Date: Sunday, 4 February 2018
Venue: Voortrekker Monument, PTA
Entrance: R135 Early Bird Online, R150 online at http://www.parkacoustics.co.za, R175 at the gate.
(Free for children under the age of 6, R15 per vehicle at entrance of nature reserve.)
Time: Gates open 10AM – 18h30PM
Line-Up: Karen Zoid, Koos Kombuis, Diamond Thug, Dawie De Jager, Foxtrot, Michael Lesar, Schalk Bezuidenhout and Many More!
Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2DeaubF
Interview: Michael Lesar
Hey Michael, rad to be chatting to you again, how you doing?
– I’m very well thank you! I’ve had a great start to 2018 and feeling extremely excited and inspired at the moment so I guess that’s good.
– Before we get started, can you please give us a short background on Michael Lesar as a musician, DJ and event organiser? When/How did you start in the industry and what has kept you in the game for so many years?
– I’m originally from Cape Town. I grew up in Mitchell’s Plain on the Cape Flats and moved to JHB 8 years ago. I’ve been playing for roughly about 18 – 20 years. 17 of those years on a professional circuit . In 2002 myself and 2 friends launched an event, my first ever event called ”DeepHeet Parteez” which was an immediate success on the House scene and ran for 10 years. I owe everything to this event as it basically launched my career in events and DJ’ing as it allowed me to work with and share the stage with industry legends. I always had a full time time job and was always juggling both and treated the DJ’ing as a ‘side line’ thing until 2012 when I decided to quit my day job and pursue my passion for the industry. This was the game changer and the best move I have ever made for myself. It’s amazing what not having a monthly safety net / salary does to you. I was forced to treat my brand as a business and never looked back. Since then I’ve also started a band and DJ’d professionally in 7 countries. I still can’t believe its been 6 years already, wow how time flies when you’re having fun! So I would say it’s definitely my genuine love for the music / events industry that has kept me going for all these years, I mean how crazy is it that I get paid to do something I would easy do for free 🙂
– Can you describe your sound/genre in 5 words for us?
– Good music, naughty, fun, cheeky.
– Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”?
– I take inspiration from many different experiences, definitely while traveling, also the love I have for music. I draw big inspiration from early Jazz and Soul music and also from the 70s era which carries over into my House music and obviously my Disco / Funk sets. Then I also love the 1930s / 50s a real great time for music so yes, many things inspire me it depends on the moment.
– What have been some of your highlights from 2017?
– Mmmm I’ve had a really great 2017, but I would say the things that stands out is spending 3 weeks in Goa / India, buying my first classic car – something I’ve dreamt about for so many years, becoming an uncle, I also thoroughly enjoyed my residency at the Neighbourgoods Market in Newtown; these stand out the most.
– Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention, that did amazing work last year?
– Too many to mention but for bands – Bomb Shelter Beast, BCUC and DJ Kyle Watson.
– You are on the bill for the first Park Acoustics event of 2018… Are you excited for the gig? What can we expect from your performance?
– I’m extremely excited! Wow its no secret that Park Acoustics is my favourite event of all time and also my most favourite monthly residency of all time, so needless to say I’m counting down the days and have such an awesome mix bag vintage set planned starting with 1930s into 1950s and ending off with 1970s. Thats all I can say for now so you have to be there to experience it for yourself 😉
– Being a part of Park Acoustics for many years now, what can you say about the festival and the amazing team behind it?
– The best 1 day festival in South Africa in my humble opinion, professionally organised and well run, don’t get me started on the team. Man, I have so much love and and respect for the boys, its always a bonus to work with good like-minded peeps. They also play such an important part / roll in keeping the S.A scene alive. Pretoria should be proud – I know I am.
– Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
– Yep, looking forward to launching an authentic vintage festival; that’s all I can say at the moment so keep an eye out!
– Where can we follow you on Social media?
Instagram – MichaelLesar