This weekend sees the final Park Acoustics event of 2017, which caps of another great year for this amazing brand/production. For the final jam, Park Acoustics will be brining you loads of incredible music, on two separate dance floors, as well as the comedy stage at the end of the day. The electronic music will be brought to you by the guys at TOYTOY, one of the truly great venues for electronic music in SA, with a full on TOYTOY Showcase. One of the acts, which we had the pleasure of chatting to, FABIO, will be playing at the showcase. We had a chat with him, this is what he had to say:
- Hello Fabio, how you doing today? Great to be chatting to you…
Doing good thanks guys, hope you are too and thanks for the chat.
- Before we get started, can you please give us a short 101 on who Fabio the DJ/Producer is? Where in SA are you from and how music became a big part of your life?
I grew up in Rustenburg in the NW of SA and moved to JHB in early 1995 to study. Shortly after moving to JHB I went to my first rave, it was around the time the rave scene was really starting to gather momentum and I got super excited by the music and atmosphere at these parties. Towards the end of 1996 I bought a cheap set of turntables from Gforce and my first few records. I was more interested in collecting music and going to hear the best DJ’s in SA play than actually playing out. In early 1998 I decided to broaden my horizons and move to London to experience the music scene there. I spent a year and a half there and a few months in the Netherlands, again, mainly going to the best parties and collect as much music as I could. I moved back to SA and started getting gigs here and there before meeting my business partner Dogstarr and reconnecting with Gforce. We started working on parties and doing gigs together and decided to form the Digital Rockit collective which became a huge influence on me. From there we started TOYTOY in 2008 as one off parties and then in 2011 as a weekly night. In terms of music production, I have dabbled here and there but never really got into my stride so the output has been limited.
- Where do you take inspiration from in your “sound”?
Without a doubt I was and still am inspired by the techno and electro sounds from Detroit, I have always loved its soulfulness and melody all while being quite tough. I also always loved the way Detroit artists would change things up and throw in electro, disco and house into their sets.
- You are firmly involved at the JHB club culture known as TOY TOY. How has the experience over the years been and to see the steady growth of the brand?
TOYTOY is something I hold very dear to me, it inspires me week in and week out. There are times when I am feeling low and get to play at TOYTOY and it completely changes my mood. The most interesting thing I have noticed with the brand is how in tune and accepting the crowd is, we showcase a variety of artists and sounds and they always seem really into it and switched on to the nuances of the music.
- How would you describe TOY TOY to someone that has never experiences it?
Proper clubbing. Dark, smoky, no phones, big sound and intense atmosphere.
- What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
I think dance music is in good shape in SA, there are great promoters, DJ’s and producers doing really great things, both in CT and JHB and even internationally. I think this is always a positive sign and something that bodes well for the future of electronic music in SA.
- Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
Of course, its always worth mentioning Black Coffee and his international success as well as Shimza, Floyd Lavine, DJ Okapi, Renato (who will be featured at TOYTOY this Friday alongside Radio Slave.)
- You are playing at the final park Acoustics of 2017, for the TOY TOY Sound System showcase, are you excited for this gig? What can we expect from the show?
I hold the producers of Park Acoustics in really high regard, they do such an amazing job at all their events and bring a really cool crowd and production quality, so I am always excited to play for them. You can expect so top quality tunes, whatever the mood, from all the TOYTOY artists featured.
- Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
I will have to point to the next few weeks at TOYTOY, we are winding up the year with some incredible international and local talent. As I mentioned earlier, Radio Slave this coming Friday then we have Berghain resident Anthony Parasole on the 8th of Dec and Bruno Morphet for our year end closing party on the 15th Dec.
- Where can we follow you on social media?
Like away. Thanks guys and peace out.