Ladies and gents, you are in for a real treat this coming Saturday, at the ROLLING IN THE DEEP event happening at Arcade Empire. Jo Deepa is a deep house DJ\Producer from Johannesburg who has been around for a long time, whilst entertaining thousands of party goers with his unique style of song selection and charisma. He is also part of the brand HOUSE KNIGHTS, who have a globally recognised podcast, throw some dope deep house events in JHB and who always deliver when asked to be behind the decks. He will be bringing his sexy smile and good vibes this weekend, ready to rock your socks off!! We caught up with him for a chat, this is what he had to say:
MA: Hey brother, you well?? Before we get started, do you mind introducing yourself and giving us a short background on yourselves and you got started in music?
Ola Mixed apples… always well guys! Hope u guys are groovy n ready to vibe on the 19th!
Ok, where do i start… Hi… my name is Jody and I like long strolls on the beach, picnics in the park and rescuing pigeons from trees! Hahahaha! Ok… on a more serious note. My name really is Jody, that part is true… I’ve been in the dj game now for about 18 years… started back 1997 when raves were still the in thing! After a few years, i was introduced to deep house when the club Reality first opened… The bug bit me hard and I’ve never looked back! I’ve had the privelege of playing some amazing clubs and parties and playing along side some big names and inspirations!
MA: How would you describe the style of music you play?
I’d say my style is progressive hard style edm trance deep! Hahahahaha… juuuust kidding! Deep house all the way… from old school to organic to new age… if it moves my soul… it gets played!
MA: What would you say have been some inspirations to your musical journey thus far?
Wowzers… so many inspirations hey… from djs to producers to promoters to clubs and festivals… I have so many and still getting inspired with each gig I play! If I had to pin point 3… I’d have to say… my partner in crime, Miguel Tavares. My good homies, the HouseHold Funk boys and living and playing overseas!!!
I’m just inspired by so many things… everyday!!!
MA: You are part of a brand called House Kinights, throwing some of the dopest deep house events in JHB, as well as having a bi-weekly podcast, which is downloaded all over the world!! Could you hit us with a short 101 on House Knights??
Short 101? Good lordy… only short thing about HK is Miguel! Hahahahaha.
It’s been a mad and amazing roller coaster ride hey! There’s 3 of us involved in HK… Alex Sims (who now resides in Portugal), Miguel Tavares and myself, Jo Deepa! Alex and Miguel started HK many moons ago with the podcast situation… they asked me to join when I moved back to the sunny shores of SA 5 years ago… I think it’s because I’m so ridiculously good looking! Hahahaha! Naaa… We’ve all been mates for many years and they saw the passion I had for the music so they took a chance and asked me to join… it’s been an amazing journey ever since! Love those boys with all my heart!
As for what we do at HK… well… u hit the nail on the head when u asked the question… bi-weekly podcast where we feature a 45 minute resident mix from either Alex, Migs or myself and a 45 guest mix… you can download the podcast from our website… www.houseknights.com and yebo yes, we also throw some sick parties around the zero11… we already starting to plan our next one for the summer… oooooweeee… can’t wait
MA: The local music scene has been growing in leaps over the last few years, what has you most excited about how things are progressing in SA?
What has me most excited is all these international DJ’s / producers that are being flown in… some big names that I’ve been following for ages and some news names that I’ve started following because of hearing what they do to SA when they are here! It’s a very exciting time… very inspirational to say the least! A massive shout out def has to go to the boys at Truth… they definately the leaders in this international sensation that we’ve been experiencing… and thanks to them… I’ve been very privileged to be on the same line up as a lot of these guys… the one that stands out the most for me is when they booked us to open for Stimming… one of the most amazing nights and sets of my entire career… will never forget that!!! And let’s not forget the local talent making big waves too… everything is just so exciting!!!
MA: You are playing at the next Mixed Apples event, at Arcade Empire, Pretoria… Are you excited about this?
Does a duck with 1 leg swim in circles? Yes it does!!! Extremely excited about this… mixed apples always supports what I do so I’m feeling very excited and honoured to be a part of this… thank you kindly!
MA: What can we expect from your set?
Well, like I said before… some progressive hard style edm trance deep! Dance floor bangers! Hahahahaha! No… it all depends on what time slot I’m playing… whatever time it is… it’s strictly deep!
MA: Are there any other projects that you are working on that we might be interested in hearing about?
There are indeed… but I have to keep my mouth shut about that right now… I’m afraid that if I tell you… I’m gonna have to kill you! Hahahaha! I just don’t wanna jinx it right now
MA: Where can we follow you on social media?
Well… u can follow me and HK on most social media platforms… House Knights (HK) on facebook…. @HKhouseknights and @jodeepa on twitter and of course @jodeepa and @houseknights on Instagram! Also, check out our website www.houseknights.com for gigs, events, pics from events and of course the ever popular podcast!
MA: Thank you so much for your time…
aaaaah lads… anytime! Thanks for the interview