It is with much sadness that we notify South Africa on the passing of a friend, a brother, a son & a legend – Deep House DJ – Brett Jackson. At 5:45am on Wednesday 16 February 2011, at the age of 28yrs old, Brett Jackson lost his battle to Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer at the Pretoria East Hospital. He leaves behind his father Brian, Mom Colleen, Sister Lee & niece Georgia.
Diagnosed with the disease in November 2008, Brett fought back like a true soldier – even contributing his time and status to the CANSA Organisation’s fundraising courses and contributing a portion of his royalty earnings to the organisation.
Born 28 May 1982, Brett Jackson became known for his soulful deep house sounds – being cross-over and breaking into the urban market scene. With several critically acclaimed compilation series under his belt such as The Deeper Sound of Brett Jackson, Dig Deeper Vol 1 & 2, Soul Select Vol 1-3, The Best of OM & most recently Soul Candi Sessions 5. On an international level, Brett was renowned – From Cape Town to Karlsruhe, Durban to Dubai, Brett Jackson has rocked dancefloors across Belgium, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany, Spain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and beyond.
Brett Jackson joined the Soul Candi family in 2003 as the record store manager and buyer and was currently the label manager of the Urban Dance division. His contribution to the label saw him compile some of the biggest selling albums the label has ever released. A true music visionary he was.
Much can be said for his life as a DJ – but as a man, he was one of ethics, honour, honesty and privacy and indeed a true soldier.
We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family and request that the public and media please respect his family’s need for privacy in their time of mourning.
REST IN PEACE BRETT JACKSON. YOU ARE LOVED & MISSED BY YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS & FANS.
Brett Jackson : : Artist Bio : :
South African native, Brett Jackson is regarded as one of the country’s top house DJs / producers, and is quickly establishing himself as the same in the international dance music scene. With several critically acclaimed deep house albums to his name, most recently, The Best of OM, (SoulCandi / OM) Brett Jackson continues to make and sell albums, fill local and international dancefloors, and influence global house music trends.
From Cape Town to Karlsruhe, Durban to Dubai, Brett Jackson has rocked dancefloors across Belgium, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany, Spain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and beyond. His musical talents have placed him behind the decks of legendary uber-clubs like, The End (London), Decadance (Ghent), Scandale (Geneva), Taratata (Verbier), Diam’s Club / Contre Jour / DB Club (Sion), Acqua / Aeral Lounge (Basel), Lush (Stuttgart), the world-famous, Mood Lounge (Karlsruhe), and countless others.
Brett Jackson’s studio productions have been well-received, releasing in both the local South African market and abroad. His production efforts have the support of house music heavyweights like, Mark Farina, Jimpster, Laurent Garnier and many more.
Earning the right to be called one of the hottest house DJs in the scene, Brett Jackson has performed alongside countless house music peers including, Ame, Inland Knights, Joey Youngman, Greenskeepers, Jay West, Kaskade, Lawnchair Generals, Raoul Belmans / Swirl Peepz, Paul Oakenfold, Junior Jack, Kid Crème, Martin Solvieg, Jake Childs, Femi B, Shahrokh Dini, Sandy Rivera, DJ Yellow, Troydon, Simon Dunmore, and a myriad more renowned dance music artists.
On top of running one of South Africa’s most successful independent record companies, Brett Jackson also runs his own house music label, WOT! Recordings that has produced a string of hugely successful deep house tracks, with releases and remixes from the likes of Nick Holder, Office Gossip, Matthias Tanzmann, Toka Project, Brett Jackson & Orion, and more.
“Brett Jackson shows an uncanny sense of the dance floor groove… tracks are blended with a subtlety and assurance that would normally be missed amongst the hubbub of a club dance floor in full swing…there’s underlying intelligence and vision…”.