Best: Please introduce yourselves…
Brightsoul Rain : Born Nhlanhla Brightman Mabaso 35 years ago. Known in the music industry as Brightsoul Rain ( My Daughters name Mvulenhle which means good Rain was added when she was born but prior I had just been using Brightsoul until 2010).
Best: Where are you from and do they love your music where you from?
Brightsoul Rain : I’m from Hammerdale outer west of Durban halfway between PMB and Durban. It’s a Township where music tastes are different. Yes they do love my music since I started my career there and have since developed a market via events and djing before expanding to z rest of the world.
Best: When did you start Djing?
Brightsoul Rain :I started djing in 2001 as a hip hop Dj using Cds and then following year moved to house music and then started collecting records in 2003 until currently. I collect and play records only now.
Best: So when did you decide that this was no longer a hobby and that you would make it your career?
Brightsoul Rain : Strange enough I think from the 1st event I hosted with my friends in 2002 I decided then and there that I would rather be behind the scene more business side of things focused than beind a Dj. So I still treat it as a hobby cause it doesn’t always pay the bills hence I got a 9 to 5 and a side business to sustain my day to day living needs. I think treating it as a hobby has extended my relevance up to this day and I don’t feel guilty when I spend money buying records. Plus bookings are hard to come by for vinyl djs.
Brightsoul Rain : I’m one of the few djs that come to mind if you think about vinyl djs in my city. My collection is different from other djs and as much as I play deep house but my sets have a signature sound that is dominated by the amount of bassline throughout, hence the #IserveBasslineforAliving line that I have since been known for lately.
Best: What is it like when you look out at the crowd?
Brightsoul Rain : Strange enough I’d say I hardly look at z crowd when I’m playing but always love the energy and chants that happen during my sets and it’s mainly because I’m from an old school Era of not being used to keeping eye contact with people as taught by elders back then. So it’s either I look above the crowd or just their feet. I rely on energy and vibes for connection.
Best: Where do you get inspiration from?
Brightsoul Rain : From my music itself and people that give props to others where it’s due.
Best: Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
Brightsoul Rain : I do. I think it takes 20min for it to cool down once I’ve started playing. Hence I prefer 1hr 30min sets minimum to express myself musically.
Best What is the biggest crowd that you have ever played for?
Brightsoul : Just over 3k in 2009 at an event called Bundu Mix ( sadly it’s no longer around).
Best: What is the greatest gig that you’ve played?
Brightsoul Rain : It’s the annual Music Will Save The Day event which is an annual event happening every July in PMB. The crowd is always amazing.
Brightsoul Rain : It has evolved a lot and we now have more producers that we had when I started out and makes the music more accessible even locally but sadly there isn’t enough of local tracks being pressed on vinyl. So accessibility on all formats is a challenge for producers to be able to widen their market. But it’s good and growing.
Best: Do plenty of women throw themselves at you?
Brightsoul Rain : Nope. It has never been the case. I think my personality doesn’t allow me to pick on such as an introvert and I keep to myself all z time so I haven’t had issues with women ever since.
Best: Is being a Dj lucrative?
Brightsoul Rain : It does for those that do it full time but it must be supported by some other streams of income. Doesn’t always put food on the table. So be prepared for dry season sometimes.
Best: What other businesses are you involved in?
Brightsoul Rain : I have an events and communications company Brightsoul Rain Pty Ltd and DHM- Entertainment. Host events and sells merchandise. Haven’t hosted events for 4 years now due to financial reasons but there is still a gap for my involvement and contribution in the city.
Best: How many studio albums do you have if not are you looking to release anything in the future?
Brightsoul Rain : None. Strange enough I always get people that want me to work on music as Im a qualified sound engineer but have not been able to since I left college. So it might happen in a near future but it’s not on top of mind as before.
Best: Is there any artist you wish to work with in our industry?
Brightsoul Rain : No one comes to mind yet but would love to host vinyl spinners in my city so we can expand fge culture of record collection.
Best: How do you think music you play has changed over the years?
Brightsoul Rain : It has less soul than 10 or 15 years ago. The sound is more darker than before. I think it lacks soul now. So it takes a really good golden ear to find a decent tune nowadays and even harder for a vinyl dj.
Best: Are you big into social media. how many twitter/FB followers do you have?
Brightsoul Rain : Ha ha ha. Not too sure. I’d say between FB, Insta and Twitter we looking at just over 20k followers.
FB : Brightsoul Rain
Twitter : @dhm_sa
Best: What is your advice to up and coming DJs?
Brightsoul Rain: Be consistent and have a signature sound you represent or play and collect as much music as you love not what you think people love. It’s your presentation not theirs. Pay attention on brand development and image for your brand.
Best: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Brightsoul Rain : Not too sure. Music is and has been my life for years. I’d prolly just be collecting records and not play. I love music.