MCBN: Thanks for chatting to us. We like to start things off slowly and ask the age old question. How did you get into DJ & producing and come up the name DJ Mystique?
Well, several years ago I started out as an MC with a local hiphop group, and I needed a name that was easy to use in rhymes. “MC Mystique making them bounce like elastic” was one of my first corny lines :-). I only started DJ’ing later on because I was always playing with the gear of the DJ of our group, and after a while the crew felt I was spinning it better than him, so I ended up taking over control of the music. Later on the group fell apart, but I was doing small gigs and specialized further into DJ’ing, turntablism, and later on in producing.
MCBN: What have been your three favourite gigs you have played to date?
Bangkok in Thailand, where I did the opening for Barsu (which is the nightclub of the amazing Sheraton Grande hotel).
Next up is Nikki Beach Miami at WMC two years ago, which was my first US gig – it had an amazing line up!
And here in Belgium definitely Laundry Day 2012, a DJ festival in Antwerp with eleven stages, where I got the opportunity this year to be the headliner on one of their biggest stages – it’s the coolest festival in Belgium.
MCBN: When you leave home with your record bag, which three tunes are ALWAYS in there?
Well the vinyl days are over for me… I play with usb sticks. But there are three tunes I always bring along – my own production “Here comes that sound”, my bootleg of Congorock – Babylon, and Generation X by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
MCBN: Playing alongside side some of the worlds biggest DJ’s and worlds biggest festivals must have allowed you to see some insane things. What has been the craziest/funniest/wildest thing you have seen while DJing?
That has to be opening of a club in Vilnius, Lithuania. They call Vilnius the city of women because they outnumber the men with a big difference (check the statistics). I’ve never seen so many amazing looking women in one town. The owner of the club took me to a private afterparty in a sauna after the event with only me, him, a few associates and a bunch of women. Let’s just say I had the time of my life… Haha 🙂
MCBN: If you could collaborate with any artist out there, who would it be and why?
Prince!! I’ve always been a fan of his work, especially what he did with the new power generation. Imagine a big electro tune with a Prince vocal on it… EPIC!
MCBN: Do you know much about Cape Town and the scene down here? What can the crowd down here expect from the DJ Mystique set?
I don’t know anything about the scene there to be honest… They can expect an exciting, electro-driven DJ set with lots of my own productions, bootlegs, promo exclusives etc.
MCBN: What is the largest crowd you have ever played too?
That would have to be the Main Stage at the ‘Gentse Feesten’ in Belgium, a large festival in Ghent city, where I played in front of 20.000 people.