DeepStar is one of the DJ’s that are super stoked to be playing at the Mixed Apples “THE APPLEVERSARY” 1st birthday party this Friday at Arcade Empire. He is a Joburg deep/tech house DJ and producer who is ready to blow your mind. We sat him down for a minute to chat about music and all other things nice, this is how it went down:
DS: It’s a pleasure, thank you for the opportunity to play at The Appleversary.
MA: Tell us a little bit of about yourselves, how you got started in music?
DS: My love affair with house music started with Fresh House Flava 1, back in ’98. I ate up every single one of DJ Fresh’s Fresh House Flava’s (Of which I still have the original CD’s) and it set up my passion for the genre and DJing. I learnt to DJ the hard way, on vinyl, no CDJ’s, no software, no tutor. It’s given me a solid base but it’s really the icing on the cake, the love has and always will be the music. As the music evolves, I evolve with it. Repetitive beat music is, ironically, endless.
MA: What are some of the influences in your sound/style?
DS: Currently I’m loving the 80’s remixes and 80’s synth sounds that are making a comeback. It’s a perfect fit for the deep bass melodies I’m after. Many people say vocals and lyrics make or break songs for them, my opinion on the other hand, is that the basslines make or break songs. If it lacks funk & bass it more than likely never makes my playlist.
MA: What has you most excited about the local music industry and how it has grown over the last few years?
DS: My big thing is Oppikoppi. I’m an avid follower and consider it the premier place to listen to local and international dance music. It’s inspired me time and time again, literately changing my idea of music each time I go. Every year it just gets bigger and bigger. Their collaboration with Redbull Studios has really pushed the house music scene at the festival to new heights. Every year there are a greater proportion of people going for the EDM acts rather than the main stage bands. And speaking of Redbull Studios they are really pioneering house and electronica in SA. Pity they are in Cape town, otherwise I’d attend their seminars all the time. I am also excited about the amount of new day festivals appearing everywhere. I love the vibes and the atmosphere.
MA: What is the one thing you can’t leave the house without?
DS: My damn pesky phone… I’m a nervous wreck if I ever leave it behind.
MA: Favourite track at the moment?
DS: Rockit by Cucumbers
MA: Is there any other projects that you are working on at the moment?
DS: As you know I’m a producer as well. I’m currently working with a 2-man band called Epic Empire, a mad guitarist and bongo drummer. We love to do live acts, me on the decks with them layering themselves over my tunes. Although it’s pretty low key at the moment we are planning to lay down some tracks and turn ourselves into a proper band.
MA: What have been some of your highlights in your musical journey thus far?
DS: As mentioned, the Oppikoppi festivals, particularly this one past. It rocked itself broken and then some! Years ago I played for SYLD (Support Your Local DJ) which got me playing all over Joburg. It was an awesome experience. I played at the Seed Festival last year at Mihouse and also had a great set at the Churn Festival out in the sticks passed OR Thambo airport. Deep In The Woods, near the end of the year last year was the surprise party of the year! Was hoping it was a good party but it surpassed my expectations.
MA: Looking forward to playing at the our Mixed Apples birthday party?? What can we expect from your set?
DS: I’m not the greatest in describing ‘house’ sounds but, it’ll definitely be techy, with deep house overtones. Lot’s of bass driven melodies and plenty of G-house.
MA: Where can we follow you?
MA: Lastly, who in the world would you like to play a back-to-back DJ set with?
DS: Amine Edge & DANCE. But only because Daft Punk don’t really DJ anymore…
LISTEN TO HIS APPLEVERSARY TECH MIX HERE: