[interview] The World’s Strongest DJ Meets the Worlds Baddest Rapper!

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The David Gresham Entertainment Group is proud to announce that South African EDM hit maker DJ Mark Stent & Hip Hop chart topper Rouge have collaborated to perform and produce the summer smash hit single ‘Takeover’ due for release on David Gresham Records on 28 October 2016.

Mark Stent often referred to as the world’s strongest DJ is riding high after two number 1 hit singles on the national 5FM pop charts, namely ‘Rain‘ and ‘Come back home (4 weeks at number 1)’.  Whilst Rouge the self-proclaimed baddest female rapper has enjoyed similar success across Africa with her singles ‘Mbongo Zaka‘ and ‘Sheba Ngwan O‘.

The recording is a tumultuous journey into EDM & Hip Hop, with Rouge’s angry rap and Mark Stent’s euphoric summer beats. Takeover is destined to be one of the biggest dance records across the African continent in 2016 as well as making a massive statement when presented at the Amsterdam Dance Event in October.

Interview: Rouge x Mark Stent

Rouge_Mark Stent_Credit-Yeshiel Photography

Photo Credit-Yeshiel Photography

MA: Hi Mark… how you doing mate? Great to be chatting to you..
Im amazing! Thank you for taking the time to chat to me.

MA: Can you quickly give us a short 101 on who Mark Stent is? Where in SA you come from and how did music become such a big part of your life?
Im straight out of Benoni boet! I actually have a BSC in Actuarial Science with majors in mathematics and statistics. Im an ex SA bodybuilding champ and music has always been the biggest part of my life. My dad played multiple instruments and collected music, so i have been exposed to it since i was a baby. I started DJing when i was 18, playing at small bars and venues. Over time, its literally become what i eat, breathe and sleep. Ive been a professional DJ/Producer/label owner for 12 years now. Around 8 years ago i started producing my own music, so i had more exclusive material to play.

MA: What were your musical influences growing up?
I used to listen to Gangster rap originally, like NWA, Wu tang Clan etc. After that i got into Kwaito for a while, so M’Du and Arthur. The song that changed my life was Nightcrawlers – Push the Feeling on (MK mix), when i heard that for the first time i knew i had connected with something that touched my soul. Ive always loved Nirvana too though and have been a massive Techno fan for most of my life.

MA: You are releasing the track called TAKEOVER on the 28th October, which is a collaboration with the talented Rouge. How did this collaboration come about? What can we expect from this tune?
Its a funny story actually. I sent Andrew (from David Gresham records) the track by mistake. I thought i had sent another one. He asked me if i had a vocalist for it and told him i was confused as the track i had sent him DID have a vocal on it. After checking i told him it was just an experimental tune and he suggested that me and Rouge get together and as a result Takeover was born. Its a mix of house, kwaito and hip hop….something very different but its fun and catchy.

MA: Where will it be available for download/to buy?
It will be available exclusively on Vodacom live for the first week. After that iTunes and most other download stores

MA: 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 its AMAZING! This whole 90 percent thing from SABC and spurred on new motivation for artists, new collaborations. From my perspective South Africa is bubbling over with talent and idea. I would really like artists to work together more, to motivate each other more. In the hip hop scene everyone seems to be like a ‘brotherhood’, in the dance scene its very catty and bitchy.

MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
Absolutely! Im the hugest fan of Denholm harding form Just Jinger, he is the most amazing producer i have ever met. Of course Black Coffee and Casper Nyovest. Kyle Watson is killing it worldwide. I love Grimehouse work. A young producer named So Schway is making waves very quickly too. I’ve just done a collaboration with Keystate too, these guys are SUPER SUPER talented.

MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
Ive just finished three HUGE collaborations. One with international Higher Self, one with Reason and one with Keystate. and have an amazing track I’m working on right now with Jarrid Odendaal called “Goodbye”, i honestly think this track is my best work so far.

More about MARK STENT:

South African DJ, producer, remixer and self-confessed music lover Mark Stent’s passion for his craft is plainly evident from every energy-fueled, funked up DJ set he delivers to his dancefloor. Hailing from the City of Gold, Mark’s love affair with house music began in his early teens and led to a still insatiable obsession with the art of mixing and blending beats. Having performed in 15 countries around the world Stent is also a main stage headliner at the Ultra Music Festival and a resident DJ at H2O and Octopia Music Festivals. Not only is Stent a chart topping producer/DJ but his also a former SA Bodybuilding champion and has a BSC degree in actuarial science.

More about ROUGE:

Rouge was inspired as a child by Lauryn Hill and Kanye West, her compositions combine elements of rap, dance, and hip-hop. Rouges’ tremendous vocal execution and punch lines has made her an instant favorite at both radio stations and on the stage. Although she only wrote her first song at the age of 19, Rouge had been taking part in acting, public speaking and poetry, not knowing she was preparing herself for what was to come. Rouge graduated with a degree in Drama at the University of Pretoria. Rouge incorporates some French in her lyrics because of her Congolese origins.

TAKEOVER will be available on all other digital and streaming platforms from 4 November 2016.


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