This dude has been in love with music since early years. Remember him saving up for his first djing equipment and the announcements we got when he bought a new vinyl, that meant listing session at his backroom with some drinks. Boy put in 100% in his passion, his distinctive sound and it’s pleasing that he’s still at it. Wonder if he still can dance?
Best: Where are you from and do they love your music where you from?
Cnoize: I’m from South Africa and was born in Soweto Diepkloof Zone 4 in Johannesburg Gauteng Province, real name Thabo Kgotso Mokoena, but I grew up in the East Rand, the east side of Johannesburg. I know a lot of people who’ve been enjoying my sounds from day one, but not all of them are necessarily from where I grew up, thanks to the power of the internet.
Best: When did you start Djing?
Cnoize: It all started in 2005 when I managed to start buying my own humble set of djing equipment, which were Stanton T60 turntables at the time. I started purely on vinyl and I still remember the first record I bought.
Best: So when did you decide that this was no longer a hobby and that
you would make it your career?
Cnoize: With me it’s actually neither of the two. I use my sounds as a medium to convey a message to the world. I believe music has the power to influence, and a lot of the things we do on a daily basis are subconsciously driven by the music we listen to. I can’t call it a career because I haven’t made enough to sustain myself with it, and I can’t call it a hobby either because when I play that set or make that song you’d swear I’m about to perform a serious heart surgery, yes I take my music that serious hahahahaha..
Best: So what do you think sets you apart from the rest? I mean,
what’s the difference between a DJ and you?
Cnoize: Besides the years of experience at hand, I still “crate dig”, for lack of a better term to accommodate the digital age. I believe there is a lot of unsung heroes out there who deliver exceptional material to the world, who are not even in the main stream at all. Moreover because the scene down here is filled with Djs who share almost the same music, you get to a party and find 2 to 3 Djs repeating the same song(s). Ask yourself, was that worth your entrance fee?!?!?! Hahahahaha. On a serious note though, you can listen to or download a guest mix I recently did for the ThePhlexLab on http://rephlextumi.podomatic.com/entry/2015-05-30T18_06_25-07_00 you be the judge…
Best: What is it like when you look out at the crowd –
Cnoize: Fascinating!! Just having the power to influence the mood and energy of the crowd, phenomenal…
Best: where do you get inspiration from?
Cnoize: Wow, the world we live in man. Pretty much every piece of music. I mainly draw inspiration from conscious hiphop, lounge, old school kwaito, acid jazz, and more. I don’t limit myself. I have now went as far back as listening to old soul and R&B from Aretha Franklin to Brook Benton in order to cut some samples I can use on my upcoming LP, you’d be amazed what you can pick up from these records as you go along training your ear.
Best: Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
Cnoize: Of course I do, it’s people’s lives we’re talking about here, I’m a “heart surgeon” in this music remember lol? However my experience always reassures me that “You’ve got this!”
Best What is the biggest crowd that you have ever played for?
Cnoize: That must have been UJ Rag Farm (University Of Johannesburg – Bunting Road Campus in Auckland Park)
Best: What is the greatest gig that you’ve played?
Cnoize: There’s quite a lot but Cubana in Bloemfontein stands out for me, or was it the hospitality? lol
Best: How has your life changed since you are well know figure in S.A’s
House music scene?
Cnoize: I have met great friends through music. Some of which are my best friends now, and lovers alike…
Best: Are there plenty of women who throw themselves at you?
Cnoize: I’ve always been that guy who rocks the crowd but shies away to his little corner from everybody in a party scene (or vice-versa). I’m not an introvert but my personality is not loud either, and usually they never notice me lol. I remember somebody saying to me: “Why are you apologetic for being so good dude!!”
Best: what do you spend your money on?
Cnoize: These days it’s internet data and music gear ranging from new workstations, instruments, and any other related gadgets that can help me stand out.
Best: What about cars or a House – you know?
Cnoize: I do have a house, so promoters please pay a brother lol I’ve got a mortgage. As for cars I’m so in love with the VW Scirocco.
Best: How many cars & houses do you have?
Cnoize: One house, currently no ride but getting one soon. It won’t be my first ride though…
Best: How many studio albums do you have if not are you looking to
release anything in the future?
Cnoize: There is definitely a LP coming but only when I’m satisfied that it will raise the bar high enough. I just don’t want it collecting dust out there like any other second mediocre material that distorts a already overcrowded industry, it needs to stand out and bring the spirit of “heartfelt written music” back. Over the years I did a few Eps for myself and remixes for other artists as well, some I’m proud of, some I wish I can rework and put more effort on. My sound has matured now and I believe it’s about damn time…
Best: Is there any artist you wish to work with in our industry?
Cnoize: Definitely IMYRMIND, Duererstuben, Max Graef, and Henry L, coincidentally all from Germany!! There’s a certain rough edge to their sound, loving it to bits. Maybe I need to be born in Germany next life time lol so help me God…
Best: How do you think music you play has changed over the years?
Cnoize: It has evolved indeed but the spirit remains the same. I found my place in Deep-Tech house. It’s not over played in our scene down here but it’s definitely warm and dance floor friendly.
Best: Are you big into social media. how many twitter followers?
Cnoize: Hahahaha I wouldn’t say I’m BIG. However I do have a lot of friends/followers on my social networks combined. My twitter and Instagram handles are both @cnoize_sa, my facebook name is ConstructiveNoize ZA, I also have a Youtube channel ConstructiveNoize, and my SoundCloud page where you can get some free downloads is ConstructiveNoize Records.
Best:What would be your advice to up and coming DJs?
Cnoize: Be yourself, build your craft, teach your crowd, stay humble, listen attentively and take your time.
Best: How old are you. How long do you see yourself doing what you’re
doing? (Can you see yourself doing this when you’re 50? 60?)
Cnoize: I’m 32 years of age, and at age 50 or so I’ll probably be at the background scene mastering artists’ material out there.
Best: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Cnoize: Definitely writing and creating video games. My other passion is in all things related to Information Technology.