The Mixtape Vol. 110

Miki San Tzu presents some sex, some action, some intrigue and some heartbreak with Beige Bond

Miki San Tzu says that he likes to make things with his friends, read his response to collaborations to find out more, likes to do vocal tings on electronic music and sometimes even likes to DJ.

With a sound story that’s a doodle of the far reaches of electronic music, ever since his sister put him on to some really diverse music from an early age, Miki has loved the type of music where people throw out the rule book. 

Give his mixtape a spin and check out our Q&A with the artist after the jump. 

Which bands did you grow up listening to and what are you into nowadays?

Growing up it was Wu-Tang, Rage Against the Machine, The Mars Volta, Roni Size and his contemporaries. Now I've found some really amazing artists like Sevdaliza and Rafael Valente and I'm a massive fan of Nonku Phiri and Medicine Boy, too. 

What's your favourite music festival and why?

Mielie Pop and CTEMF. Both festivals are unique and really present a contemporary take on where music is at. It’s been a long time since I have been excited about acts and those festivals really showed me who is really making interesting music.

Describe your dance style.

It's all in the hips. I love to dance, you will catch me moving my bits most times I am out. Most times in my house too.

Who are your favourite artists to collaborate with?

Jeepers. I have been doing this for a long time. There are tunes out with Lazersharkk and Phizicist. I even got a Jakobsnake and Das Kapital to rap on a track once. Right now I am experimenting with House music and have done some pretty spectacular shows with Headphase this year. I do have a new project coming out in July with my longest suffering music friend. Skulla and I used to run around as Guns N Lazers a few years back. Now he has produced a new sound and we are pretty excited about the record. There is something about working with someone that knows you inside and out. We have seen each other grow and stumble through this music thing for close to a decade. It’s like a bit of magic working with him again.

Tell us about this mix you've made for The Way of Us.

I named the mix Beige Bond. I’ll start there. The mix is my version of a James Bond soundtrack if I was 007. So its got some sex, some action, some intrigue and some heartbreak.

How do you approach your music?

The opening monologue to this mix is from the film La Haine, which is kind of my approach to music as a whole: create stuff and see where it lands.

"This is the story of a man who falls from a fifty storey building. The man, as he falls constantly repeats to be reassured: everything is going well, so far so far so good, so far so good. But the important thing is not the fall, it's landing."

What's the best and worst part about being a South African musician?

The best part is I get to work with my idols. The worst part I still have to find out.

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