Introducing the #NextLevel DJ and Producer in the making, SIR LSG!
About: House DJ & Producer
RB: Tell us more about yourself, who is Lesego?
LSG: I’m a 26 year old DJ & Producer from Mafikeng, now based in Johannesburg. I have been in the industry for 8 years and I’m now signed to a label called GOGO Music, which is a German House Music label founded by Ralf GUM. Over the years I got a chance to share stages with some of our great South African legends. We also collaborated with SAMA-Winner Brian Temba on a single, which has now been the highlight of my career.
RB: What does it mean to be a house DJ and a Producer in the modern day?
LSG: With so many advances in technology, the equipment aspect of being a DJ has been reduced to just carrying a pair of headphones and a USB stick. The studio has also been reduced, my laptop is now my studio, to some extent. Even though, I still do record a lot of live instruments at another studio. In the midst of all of these great innovations, I’m the type of artist who still uses CD’s at gigs. And when it comes to my productions, I like both new and old ways of creating music. I believe that there’s still a place for live musicians in the current music scene.
The industry as a whole has really opened doors to DJ’s and Producers. A decade ago we wouldn’t really have huge festivals with just DJ’s on the line- up, singers and performers still filled most of the line-up. That has changed in recent years, DJ’s have become “the artist”. Perhaps that might have affected live musicians, but somehow things seem to be going back to LIVE. Most importantly for me, I think both DJ’s and musicians could exist in the same space, and create a best of both worlds experience.
RB:Who has inspired you in your career thus far? Russian Bear believes taking it to the ‘next level’ is going against all boundaries and being great, how do you take it to the next level?
LSG: My inspiration comes from a lot of African Jazz artists, the likes of Themba Mkhize, Bheki Khoza, Andile Yenana, Sibongile Khumalo. But on the House scene people like Ralf GUM, Osunlade, Louie Vega and Kerri Chandler have been the the apex of things. So the mould of my music influence is from the mentioned legends.
It’s very easy for an artist to flow with whatever is “hot” right now, but if you’re not rooted to what you believe in, you’ll be changing the way you sound each and every year. I believe that music listeners feel whatever they are meant to feel in a song, so I take it to the next level by creating honest music without focusing too much on a current vibe. Music creation is simply expression, and an extension of oneself.
RB:Describe your music in one word?
RB:We have often heard that the South African audience is the best audience to play for as a DJ, is this true? What makes South African so unique and which cities are the best play in?
LSG: I’ve never been abroad for a gig, but I’ve seen A LOT international DJ’s and Producers flying in to play here. Some eventually relocated here like Ralf GUM and QB Smith. What I could hear from them is South Africa is really the best place to place, most so if you’re on the soulful side of things. I think the main reason for this is that South Africa grew on good music, and I mean really great music. I could imagine similarities between the old Marabi era and the current township/shisanyama vibe, and I doubt there’s this kind of vibe anywhere else in the world. We also got to give thanks to guys like DJ Christos, Vinny Da Vinci, Oskido, DJ Fresh, Greg Maloka, DJ Ganyani and more, for their contribution house music to us.
RB:What can we expect from LSG in the near future?
LSG: I’m currently working on a few remixes, one for Ralf GUM, another one for Lulo Cafe, and one for Luka. While doing those I’ll be working on my debut album, to be released in 2015 on GOGO Music. So far the confirmed features include Brian Temba, Kafele Bandele, Zano, and hopefully I’ll do something with Monique Bingham.
RB:How has it been working with the legendary Ralf GUM and being part of the label GOGO Music?
LSG: It’s been an amazing journey, full of inspiration and strict technical guidance. Ralf is one of the few people who saw something raw in me, and helped nurture me to become a well-rounded producer. It didn’t take long after we met for us to become good friends, and through the years he has shown trust and a strong belief in what I do. And just this past month he gave me an album deal, which for me will be the take-off.
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