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OVER the years, Blackout has become a hard dance party phenomenon in Durban. Regular clubgoers know exactly what to expect from an event such as this – nothing but the highest calibre.
In essence, it is about experiencing a true underground culture with diverse and like-minded night crawlers up for a true musical journey.
Now in its fourth year, Blackout has hosted multiple international Deejays from Alf “Technikal” Bamford (UK), Steve Hill (Australia) and DJ Fausto (Netherlands). Formed by Tyronne Scott (pictured) of Pugfire and Lee Govender of Love-Tec entertainment , the dance phenomenon was created with the hope of exploring untouched variations of the hard dance genre.
Tonight caught up with Scott who is also in the line-up for Blackout Africa 2013 which goes down at Origin Nightclub on Friday. Other top South African DJs include Marc T, Morgan (Jozi), Ryan the Deejay (5FM), Grimehouse (Cape Town), Eddy Virgo (Joburg), G-Major, Ameeth Shah and more.
During our one-on-one, the friendly DJ tells me more about Blackout and how they tried to create something that was missing in Durban.
“We try different hard dance genre sounds on African soil to satisfy the hunger that so many of the genre’s followers experienced since one of Durban’s most legendary clubbing venues, 330, closed down.
“We were the first hard dance event to run at Origin. We tried to carry on from where 330 left off when it closed because there was a demand for it. It was very difficult to set the bar and to try to get a level playing field in terms of what they did because when it comes to the whole underground scene, 330 defined it. So people like Martin McHale and Marcus (Origin owners) had very big shoes to fill when it came to hard dance.
“Also, if you look at the current laser system that’s in the Origin, I brought that in. That was initially ours and was first used at Blackout. Also, as the whole underground scene exploded, things have become more expensive like DJ equipment. People don’t realise that it costs a lot to run events in terms of booking hotels, flights and DJ fees which is not in rand, but in their currency. So it works out to a lot.”
Defining his style of DJing as club and underground, for Scott, what sets him apart from other local DJs is his ability to not conform to the norm.
“It’s about searching for music no one else knows. Reading a crowd and understanding what my job is in terms of the time slot I’m playing. I think, most definitely taking the time to help others and using what we’ve created in terms of Blackout to showcase guys who haven’t had the chance to play out. That’s a very big thing. It’s just great to see people have fun and bring people from all different backgrounds and races on to one dance floor.”
• Catch Blackout Africa at The Origin on Friday. Tickets are R100. For info, call 083 775 3300