use an XLR interface so you will need to purchase an XLR cable for each microphone you buy. Your studio monitors will also need cables to connect. Most work with XLR just fine, but your audio interface may only allow you to use 1/4” TRS cables. Check the output options on your audio interface and the input options on your studio monitors to ensure you get a pair that’ll work. DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION (DAW) SOFTWARE You can buy all the hardware in the world, but if you don’t have recording software you can’t do much with it. When it comes to picking a DAW, you have many options. In this series, we’ve chosen Cubase because it’s powerful, runs on both Windows and OS X, you can get a free trial, and you can buy the entry level version (which offers plenty of power and features) for under R1000. VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS Most DAWs come with a few low-quality virtual instruments but you’ll probably want to upgrade to something better if you intend to use them regularly in your recordings. You can find some good, free options on DSK Music and VST Planet—or just by searching the web for the specific instrument you need. If you want to recreate the sound of a piano or any other real instrument, however, you’ll need to pay—something a lot—for the best. You can build out a large library of sounds quickly by purchasing a software sampler. We like Kontakt. It comes with several pianos, a decent orchestra, plenty of acoustic and electric guitars, a choir, electronic instruments, and a ton more. By: Mashudu Modau
DJ CLOCK FT . BEATENBURG REMEMBER YOU
Mi casa The New Standard of House…?
ne duble platinum selling album and now a second platinum selling album, the trio that is Mi Casa seems unstoppable and is the envy of every upcoming musician in the country and even a few established ones I’m sure. How can they not be thought? In just under five years they managed to keep rolling out hit after hit, award after award and keeping the star burning for over a year with offerings from their debut album and now have returned with a much anticipated second offering that is already proving not only to be a commercial success, but to be just as musically inclined, fulfilling and enriched, Su Casa. The inclination to success might have been accidental or fate, whatever you call
it, it is by far one of the best stories to come out of South African house and is proving unstoppable if simply not sensational. They have introduced a sound to house that mashes pop, jazz and soulful melodies into the house banner as we have never heard before and the result is nothing short of genius, but what do you expect from one of the most talented producers to come out of SA, Duda, a prolific and incredibly talented instrumentalist, Mo T and the angelic voice of the Portuguese, Xhosa speaking heartthrob J Something! This is a trio that needs no introduction and with a story long told before, but Deep caught up with the group at their Rosebank studios to get it from the horse’s mouth the Deep way.
DM:: Fellas it’s been quite a rise to fame and success, let’s go back a bit, how did you all come together to form Mi Casa? Duda:: Well as everyone knows we met at a gig, my gig actually and I had seen J at Soul Candi, although we didn’t really know each other, he asked to come up on stage in the middle of my set and deliver vocals, I knew Mo’s brother Chapz who told me about his brother who played trumpet and asked me to let him get in on the act. We performed, the crowed loved it and somehow that love and support led to us becoming a group. J Something: Yeah it was all fate I guess you could say… DM:: Truth be told individually you all are very talented and as a group you could’ve
done any genre of music, besides Duda, an already hugely successful house producer, what steered the trumpeter and vocalist to house? J Somethinh:: There’s no how to be honest with you, it just happened…once we came together, we were in the studio recording an album and that’s the rout it took and we suppose the foundation was already there, but it was a very natural progression to house once we started recording, there was nothing else. DM:: As a group you have been a leader in introducing live music performances to the stage in house, was that always part of the plan and how much has the live elements in your sets influenced the success factor you
have had? It’s how we were born, free styling on stage with live instruments, it’s a founding member of the group in some ways so it’s a major part of our thought process and we definitely think a major part of the success of the group as well. DM:: Would you say the live music instrumentals are the starting point to a mi casa record, are the instruments the beginning phase and all else follows? Duda:: When I program the music in the studio definitely, the live aspect of how it will sound when we perform it live is major part of the production, it’s the group came about and so it’s really become our make-up. DM:: The industry and the audiences around
the country have embraced you so well, what makes you guys so special, what is this Xfactor you have? J Somethinh:: It’s hard to actually pin point that, because then everyone would just do it right. But honestly I think this is us, this is what we were born to do and the combination of the three of us, how we came about, the perfect recipe, white dude, two black guys, whatever you want to call it, it’s unique, different and in many ways is representative of the South Africa we all want to live in. We love what we do and we love doing it for the people so, that’s why it works so well we suppose. DM:: Let’s go back a bit, talk us through both albums, what makes mi casa music different from Su Casa and how have you kept the mi
casa brand continuous in both though? Duda:: We set back and talked about this album and said we needed to keep the sound that people identify with us, but take up a notch, we were better prepared so we had time to plan a way, but still keeping true to that sound that anyone who has ever heard us would immediately identify as ours. DM:: Su Casa saw you team up with big names such as black coffee, a hugely successful combination, talk us through the choice of collaborations for this album? We reached out to the fans on our social networks and asked who they would like to see us work with on the album and the two names that came up a lot were Black Coffee and Jimmy Nevis. We grateful it just so
happened to be two people we also had in mind, obvious talents, we needn’t say more about that and we also featured Mishka from Soweto, a young and upcoming talent. So yeah we let the fans do the talking when it came to collaborations. DM:: Soul Candi is the home of big house names, who would you say keeps you most at your toes within the stable? Lol Look there’s enough for everyone hey, were not competing with anyone apart from ourselves. The goal for this album was to out sell the first album, so the competition for us is Mi Casa. DM:: There’s no doubt you have solidified your legendary status, where to from here for
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mi casa, solo projects perhaps? Well the idea is to always push the boundaries and elevate even further. We just released the new track Turn you on, were working on an amazing video for that track something big and creative, we always try to push the boundaries with our music videos. We’re working on that live DVD, so look out for that, that’s going to be big. DM:: Lastly, simple advice for young up in the industry, how do they break through and maintain the success? Duda:: Everything starts with education. What we do we don’t do accidentally, we do because we have taken years to learn the skills and are forever learning
and expanding our knowledge, because things evolve and change, so does music, educate yourself first and don’t stop learning after. Mo T:: It’s also about love and passion for what you do, learning to play an instrument can be easy, but how you use that instrument is what matters at the end of the day, combining your passion and education, is definitely the starting point for your success in this industry. J Somethinh:: All of that and also looking after yourself, especially us vocalists because your instrument is within your body, so look after it.
By: Imkhitha Mkwebula
Title: On Cue Vol.3 Artist: DJ Qness Record label: Soul Candi He took a break for a long while and his reasons for that were that he got to travel and concentrate on other business endeavours, but he is backand with a brand new album. This album granted was released late 2013 and did very well with radio circulation and we saw DJ Qness do a lot of circulating himself around house gigs, but it is still worth a review. The period that Qness was away makes you realise how fantastic a producer and remixer the guy is when you actually listen to this album. It’s the 3rd instalment of the On Cue Volumes and in my opinion the best so far. The soulful dance feel of this album, with RnB and folk remixes are the kinds of house sounds that can only be created by DJ Qness. One of the things I enjoy most about listening to Qness is that you can hear his RnB and Hip-Hop influences in his music and he still makes a brand of house that reminds you of the likes of Pepsi. The album also has some very nice features that only to the soul of the album in the form of it girls Monea and Maria Guzzman and even more surprising but pleasant feature is Oliver Mtukudzi. The album is sure to be an enjoyable listen if you haven’t already bought it.
Title: Our Father Artist: Uhuru Record label: Kalawa Jazmee They have taken the country by storm and I’m certain it won’t be long before the continent takes note, with their African musical mesh up, that has hints of the hugely successful Niger music style and with a strong addition of what could be called the sounds of South Africa. The best way I believe best describes this group is simply that they have taken Afro House to another level, they have created categories within afro house and every track on “our Father” sounds like it represents one part or another of Africa without ever losing an outstanding sense of quality. They first caught mainstream success with the Mafikizolo break out hit of the year “khona”, their production style blew me away and even better vocals, I was certain the track was produced by an outsider from another country, the distinctively all inclusive beat that could be played almost anywhere on the continent and still get everyone on the dance floor, it wasn’t just house music, it was brilliant music, impeccably produced. They have since managed to solidify their brilliance with radio hits “Y-TJUKUJA” and“Ngoku” with Busiswa and Oskido and what all these songs have in common besides the creators, is they are all instant hits that don’t sound alike, but brilliantly composed.
Title: The Fake Book and The Real Book: My Music Bible Artist: Zakes Bantwini Record label: Sony Entertainment It was only two months ago when we had Zakes Bantwini on the cover of Deep, at the exact time he had just dropped this very album and we spoke at great lengths about the album, the composition and the interesting features along with the interesting title and once you hear the album, all that he said is brought to life through sound. Since that conversation Zakes has delivered the hugely popular and personal “Ghetto”, released the video for “Ifunaya” featuring Nigerian star J. Martins and has been apparently selling very well and as someone pointed out to me, besides making good music, Zakes does well because people love him and respect him and he’s attitude towards his music. But back to the album, the album Zakes went back to school to create, the name is a testament to that and even the sound of this album, which sees Zakes experiment a bit with arrangement and show case his personal and musical growth, but generally the sound has the undertone that we’ve come to know Zakes for, percussions, jazzy soulful sounds linked together by the ever improving vocals of the man himself. With this album Zakes makes a point to almost show off what he can do with musical production now, My Music Bible sounds like the album Zakes has always wanted to create and is probably very proud of and I personally am torn whether this album is better than the last, I do think however it is an album worth having.
Title: The Fake Book and The Real Book: My Music Bible Artist: Zakes Bantwini Record label: Sony Entertainment
Title: Our Father Artist: Uhuru Record label: Kalawa Jazmee
Title: On Cue Vol.3 Artist: DJ Qness Record label: Soul Candi
By: Imkhitha Mkwebula
RORISANG The Life of The Party After!
he is the leading lady of the fresh-sounding, 2013 break-out house band you know as MuzArt. We featured the band as the cover stars for our 11th issue last year, but this time around the spotlight is solely on our vocalist of the month, Rorisang “Rori”Thandekiso. The story goes she was supposed to be the brand ambassador for a group of guys’ T-shirt brand; that same group of guys would later become some of her band mates and that collaboration would later lead to the recording of the popular and catchy tune called Jukebox. Her personal music interests span across a variety of genres including: gospel, R&B/Neo-soul, Jazz and naturally, House music. There’s often pressure for leading vocalists of bands to take performances to the next level and this lady delivers in this respect. Her personality shines through in and between hitting those acrobatic notes and interacting with her band mates on stage. Although she is the most recognisable member of the band she makes sure that credit is shared and is anything but a diva in person. This, along with the fact that the band has a unique and unmatched sound, is sure to guarantee a long and fruitful musical journey in both the local and international scene. By her own admission, music was not in her plans (she studied International Relations at the University of Pretoria and is also previously famous for presenting SABC 1’s Yo-TV), but she did music and drama in high school – pursuits that are obviously very useful in her new-found venture as the band signed with Soul Candi to release their debut album. Listen out for their latest single, Party After, and its video which has been earning rave reviews all around for its vibrant and youthful look. By: Baxolisi Mfidi
The Mayoni Family Compilation
MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2014
lack Coffee is simply the gift that keeps on giving and later this year, word on the street is that the prolific DJ/producer will bless us yet with another offering as a follow up to his 2012 incredibly successful offering, Africa Rising. We give any details as yet, because well there hasn’t been much offered up, apart from one interesting piece of information; Black Coffee’s New York management has reached out to soul singer Macy Grey to be one of the vocalists featured in the album no doubt. Coffee does say one thing about the upcoming album; he will be working with international artists from all around the globe. This is no doubt the biggest offering yet to come from this year.
hen he Zakes Bantwini was on the cover of our November issue, we asked him about his once fledgling Record Label Mayoni Records and Zakes confirmed to us that the label is still very much around and had signed two new artists. Plus the label is turning 10 years this year and as such Zakes promised that this was the year for Mayoni Records and a compilation 10 years celebration album might be on the way. After the resounding success of his latest offering which has also received a best album nomination nod from the Metro FM awards, along with best single nomination for Ghetto, we do hope the album materializes or even one of his artists puts out work, because all things Zakes are almost certain to sound By: amazingly Bax. good.
is album is on every list of albums to look forward to for the year of 2014 and with house music seemingly taking over the world and becoming the new sound to almost every genre, a Skrillex album is worth taking note of. He has broken through the American armour of sound and made EDM the status quo to every party and event; he has worked with a number of pop artists and is a regular feature at every house event. He’s electro sound is sharply distinctive and addictive. Word is out; he will be releasing solo work, along with various features, so keep a look out for that and you might be buying a classic.
013 Really was the year for the space hemlet head gear duo of Daft Punk. The French duo made a few surprising moves by opting to work with the likes of Pharell Williams and even more interestingly, were responsible for bringing disco back to mainstream. The duo is also nominated for the GRAMMY’s and are tipped to be serious contenders for the moon man. Word is that 2014 will see them release a full length album and so the only question remaining would be, I wonder what we should be expecting, because it could be anything from this musically gifted duo.
Whistling to bed- Lulo Café feat Black Coffee Vocals-Nape
By: Louisa Nkosi
his collaboration is the second video single (after “Crazy”) from Lulo Café’s latest spectacular album titled “Soul Africa”. Lulo Café has definitely seen a lot of growth in his journey from his days as a complier to producing a full album. This summer banger is exactly what you would expect from a joint venture by these two forces, Lulo Café with his sultry soulful sound and Black Motion who are a bit more upbeat and are killer with the drums. The video is a perfect portrayal of this exciting vibey sound. The song itself is about living in the present and enjoying the moment. South African videos have not been known for their uniqueness, it is usually the same old played out theme. I must say though this is not your average “in the club” video. Futuristic, vibey and extra Groovy.
here’s this buzzing misconception that a House tune needn’t have a music video. Frankly I reckon it makes the song that much better and affords the artist a certain kind of respect; because we respect artists who respect work ethic. The respect is that much greater when effort is put into the music videos. I pay particular respect to Black Coffee’s Buya – the quality is impeccable, from minute detail such as the muffling of the sound when the camera pans to the despondent Toshi’s room, to keeping to a basic understandable storyline. The video holds a good spot on the chart.
Black Coffee ft. Toshi
SPOT ON CHART
Be Kid fonque, Dj whisky ft Zaki ibrahim
Spin my world around
Kent ft. The Arrows
Cool and Deadly
F.eU ft. Nyanda
DEEP TOP 10 VIDEO CHART Our NO. 4 (F.eU ft. Nyanda – Cool & Deadly) clearly demonstrates how one can still invite us into a particular portion of their life in a simple yet effective way. That is a HOT and refreshing video. And then there’s Mr. Melodramatic himself, Donald. He totally murdered the Your Joy video – the quality is unmatched and the storyline is just infectious. I’m so impressed by these 10 videos that if I go on, I’d probably use up the entire Mag. Check them out for yourself:
Qness ft. Msimisi
Cubuer ft. Marissa Guzman
Here To Stay Atjazz & Julian Gomes ft. Zano
Another year means another opportunity for House bangers to be the soundtracks to our year and subsequently make it to the renowned DEEP Mag chart. And that makes me SUPER excited! The chart looks as awesome as ever; there are three monstrous debutants that I strongly suggest you head to your most convenient online store for (see bangers number 10, 7 & 3). Of the 3 debutants are 2 tracks by the same artist [duo], Disclosure. They lie at NOs 3 and 7. I’m also both baffled and pleased to see that Heavy K and By: Lusky Nkohla
Bucie’s Easy To Love is still sticking to the chart like magnate to steel, this masterpiece is at NO. 9. If you were in South Africa in December you will know that our Festive Season was draped by the Top 2. One even scooped the title of Song of the Year (aka – the song that carried us into 2014). If dancing the January blues away is on your agenda, this chart will sure catapult you to sheer bliss! Enjoy & Happy New Year.
The Layabouts ft. Portia Monique – Colours of love Disclosure ft. Sinead Harnett Boiling
DJ Cndo – Yam Nand’ Into 3 Uhuru ft. Professor, Oskido & Dj Bucks - Y-Tjukutja
D E E P
Revolution & Black Motion ft Yasirah Noqatiko
TOP 10 Charles Webster, Kid Fonque & Khensy – Don’t Forget Me
Zakes Bantwini Ghetto
7 8 Disclosure - Settle What’s In Your Head
Heavy K ft. Bucie – Easy To Love Cubuer ft. Marissa Guzman - No Doubt
ituated in the first township of Soweto, Zone 6 is a first premium mega entertainment venue. Inspired by its humble beginnings and location - a warehouse in Diepkloof aka “Zone 6”, it is destined to become Soweto’s next big thing. It is one of the most prominent venues to party at, hosting the biggest celebrity DJ’s, artists, celebrities and “wanna be’s along with big
By: Thembani Manganyi
spenders, its proven itself as one of the most spoken about places to come out of Soweto. The zone6 venue is a “MUST party at place this December” with its state of the art sound and lighting, massive stage, outside deck area with an overflow pool and capacity for 3000 people. THE VENUE The venue is a two storey warehouse with a dance floor that is 3m long
and a stage right in front of the hall and an up stares seating place surrounding the whole auditorium, which is usually used for VIP or VVIP guests, not forgetting the overflow area which has a pool for all those couragous enough to take a dip and show off their sexy bodies. THE ATMOSPHERE The atmosphere is certainly a different vibe from your usual clubs and venues because with such a huge venue, you can be assured
of a jam packed line-up which usually brings out all sorts of people from different walks of life. But rest assured, a night at zone6 is definitely never a “day wasted” unless of course there’s a pun intended in the statement. THE DRINK The drinks usually vary depending on the sponsor of the event, but usually ciders are between R20-R25 and so are beers, whiskeys, scotches and spirits range from R800-R1000+,
nonetheless its reasonable considering its top quality facilities. THE MUSIC Music lovers can expect a mix of commercial house, hip-hop, kwaito and party anthems from performances depending on the type of event being promoted at the venue, but the venue has seen acts like Lulo Cafe, Black Coffee, Nick Holder, Vinny da Vinci, Ralf Gum, Shimza, Naked DJ, AKA and many more.
CONCLUSION Zone6 is certainly one of Soweto’s rising party destinations, so with such a fan base and good reputation it is essential for all those who go there to make an effort in front of the mirror and make sure that they look “damn” good before they step into that place, but either way it promises to be a night filled with laughter, dancing, joy and who knows maybe a future girlfriend or boyfriend.
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his month we will be exploring apps that make DJing a little bit easier. We will go through 3 apps that take you through the basics of DJing and that will show you how a few things are done. You will notice that the apps are similar in appearance, but there are a few differences in all of these.
Cross Fader App
his application allows you to control the music whilst you are singing and dancing along. Cross Fader is an app that uses the gyroscope to change the playback settings. You start off by laying two songs and by tilting your ipad left and right, you will be switching the emphasis between the two tracks. If you flip your ipad up and down, you will be applying various effects to the song and
By: Dene Tombeen
shaking your device inserts samples. The outcome ultimately is that you are able to create mixes with tilts and shakes that are well thought out or by simply dancing. The app includes a number of built-in dance tracks as it does not provide access to your music library. You can record mixing sessions to play back for the listening pleasure of others.
hat is a DJ without good music? To get yourself started with DJay, you need to assemble a number of your alltime favourite tracks as this app can see your entire itunes library. When you open DJay, you will see a familiar DJay scene: left and right decks with a horizontal cross fader in the middle and vertical
pitch faders on either side. The pitch fader controls the speed of the song while the cross fader is the tool that does the blending. Every DJ knows that the most important control for mixing is the blending of two tracks so choose tracks that complement each other.
Traktor DJ W
hen you open Traktor DJ you will find two empty decks. You can create a playlist that you would like to use here or you can choose to insert the tracks manually. Once the tracks are loaded, you have two tracks with overview and playing sections. Track information is available on both the tracks and the ability to sync the tracks without having to adjust their tempo manually. Each track has an effect and equalisation section that can be accessed by tapping the
button. There is a cross fader available to control the two tracks. What I love about this feature is that it has the ability to do fly looping. Traktor DJ supports pinchto-zoom and if you pinch your fingers together, you will get a larger overview. Tapping on the area between your two fingers will create a loop. There are also cue points inside the app and you can have up to eight cue points assigned to any track.
HOUSE CULTURE LOVES FASHION
H ELLO Compliments to the New Year special reader and our welcome to our new reader. We hope to keep you more enticed this year than ever before. Like the fashion revolution we hope to grow and change for the better. This is our 15th issue people, we have fashionably grown and hope to prosper and meet your standards. For this issue we introduce Ozloo Store to Joburg shoppers or those who wish to shop in the city. We inform you on what it’s about and what they offer your old wardrobe. Refresh your style with tips on the fashion essentials. Our designer feature is on Gavin Rajah the king of couture. It’s still a sunny season so it’s an important time to smell awesome. We hit you on how to smell good and feel good. The Deep team is delighted to still be with you in the year of 20-fortune. Till we meet again.
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FASHION/ FEATURE By: Nonhlanhla Mahlangu New Year. New Trends. New you. It’s 2014; everyone’s ‘personalized year’, yeah man 20-for-me. It is my year, your year, and everyone’s year. If this is your year, why not do something nice for yourself? Something you’ve been hesitating to do, because you think it costs too much or
Gents invest in a nice cardigan; you can wear this anywhere, over anything, especially when you’re not too sure of how the weather’s going to be like. It is very light; you can hang it around your neck when you feel too hot. Just like the ladies, please get a plain white shirt, enough with the flower shirts that is a fashion disaster actually. Really though hey, stop looking like you trying too hard and put on a white shirt. Plain blue jeans, yes I know chinos are the ‘in thing’ now, but it’s important to maintain style, because we all know that fashion changes. Make sure they are of good quality and price determines value guys. Just one item, and you’re sorted for numerous events. Have a Glam 2014.
maybe you think it’s meant for certain people other than you. How about we do a little self investment? Yes invest in yourself. The simplest way of going about this is getting a trendy or stylish item, that’ll not only leave you looking good but also feeling good.
Girlfriends invest in a nice timeless leather jacket; you can throw it over any outfit; when going to work or out with the girls and on a date. A plain white shirt could also be worked with anything. Use bright colour accessories to add some fun to it. Navy blue jeans, every girl needs a perfectly fitting pair of jeans. There are a number of different types of jeans out there, stone washed, torn style, please don’t even look at those, just get a plain navy one, so it is easy to wear with anything and accessorise as much as you want. Ladies I used the word ‘invest’ because I want you to take time out and carefully shop for these and be willing to dig deep into your pockets so they can last you throughout the year.
FASHION/ BREAKING THE RULES
YOU HAVE LEARNED
NOW BREAK’ EM.. M
ost of the time we all follow rules, learn them, become them and practice them, that’s old news. With the New Year upon us, rules have to be broken in order to maximise your chances of success. This means changing your entire wardrobe from a chilled laid back approach to a super functional collection. It’s time to wear ties with sneakers for men, try short length pants, carry a male purse, wear a packet square in your denim jacket, infuse your style with an everyday hat. Ladies wear a suit like gentlemen, try high waist pants, wear loose fit gear, and wear skirts that go over the knees, who ever said Overalls can’t ever be chic? By breaking these rules you better your appearance and a spark of creativity might hit along with curiosity from the outside world. By: Guy Hardy
FASHION/ FEATURE FOCUS
Gavin Rajah for Legit
urban born designer and managing director of Gavin Rajah Atelier and Concept, based in Cape Town and Paris, Gavin Rajah is not only a designer and a businessman, but is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He uses his fashion events to bring awareness to child related issues. This designer started his business with just only R500 which he borrowed from his parents. The first garment that he ever made was a dress for a date who was attending the res dance in UCT. His beautiful work has featured in international publications like Vogue, Milano Finanza and The Face Donna and many more. He has recently joined Legit Store a local store that caters for South African women from 30-21. What you can expect from his capsule collection is glitz, floral and embellished pieces. His first ready-to-wear range will focus on custom prints, ‘I don’t care attitude’ and brocade. He gives each girl an idea of how the modern lady is supposed to look by offering lots of cocktail body-cons dresses. He uses a vivid pop of colours. It is a beautiful adventure for him to bring affordable couture to the South African fashion market. The style is fresh and on par, allowing each girl to feel glamorous. We salute you Mr. Rajah.
By: Zakhe Chamane
BLACK & GOLD The Super-Star Trend
earable by everyone, everywhere. I believe most of you have seen this trend all over the show. From guys rocking leather tops with thick gold chains to ladies wearing the black little dress with gold jewellery. The black and gold combination. I know that most of you will think, yeah this looks good in the winter, but thatâ€™s not true. Black and gold have been around forever. From the era of the Pharaohs, to its resurfacing as one of the hottest colour combination this season, black and gold is back in a strong way. The colour combination has become a
trend that has spread beyond the mixing of metals and colours. The trend has taken off so quickly that many of the black and gold finishes of the retailerâ€™s accessories are out of stock! But, luckily, there are so many black and gold accessories to choose from that you are sure to find the perfect piece for your wardrobe. All you need is the right tips and demonstrations to create a clear vision of what looks best with the black outfit you already have. The pictures below shall help you all achieve that; share your opinion and dress with fashion. By: Guy Hardy
OZLO C L O T H I N G
S T O R E
DM:: What inspired you to open your own clothing store? OZ:: Well I had been supplying stores with my clothing prior and I just thought it was time to grow and open up my own store. It was growth really that inspired me. DM:: What makes your store unique, in terms of the trends you offer? 60/
OZ:: What makes us unique is that the clothing we sell can only be found at our store and they are limited thus making us unique. DM:: How long has your store been operational at the Maboneng Precicnt, and why did you choose this area? OZ:: The store has been running for two years
now and I chose Maboneng because I realised the growth prospect business and brand wise. Plus the area fits the Ozlo Brand well. DM:: Do you regard yourself as a fashion curator? OZ:: I wouldn’t say a curator, but rather more of an artist, the curating just happened to come along with the job.
DM:: How do you keep in touch with the latest trends and know which items will be great sellers in your store? OZ:: I try not to “keep up” with trends because they come and go, I try to keep it classic and so to always stay relevant. DM:: Do you have a qualification or experience in the fashion industry? DEEP MAGAZINE/
OZ:: No I don’t, I did not study to be a fashion designer. I studied to be a graphic designer. And the way I see it is that a piece of paper from school will not make you creative. Although school is a good way of harnessing your creativity.
DM:: What advice would you give a young upcoming “”fashion curator”” who would like to start their own unique fashion store? OZ:: Well for starters I would say you need to be passionate about it and work hard to achieve what you want…it’s the only way.
DM:: Do you have any future plans to expand the store? OZ:: Yes, I intend on opening more Ozlo Stores around the country.
DM:: Last but not least, why the name ozlo? OZ:: It’s taken from the Capital City of Norway “Oslo” but with a “z”. I saw it on television one day and I just liked the name for a clothing label…nothing too deep. By: Guy Hardy
OZLO C L O T H I N G
S T O R E
OCCUPATION: Founder | STORE NAME: OZLO ADDRESS: Ozlo Clothing Store, Fox Street Studios, Cnr Fox & Kruger Streets, Maboneng.
Smell Good, Feel Good, “3 key notes for men and woman to maximise your success”
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LA NUIT DE L’HOMME A darkly handsome man whose irresistible charm and seduction sweep away everything in their path. A night full of promise. Price: R630
CHANEL NO. 5 Coco Chanel created this timeless fragrance with hints of vanilla, may rose and jasmine for “a perfume with the scent of a woman. Price: R899
A*MEN An unexpected fusion of rich woody notes and the explosive power of roasted coffee. Dare to be different. Price:R630
Honey The fragrance opens with a fresh fruity hook and melts to a beautiful floral honey heart for a long lasting and sunny signature fragrance from Marc Jacobs. Price: R699
Street style around the world
he inception of 2010 brought to light a new breed of self-expressionism through art, style and fashion. I say style and fashion separately because I am one of the few that believe that these two are not the same. We saw sneakers earn their keep in high fashion runways and into our sartorial closets, we saw baseball caps, denim/trucker jackets and washed jeans make their way from everyday casual wear to these Gap and Gant Rugger retail stores. This new era was a confusing yet refreshing one and the cool kids were loving it.
The street stylists around the world took the power away from the big corporations and gave it back to the people through mediums of blogging, stylists established as celebrities and just wearing incredibly awesome outfits. New York and cities in Japan were leading the way and the whole world was joining in. This was an exciting time and we all had to join in. Let’s look at how the varies cities in the world are doing it big and look at some of the best outfits from 2010 to 2013.
PARIS Paris has a bougories/clean hipster type of feel to it. The guys there almost always manage to get a scarf into any outfit. They just don’t try too hard, its their way of living. The paris café culture contributes a lot to how they wear their clothes, carelessly romantic is how a friend of mine described it. I love it. Leaders in paris have to be the Feres brothers and now that they have Gant Rugger store backing them no one can stop them.
NEW YORK New York style is pretty laid back, with a twist but don’t try too hard to be cool to it. New York style mixes unexpected fabrics with ground breaking colourful designs. Kanye West and Hiroki Nakamura are the undisputed champions of New York street style with the undeniable cool these dudes bring to the table. 64/
Hiroki Nakamura at NYFW spotted wearing distressed Chinese colour shirt with denim and brown desert boots. He is looking all types of awesome wouldn’t you agree? Be warned his carless tailoring style doesn’t work for everyone.
MADIRD Madrid is rather quiet and peaceful until you see their aggressive tailoring. These guys don’t play around. They get most of their influence from Italy and England. England gives them the fabrics and Italy gives them the… well Italy birthed them. In the forefront in Milan is Mr Carlos Castillo owner of Man 1924 store Mr Castillo wearing classic inspired itallian wear but with a spanish twist. That beard makes every guy jealous and every style loving girl weak.
MILAN Some call Italy the Meca of menswear, some would argue that Savile row is the capital but as Mr Lino Ielluzi would say “The English are too uptight, when their shirts collar comes out of their jacket it is a disaster but when an Italians collar comes out by accident it is Art.” I wouldn’t have explained it better myself. Florence is where all the stylish guys of the world meet twice a year but Milan and Napoli is where they stay. The Leaders are uncountable but my favourites are Mr. Fabio Attonasio, Alessandro Squarzi and Santo barilla Random Sartorialist Florence Italy
Japan street style is like wearing all the colours you have in your closet and still look awesome. It is still a mystery to me how they achieve this but it works for them and you know what they say about changing a formula that works for you: “YOU DON’T”. No one person has stuck out for me in japan, everyone always has their game on point. Here is an example: Stylesight-Greenroom-Festival2012-Denim-Streetstyle
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