[interview] DJ BOB – Catch him at LETS TWIST AGAIN this Saturday.

[interview] DJ BOB - Catch him at LETS TWIST AGAIN this Saturday.

Ladies & Gents, this weekend is the next edition of the LETS TWIST AGAIN event, which is taking place at THE GOODLUCK BAR in Jozi. One of the acts performing on the night is DJ BOB who will be rocking some 50’s classic vinyl to get you twisting. Here is a short interview we did with him:

Interview: DJ BOB

  • Hey DJ Bob… How you doing dude? Please would you give us a short background on who DJ BOB is and how did music become a big part of your life?
DJ BOB HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY FOR AROUND 25 YEARS NOW, AND HAS AT VARIOUS STAGES BEEN AN ARTIST MANAGER, RESTAURATEUR, TOUR MANAGER, CLUB OWNER (206 LIVE), DJ, EVENT PRODUCER, SOUND ENGINEER, FESTIVALITE, BASICALLY, WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THE PARTY GOING.

I STARTED BOOKING BANDS IN 1990, AND OPENED MY FIRST LIVE MUSIC VENUE IN 1993 (MOJO’S). I RAN A STAGE AT OPPIKOPPI FOR 12 YEARS AND HAVE PLAYED THAT FESTIVAL FOR 20 YEARS NOW.

  • We believe that you will be doing a 50’s vinyl set at Lets Twist Again… Please give us your thoughts on playing vinyl instead of digital?
VINYL IS THE ONLY FORMAT I HAVE EVER PLAYED ON, AND I AM WAY TOO FAR GONE AND TOO OLD TO CHANGE NOW.  MY RECORD COLLECTION IS VERY MUCH A PART OF ME, AND EACH OF MY THOUSANDS OF RECORDS HAVE THEIR OWN PERSONAL STORY TO TELL; OVER TIME YOU BUILD UP A RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH RECORD, SOMETIMES YOU DON’T LISTEN TO OR PLAY AN ALBUM FOR MANY YEARS, AND THEN A PARTY LIKE THIS GIVES YOU THE EXCUSE TO DUST OFF SOME OLD FAVOURITES, AND PLAY MUSIC OFF RECORDS THAT ARE 60 YEARS OLD!.

PLAYING A RECORD IS TANGIBLE, A PHYSICAL APPROACH, AND EVEN SOMETIMES FEELS LIKE WORK IN A WAY.

BESIDES, RECORDS SOUND MUCH BETTER THAN ANY OTHER FORMAT.

  • Where and when did you start playing vinyl?
1984 IN BETHLEHEM IN THE FREE STATE. MY BROTHER (DJ T!) AND I PLAYED OFF ONE TURNTABLE AND A TAPE DECK AT SOME SCHOOL SOCIALS.
  • What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
MORE SUBSIDISED LIVE MUSIC VENUES. MUSIC SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED AND TAUGHT TO EVERYONE FROM A YOUNG AGE.
  • Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
TOO MANY. I LOVE OUR LIVE SCENE AT THE MOMENT.
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  • You will be playing a set at Lets Twist Again on the 1st October… are you excited for this event? What can we expect from your set?
I AM SO EXCITED TO BE PLAYING THE OPENING SET. THAT WAY I CAN START OFF WITH THE 50’S JAZZ AND BLUES SCENE AND MOVE UP THROUGH THE WHOLE SELECTION OF AMAZING 50’S MUSIC, ENDING OFF ON A HIGH NOTE JUST BEFORE THE BAND. GOING THROUGH MY COLLECTION THESE PAST FEW WEEKS, I HAVE DISCOVERED SO MANY HIDDEN GEMS THAT I NEVER THOUGHT WERE MADE IN THE 50’S…..I’M THINKING OF STARTING MY SET AT 6PM JUST TO FIT IT ALL IN!
  • Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
 THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON (2 OCT) I AM STARTING A ONCE-MONTHLY “BRING AND DRAAI” JAZZ CLUB AT THE LUCKY BEAN IN MELVILLE. A CHANCE FOR JAZZ HEADS TO GATHER, LISTEN TO RECORDS, SWAP, SELL AND ENJOY THE GREAT FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE THERE. I AM ALSO (STILL) WORKING ON BUILDING UP A REALLY GOOD RECORD COLLECTION.

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