Interview | DJ Siphe Tebeka


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Bridges For Music gave two South African DJs from the township a chance on the big stage, that big stage being Tomorrowland. Lavish 189 and Siphe Tebeka were chosen as part of the Bridges For Music Tomorrowland connection. Another giant step Bridges For Music has taken to put South Africa on the map.  We got hold of Siphe, who is from Gugulethu and hadn’t yet spun tunes outside his own country until this very moment. He got to play on the Dream Island stage to a couple thousand fans… Little do we know but Siphe has been producing since he was 17 years old and has produced over 800 tracks, most of which are unreleased. You’ll be hearing a mix very soon from this young man!

We chatted to Siphe about his experience!

MCBN: What were your thoughts going through your head when you were asked by Bridges For Music to play at Tomorrowland 2014?

I was very shocked, I didn’t believe it at first, I thought it was a joke, I was so emotional, because I always dreamed to play for huge crowd. Only until I got the passport/visa then I came to realise/believe this is happening…

MCBN: Tell us about your Tomorrowland 2014 experience?

I’ve learned a lot from Tomorrowland, The Organizers, Production, Stages, Transportation, Accommodations.. Everything was on point, and I got dropped on Dream Island stage, where the stage I was playing on was on top of the water, whenever the boats is passing, the people were dancing – The Stage is also moving as well. It was a great experience.. 

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MCBN: Who were your favourites act to see at Tomorrowland?

I met a lot of big names including Skrillex, Richie Hawtin, Yamo, Afro Jack, Tiesto… But I enjoyed Richie Hawtin’s Set the most…

MCBN:  What sound do you play and how would you say it’s evolved to get to where it is today?

I played local house, and 70% & of my own production, which is Deep House, Tribal House, Electro. I Think Deep House/Tribal House has evolved and that made South Africa the Capital of House Music because we have a huge fan base/lovers of dance music in the country. Electro is growing too.

MCBN: Who are your favourite local artists you look up to and influence your sound?

I’m more inspired by Culoe De Song, Black Coffee, DJ Fresh Compilations, Goldfish, Craig Massiv, Ralf Gum (International) and many more…

MCBN: Thanks for chatting to us, we’re excited about posting your mix

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