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Interview with The Ded C

Interview with The Ded C

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September 25th, 2013

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I caught up with Cape Town Dj/Producer, The Ded C to ask him a few question about his new single “Acid Discotheque”, which he is releasing via Clubbers :D.  We also spoke about his influences and his future plans. So I will stop wasting your time, read below.

Elvis: For all the readers out there who may not be familiar with you, tell us a bit about The Ded C & how this all started.

The Ded C: First off thank you for inviting me to do this interview, and howzits to your readers. The Ded C … started as a musical outlet outside of the band that I’m in and love dearly, Fingers In The Sky, I’ve been a lover of electronica for a long time. So one random day while at UWC Radio I asked two of the guys that always hung around there, who dj-ed to show me what’s what, the basics, so I started messing around on Virtual DJ, the two of them went on to be big names in the local club scene. Either way, after varsity I went to Jo’burg as part of an internship with a big media group, and since I was alone and had a heap of free time, I just sat on my bed, headphones on, making mixes in between episodes of Dexter and random Ecchi animes.

Elvis: Influences, we all have someone or something that influences us to do something or achieve something. Who or what would you say is your biggest influence? What roll does your influence play?

The Ded C: Musically in terms of production, I’m influenced by what I hear, I think lots of musicians will try and convince themselves that what they do is groundbreaking or even revolutionary, but the truth is that everything has been done already. I’m very self aware, and that influences what I do musically, it pushes you harder. I’m also influenced by how I grew up and where I’m from, the Northern Suburbs where everything is a little different. Ultimately, though, I come at electronica as a songwriter, I write lyrics in the band, but in instrumental music you have to let the music and progressions tell a story. That’s why a lot of my tracks don’t have much deviation in terms of chords or key changes or the like, because the feel of a song is more important to me than how people will dance to it. Acid Discotheque is very dancey, and damn, I’d even pat myself on the back and say catchy, but there’s a story in those bass wobbles and piano stabs. Having said that I’m not restricted by genre or style, I make music music for myself first, it may sound selfish but I think that’s how my heroes like Skream, Benga and Hatcha did it. Also I test out all my tracks by playing them with my pug Carrie in the room, and checking her reaction.

Elvis: You have decided to release Acid Discotheque (Instrumental version) via Clubbers. Can you please tell us why you have decided to do that?

The Ded C: Five words: because I like you guys. And because of numerous conversations I’ve had with you, Elvis, and just seeing that you guys are all about the music. I appreciate that.

Elvis: Acid Discotheque (with Vocals) is being released on “ A German Tech/House/Club Label”. Would it be a problem if you named the label and tell us how it went about having Acid Discotheque released through them?

The Ded C: Well, I’m not exactly sure I can mention the name just yet, I’ve not yet completed the whole signing process and they’d like to officially announce my signing. But I can tell you that they’re based in Austria and Germany, they’re quite new to the game but have quite a solid following in Europe. I got in contact with them through a friend and fellow dj here who’s also on their roster. Pretty much just mailed them, a few days later the guys mailed me back pretty much saying “Ja, we want this”. They then suggested an EP release instead of just a single, Acid Discotheque, which is why I’m able to give you guys the instrumental.
The vocalist will it be female or male? What type of voice will she/he have?
Originally I was planning on doing the vox myself but decided against it. The vocalist will be a young lady by the name of Lulu, with a soul influenced voice that I believe will suit this track perfectly and add that extra disco zest that will just make this track even better.

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Elvis: When can we expect Acid Discotheque to be released? Will it be a free download or for purchase?

The Ded C: Right now I can’t be certain as AD will be released as part of the EP, I think I’ll just name the EP Acid Discotheque. But it will be just a little bit before it’s released, the label and I have not yet discussed release dates and the like, and now that I have the go ahead for an EP I’m thinking of adding a few more tracks, collaborating with some of the awesome talent in this city.

Elvis: What is the story behind Acid Discotheque?
The Ded C: The story … I found a cool synth sound, tweaked it and wanted to make a song with it in it? Hmmm… I was and still am, listening to a heap of disco at the time, you know, GAZ, Don Ray, Donna Summer, as well as a lot of techno and tech house at the same time. I suppose in my head it just sounded cool to combine the two. The disco might not be in the sound but I feel like it’s in the groove. It was originally going to be at 128bpm, house tempo but I just decided to slow it down and it just had this groove that I couldn’t stop dancing to.

Elvis: In a one-story pink house, there was a pink person, a pink cat, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, pink walls, a pink telephone and a pink shower. Everything was pink. What colour were the stairs?

The Ded C: What stairs though? Haha!

Elvis: Which artist, local or internationally, would you honestly like to do a collaboration with?

The Ded C: To be honest, I really don’t know, I feel like Gucci Mane, T.I. and I would get along really well, and I have this gut feeling I coud shift out of groupie mode long enough to do a track with GTA. Locally, I think … if they were still around I’d love to do a collab with Trompies. I grew up listening to those guys, I’m all about that pantsula life.

Elvis: What are your plans for the future? EP/LP releases or Gigs.

The Ded C: Right now plans are just gigs, gigs, gigs, more gigs and just enjoying this city’s party scene. I’m not really an outside person, but the amount of talent you get exposed to on a night out can turn you on to the night life. Other than that besides the EP I have a few releases planned for the next few months, free downloads obviously, I like free stuff and giving things away for free. The only important gig I can think of right now is still a while away, a big fest.

Elvis: Anything else you’d like to say? Shout outs?

The Ded C: This is where I drop the inspiration, right? Stay in school, don’t be a drop out, don’t do drugs, only drink if you can handle it. Haha, I’m really bad at this. Either way, I have no right to thank people for where I am just yet, since I’m just a small blip on the scene’s radar right now, but respect to all my friends, loved ones, girlfriend, family that will inevitably have to stick this out with me. And every single damn other producer that’s shown me how to do this and that, when Tronic X showed me how to do automations I nearly jizzed.

Stay classy, Cape Town.

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