This week on the DEEP INSPIRATION SHOW is a DJ duo from South Africa, who go by the names Thesman & Tobetsa Lamola. These gents have something special to showcase this week, I hope you enjoy 😀 Here is a interview along with the mix…
MA: Hey Guys, thanks for your time…Please can you introduce yourselves and tell us where are you from?
Thesman: Thanks for giving us the opportunity. My name is Thesele Moshoeshoe p.k.a DJ Thes-Man. I’m from Phumula Gardens in the East Rand
Tobetsa: Tumelo Charles Lamola aka Tobesta Lamola From Vosloorus in the East Rand.
MA: Can you give us a bit of background on how you got started in music?
Thesman: The journey started at the ripe age of 14, taking the first step collecting work from local influences like Kabzela, Iggy Small, DJ Fresh, Ganyani, Oskido, Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Mbuso and internationally Blue Six, Quentin Harris, Manoo, Lars Berenroth, Mr. V, Boddhi Satva and Rocco. I then took the next step, understanding the art of sounds presented in house music and entered into the sphere of DJing at 15. Then 18, stepped into the realm of Production.
Tobetsa: My big brother has been doing music since back then,I got in to the music by looking and listening to him whilst he was doing music production in the house, then he taught me how to produce. since then I’ve been doing it as well.
MA: Do you only DJ? or are you involved in production too?
Thesman: I’m a DJ and a producer.
Tobetsa: I started with production then move to DJ’ing, so I can play my music to see how people react to it.
MA: What have been your biggest influences and inspirations in your music journey thus far?
Thesman: Thus far? Wow, a lot of people have influenced me. But I would say mostly its the deep house music in general, internationally and locally.
Tobetsa: My big brother and listening to most of big producers from my hood (vosloo) the likes Dj Cleo, Clock and Stethoscope.
MA: How would you describe your DJ style?
Thesman: I would say my DJ style is more deep, but usually I can play anything that has a rhythm and a groove to it.
Tobetsa: Because I play deep house I would describe my style deep tech and chilled vibes.
MA: What has you most excited about the local music scene at the moment?
Thesman: Ahhh, South African music scene is surely evolving or let me say it has evolved. We do have talented producers and I’m loving the scene.
Tobetsa: Its really exciting because our local house now can reach international stages and now we recognized internationally and we get bookings all over the world.
MA: What has been some of your highlights as a DJ?
Thesman: The chance to play at one of the biggest radio station in Botswana (Gabz FM).
Tobetsa: Seeing people dancing to my music everywhere I go.
MA: Are there any local artists/DJ that you see big thing from?
Thesman: Yes, there are so many talented producers and artists in SA, but just to name a few: Mr. Zee Morez, Lady Lebz, Lady Krypton, Rascu, Abel Daizer, JayMoss Crew…
Tobetsa: Yep! Dj Clock, he works very hard on his craft.
MA: I believe you also own your own record label? Can you give us a bit more info on this please…
Thesman: Yes ! OhYea MuZiQ™ its called. Releasing nothing but the finest deep house cuts on it. Started as an idea back in 2012, and now here it is active and signing top notch artists. The roster: Jerk House Connection, Tobetsa Lamola, Abel Daizer, Lady Lebz, Lady Krypton, Layla Jayne, Patrick Bo, JayMoss Crew, Serenaded Soul (Rascu), Groovegardener. More artists to release on the label.
Thinking of releasing Nu-Soul/Indie Dance to the label as well.
MA: What can we expect from this guest mix on the Deep Inspiration Show?
Thesman: Most of the tracks in the mix are unreleased, but I’ll let the mix do its part and touch the soul of those who will be listening to it.
MA: Anything that you are working on that we might be interested in?
Thesman: For sure, I’m currently busy doing an EP with Lars Von Licht from Germany, then got a couple of EPs to be released in the next couple of days/months which I collabo’ed with artists and producers such as Tobetsa Lamola, Tapes, Miss Luna, Kimicoh, Patrick Bo and Darian Crouse.
Tobetsa: Working on getting my music on compilations and building my name in SA.
MA: Where can people follow you?
Facebook: DJ Thes-Man (S.A)
MA: Finally, what is the one music festival you still wish to play at one day?
Thesman: Southport Weekender