PENTHOUSE is a DJ duo from JHB who simply love making people dance!! Their style is a fusion of the deeper sounds of house music, venturing into nu-disco vibes, with a touch of indie and electronics in the mix. Besides playing super rad sets, the gents are total cool cats and absolutely down to earth, genuine lads!! We love meeting new people in the industry, especially when they are talented and easy going. We had a chat with them, lets find out what they are about:
Wes: Hey! It is great to be chatting to you too and thank you for this rad opportunity; we have mad love for you guys!
Brett: Always awesome
MA: WOW, Thanks for the kind words… Before we get started, do you mind introducing yourself and giving us a short background on who PENTHOUSE is, where you got started in music and how electronic music has had such a huge impact in your life?
Wes: Cool! We’re a DJ duo who hails from the Vale. It’s sort of a romantic story actually. I started DJing by himself as The Weasel and Brett was producing a lot of his own music under his alias, *Eskimo. I then decided to get Brett to DJ at some gigs but Brett wasn’t all that keen on the idea but then suggested that we DJ together. So we did and we “fell in love”. It just worked and what was even better was that we have the same taste in music so it was a match made in Heaven. We should probably have Richard Curtis direct a movie about us hahaha! I wouldn’t say only electronic music has had an influence on us. I’m very much into my Indie Rock music and I know Brett likes his Frank Turners. So, you’ll hear in our mixes when we play that we play quite a diverse genre of music. For me, it is what sets us apart from everyone else…
Brett: I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13. That eventually lead to trying to record my “music”, which lead to me realizing that recording actual instruments is fucking hard, which lead to me making electronic music instead. I’ve been doing that since I was about 18, and that lead to DJing. Music in general, not specifically EDM has had a really positive impact on my life, a lot of friendships, a lot of good times.
MA: How would you describe your style of music?
Wes: Fucking cool! Hahaha! I’d say, indie-electronic/tropical/nu-disco/house.
Brett: I try not to think of playing a specific genre, but rather a specific sound. I know what I like in music, and when I find songs that fit the vibe, they get added to the collection. If I have to put our style to a genre I would say indie electronic
MA: What would you say have been some inspirations to your musical journey thus far?
Wes: My inspiration is witnessing music being played live. My inspirations at the moment are, RAC, The Magician and newly discovered, Thomas Jack. I also need to add that there is no better satisfaction than seeing a crowd lose themselves to your set, that inspires me a lot!
Brett: Watching anyone play any type of music live (including DJing) is always the most inspiring thing for me. Artist wise, I would say RAC is the king right now
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?
Wes: Firstly, I have to give a big shout out to Henk Van Der Schyf and the Seed Experience team in Joburg. What those guys have done for the local music scene is incredible. Not only have they boosted the local scene but the international acts that they have managed to bring to us, has been overwhelming and so fucking exciting!
Brett: Johannesburg specifically, I think the EDM scene is growing nicely. EDM is moving away from being house music played for “jocks” to being more accepted by kids who wouldn’t normally be into EDM. The SA music scene as whole is getting more acceptance internationally, much thanks to the internet. Shortstraw touring in Australia a while back was really cool to see and goes to show that SA is on the up and up
MA: Can you give us a few of your career highlights thus far?
Playing at We Are One was definitely the highlight of the past few months. Lots of rad Arcade Empire gigs (thanks Kyle Cancella). Disco De Moda was awesome. Playing with Yo Grapes is always the best. And many, many, many awesome nights at Great Dane
MA: Are there any other projects that you are working on that we might be interested in hearing about?
YES! We are currently working on an EP of original music & we’re also busy working on a remix. It’s going to be a remix of one of our local acts. We’re not saying who, you’ll just have to wait and see.
MA: Where can we follow you on social media?
MA: Lastly, if you could play at any international festival, where would that be at?
Wes: Fuck, there are so many that I would love to play at! Just to name a few, I would say Sonar, Unknown in Croatia and Vertigo.
MA: Thank you so much for your time…