Brendon Geary is the man behind the DJ persona known as B_Type. The Cape Town DJ and promoter has been doing the rounds for 20 years now as a DJ, having cut his teeth on the early 90’s rave days when he was clearly underage but partying nonetheless. This past weekend Brendon had the task of taking over from international guest, Boys Noize who had destroyed the dancefloor with two hours of EDM – a heady mix of breaks, techno, house, electro and well… even a bit of Eurythmics and Phil Collins thrown in at the end. Geary not only stepped up to the plate, he delivered a consummate performance of intelligent, hip swing techno. We just had to chat to him after the gig…
How are you feeling after Saturday night? It felt and sounded great from the dancefloor – were you able to gauge that from the faces in front of you?
I’m still buzzing from an amazing night! A world class festival with top production! Being a DJ is all about crowd reaction and making people dance and even though it was beyond freezing the crowd reaction was excellent!
Deep house and techno have become strange bedfellows lately. You too cite your style as a mix of these two genres. Most people’s idea of deep house is a more laid back sunset, vocal driven style of house. Clearly there is more to the genre than that then…
These days genres and styles have been blurred and I think its better not to be labelled or ‘boxed’ into a specific sound. It’s more about what sounds good and is delivered to the audience at the right time to maximise the experience you are trying to deliver. The likes of Maceo Plex are a good example where deep house, acid and techno are fused in his sets and production creating a unique sound.
How nervous were you, coming on after Boys Noize? Not specifically because he is a big name, but more from knowing that you were about to change the style significantly from EDM to 4 to the floor techno…
I would be lying if I said I was 100% confident of what to play after Boys Noize! The set he played was amazing but made it even more difficult to come on with one specific sound and run the risk of dropping the mood on the dancefloor. I tried to bridge the gap from his sound to mine opening with big, bouncy, electro infused techno to keep the audience before moving into the regular ‘B_TYPE sound!’
Which 3 tracks from Saturday night are etched in your memory as ‘the ones’ that signified your set?
Yeah – Roberto Capuano, Dangerous Frequency – Sinisa Tamamovic, Cardiograma – Alberto Pascual. These are my favourites; however ending off with a remix of Underworlds ‘Born Slippy’ had to be done! I could not leave an audience that big without playing one of my all-time favourites, to an amazing response!!
You’ve dabbled in events too, and in fact also brought out GIOM earlier this year. Whilst electronic music is massively popular now, there’s no guarantee of a good crowd when bringing out an international is there?
I’ve been a promoter for years and have always brought acts to SA that I love so I can share their sound with others, rather than acts that were intended to pack venues. The size of the crowd for me has never been as important as attracting a quality audience who love the sound and show appreciation accordingly. As a live act or DJ there’s nothing better than getting the crowd sweating and having fun…whistles and hands in the air are always a good sign!!
B_Type. How long did it take you to come up with the name and does it intend to mean anything specific or do you just dig the way it sounds?
It’s a funny story actually! We had a health check-up day at work where we had blood tests taken. A good friend of mind asked what my blood group was. After my reply he said, hey you should be called, DJ B_TYPE, as in blood type!! From there it just stuck.
You’ve been involved with dance music for a pretty long time. Even in the golden era of ‘rave culture’ in the 90’s. But this certainly feels like an exciting time for dance music right now. What excites you the most right now?
Globally there continues to be a massive explosion of artists and sounds with more and more people on the scene pushing the boundaries and providing something fresh. Locally with our summers becoming even more sought after, the promoters are seriously lifting the bar from festivals like Daisies, Synergy and Litchi party (Durban) to brands like Kinky Disco, Make-Believe and the ‘Rooftop of Dreams, there are interesting things being constructed for people to have fun! Oh and looking very forward to Carl Cox being back in CT!!!!
You have a career outside of DJing and event promotions and a young family. What drives you to keep hosting events, playing gigs in the wee hours of the morning and staying relevant to the scene?
I love music and have been an active DJ for 20 years now! Every time I’ve tried to stop I get more compelled to keep playing. Evolving the sounds and events to be relevant while trying to keep ahead of the curve drives me to keep going….oh and paying for nappies!
Final question: Rocking the Daisies. Playing after Boys Noize. Describe in one sentence how you felt after that…
Exhilarated, energised and refreshed on a serious high… Season has begun!