16.07.2018

The Mixtape Vol. 169

Enjoy some strictly good vibes from White Nite, who delivers an hour-long mix of house and disco and some wonky stuff towards the end

White Nite has been DJing professionally since 2004, cutting his teeth in and around Cape Town's city centre and immersing himself in its Hip Hop, Turntablism and DnB scenes. As a founding member of Cape HipHop outfit "ETC Crew", he was also DJ and producer for the group.

Since these early days, he has developed a great appreciation for the electronic left-of-centre: spinning everything from downtempo beats to disco, various flavours of house as well as the types of Bass music that still manage to defy classification.

Also known for his technical ability, White Nite was invited to judge at the South African DMC Finals 3 years running and was selected to compete in South Africa's first ever Red Bull 3Style battle in Johannesburg (2012). He is also a member of SA based Turntablist crew SPINDLE along with DJ's Hamma, Tha Cutt, Soosh, Klinikal, Nastie Ed & Boogie Blind (NYC).

2012 also saw the inception of LEGGO! - a weekly and then monthly "Bass" night and accompanying radio show in Cape Town. This night made its mark on the Cape Town landscape after only a few months thanks to quality local and international guest DJs and strict curation. In 2016 he started Brunch alongside Daddy Warbucks whose music policy is simply "Good vibe music".

Event-wise, White Nite has played many regular major festivals in SA over the years (CTIJF, Daisies, Oppikoppi, Earthdance, Ramfest, Synergy) as well as notable one-offs including Diplo's Mad Decent Block Party in CPT, 2015's Soulection event, the 2016 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) and a live set on the legendary Boiler Room the same year.

White Nite has produced and collaborated on music with artists including Akil (Jurassic 5), John Robinson, Zaki Ibrahim, Spoek Mathambo and many more of SA's finest talents. On the performance front, he has shared the stage with countless international heavyweights - from hip hop royalty like 9th Wonder, J-Live, Bahamadia and Masta Ace to world class DJs, Turntablists and producers including DJ Craze, A-Trak, Mr Carmack, Skrillex, The Gaslamp Killer, Scratcha DVA, Kode9, Hudson Mohawke and Ardalan to name a few.

What's your sound story?

I started out playing guitar as a kid and went on to study music and then sound and eventually started a hip hop crew with some close friends. I got really into making beats, recording/mixing and DJing/scratching all at once. We all started gigging around 2004 in Cape Town. There was actually quite a lot going on back then musically. Along with funk, soul and beats I was also big into jungle and DnB among other things. 

Since then I've delved into loads of different sounds and dug into the roots of all these scenes. Nowadays I'm enjoying playing a lot housier when it comes to DJ sets but I'm still a fan of all of it. Give me at least two hours to play whatever I want and I'm happy. 

What was the first album you bought?

I'm pretty sure it was Smash by Offspring. Still got the cassette.

How has your musical taste changed over the years?

As I said I've been through many phases over the years but I think if anything it's all come full circle in terms of the vibe. I'm just a lot more open-minded now. I've definitely got a soft spot for tunes that reference or sample the stuff I grew up listening to. I've also been through years where I was playing more club-oriented music, where the focus was bass/energy and not much musicality. I think I've definitely matured a bit since then and found more of a balance. There's definitely a time and a place for everything though, and I still collect a lot of tougher/harder stuff that I don't get to play too often these days (*cough* promoters). Short answer is I would say my tastes have expanded rather than changed.

What's in the mix you made for The Way of Us? 

Strictly good vibes on this one. I kept it pretty much 4/4 throughout. Mostly recent(ish) house and disco with some wonky stuff towards the end. A couple of unreleased and local gems lurking in there as well.

Describe your dance style?

The ubiquitous DJ shuffle (stare directly at the DJ, minimal body movement).

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