The Phlexlab Rephlexed

This is one of the most out right honest interviews I’ve posted, this dude could be by far the most hard working disk jockey from the East of Joburg. I first heard him a couple of months back via podcast and was sold on his sound. Meet Rephlex of The Phlexlab.

Best: Where are you from and do they love your music where you from?
Rephlex: Was born a raised in Tsakane, East of Johannesburg (Ekurhuleni).
Since I’m a Deep Tech/Deep House DJ, I do have people who understand and love what I play.
Best: When did you start Djing?
Rephlex: Started DJing in 2005. I was taught by the well respected DJ Picat Da Italian and Sir Shimzo.
Best: So when did you decide that this was no longer a hobby and that you would make it your career?
Rephlex: 2009. Those who liked my sound would come up to me and tell me that they appreciate what I’m doing and I should not stop. That’s when I decided that I should do this as a career.

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Best: So what do you think sets you apart from the rest? I mean,
what’s the difference between a DJ and you?
Rephlex: I think what sets me apart from the rest is my personality and loving what I do. Loving what you do is key. These days you get DJs who just want to play because they just want to be famous or get girls.
Best: What is it like when you look out at the crowd
Rephlex: It’s like I have the whole world on my hand and the crowd are my people and I need to feed them nothing but good music.
Best: where do you get inspiration from?
Rephlex: I get my inspiration from other DJs who are already at the top. I study them, I want to know how they made it and how did they overcome some obstacles on their way to the top.
Best: Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
Rephlex: I used to get nervous before my sets but not anymore. Man I love what I do so when I get on stage I just become free and rock.
Best What is the biggest crowd that you have ever played for?
Rephlex: Biggest crowd?? Chillas Pub Tsakane, I don’t remember the year but what I know is I was opening for Just Mo (YFM). It was so packed.

Best: What is the greatest gig that you’ve played?
Rephlex: Greatest gig should be the 1 in Bela Bela at Zwakala Lounge (2013). You know this thing of judging a place thinking that they will never understand you? They proved me wrong. From my 1st track till the last track everybody was getting down. It was epic.
Best:How has your life changed since you are well known figure in S.A’s house scene?
Rephlex: I won’t say my life has changed since I’m well known but I have gained respect from my fellow DJs and Fans.
Best: Are there plenty of women who throw themselves at you?
Rephlex: Not plenty lol. But yeah I do have woman who throw themselves at me but they know there’s a curtain line they mustn’t cross.
Best: What do you spend your money on?
Rephlex: I spend my money on buying music and my studio equipment if there’s anything needed.
Best: What about cars or a House – you know?
Rephlex: What about cars and a House? I wish I could snap my fingers and have that now. But I need to work hard in other for me to get them.
No car (Though I had a car before) and no house. But I’m planning to get those in the near future. Still staying at my parent’s house. Outside room cause I also have my studio there.
Best: How many studio albums do you have if not are you looking to release anything in the future?
Rehlex: I don’t have any albums yet but want to release one in future. At the moment I only have 3 EPs. 1st EP was released in January under FOMP a UK Label and they will be also releasing my 2nd EP sometime this month (July) and my 3rd EP will be released under Deep Booth Records from Italy before the end of this year. And they all will be available online ( ITunes, Traxsource and Beatport )
Best: Is there any artist you wish to work with in our industry?
Rephlex: I have a lot of artists I wish I could work with. But if I could point out I would say it has to be Vandal M, Jazzuelle and Julian Gomez.


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Best: How do you think music you play has changed over the years?
Rephlex: The music that I’m playing has changed but not a lot. With new Producers coming in, they fuse the new sound with the sound that has already been there and at the same time making it not to lose it original identity.
Best: Are you big into social media. How many twitter followers?
Rephlex: I’m into Social Media but not that active on Twitter. Only 290 followers. I’m more active on Facebook and Soundcloud cause that’s where I share my upcoming EP samples and I also have my own monthly podcast ( The Phlex Lab Sessions ) that I’m hosting on Podomatic
Best: What would be your advice to up and coming DJs?

Rephlex: My advice to up and coming DJs is that they should love what they are doing, stay grounded and stay humble always.Rephlex1
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?)
Rephlex: Should I tell my age? Let’s just say I’m old but I’m not aging lol. Yeah I still see myself doing this but on business side of things like running my own music label where I release all the underground music from the underground producers.
Best: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Rephlex: I would have been a Comedian. True story