i just want to say a big heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been involved in my musical journey for the last 20 years. what a crazy trip it’s been!
it all started when i dropped out of law school to take up a dj residence in a coffee shop called wu’s and a sunday night at a local club playing trip hop & jungle . . . much to the anguish of my parents. since then it’s been a radical rollercoaster ride… for those of you just starting out in this game, know that time flies quickly, so make the most of it!
right now i’m off on another journey which will take me away from music for a while. meditation is another passion of which has been quietly growing in the background for the last ten years and which i can no longer ignore. so as with everything i do, i’m throwing myself whole heartedly into it and heading off to do a long course of meditation training in sri lanka with some buddhist monks.
this website will self-destruct sometime in september, so make the most of plundering all the music on it in the meantime.
love to you all of you, i’m out. in the words of the immortal douglas adams, “so long and thanks for all the fish.”
i started a process about 3 years ago which has been so much fun and given me such pleasure that it would be rude not to share it with you.
i woke up from a particularly vivid dream one night to realise that i was completely bored with worldly material “success”. i found myself where i had gone to sleep the night before: in a large house, with a big garden, a mercedez benz parked in the drive way, with all the toys i could wish for, a loving relationship, amazing crazy friends . . . and yet a strange and unshakable feeling of dissatisfaction. i had the stark and sobering realisation that everything which i owned in fact owned me.
i am very excited to release i music video i have been working on for a while. it features two of cape town’s finest beatboxers and a whole lot of face paint.
i think you will like and share many many times ; )
if you want to see some behind the scenes action and how the video was made, look no further
i always get requests from people that can’t make it to these gigs to please record the set so they can enjoy the music in the comfort of their own living room, where there’s enough elbow room to have a wild boogie without knocking anyone over.
well, this one’s for you . . . almost two hours of natural vibes for your listening pleasure.
here’s a live recording of last night’s gig at vice city. a new club opens, a new soundsytem needs to be broken in. this sunday bass nite certainly got off to a good start!
the mix starts off deep and dubby, get’s rude and bass heavy about half an hour in and then into some dope drum & bass bizinz towards the end. the ou’s from joburg asked me to please post it, so here it is. . .
“why on earth would you want to live in a buddhist monastery in sri lanka for three months?” a friend asked me the other day.
well, meditation is a topic that really fascinates me. it is a combination of all my favourite subjects: altered states of consciousness, deep psychology into the nature of the mind and an experiential course in quantum physics. i have found found few other techniques as useful to see the sublime interaction of mind and matter that create the range of experiences we call life.
it’s the subject that i most want to study yet there is not a single teacher in south africa. in fact you could say there are very few truly qualified teachers on the entire planet. a few years ago i stumbled across a practical course of training that is taught in a few buddhist monasteries in south east asia. you could think of it as a doctor’s degree in meditation that takes you from the absolute beginner level to the highest levels of experiences available as a human being. and you dont have to become a monk to do the training (although it certainly might be quicker that way!)
the flamjangled tea party has re-incarnated itself, praise the almighty tea pot. its definitely the festival which takes itself the least seriously.
my favourite thing about this festival is it allows me to play music that is normally reserved for home listening and weird and wonderful sunday afternoons.
you can catch me on sunday all day playing “dj pollyfilla” in-between all the acts on the main stage. hopefully i manage to push record and post the sets after the festival . . . watch this space.
click the photo below for more outrageous images from the festival
ctemf festival has grown from a few hundred people into one of the largest multicultural electronic music events on the cape town festival calendar. always a pleasure to play on such an incredible soundsystem and visually impressive stage.
i put together a little dub ting for this jol. you can listen to the live stream here. selektah!
here’s a track i made with a new kid on the block, 16 year old siddhi aka omri dahan.
he was in the middle east recently and came back with these amazing samples of israeli musicians which he recorded around the fireside one evening in the desert. the featured instrument is a tar played by the renowned peretz elyiahu.
dont tell anyone, but i have a secret fetish for old western soundtracks. of course i like to send them through my glitch machines and see what happens next.
here’s a little remix of the classic cowboy tv series, rawhide, in which a young clint eastwood made his name in the 1960’s. i think i just accidentally invented a new genre called cowboy glitch . . . remember where you heard it first ; )
for more video remixes and mashup, check out the krushed & sorted youtube channel
renegade bingo is one of those mad gigs where anything can happen. i only know bingo as something grannies at church were into in the 80’s. this is anything but. difficult to describe a hall full of fancy dressed lunatics playing bingo with substance fuelled abandon. and this halloween edition looked like a scene from a gameshow in hell.
mixing was a little challenging sometimes. the dj box was exposed to the halloween hordes of hades, so there was the obligatory guy pouring his drink onto the equipment, the bedroom house dj chick who came up every 5 minutes to suggest another 5fm top 40 hit that would REALLY get the party going, a coven of drunken nurse corpses moshing into the dj box. you get the idea. i make no excuses for some of the poor mixes, sh** was going down!
expect one and a half hours pure of randomness: glitch hop, electro swing, brazillian bass, country & western, cumbia, moombahton, malian blues, drum & bass, dodgy remixes, lots of cheese and not all of it mature. it was that kinda jol.
if you want more of this kinda thing in your life, join their facebook group. tickets sell out quickly so remember to get yours early.
a hilarious video remix of classic 1980’s computer show bits & bytes. learn how to make music with your basic micro-computer!
this remix demonstrates one of my favourite hidden features of ableton live – the ability to cut up and stretch video into time with an audio track.
for more video remixes and mashups, check out krushed & sorted’s youtube channel.
i found this little 15 minute gem while cleaning up an old hard drive. it’s a recording from the red bull 3style dj competition which took place at the alexander theatre in jozi sometime in 2012. the competition is all about dj’s mixing up three different style in 15 minutes. i put together a hyped up selection of classic hip hop, dancehall and glitch for the night. it’s flippin banging! i just had a little boogie around the lounge. i forgot about some of these bootlegs and mashups i made for the night.
congrats to tha cutt who won the competition on the night and went to represent south africa at the finals in chicago.
take a listen, download from soundcloud and feel free to share the love.
1. dawn penn intro
2. harmonic 313 x beenieman
3. toddla t remix x elephant man
4. freq nasty x million styles
5. mr vegas – under mi sensi remix
6. freestylers – dogs and sledges
7. sister nancy x lauren hill
8. ini kamoze x dr dre
9. opiuo – patchouli dump tuck
10. opiuo x ray charles
11. the upsetters x terroris
12. collie buds x dead prez
featuring 6 of south africa’s dopest artists riding a digital dub riddim and singing in their home language isixhosa.for our international friends, xhosa is the most widely distributed african language in south africa, with over 7.6 million speakers. it was the home language of president nelson mandela.
great tunes by crosby, quite a white ou feat teba, zoro, izajah korianda, daddy spencer and ginger cobra. the album artwork is a local graffiti piece by buntu fihla aka @bief37. please feel free to download this riddim, share it with your friends and family, and support the artists who have made this incredible ‘for the love’ project possible.
check out this latest music video from mzantsi’s own blackest white boy, quite a white ou, featuring a stellar performance from teba shumba. it’s great to produce music for such talented and relevant artists.
in this tune they engage more with social commentary and politics compared to the straight humour of his first vid.
the ableton university tour took place in cape town on 17 may 2014 at uct school of music in association with ableton live and tuerk music.
in this demonstration, we created a track entirely out of “found sounds” in the lecture room, sounds recorded from the audience and dropped onto the simpler instrument with some basic audio and midi effects. all the common instrument and effect controls are mapped to macros for ease of use with your push, apc40, or other control surface.
the track is called loopy fruits because most of the instruments were made from the word “fruit”, which was a member of the audience’s response when asked what he had for breakfast.
please feel free to use these devices and sounds in your own projects, if you make something interesting out of them, i would love to hear how this demonstration has inspired you. please send me a link via the contact form on the website. enjoy.
i’m happy to announce that the boys from berlin have given me their official stamp of approval. i am now officially an ableton certified trainer. check out my profile on the ableton live website. just so you know i haven’t been faking it all this time.
if you are thinking of upping your music production, live electronic performance, sound design or composing to picture game, i can be of service to you.
how it works: i only teach one person per day, so make a booking with me in advance at a mutually suitable time. a session is about two hours long, or until your brain explodes. i come to your studio, even if its your bedroom or the basement at your moms house, so i can optimise your working environment as well as your software and hardware workflow. we will spend half the time going through the theory of whatever topic you would like to cover and the rest of the time working on practical examples … that means making some noise!
get hold of me via the contact form on this website
i have recently returned from a long meditation retreat in asia and would like to share some of my experiences with you, particularly for those who might be interested in going on a similar internal adventure for yourself.
so what makes a sane person (everything’s relative ok) take four months out of their life to go and live with buddha monks in a country that most south africans have never heard of? well if you’re into surfing, it would be natural to go on an extended trip to indonesia with your board in a bag. if you’re into skiing, the swiss alps might be your destination of choice. if ayahuasca is your thang, you’re going to be buying a plane ticket to peru soon enough. and if you’re into exploring what the buddha taught, in a place where the teachings and practice are relatively uncorrupted and have intact lineages going back to the time of the old boy himself, myanmar might be your choice of destination for a meditation retreat.
nanaka vihara is a newly established meditation centre in the theravada buddhist tradition. i was lucky enough to meet the abbot, ven. dhammasubho during my retreat at pa auk tawya in myanmar and requested a short stay of residence there for meditation practice.