Throwback : Copyright + Franky Rizardo + Me at Defected in the House SA Tour, in 2012
Words can’t begin to describe how it feels to have played a set at the first ever Defected in House South Africa Tour, back in 2012. Though I was only featured at the Joburg edition of the tour, I’m still so humbled to have been given the opportunity to showcase my music on such an incredible platform. Now, the gig was at three major venues held in Rosebank, Johannessburg, South Africa – and there were three dance floors on the night, namely: the main floor which featured international headliners Copyright (UK) & Franky Rizardo (Netherlands), at Latinova. Then there was the Commercial & hip hop floor at Hush Night Club, as well as the deep & soulful floor at MiBar.
So much was fun was had at this epic occasion, as every floor was packed with dance music aficionados from all corners of Johannesburg, but even so, my biggest highlight of the night (apart from my own DJ set, of course) was when I got to sit with Copyright members, Sam Holt & Gavin Mills. Now those two gentlemen are living legends and that moment, for me, was just too surreal. I mean, it was just a few years ago when I was busy collecting their Defected vinyl records and there I was, a few years later, sharing some cold beers with the duo, never mind the decks.
Hardly had a chance to chat with Franky Rizardo, but the few words we exchanged suggest that he’s an incredibly humble dude. I did get to witness his live set, however, and I was blown. Glad to have met all the Defected gents on their first visit, this side.
Anyways, all in all, it was really a great night and definitely one for the books. The icing on the cake was when i also got to meet some familiar faces such as my main brother, Misterio, Nick Essential, Keren Onay, Dino Bravo, House Hold Funk‘s Les & AB, as well as the incredible female DJ, Miss Red, to name but a few.