Last year this time we featured Da Capo on these very pages with the title ‘House Music’s Golden Child,’ as we identified him as one of the most promising house producers around. In that very same interview he maintained he’d have an album out in 2013! Well the good news he has delivered Surreal Selections Vol. 1, mixed by DJ Swizz and co-produced by label mate and fellow producer PUNK. We also identified Da Capo in our ‘Top 10 Urban House Producers in SA’ feature on idmmag.com.
We caught up for a 5 minute chat…
1. Surreal Sounds Vol. 1 – How long was the process from when the decision was made to do the album, until the point of release?
Well the project took about 6-7 months, from scratch, which was kind of a hard work for us because it was over a short period of time.
2. All the tracks are produced by yourself and Punk. What was your thinking with having Swizz mix the album?
Swizz is someone who we’ve been looking up to even before we started production – he’s a motivator and a DJ; he is the one who showed us the path so this is a an appreciation from us to him.
3. The album drops just in time for consideration by the SAMAS. Do awards enter your mind when creating music?
Absolutely yes, for me awards are like an honour to simply show that you are admired as an artist.
4. Remixing Freshly Ground’s Nomthandazo – tell us more about this…
Immediately when I received the project I was so excited, but it tended to be the hardest project I’ve ever produced because I had to change the tempo from their genre to dance music. But in the end it surprised us all.
5. All 3 of you hail from Polokwane. There seems to be a thriving music scene happening there. What is in the water you guys are drinking?
[Laughs], nothing in the water we only act in the best of motives. Inspiration is also our key word and we all are united.
6. A year ago we featured you as an up and comer in IDM Mag. Aside from the album – which of course is big news and is a really good – what else has happened in the past 12 months for you and your musical partners that keeps you smiling every day?
Well, definitely gigs across the country… getting lots of love, support and getting my first shot to DJ overseas at Paris (Djoon) – twice and then London.
7. Playing in London and Paris – it sounds like every DJs dream. Tell us about the experience…
It felt like a dream until I was there! The club scene is totally crazy because they appreciate any type of music you play and show a lot of support.
8. Do you consider yourself a DJ who also produces or a Producer who also DJs…?
Producer who DJs; I put my talent first.
9. Your ultimate wish-list: If you could remix any one artist’s track?
Nowhere I Can Go – Clara Hill
10. Your favourite track from the album?
11. Which new(ish) SA artist do you think has a bright future?
Definitely has to be Cuebur, he is signed under a label that I truly dream to work with…
And now for some fun questions….
1. The best thing about house music is…
Connecting us upcoming artists with local and international legends.
2. Growing up in Polokwane…
Too awesome… the pace of life is slow and calm.
3. Your most common expression is…
4. The one song on your iPod or phone that would surprise friends is…
An R ‘n B song I did for Gershon Jackson and Teretta Soul – I’m Free.
5. One thing you always have in your fridge is…
Lots of Fanta orange [laughs].
6. The worst piece of advice someone’s ever tried to convince you of is…
You can never make it in the industry with deep house music.
7. When is it okay to lie?
While I’m busy working in studio I lie to friends so that they won’t come to disturb [laughs].
8. What is the one promise you keep making to yourself that you always break?
To stop producing for a while and relax.
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