28.01.2019

The Mixtape Vol. 195

DJ BNNY mixes a selection of soulful masterpieces that best describe his energetic sets

Tebogo Nyathi also known as DJ Bunny (stylized as DJ BNNY) use to be a hip hop emcee who would battle kids in his high school. His life had always revolved around music and fascinated by DJs and their craft, he was soon tagging along to weddings and parties with those who could mentor him. After leaning how to operate Traktor Version 1 he quickly moved on to Fruity Loops and the rest, as they say, is history. 

DJ BNNY recently released his first official EP Text , an eclectic 4 track project that took nine months to complete, and so we got him to create a mix for The Way of Us and asked him a handful of questions. Read the answers after the jump.

How did you come up with your alias?

In my school days I used to be teased with my ears and I didn’t like it. I used to get very angry but growing and realizing that I need to embrace what I call the most important parts of my body made me to decide to call myself Bunny. This helped in boosting my confidence and understanding that these are my tools to being what I am slowly becoming.

Where have you played & what’s your local?

I have performed at prestigious events like: Potjiekos Sundays (Kwa-Thema), Turbine Art Fair Edition Party (Doorfontein, JHB), Mzansi Insider aired on SABC 1, Friends & Cocktail (Kwa-Thema), Sunday CookOuts, backed Andy Mkosi at the Young African Creatives Conference (Braamfontein, JHB) and also performed at the 2018 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards. I am still based in Kwa-Thema

Which festivals/gigs/events are you most looking forward to this summer?

Firstly, it has to be Inyathi Creations Apparel launch scheduled for March or April, Speed Bump Prosessions which I am a part of, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Heidelburg Jazz Festival and Afropunk again, I enjoyed Afropunk so I would not mind returning as one of the performers either with our band or as just a DJ.

What was the first album you ever bought?

DJ Terance – Music Box Volume 2

Describe your dance style?

I do not have a dance style.

What’s in the mix you made us?

I compiled and mixed my favourites with likes of Mpho Sebina, Kabomo, Mac Ayres, Hablot Brown, Amber Navran, Ari Lennox, Alfa Mist & Emmavie, Jaz Karis, L’indecis, Omar, Snakehips and I also added one track from my recently released EP. It is a mixture of very Soulful master pieces that describe my taste in music.

Which acts do you like sharing a stage with?

Twobirdy Panda, DJ Spend, Vusi Gold, Gam Gam band, KaySoul, Dark Art., Andy Mkosi, The Shaolin, Blvck Chinese, Authentik, Bhuddah TK, DJ Bengy, Stanky, Diatonicfamily, Thabo Phalatse, Boisanza, Ckenz Voucal, Neophonik, Mazz and internationally I would go for The Internet, Barney Artist, Eric Lau, Mndsgn, Flying Lotus, Harblot Brown and a whole lot of others. The list is way too much

What’s the most interesting thing about music now?

Artist from around the world collaborating. Be it mainstream or underground. I always say that music is bigger than us so at the end we need to unite since we are all unique and keep making music. South African music is growing and we see a number of artists visiting because we are now surfacing and making a mark around the world. South Africa is small country but it is blessed with so much artistically talented creators of music.

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