Levi teaches turntablism and basic DJ techniques with the keen extended hand to help willing beginners.
He is a strict vegan and advocates this as a way to save the planet. His vision is to unite people with music and provide others with more diverse ways of viewing life while love remains the greatest force in his.
He has put together our latest IDM Life Podcast 021. We chat to him about his work, his take on Hip Hop and what inspired this mix.
1.What was the influence behind this Jazzy Hip Hop mix?
Well I don’t get the chance to play this kind of set in clubs any more due to me playing mostly Dubstep and harder hip hop. Also I have seen a few of the artistes live in Cape Town and was inspired to give listeners the feeling that these artists songs evoke.
2. How has your sound developed or changed over the years?
I have played in clubs and festivals since 2002, playing real hip hop and Dancehall. Then started dabbling in DnB, Trip Hop ,Glitch and the likes of and then in 2006 I heard Dubstep…Its been my preferred genre as a DJ since. I was a scratch turntablist in a band (StereoZen) and currently am the show DJ for League of Shadows. I also have a radio show entitled DA DA DUBSTEP on www.muthafm.com.
.I am only running one event at the moment ,Its called BASSCORE! and is @ Gandalfs in Observatory Cape Town. I am the resident DJ and always have one or two up-and-comers and one more well known DJ. All in all we play Dubstep ,DnB and hardcore hip hop every Wednesday free (until further notice).And my radio show DA DA DUBSTEP! 6-8pm every Tuesday on www.muthafm.com or www.muthafm.com/mobile
4. If you had an idealized vision of what Hip Hop could or should be in South Africa. What would that picture look like?
It would be more real, authentic and outside the box. Less fake American copycat vibes. More gigs in the Cities and Ghettos. More raw expression ,less pretentious showing off. More relevant content. More spirit ,less ego. I think that’s it, more or less.
No comment…No,wait. I would rather play underground music ,but if it becomes popular and starts selling ,making it commercial in the true sense of the word ,I would still play it. I play underground music mostly ,but there are commercial tracks I dig and therefore will play them. Good music is good music.
6. Your favourite at the top of your own personal play list this week?
In This World” by Talib Kweli.
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