DJ B_Type looks forward to a season of festival gigs
DJ B-Type was interviewed last year after he played at Rocking the Daisies in 2013 on the Electronic Floor. He dropped a killer set for those looking for a proper musical journey having taken over from the fairly commercial and mass-appealing beats of Boys Noize, leaving the serious techno heads to get down to the business of dancing, not raving!
It was the first time that this writer had heard him play and I felt compelled to find out more. This year things are looking even brighter with several bookings at major festivals, his involvement with a brand new and hugely anticipated nightclub called ERA set to open at the end of August and he also continues to bring out cutting edge artists through his ‘Hello’ brand such as Giom, Victor Ruiz and Julian Jeweil who will be in Cape Town on 15 August.
We last caught up with you after your awesome set at Rocking the Daisies 2013. This year you have been booked on several festivals heading toward summer. Tell us more…
DJ B_Type: I can’t believe it’s been a year already! Feeling very blessed at the moment as it seems the hard work is paying off. It’s my first Oppikoppi and what I’ve been told, an experience awaits! [He plays the Red Bull Stage].
I’m extremely excited to also have been booked for [Rocking The]Daisies this year as last year was amazing and I hear for this year they’re really upping the production with a hurricane proof dome tent!! There are a few other bookings I can’t release just yet but all in its already looking like a jam packed summer!
DJ B_Type: Definitely a different energy and overall experience. Playing in front of thousands of people that are just having fun and losing themselves is a humbling experience!
Which do you prefer?
DJ B_Type: I don’t think anything can beat playing a dark club room with a top quality sound system! There’s an amazing new, state of the art venue opening next month in Cape Town called ERA! It’s going to change the game!
As both a promoter and a DJ what’s your take on the current tech-house scene in Cape Town, South Africa and indeed globally?
DJ B_Type: From a Cape Town perspective we have been extremely blessed to have so many amazing International artists visit our shores in the past 12 months. When you look at the list it shows that our small city can compete with any in the world and I’ve heard on a number of occasions that CT is being referred to as the new Ibiza! In the past we had an excess of venues with very few Internationals coming down, these days quite the opposite. I do think it’s getting to saturation point with just too much happening in our summers though…. On the ‘flipside’ the amount of local talent being exported is amazing with the likes of Dix, Floyd Lavine and Margaret Westergreen having played at Watergate Berlin recently and the Likes of Black Coffee and Thibo Tazz playing around the world with Bridges for Music it just shows that the scene continues to evolve and show promise.
Victor Ruiz played for you in Cape Town recently. How’d he do and how was the crowd response?
DJ B_Type: What an amazing artist!! It’s so refreshing to meet a DJ/Producer that has exploded on the global scene but is just so humble! He absolutely rocked a packed dance floor and we literally had to pull him off the decks as he just wanted to keep on playing.
The techno / minimal / deep house scene seems to have acquired quite a reputation for being up its own arse in Cape Town; a small scene with lots of squabbling, back-biting etc. What’s the deal there?
DJ B_Type: Throwing a party is for people to have fun and DJing is to make people dance… let’s get on with it!
Tech Question: You play off laptop. What software and hardware do you use?
DJ B_Type: I use Serato Scratch Live and a Macbook Pro with a Vestax effects controller. I love Serato as it allows you to use CDJ’s or Turntables directly, with no Sync function, so still keeping the fun of ‘DJing’.
How do you feel about DJs who diss the Laptop DJ generation?
DJ B_Type: There are so many creative tools available for artists these days. I personally believe it’s even more difficult for someone to impress based on everything that can be accessed. Therefore whether you playing off Traktor and using the Sync function or off a Laptop, USB or Vinyl it’s what you bring to the performance that will set you apart. With music so easily accessible too its finding the ‘hidden gems’ and playing them at the right time that people will remember and not what it was played with.
Final question: What do you miss from the ‘old days’ and what don’t you miss?
DJ B_Type: I miss standing in a queue of thousands of excited people, waiting for the doors of a massive warehouse or theatre to open! Meeting new people and making good friends all due to being united by music. Hearing mind blowing underground House and Techno for the first time and talking about it for years!! Leaving a Rave at 10am in the morning with the sun shining bright!
I don’t miss….. Thinking we can’t do it all over again.
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