“Preparing for a battle is on another level. You spend hours, weeks even months trying to perfect a six minute routine.”
The realm of competitive DJ-ing is a blitz of global fanfare, multifarious identities and inimitable turntable skills. Moreover, it’s one where you either make your mark emphatically or suffer being forgotten quicker than breakfast. With close to twenty years of experience under his belt, Cape Town’s DJ Codax is well equipped for any showdown of the spin and scratch variety. Having already emerged victorious at numerous DJ battles over the last seven years, he now stands on the precipice of what he feels is the culmination of his life’s work; having represented South Africa at the DMC World DJ Championship. Jayson chats to him about his experience at the event, the art of the DJ battle and what the remainder of 2012 has in store.
You’ve been DJ-ing professionally for quite some time now. What motivated your decision to pursue this as a vocation?
I tried the normal nine to five but hated every single day of it. I had to find something that was worth waking up for. Music is my passion and what better way to incorporate that in my life? When you do something you love, you just can’t call it work. However you have to be really committed to your trade if you want to succeed, and have a very understanding partner. “Passion” does not always pay the bills.
Your illustrious history as a battle DJ precedes you. How does your preparation differ in regard to competitive DJ-ing, as opposed to playing a club or festival?
Preparing for a battle is on another level. You spend hours, weeks even months trying to perfect a six minute routine. Your entire household experiences that with you, they have to listen to the same beats over and over, it can drive a normal person insane. With a club scene however, you feed off the crowd and the other way around. The best part of playing in a club is that you never know what to expect. It’s so unpredictable no two nights will ever be the same.
So, after winning DMC South Africa Championship, you represented South Africa at the World DMC Championship in London in September. What did you have planned for the event, and what what was the overall experience like?
I’ve been preparing for this for the last seven years. It was an honour sharing a stage with “The Best In The World”. (And hopefully not the last) I had the most amazing time. The competition was awesome. I learned a lot, gained some valuable experience, and made some good friends. I even received a “Serato Watch” from Richie Ruftone that placed third in the competition. I was blessed to receive two pairs of Sennheiser headphones (day and nights) from the organisers of DMC World. So all in all it’s definitely an experience that I will treasure forever.
You were featured, with others, on Hipe’s ‘Intergalactic Crew’ last month. Are you currently working on anything to be released in future?
I recently released a track “Oooh Wee” ft Youngsta and Franki and on the production I had Sam World. The song is currently play listed on The Ready D show on Good Hope Fm. Watch this space for more to follow!
We’re approaching the tail-end of 2012. Aside from everything you’ve already got going on at present, what would you like to do with the rest of the year?
I’m looking forward to 20 October 2012. I will be sharing the main arena at the CTICC with DJ Jazzy Jeff and a host of other artists at the Club Vibe Experience. After that life becomes hectic. November to February is the busiest time of the year for me with clubs, year end functions, and festivals, etc.
INTERVIEW: Jayson Geland