BLACK MOTION


These fellows stepped in the house in 2008 and surely cemented their presence with a banger (That Lazy Song) that had SA dance floors on fire and have also performed internationally. It gives us a great pleasure to host this exclusive with one of South Africans house legends in the making.

Best: Where are you from and do they love your music where you from?
Black Motion: We are from Soshanguve, north of Tshwane.

Best: When did you start Djing?
BM: We have been performing since 2008.

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Best: So when did you decide that this was no longer a hobby and that you would make it your career?
BM: For us the love for the music has always been strong and we always wanted to make this a career. We’ve been producing music, experimenting with many dance styles, until we found our own sound.

Best: So what do you think sets you apart from the rest? I mean, what’s the difference between a DJ and you?
BM: We’re a live act – and everything we do is a performance and not just a dj set. We also dance on stage.

Best: What is it like when you look out at the crowd?
BM: It’s a humbling reminder that we are there to serve. The audience is the customer and we need to serve them and that makes up put on a good show each time we step on the stage.

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Best: where do you get inspiration from?
BM: Firstly the passion we have for music drives us and inspires us to keep going. Secondly we respect the music and want to see even our kids one day enjoying the music we’re creating today.

Best: Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
BM: We get psyched up. We love performing. It’s not unnerving, it’s exciting.

Best What is the biggest crowd that you have ever played for?
BM: It’s probably at the Week-end au bord de l’eau in Switzerland.

Best: What is the greatest gig that you’ve played?
BM: To be honest every gig we play at is special on its own. The dance music audience is always epic. Having said that, it’s always extra special when we play at our annual gig on the first Sunday of each year – called 1st Sunday – in Soshanguve.

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Best: How is the House scene in S.A?
BM: It’s one of the most vibrant dance music scenes in the globe. There was a time when you SA house music would make up 10% of music played at any given gig. Today that has reversed and 90% of music played is local. That should tell you something.

Best: Are there plenty of women who throw themselves at you?
BM: We get plenty of appreciation from everyone who loves dance music.

Best: what do you spend your money on?
BM: We do a lot saving, but we are also image conscious and we do spend a bit on clothing, and studio/music equipment.

Best: What about cars or a House – you know?
BM: We do have a vehicle we use to get around and to get to gigs.

Best: How many cars & houses do you have?
BM: We have a single property at the moment.

Best: How many studio albums do you have if not are you looking to release anything in the future?
BM: 3 albums.

Best: Is there any artist you wish to work with in our industry?
BM: We would like to work with some of the South African legends who have been doing this for over 40 years.

Best: How do you think music you play has changed over the years?
BM: The music has not changed but the genre has definitely broadened and there are numerous styles that have emerged.

Best: Are you big into social media. How many twitter followers?
BM: We have just over 100 000 twitter followers (@black_motion)

Best: What would be your advice to up and coming DJs?
BM: Respect the music. Remain patient. Express yourself.

Best: How old are you. How long do you see yourself doing what you’re doing?
BM: Thabo is 29 and Bongani is 28.

(Can you see yourself doing this when you’re 50? 60?)
BM: For sure – we will keep performing even at the old age home.

Best: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
BM: We would be on the other side cheering on other performers on stage.