It's been a few days since I posted the last update and the reason is a nasty flu I've been fighting. So let's see where I left off.
Wednesday was another great day at the conference. Ralf, Halo, Martin and I did 3 or 4 more interviews and got to talk to a few of the attendants face to face and answer their questions. We were able to sell some T-shirts during the lunch break and then joined the stage for the final session of the day, speaking about how we're running our labels and what to look out for if you're planning to start your own. Another session worth mentioning was the remix session done by Black Coffee and Culoe De Song. At the end of the day I could feel my sickness creeping up on me so after we had a joined dinner, I've decided to skip the conference on Thursday to get a good rest.
However, I was planned to appear on DJ Fresh's and Euphonik's radio show on 5fm that night, so it was back to the hotel for 2 hours rest and then off to the station.
Fresh and Euphonik are great presenters and interviewers and had asked me to bring in 5 special tunes selected out of several suggested categories. This is what I chose:
My favourite choon that I made:
Talk - Touching You (Lars Behrenroth Rmx) - Perfect Toy
The house choon that made me cry:
Blaze - Lovely Ones - Lifeline
My favourite local production:
G.Family - Break The Silence - Deeper Shades Recordings
Choon that defined an era:
Inner City - Big Fun - 10th & broadway
Favourite choon of all time:
Marvin Belton - Bleed To Be Free - Ferrispark
After the show I went straight back to the hotel to sleep and be ready for an afternoon set at the FIFA Fan Fest in Tshwanwe, Pretoria. The turnout was amazing especially since it was an all ages event and cover was very low. People truly appreciated all the DJ sets and live performances. It was getting cold so we would hang out in the artist tent to warm up and have some great food. It was my first time trying Chakalaka, a sort of salsa with a kick. VERY TASTY!
We went back to the hotel early and it was once again straight to bed for me where I stayed most of the day on Friday besides a quick excursion to Christo's restaurant Shaguma Cafe to enjoy another set of his lamb chops. This time I took a picture as well :) We got picked up later than night to appear on The Urban Beat on Metro FM once again to reflect on the SAMC and for me to play a guest DJ set. Right after the show we moved on to The Lighthouse to play some dope sets and a nice venue on the 10th floor in Downtown Johannesburg with good sound and great people. First it was Martin East, then yours truly followed by Halo. I'll post some video from this event as well as others later during the week when I'll find time to edit them. The night was long and we finally made it back to the hotel by 6am. After spending the entire day in bed again it was off to the SAMC closing gig at Bar 9. We went to dinner again at Oskido's restaurant and the lack of appetite had me finish only my salad but I was smart enough to take the chicken I ordered which came in handy at the end of the night :)
Bar 9 was filling up when we got there around 9.45pm and Martin East was up at 10pm to get the people moving, followed by Maestro and then yours truly from midnight to 1am. I must say this has been my favorite gig so far and the place was jampacked by the time I was behind the decks and the floor was crazy. People were shouting 'Deeper Shades of House' and singing along to the vocal tracks I played. 'Lovely Ones' by Blaze was certainly a highlight of my set together with my opening track 'Touching You' as well as Quentin Harris' remix of Black Coffee's 'Crazy' and Osunlade's dub of Tamara Wellon's 'In My Lifetime'. I must have sweat out a lot of my cold so I actually changed my shirt in the middle of the set :) talking about wardrobe change.
I stuck around a bit longer after my set to hear Ralf Gum play as well as checking out Halo on the outside floor before heading back to the hotel. I wish I could have stayed for the rest of the night but I had to get better.
All the rest has certainly helped and even though I still feel weak and am still coughing, I can tell I'm about to get rid of this flu. Tonight I'm playing what will be my last gig this time around in South Africa at another Fan Fest at the Giant Stadium in Soshanguve, Pretoria
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