We here at Mixed Apples were recently introduced to the sweet sounds put together by a man who calls himself Master Simz. Without hesitation, it was arranged that he played at our Appleversary event and boy was he a hit! Besides that, this guy has been ripping up the decks at the hottest venues, at the hottest parties with some of the biggest names in the industry. On his Facebook page it states that “he is driven to bring Peace & Love to ones soul through MUSIC”.. With a statement like that who would not want to find out a little bit more about the man himself? We got the opportunity to chat to Master Simz, this is how it all went down.
MA: Master Simz, Love the name, how did it happen that you started using the name?
“The name was given to me.
During high school, I had a friend who called me “Simz” (pronounced Simez), a nickname for my second name Simon.
I thought to myself “let me rather as people to call me “Simz”. The name stuck and people called me “DJ Simz” for about a year and a half.
Master Simz was born in the year 2010 when I released my very first EP through Dylan Holshausen’s label, Big Poppa Records.”
MA: You’ve been mixing and producing music for pretty much a decade, tell us a little bit more about how you got to where you are today?
“Jeez, I only realized in the last month or so that I’ve been producing for a decade. Started production at the age of 14, 2004 on a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) known as Fruity Loops 3. At the time I was just making beats and further grew my skills.
In the year 2009, I had the courage to release my first production to the world, a bootleg named “Goldfish – Cruising Through (Simz’s “when Brass met Fidget” Mix)“
DJing career officially started in the year 2009 at a DJ Competition when I made it to the Semi-Final rounds. Since then I have entered 2 other competitions where I have placed in the top 3 for both competitions.
I have been featured at clubs/pubs such as Stones Centurion, Stones Edenvale, Trademarx Loftus, Sugar Fourways, cafe Culture Fourways, Studio 81 Kempton Park, Ty’s Menlyn just to name a few.”
MA: Those who have seen / heard you do your thing in the DJ box will agree that your style of Deep House is on point! What other genres do you dabble in?
“When I first started DJing, Fidget House was really big at the time, which was the genre I was known for.
As the years went by, my style progressed from Fidget to Jackin House, Electro House and now I am really into the Deep Bassline House Music. “
MA: When it comes to producing a track, where do you look for inspiration?
“Everything is an inspiration.
I never actually had a true definition for this question in the past, I wouldn’t say it is a difficult one to answer but my inspiration comes from some of the Alternative Rock music that I listen to sometimes. Yes, I am a black man, who listens to Alternative Rock lol. I see myself as human being who appreciates music no matter the artist or genre. Music is a universal language, spoken and understood by all.”
MA: In your career, what would you say has been the absolute highlight for you?
“I’ve had some wonderful sets at many clubs where the crowd were fantastic, but my greatest highlight would be playing at Arcade Empire on the second of March 2014:
That Sunday night did not have much of a crowd, but the response from all of my latest productions was memorable. I still remember getting out of the DJ box after my set and the crowd congratulating me with hugs, high fives, etc. I wish I could relive that night again.”
MA: If you could play one-on-one with any DJ in the world, dead or alive, who would that be?
“Over the years, I’ve been lucky to be featured on the same line-up as some of S.A’s greatest talents, L.A. Cruz, Chris Sen, Vimo, Kyle Watson, Kyle Worde.
The one artist/DJ I would like to play one-on-one with would be Marc Paynter a.k.a TradeMarc, a good friend of mine and an awesome producer/DJ as well.”
MA: You will be playing a set at Arcade Empire for the Sunday Funday event on 20 April, what can party-goers expect from your set?
“Well, firstly I will be playing with Kyle Baleta a.k.a Kylie-B, an old friend of mine from our high school days. We have played one-on-one before but that was a few years ago when we were still starting out. What to expect from both of us: A lot of Deep, Funky bassline house music. We haven’t prepared anything so we’re going to be put on the spot.”
MA: What is your idea of a “Sunday Funday”?
“I think the Facebook event sums it up.
The interaction between people is the most important part no matter who the person is or where they’re from. I’m quite excited to be a part of it actually and Arcade Empire has recently been one of my favorite places to play this year.”
MA: Where can people keep up with all things Master Simz?