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#FOCUSON: DJ Strat3gy

#FOCUSON: DJ Strat3gy

Posted June 20, 2018

DJ Strat3gy is… 
A White Horse Inn kid who became a lifelong fan of diverse grooves and polished performance, on a quest for unforgettable future moments. 

Began DJing… 
In 1992 on tape decks and turntables at DIY events and a Pyramid Club residency as Inc. in Grahamstown; leading to the first satellite distributed & FM simulcast of a Don’t Look Down turntable performance, event and production in 1998: Monumental. Studied disregard for imposed barriers and criticism laid my blueprint for ongoing turntable adventures while pursuing the groove that links House and Techno: across Y-Ask-Y & The Vinyl Frontier; through formative residencies at the Foundation, Akwafunk & Hideout; to the creation of DJ-mixed TV shows like Africa-wide O-Boma and its offshoots Bassment and the 411, themselves remixes of a 14 year interactive DJ/TV residency which started the journey as Go3 on the way to Hit Refresh. Partnership & mix releases at House Afrika,  creation of & awards for Black Coffee’s Africa Rising & global appearances with Soulistic Music strengthened my persistent passion, sometimes resented by purists, but always freely shared with the inclusive underground that runs from Mamelodi to Miami.

Record labels in 2018 should… 
Adapt or die. Change is not constant, it is accelerating. The only way forward is to try to anticipate where the immutable value of curation, and the professionalism that develops the talent which warrants it, can be gainfully expressed. 

The South African Dance Music Scene… 
Mirrors the global asymmetry of exclusivity and ambition versus style and mutual respect. The competition for relevance creates temporary rewards, but it is the generous nurture of unique, individual, passion which supports the tolerant diversity our culture truly needs to sustain and grow. We need to work harder to be more inclusive to all comers. Embrace the freak flags - not conformism. There has never been a shortage of creativity and talent.... just the necessity to make a little space for everyone.

Electronic music is… 
Whatever you want it to be - but never an elitist statement of superiority. It represents the mood of the people, the times we live in, the tech it is interbreeding with and it will always be a gateway to wider self-expression: from the floor to the door, out to the street, online and where ever we go...

Artists to look out for…
Are the ones who need a little more support and experienced encouragement to find their way in, on and up. The talent of these ladies will only blossom under a bit more light: Buhle, Sakhe, MizDee & Malebza de DJ.

The Phuture will... 
..............................survive!
The Phuture will stay alive!

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