Basmnt is a multi-genre DJ who brings an unexpected twist to the dance floor
Khanyisile Dube is the founder of the Johannesburg based streetwear brand Trendscend and a multi-genre DJ who started out because he felt the parties that he went to didn't play enough of the music he had on his iTunes. Playing Kwaito, Disco, Hip Hop/Rap and Electric music, you can be sure that Basmnt will add a much unexpected twist to your night.
How did you come up with the name BASMNT?
My best friend actually gave me the nickname, pronounced Bassment, which he got from Channel O Basement. Apparently I'm very "lowkey" and underground with my moves so BASMNT fit.
How long have you been in the game and how has your sound changed over the years?
I've only been in the game for two years now and being exposed to so many dope local DJs and being invited to different parties I've definitely grown into more eclectic sounds, which I'm trying to bring into the commercial scene. I always say "Take it from the Basement to the top floor."
You're a resident at Great Dane and play regularly at Kitcheners. Describe the scene happening in Braam right now.
I love that the scene in Braam is starting to embrace different types of music now. Deep house, Disco, Balearic and Broken Beat are just a few of the genres that the people are really enjoying. DJs have more freedom to express themselves and experiment with new sounds now that the crowd is more open to it.
What have been some of your most memorable gigs and why?
Playing at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week AFI Experience was my biggest and most memorable gig to date. I played all three days and got to open for AKA on the final day, which was pretty cool. Another memorable gig has to be playing at Chez Nicolas Lounge in Gaborone, Botswana. It was my first time there and amazing to experience their party scene.
What's in the mix you made for The Way of Us?
In this mix I explores a lot of what I've been listening to lately. It's inspired by my muse and a story about my experience with this person, which you can hear through the different styles of music. It's very personal to me and so I hope you enjoy the vibes.
Anything to add, please do so here...
I've started a music division under my clothing brand called TRNSD Sound. For our first project, we aim to give a platform to local DJs and producers who I feel are on the same wavelength as my clothing brand, Trendscend. We've partnered with HYPE Magazine to release monthly guest mixes and full interviews, also we are planning on hosting TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Live sessions.