25.01.2016

The Mixtape Vol. 40

An exclusive mix by South African House legend Euphonik

A collector of tapes, CDs and vinyl from the age of 11, Themba Mbongeni Nkosi’s big break came at 14-years old when he was asked to DJ a friend’s sister’s birthday party.

“Watching the reaction on people’s faces to the music made me realize that this is what I want to do forever,” says the DJ, producer and radio presenter who now goes by Euphonik and is known for his house bangers. 

In this exclusive mix for Superbalist he has included the likes of Mi Casa, Mpumi Mzobe, Kris J, Mishka, Kelly Fortuin and Candi Staton – all artists he has previously collaborated with. 

What we want to know is if Euphonik and Mi Casa set out to make a summer anthem with ‘Don’t Wanna Be’, and if there’s a formula for pop success?

“We definitely didn't. The process is usually to first make good music and then later sit and plan out where and how to drop the track and where it would fit. I've never gone into studio to make a hit. I only work on music when I want to pour my heart out.” 

Prior to ‘Don’t Wanna Be a Lover’, which was Euphonik and Mi Casa’s first collaboration, he worked with Duda from Mi Casa on ‘Happy Song’, and there’s a chance that we’ll hear more collaborations in the future.

And it’s not just other musicians who Euphonik is collaborating with. The sneakerhead, with a collection surpassing 250 pairs of shoes and a collaboration with Superga, says with a chuckle: “I would definitely say my kicks game is on fleek.” 

This party-starter has laid a solid foundation for his future, building on his love of house with an entrepreneurial side that has seen him amass a property empire. 

“Property, like anything else, is difficult in the beginning but once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier. My three tips would be: never make an emotional buy, research the neighborhood in depth and always make sure you buy in the right location based on future trends of the area." 

Speaking of future trends, your style of house music is very upbeat, but what's your opinion on the Gqom sound from Durban that's blowing up overseas?

“I love all genres of music and Gqom has blown up overseas because it’s unique to South Africa. I believe in order for us to be relevant overseas we can't give them what they have already. I did a track with Khaya Dlanga and Bhekzin Terris called 'Ziright iGals' that is Gqom with electro elements. I'm still in planning phase with the team but the headline plan for Euphonik this year is to go global. It’s time now.”

And then why is this mix you’ve made us the best way to start our week?

“I always make music that that sets the mood and makes you feel good. It's feel good music.”