SPHEctacula and DJ Naves the surprising and eclectic DJ duo
SPHEctacula and DJ Naves the surprising and eclectic DJ duo have a brand new album out titled ‘Kings of the Weekend’. Their concept as a team is all about reinvention and helping party people have a good old time on the dance floor while they blur the lines between genres. SPHEctacula and DJ Naves chat to us about their collaboration with Kwaito heavyweight Professor on ‘KOTW Anthem’, the production behind ‘Kings Of The Weekend’, what SPHEctacula calls ‘fortunate indecision’, the challenges of their work as a team as well as the rewards.
Your brand new album ‘Kings of the Weekend’ has been out since last Friday. When did you settle on the concept for this release and do you have any stand out/memorable moments that you two experienced during production?
Naves: It has taken us two years to complete this project and I think for the most part the objective was always that we wanted to craft something different that would reinvent and reignite the face of how we are looked at as entertainers, and increase our support base footprint. All this while launching into the world of original music. My personal stand out moment was receiving the physical copy of the album. That was beyond what words can explain.
SPHEctacula: A big factor in conceptualising the album was what I like to call ‘fortunate indecision’. There are/were so many various genres of music consumed and embraced between Naves and I that when we were deciding on the sound for the next single we realised that it was becoming difficult to decide on one, and also which artist[s] to collaborate with. So, the compromise really was therefore an album because we could then explore all we wanted and simultaneously challenge ourselves more. Production highlights for me were definitely learning more about songwriting secrets and the technical aspects of putting songs together.
How did the two launch events for the album go over the weekend at Taboo in Sandton and Moloko in Pretoria? I saw DJ Zinhle posted an Instagram of the Moloko event, and it looked awesome.
Naves: The first launch weekend went extremely well especially with the added bonus of the album being number one on the local iTunes charts. People who had bought it responded very well to the sounds therein. I think it made people come out more to the events to show us love. Shout out again to the industry peers who were able to support us that weekend.
Tell us about the production behind the ‘KOTW Anthem’ featuring the Kwaito heavyweight Professor. How did this collaboration come about for instance?
SPHEctacula: We have been fans of Professor’s talents since his early days with Tzozo and that resulted in quite a warm rapport and eventual friendship that has lasted for years now. We always spoke about doing something together and we actually worked on a few concepts for this album and that culminated in the sleeping giant that is this jewel of a song. We’re beyond thrilled that it came together so nicely. Shout out to Micks who composed the music here and also did the mixing on the song.
‘Kings of the Weekend’ is made up of an eclectic combo of sounds such as Hip Hop, House, Soul, and even classic Kwaito. What do you think is the reward in being the kind of artists that are creatively open in the way that you guys are?
Naves: SPHEctacula and I see ourselves as entertainers and artists over being just DJs, so the reward with this release is that it will help us realise the ideal sooner; which is to walk into any venue/stadium/concert and be able to rock the crowd silly and wanting more.
The album has fifteen tracks, were there any tunes that didn’t make the final cut and why did you guys cut them?
Naves: Yes. Definitely. The only sad part of the process really. Three songs did not make the final album due to sample clearance delays. We are hoping to have them on the deluxe edition so the team has furiously been trying to sort that out still.
As a duo, what were some of the main motivators for the two of you to come together creatively? And what has been the most challenging aspects of your work as a team?
SPHEctacula: We like a wide range of music genres between us but the upside to that is that we also like a lot of common music. Performing and hanging out together has only made that stronger so when one has ideas the other is more inclined to see the vision faster and help fine-tune to the end goal. The challenge really is that ultimately we are still two individuals so we still think differently. But, we trust each other wholly so compromise is an easy process because we trust and complement each other’s talent.
What can your fans be looking forward to from Eminence Production in the upcoming year?
Naves: We are all about this Kings Of The Weekend album for some time to come because are there so many potential single releases from it but as time goes by I’m sure that we would like to grow into releasing some of our own new talent. Who knows what the future holds but one thing is for sure, the Kings Of The Weekend are here to stay…THIS is only the beginning… and we’re ready.
WITH SPHEctacula and DJ Naves