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DJ Whisky (pictured) says his favourite whisky is Glenfiddich. “I am not sponsored by them because I don’t get those privi- leges yet,” he laughs.
This young DJ is causing waves on the dance floors around the country with his album, The Rebirth. The name of the album is due to the fact that last year someone broke into his home and stole his harddrive of songs. Not to be defeated by this nasty act, he picked himself up and continued.
Don’t be fooled by the first single, Umajaivane, featuring Brickz. This album is not some cheesy kwaito/house production playing on the lowest common denomi- nator. It has some brilliant musical moments.
“I’m all about working with new artists. I don’t want to box myself as a deep house DJ and producer.
Born in Phola in Witbank, he grew up on kwaito music and had initial aspirations of being a kwaito star. But when house music blew up he started experimenting with the genre and discovered his true calling.
His first big hit was Boni Mores which is Latin for ‘good morals’. It featured on DJ China’s compilation, Deep Inside Volume 1.
“That was when my relationship with Soul Candi began. They just wanted more and more tracks. My first album was on Soul Candi 10. It was called Candi Roots. They come as a big package of albums which are released annually in March and I was the only DJ who had his own music. City Lights featuring Pixie Bennett blew up.”
In 2011 he signed a three-album deal with the dance label. He says Rebirth is his first real album.
The opening track features a new artist called Empress. Her voice borders on masculine which adds a fascinating depth to the Afro orientated soulful house. “I enjoy working with unknown artists because they are hungry.”
The second track features Zaki Ibrahim and Johnny Miller. But it is the fourth track, The Way You Move featuring the underrated Kruna, that really stands out. “I love the Afro pop influences of his voice. He deserves to shine.”
Just Dance, featuring yet another unknown, Nozipho, is his strongest song on the album. She has a powerful voice that borders on angry desperation and then there is the break in the song, which is really something else. I predict a big summer hit. In fact, every song on the album is a potential hit and DJ Whisky is set to dine out on Rebirth for the next two years.
What stands out with this producer is his careful attention to detail. It is easy to churn out house ditties with the technology of today. But to make an album in which every song has a melody, and every song is potential radio material – not many can lay claim to that.