Mix n Blend are a nine piece electronic band doing it for the love
Describing themselves as a family of nine who like to hang out together, write music together, and perform music as a live electronic crossover band, together, Mix n Blend started out as a small campus radio show, started play some club gigs and later put out albums with African Dope Records.
Whether it’s the full lineup comprising three horns, two vocalists, a drummer, a DJ, a guitarist and a vj, or just two DJs, the aim is always the same, and something that hasn’t changed since founding members Kevin and Jon first starting hanging out when they were just boys – to have fun.
You can read our Q&A with Kevin and Jon after the jump.
Which bands did you grow up listening to and what are you into nowadays?
Jon: I had parents who didn't have the wildest taste in music, to put it mildly. So I grew up listening to very middle of the road stuff. Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam… but I loved music and I loved collecting and discovering new stuff. I think if you love music, and you keep digging, then it's this never-ending journey where you just keep discovering more and more things you like, perhaps really far away from where you started. And that's one of the coolest things about music.
What's your favourite music festival and why?
Kevin: I would have to say Sakifo music festival in Reunion Island. It's set along the beach and it's on an island. Winner right there! The festival itself is one of the best run we have ever seen and we were supremely looked after. And the line-up is always well thought out with a focus on world music in all its forms, and not just what the radio is playing.
Describe your dance style.
Kevin: Michael Jackson meets the world B Boy champ!! (My friends tell me otherwise the following day but what do they know!)
Jon: I don't know quite how to describe it, but I know it brings a lot of laughs to my friends.
Who are your favorite artists to collaborate with?
Jon: I think anyone out there that truly loves music, doesn't have an ego, is skilled and is in this whole thing for the right reasons. The first person I ever met like that, and someone I truly look up to, and see as a role model in his approach to how he makes music and interacts with people would be Sean Ou Tim (Mr. Sakitumi).
What's the best and worst part about being a South African musician?
Jon: The best part I get is you get to meet so many different people from so many walks of life, and have fun while you're doing that. The worst part is, I don't know actually. I'm trying to complain less about a lot, so I'm going to say I'm super happy that I get to make music and meet so many awesome people, and just go with that.
Tell us about this mix you've made for The Way of Us.
Kevin: Well we just got together and had a mix and this is what came of it. It's just a bunch of tracks that we have been loving recently and it's one of those mixes that you can just put on when you get home from work or even when you on your way to work, feel good, not too hardcore, not too hectic, just good fun.
Anything to add, please do so here...
Jon: Big love to all our friends and the people we get to work with all the time, all the people doing this 'cos you love it, you know who you are. We're so grateful we know you all, what an absolutely awesome way to make friends whilst doing what we love. Thanks so much for putting out our mix, we hope you like listening to it.