Q&A with Das Kapital

Q&A with Das Kapital


May 22nd, 2013


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So we got in touch with Das Kapital ahead of his Gauteng Tour playing at Arcade Empire & Park Acoustics this weekend.

We talk Rituals , D0 Work Records, Music Evolution, The Future & Cape Town vs Johannesburg.


1. What’s it like returning to Johannesburg and playing to the festival crowd whether it be something like Park Acoustics or on a smaller scale something like Arcade Empire coming up for you shortly?

“I always love getting brought up to Gauteng for shows! Pretoria has a particularly receptive crowd that really let’s me push the boundaries musically, and test a lot of my newer material.

I’m really fond of bigger festival set ups, because a lot of the music I play is suited to a large rig and a mass of people, but the intimacy of clubs is a great thing when it’s done right, and I have yet to be disappointed by any of the nights I’ve played at Arcade Empire.”

2. Does touring on the other side of South Africa change how you put together a set?

“At this point, I’d like to think not. Every set is a unique experience and I try my best to blend new and exciting music at every show. My staple tracks tend to be my own, so people get a showcase of everything I’m feeling whether it’s unreleased or doing well on the charts.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if you’re seeing me in Durban or in Hermanus – I do my best to do “me” and keep everyone dancing.”

3. What kind of pre gig routines or rituals do you have?

“I’ve learnt to pre-load my tunes hours before the show and trust my guns rather than stressing, so I have a chance to get to the venue, put my gear down, and have a drink with the crew or out with the people at the party. I tend to have a Red Bull and a Jagermeister, and then get myself a drink to have during my set.

For the last 30 minutes or so before my set, I normally go sit backstage and listen to the act before me to get a feel for where I’m picking up, and to get in “performance mode”. Anything else I do is down to the mood and my night “

4. How do you see club music evolving in the next year or two? Is there something out there poised to steal the club music spotlight from the trap sound?

” “Trap” is on the rise, but there’s a lot happening to music all the time. It’s not as simple as one genre being the FOCUS of all club-life – music is constantly changing, and I see a lot of styles blending and cross-pollinating. I don’t see the need to only be about one kind of sound, because that’s short-sighted and frankly boring.

Genres will come and go in the public eye, but in clubs, innovation is what’s going to push dance music forward, and that’s where the big guys are working hard.”


5. The internet has really played a large role in the ability of electronic dance music to grow so organically into this groundswell of fan support despite no support (until only very recently) from traditional media such as radio, TV, and so on. What are your thoughts on the power of the Internet as the dominant music distribution force moving forward?

” The Internet is a great marketing tool and has, as you’ve mentioned, been the driving force in the distribution and success of dance music. We live at a time where information is at our fingertips in developed and developing economies, which means that when people like something, they can find EVERYTHING they need to about it online if that information is available.

The key to the success of dance music moving forward is linking the online community of listeners, buyers, critics and “new dance fans” with the real world – creating a culture of attending shows, buying more music, being a part of an “IRL” music community.

I love the Internet, and I use it to the best of my ability. Being in touch with the people that like my music, as well as the labels and artists I wouldn’t otherwise be able to contact, really allows for a lot more growth and personality in my music. “

6. In your opinion how is the music scene different in terms of Cape Town vs. Johannesburg?

This one’s always a tough one to answer!

“Both cities (and their surrounds) have different dynamics, but I really enjoy every different ‘scene’ for its quirks. Both areas have more relaxed clubs and regions, and die hard rave heads, which means I can tailor what I do a little better to the party than places with 0 understanding of anything beyond the major radio Top 40.

That said, it’s down to the night, the city, the suburb, the crowd demographic – I believe both regions have great people to play to, and I’ve been lucky to experience playing to those people OFTEN.”

7. You blend so many different musical genres.  What are some influences you had growing up that have affected your music that people might be surprised to hear?

“I doubt there’s anything that would be that odd.

I was lucky to played a really wide variety of music when I was young and growing up – everything from House, Hard Techno, Garage, Happy Hardcore through to Metal, Pop, Hip Hop. When I started buying music myself, began messing around with songwriting and production software, a lot of those influences were reflected very early on, and now stands out prominently in my tracks.

Probably the coolest artists I listened to, who was also one of the first I sampled when I was 15 and producing Hip Hop, was Louis Armstrong. The Harlem Renaissance was one of the best times in music, and I couldn’t really help but work with that kind of music.”

8. Now that the Free Trades & All Trades EPs are out there, what’s next for Das Kapital & Do Work Records?

“I’ve just finished up a track and feature for the debut single of a vocalist releasing on Universal Music SA, and am working on a lot of remixes for international artists and bands. I’ve got some awesome collaborations in the works with some local bands and international producers as well, so really I’m just doing everything, all the time.

Do Work will be releasing some EPs from some really top notch new and established local artists over the rest of the year, as well as a full length compilation album spanning talent from all over South Africa, all to be put out on an international platform. It’s really time to take the genius right under our noses and show the rest of the world that we’re as much a force in electronic music as say Holland or the UK.

Otherwise, there’s a really massive country-wide tour in the works for me and the label, so keep your eyes and ears open for that!”

9. Anything else you want to say? Any shouts?

“Love to the squad. Do Work.”


Interview by: Ben McCabe ( @callmeben0 )

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