Doctor Dru Plays Truth Halloween
Doctor Dru will be playing at the Halloween Ball at Truth Nightclub in Joburg on Saturday, 1st November and The Dragon Room at the Strange Loving Halloween event on October 31st. The JEUDI Records label boss who’s debut EP ‘Ooh Gosh!’ sat in the top of the dance charts for weeks and his breakthrough track ‘The Voice of Dru’ became a Beatport Top 10 hit, chats to Heather Mennell ahead of his visit…
For those who don’t know – who is Doctor Dru?
Doctor Dru: I’m a DJ and producer and label maker coming all the way from Germany looking forward to having some great times in South Africa.
2014 has been an extremely busy year for you. Tell us about the highlights…
Doctor Dru: I was just looking back at the year some days ago and thought: ‘oh, there you have been and there. Has it all happened this year?’ It started with a crazy tour in Brazil in January and then going all around the globe again and now for the first time in South Africa. I’m very happy meeting so many different new and known faces from all over and being able to play my music.
Have your travels produced any insights? What have you learned/discovered?
Doctor Dru: Of course, you learn a lot when travelling. It is really weird some times. You are flying through different timezones, often you are staying just 24 hours in a huge city like e.g. Seoul and then travel on to the next major city. So many mentalities you just get a glimpse of. You are travelling in your own cosmos and the world feels like one big mega city. You have to like this kind of lifestyle of course. I really love to see how we relate and connect to each other no matter where you are from. There’s always something that clicks and you always learn something from each other. Sometimes it gets deeper but most of the time you can just scratch the surface. What I also like about being a touring DJ is that you are always bringing something. As a tourist I often felt like a consumer. Now I’m bringing some new music and good vibes at least. On the other hand living in both these worlds – private/work life and tour life – is another thing you have to learn to deal with.
Favourite track of the year so far… Electronic music in 2014… What is your opinion?
Doctor Dru: In 2014 it was exciting to see how the trends from last year have developed. I liked how techno came back. It started in 2013 when a lot of deep house DJs were playing more technoish and techno djs went more deep house. I like to cross genres very much.
Everything got a bit harder and minimalistic again. For me coming from a musician’s perspective I also loved the epic and romantic techno house sound that got big this year. You have to know about music theory to construct these arrangements and that was really inspiring to me. And finally the good old jacking 90s house came back massively. It will get even bigger next year. So I think in 2014 there was a lot of movement in the electronic scene again.
You’re from Hamburg, would you say the city has had an influence on your music?
Doctor Dru: Definitely your surroundings influence your music but I don’t know how. I would need to change the city and compare. This is one of the magic things about music, I guess.
You’ve run your own label JEUDI, what’s it all about?
Doctor Dru: JEUDI is the homebase I’ve created with my friends Davidé, an underground club promoter and TakeitEasy from the Adana Twins. It started as a playground to release our ideas. Our goal was not just to release ‘this or that song from this or that artist.’ We wanted the artists to feel at home and welcomed at the JEUDI table and feel a part of it, so far we gathered some very nice and talented artists to work with. Also we’ve started our showcases and own parties in the last few years. We’ve had a first Sonar and ADE appearance. Currently we’re reworking our CI and enhancing our apparel. We have a lot of designers and artists in our circle too and we like to include all the creative arts in the JEUDI family.
Do you collect anything like records or production hardware?
Doctor Dru: I’m not a collector guy. Of course I have a few nice vinyls and analog synths but I’m not that kind of nerdy guy who would travel half the world or spend loads of money for a special item. I’ve heard that Hot Since 82 collects Star Wars figures. That’s kind of nerdy. I like to reduce myself if possible. Getting rid of stuff makes you feel free.
What have you heard about South Africa’s music scene?
Doctor Dru: Unfortunately I’m not a specialist on the South African music scene. I know a few artists there like the poet Lazarus Man, who I do like a lot. And I saw Die Antwoord live in Hamburg a few years ago. It’s maybe not everybody’s taste but the concert had an amazing energy and I liked their arty background. I’ve heard the scene is very enthusiastic in SA and I’ve received a lot of nice messages ahead of my tour. So I’m very excited to play there for the first time and get to know the music scene a bit better.
Message to the fans?
Doctor Dru: I’m glad I finally made it. Thanks for your big support and bringing the positive vibe. Ride on!
Thank you so much for your time, enjoy your visit to South Africa!