With a refreshingly distinct and diverse sound, Dwson is one of the most sought after electronic artists in SA right now.
Dwson (pronounced Dawson), a 25-year-old Capetonian producer, is one of the most sought after and leading electronic artists in South Africa at the moment. Effortlessly breathing new life into the local deep house scene with his deep and dub sound, Dwson seems to be a clear favourite across South Africa and amongst house music lovers.
With a clear vision and a refreshingly distinct and diverse sound, he refuses to be tied to one style of house and his productions cover a range of sub-genres. This allowed him to play large, well-respected events and festivals such as Oppikoppi, Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, Rocking the Daisies, Synergy and Redbull Music Festival Johannesburg. Having just released his “Glimpses Of You EP” featuring Dumama, Roxy Caroline and Sio, he plans to not stop and has more up his sleeve this 2019. We asked him to make us a little mix and answer a few questions — you can read more after the jump.
What's your sound story?
So the journey for me started in 2012 at Soul Candi Institute Of Music, a kid from Factreton, with no music theory, didn’t know how to play the keyboard or any instrument but my mother’s Tupperware or kitchen table and kitchen counters... it took me a few years to get my sound to what it is now and most of it came from experimenting and expressing myself; I think people can easily catch a Dwson track by the way I play my chords. I’ve always been a fan of strumming chords and it’s cool to hear some industry fellows are influenced by it today.
How did you come up with your alias?
I really liked the name Dawson but I couldn’t rock with the name for too long because there was another artist with the name and we didn’t want to confuse people. So I dropped the “a” and spelt it “Dwson”. The meaning behind the name is that it simply means to be a powerful force and to influence people — that’s what I hope to be.
Where have you played and what's your local (place to hang out at, place to play?)
I’ve played at a lot of amazing events including festivals such as Rocking the Daisies, Oppikoppi, CTEMF, Synergy, etc. Different events in and out of the city, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, East London and Namibia. My favourite places to play is such a tough one because I’ve played really amazing shows all over, but if I were to choose my number one favourite it’s definitely We House Sundays because you get to play whatever you feel because they appreciate good music and have a lot of appreciation for house music — they’ve got an amazing team behind it, too.
What was the first album you ever bought?
I can’t remember what the very first album I bought was but I can tell you what my very first album I got as a gift was. It was Nelly’s “Nellyville” album. I think Dilemma just dropped as a single in 2002 and even though I was too young to relate to any of the things they were rapping and singing about, there was something that connected me to that kind of music at the time.
Describe your dance style.
I don’t have a dance style — fun fact though, I can humbly say I was probably one of the youngest and baddest dancers in my crew when I was much younger! We used to go to the malls & compete with different crews across Cape Town, and when anyone wanted that smoke they’d have to dance against me. Haha!
What's in the mix you made us?
In today’s mix I included the following songs:
Pat Lezizmo ft Cato - Prophets & Sages (Atjazz Floor Dub)
Dwson - Lucy (Cornelius SA Remix)
Dwson – Glimpses Of You (feat. Roxy Caroline)
Arkady Antsyrev, Legit Trip – Saint (Original Mix)
Brame, Hamo - Hotshot (Original Mix)
Which acts do you love sharing a stage with?
I love sharing the stage with a lot of local artists, across different genres too. I know too many good artists to choose from — there’s a lot of great talents out here.
What's the most exciting thing about your music right now?
I’ve just released my first EP for this year titled “Glimpses of You” and it features amazing talents such as Dumama, Roxy Caroline and Sio. We just finished shooting a music video for one of the songs with Sio titled “Nobody Else,” so keep an eye out for that ;) The video will be out on March 29th and my next gig is on March 30th at the South African Airforce Museum.