Candice Heyns started off in the days of MySpace and has grown from strength to strength since then. She is now one half of Blush N Bass, A TV presenter on MK and has her very own radio show on 2OV.fm . She loves playing Deep House and Techno and is also a brand icon for Adidas. You can catch her doing her thing on the the decks this weekend at Park Acoustics in Association with Jack Daniel’s. She took a moment of her time to chat to us ahead of her set, this is how it went down.
MA: Please tell us a little bit more about who you are and also about your journey to where you are today?
“I’m a music lover of all genre’s, I’m an optimist of the music culture in SA and the talent that comes from our homeland. I started DJ’ing in 2006, mostly spinning lounge, trip hop and chilled house beats.
My love and passion for techno and house music is from the Detroit techno sound. I grew up to listening to artists, like Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig and many more. I was influenced by many other sounds, such as DJ Krush, Diplo (when he was less arrogant) Miss Kitten, Black Coffee, Vinny Da Vinci and more. I started off playing as I-Can in 2006. I played a mixed genre of music that included a lot of Indie Electro at the time. I became one half of the Electro DUO, called “Blush N Bass” that was formed in 1996. We played at many festivals and this was a great Highlight in my life. The festivals that stood out; was headlining the Redbull Studios live floor at Rocking the Daisies 2011 and Earthdance in Kenya, with one of my hero’s and now a good friend Amine Edge . The power of music has always kept me true to my roots, this bringing me back to my true love in life. The beauty of 4×4 music. This is who the real “Candice Heyns” is, and this is how I got to be where I am today. “
MA: How would you best describe your sound?
“Candice Heyns” … I hate this question… how do I describe my sound…. Its mostly deep house, deep tech and techno, with a bit of nu disco in there. It really depends on the set and the crowd. I’m always able to read my crowd and adjust accordingly but staying true to my sound. I think its essential that a DJ is able to adapt to the environment and their crowd. I love my vocals in my sets, whether it be a techno set or a deephouse set. You wont often hear me play with absolutely no vocals. I generally start of with an intro song…. I hate it when DJ’s mixes into someone else’s set, I think its important to distinguish yourself from the previous DJ playing. My set may go, up and down in tempo, depending on the gig and the amount of time I am playing. You can check out this mix, to see what I’m talking about: https://soundcloud.com/candice-heyns “
MA: What has been your most memorable moment so far as a DJ?
This is difficult question once again, they vary from, playing in front of 7 thousand people to having the most intimate parties at a venue like Great Dane and receiving the following tweet the next day “@CandiceHeyns It’s a humble opinion. What u did @fkngreatdane on sat nyt was an evolution of music! You are amazing!!!:-D” there is no better feeling than knowing you have played an important part in someone else’s possibly having one of their best nights 🙂
MA: You will be playing at the biggest Park Acoustics event to date, are you excited about this and what can people expect from you on the day?
“I feel honored to be a part of the BIGGEST PARK ACOUSTICS event to date 🙂 🙂 🙂 To be on the same line up as so many great artists, is rather exciting! I’m on the chilled deep floor, so no banging electro on the day 🙂 It will be an hour of deep, vocal beats infused with some nu disco, the kind of beats that make your feet tap and your body move without you even noticing it. It will keep you on the dance-floor and so will I if you bring me a tequila or two ;)”
MA: Who would you say has been the biggest inspiration to you?
“Ivan Turanjanin from Killer Robot has been my greatest influence as well as my guide. My sound is influenced on a daily basis, by people around me and talented producers that keep on appearing. ”
MA: If you could play back to back with any DJ in the world, who would it be?
“Jeff Mills, what a proper old skool legend!!!!”
MA: Where can people follow you?