5 Minutes with Sibot
“When people go to gigs or clubs or go out dancing they’re in a good mood. This is the best way to start integrating South Africans. Music is a powerful common ground. “
Sibot is one of Cape Town’s leading producers and performers. Watching him onstage is both a visual and aural assault and it’s not unusual to see jaws dropping to the floor in total disbelief at his dexterity on the gear he uses to create live beat mashups. But his music also makes sense and is very danceable merging both performance art with dancefloor grooves. He has released internationally on Diplo’s Mad Decent label and this year he played Sonar Barcelona. He took 5 minutes out of his day to answer some quickfire questions…
What do you think of the newly launched IDM Mag?
Sibot: It’s great. I love the gear stuff. ‘Producer Porn.’
You have played at pretty much at every festival in South Africa. Is there anything about Grietfest 2014 that makes it extra special to you?
Sibot: It’s a festival started by people around me. Piers. Everyone involved love electronic
Naturally we all know and love you for your spectacular show with VJ Toyota and accompanying drummers. Any tricks up your sleeve for Grietfest?
Sibot: If there was a trick I’d never say anything about it. Let’s see [on the night].
Grietfest has legitimacy amongst electronic purists as an underground festival. Do you think we sometimes get pre-occupied with the idea of an “underground” forgetting there are benefits in having a cash cow like EDM?
Sibot: I don’t really believe underground exists anymore but I will say that Grietfest is independent and attracts a certain type of person that stands against the gross capitalisation of EDM and believes in the music.
Mandela believed that Rugby could unite South Africa. With the rising interest in production values, international imports and genres like South African house, do you think electronic music can do the same for a younger generation?
Sibot: When people go to gigs or clubs or go out dancing they’re in a good mood. This is the best way to start integrating South Africans. Music is a powerful common ground.
Other than Grietfest, you’ve been making great strides at Sonar Barcelona. What are you anticipating for Sonar Cape Town?
Sibot: A strong locally electronic festival & tech shows with crazy local acts supported by a few internationals.