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Interview With Pierre Johnson

One of Cape Town’s freshest House Music talents will grace you, Sunday People, with an electrifying musical showcase on the 26th August 2018. Get ready for We House Sundays Ft. Pierre Johnson (Album Launch). This edition of rhythm and soul is sure to be a powerful musical feast, as we celebrate the recent accolades of DJ and producer, Pierre Johnson. The entire nation can attest to the sheer brilliance of this hitmaker’s growing success. Having recently released his debut album “Outsiders” on House Afrika Presents Mzansi House Volume 8, we caught up with Pierre Johnson to get to know the man behind hits such as “The Cure” and “Movin’ On”.


Growing up in Athlone, a Cape Town suburb, on the Cape Flats, Pierre recalls the days when he’d arrive home from school and go through his older brothers’ music, which included Fish Go Deep, DJ Fresh, Julien Jabre, Rocco and Fistaz Mixwell. Early exposure to such music greats has sure worked in his favour as he speaks of always having an interest in sound, “my mom bought me a Hi-Fi when I was 10, every day after school, I would take my CDs I had burned and record them on to a cassette for the drive to school the next day, because my uncle’s car never had a CD player.” With an evident dedication to the music, Pierre does not shy away from his humble upbringing, “I had no financial resources, things were always difficult at home, this taught me to be independent from a very young age. If I wanted something, I figured out how to do it on my own.”  With countless early setbacks, Pierre continued to persevere and used it to guide and fuel his music career, “I had saved for equipment, the house got burgled and my things were stolen. I’ve had to start from scratch so many times. I’ve failed so much, even today, I still fail but I love it because it teaches me and I become wiser”, he says.

Having quit school at the age of 16, Pierre began playing in nightclubs, doing guest mixes on radio and within a few months earned his first nightclub residency and laughs that this was his first actual job. “I was out almost every night, DJing, it made me happy and I could picture myself doing this for a really long time, so I just never went back (to school).” Pierre hasn’t let the struggles he’s faced deter him from making something of himself, and it is clear to see that he is in tune to the daily struggles faced by so many in the world, which contributes to his unique sound. “I come from a poverty-stricken home, I know what it’s like to go to bed hungry, all of it (my surroundings) made me question a lot. I found the answers I was looking for, eventually, and the only place I could put it was in my music.” This can be heard in his game-changing track “The Cure”, it’s a song that sends goosebumps to the surface of your skin as you are caught up in the words sampled, bassline and just the proud feeling knowing that a Cape Town native conjured this powerful, soulful moving track. With no capital to begin releasing his music, Pierre taught himself video production, graphic design, public relations and copyrighting. He says, “I found a distribution company and released all my music independently.” With the nation’s response to “The Cure”, Pierre Johnson says at first it was unbelievable that the track travelled so fast around the country. He believes people are beginning to familiarise themselves with his sound. “Most of my songs have similar elements which make it easier to recognise, people feel that they can now relate to the message.”

His debut album, “Outsiders” is in part the product of voicing the struggles faced by his grandparents during apartheid, particular the Group Areas Act. An honourable body of work which confronts the reality that many people of colour still feel like outsiders in their own city. “I stay in the part of Cape Town you don’t see, the slums. Before I was born, my mom’s parents were forcibly removed by the government from their house in Green Point.” During apartheid, Green Point was declared a “whites only” area and Pierre’s grandparents were forced to relocate to Athlone – strategically replaced further away from the city centre. Through his music, Pierre has found a way to raise the struggles of many people in the shadows of South Africa and get the nation dancing simultaneously. “I can’t count how many times I lost myself in the process of making this album, a lot of emotion went into this project.” Pierre’s debut album “Outsiders” is exclusively available on HOUSE AFRIKA Presents Mzansi House Volume 8. Pierre says he is extremely grateful for having one of Africa’s longest and most consistent record label support his project and get his message across.


With his growing success, Pierre remains the humble and easy to approach person many people have come to love and appreciate. “I’ve fallen before, from an ego I had grown, lost friends, business and myself. I can talk about it because I’ve learnt from it, and it has taught me to treat everybody with mutual respect and love.” Pierre believes it is important to interact with the people who support his music on all platforms. He says, “I go out as much as possible, even when I don’t have a gig, and I socialise with everyone. People that support what I do I keep close.” Pierre still believes that there is more to be done to consider himself successful. His advice to other Cape Town House producers and DJs trying to get their music heard is “study yourself, know yourself, know what your weaknesses are and mould them to become your strengths.” Having the approval of one of South Africa’s most iconic DJs is a sure way to motivate you to continue on the path of creating music. “When Vinny Da Vinci told me he loved Cure, it really boosted my confidence and made me want to write more and more music”, he says.

When he isn’t behind the decks, you can catch Pierre somewhere on the dancefloor appreciating the music with fellow dancers. At We House Sundays, “it’s an energy like no other, I’ve lost myself on that dancefloor with my eyes closed countless times while Leighton Moody is playing, surrounded by the most beautiful souls. It is family.” Pierre will be blessing the Colorbox Studios with yet another set on 26th August 2018, if you were lucky to catch his previous We House Sundays performance with Winnie Deep, you’ll know that you’re in for an epic dancefloor session. Sunday People, you’ll be treated to “loads of unreleased music from my favourite artists, some classics I’ve always dreamed of playing in this space and some really high energy (tracks)”.

Pierre is a firm believer in the Law of Attraction and speaking things into fruition, with all that he has achieved so far he believes it is important to surround yourself with people that are on the same frequency as you, “when you are in the right place at the right time, the universe will open doors for you.” He remains on the grind and keeps surprising South Africa with all that he is capable of doing, in the coming months you can expect “a 3 track EP, a collaboration from myself and Avi Subban on Kalushi Recordings, a 3 track EP in collaboration with Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, a single collaboration with Ed-Ward and I’m also practicing for my live showcase”. The future looks incredibly exciting for House Music in Cape Town and South Africa, we cannot contain our excitement for the one-of-a-kind aural experience that will take place at We House Sundays Ft. Pierre Johnson (Album Launch).

Interview and content by _ Mandy Alexander

Interview – Dwson

We House Sundays has collaborated with Stay True Sounds to bring you, Sunday People, a musical extravaganza like no other. An aural celebration of forward-thinking sounds and uncontainable energy awaits on the 1st of July. Joining the stellar line-up is none other than DJ and producer, Dwson. Having just released his highly acclaimed debut album “Impulsiv” we thought it fitting to get to know a little more about his musical journey ahead of his performance at Colorbox Studios.

Hailing from Cape Town, Dwson recalls an early music experience in his hometown, Kensington, “I remember, while growing up, my father and his friends would always come together over a weekend, whether it be a party or family get together, they’d always be playing some good old jazz music.” A nostalgic memory familiar to so many people who have grown up on the Cape Flats. Dwson believes his career in music was fueled by having a great passion for good music from an early age. The inspiration grew from getting too familiar with playing other artists’ tracks, “I decided that I wanted to play my own music”, he says. What makes Dwson’s journey so heartwarming and has the entire nation rooting for him is definitely his humble upbringing. Nothing worthwhile comes easy and the incredible DJ and producer is a testament to that. “It wasn’t easy but it was definitely worth it. Luckily, I’ve had parents that were supportive from the get-go. It’s not a common occurrence where you have parents who allow their child to do what they want without a sustainable income. Most parents just want you to be financially stable”, he says. Dwson understands the worry parents face when wanting to see their child succeed, and considers himself blessed to have both his parents in his corner when things weren’t always easy.

He credits Soulection for being a big influence with his music and the record label certainly sparked an interest in deciding to host his own event, called Doperoom. Soulection had a major influence in Dwson wanting to create his very own movement where he showcases underground Hip Hop and future RnB artists. Doperoom has created a platform for artists to play music that isn’t necessarily heard in nightclubs. A huge part of the event’s charm is “spreading good vibes, celebrating music and creating a sense of brotherhood amongst the artists.” Dwson is firmly aware of the power that music holds and the message that comes through when listening to it. He believes artists should be comfortable with representing their roots. “If someone listens to my music from another country, I’d love for them to hear that I’m from South Africa, whether it’s in the percussion, bassline or the type of instruments I use.” Artists should embrace where they come from and not shy away from it when it comes to creating great music. “I’d like for whoever is listening to my music to feel good, take your mind away from your troubles and get lost in the music for a bit.” Dwson certainly has achieved this as South Africa has “Impulsiv” playing on repeat. It is a goosebump-raising collection of tracks that are sure to fill your soul with playful and dub gyrating sounds causing you to smile and have you wishing you were on a dancefloor.

He says the album was a spur of the moment creation, most of the songs were based on expression and were done quite quickly. “I didn’t have any plan on how the album should sound or what I wanted to do with it. It was basically a story that I created from the heart and this was the end product.” Impulsiv is the first full-length album to be released on the Stay True Sounds record label, an achievement Dwson is proud of. “I’ve had the freedom of doing what I wanted. I could bend the rules and experiment as much as I wanted with this album.” The album features vocals from the likes of Jackie Queens, Sió, and Zion all whom Dwson has tremendous respect for. When it comes to artists he works with he claims to be quite picky. There was no real plan for the artists he wished to work with on the album and says their crafts happened to connect and align at the right time which led to the songs on the album.

With all the accolades and national support Dwson continues to receive, he remains humble and continues to grind and deliver out-of-this-world music productions. “I think it has a lot to do with the way I’ve been brought up. I wasn’t spoon fed nor was I well-off, and that has really been the reason why I am and will always keep a level head.” He doesn’t take anything for granted in the music industry and attributes staying rooted to his support structure of people who share knowledge and advice on how to handle all the accolades. “I’ve carried God with me at the beginning of this career. I feel if I do anything based on his guidance, nothing can go wrong. He will always make sure that I’m level headed with so many blessings happening for me.”

Dwson is thrilled to be returning to the Colorbox Studios. His favourite thing about playing at We House Sundays is “being able to play what you feel” and says the most rewarding feeling is to see people grooving to the sounds he enjoys, selects and creates on the dancefloor. “I love the warm atmosphere, the smiles all around, the people getting deep into the music, enjoying themselves and the music. People forget that there is even a Monday and work the next day. We House has something special!”

For all those attending this sought after experience, you can expect Dwson’s beloved ethereal sound with definite boundary-pushing moments. “I cannot wait to be one with the crowd spiritually and vibe with the Sunday People!”

Interview and content by _ Mandy Alexander

Interview – DJ Buhle (JHB)

DJ Buhle is an undercover veteran, with deep roots in House Music.

Since 2005, DJ Buhle has been mixing her favourite tracks in the cousin genres of Deep Funk, Deep Tech, Lounge, Deep Soul & Abstract House. She’s provided music for spaces as diverse as dancefloors in her homebase of Pimville, Soweto, and the global online showcases of ‘Deeper Shades of House’ and ‘Sensual Desire of House’.  Locally, she’s no stranger to playing shows in every corner of the country, and has shared stages with close to every great in SA house music – expertly sharing her favourites across vinyl and CDJ formats.

Ahead of this weekend’s set for We House Sunday’s 3rd Birthday Event – their first foray into outdoor events, at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Paarl – DJ Buhle answered a few of our questions, covering memories of starting out, crossing formats,  and her perspective of deep house right now…

What is your first memory of the power of music?

Sjoe, it was definitely on the Sunday Surgery (on 5fm ) with Roger Goode.

How did you get started in DJing, dance music and nightlife?

A friend of mine had sound and I remember telling my grandad after seeing Thobs, Shirley and LadyLea on TV that I also wanna DJ… So my friend was nice enough to teach me.

What has been your biggest victory/success/happiest memory in music?

Every gig for me is a victory… also being chosen as one of the most influential female DJs in SA.

You play across formats on vinyl and CDJ. What is your preferred format, and why? Does it make a difference at all? Why?

There is actually no difference. I hear alot of DJs saying that ‘playing on analogue makes u exclusive’, ‘this CDJ format makes everyone sound the same,’ but I disagree. If you have an ear for music, you have an ear for music. The music I have on analogue is more or less the same genre. Also, UDG trolley bags are heavy so I prefer the CDJ format.

Will you be playing on vinyl or CDJs at We House Sundays’ 3rd Birthday outdoor festival? 

I would love to play analogue, but I will play with CDJs.

What else can we expect from your set at the event?

I will be playing my heart out. I really hope you enjoy my style of music.

You’ve been a DJ since the mid-2000s. What’s changed over that time – for the good or the bad – in the music landscapes and subcultures you inhabit?

Music is changing, and people don’t like change. I have become a lot more hectic, but have remained in my lane. The culture of ‘good music’ is still there, but people are too lazy to travel for music – they want to be spoon-fed. The bad thing is that some things will never change, like untrustworthy promoters and people.

Plus, there is still this talent vs. popularity issue going on…

What was the reason for starting and re-starting Sunday Phola Sessions? How have those sessions had an impact on the music worlds around you?

I have seen that people don’t really like going out of Soweto for good music. I brought them back ‘cause there is nothing as painful as seeing the same DJs and hearing the same music at venues. I’m grateful that I took a break for a while, ‘cause now the gap I had left is still there. Now, I have come back with a bang – it’s gonna be hard but it’s a challenge I love facing.

Who in SA are your musical heroes, and who in the world would you still love to share a stage with?

There are a lot hey… and the past couple of month I have been sharing the stage with them – Alex Leeu, Mvelo Khumalo, Ricky H, Vinny Da Vinci, Christos, 2lani The Warrior, and a couple ‘international’ producers.

Right now, I‘m looking forward to sharing the stage with Andre Lodemann, Leighton Moody this month – its been a dream of mine.

Finally, what are 5 tracks on heavy rotation for you right now?

Sjoe. I have a couple of faves right now:

Helly Larsen (May his soul rest in peace), Anything by JMR, Deep stitched, BDTom, Anthony Mea
Carrot Green

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Interview – Andre Lodemann

André Lodemann, who last year remixed a Nonku Phiri-featuring HYENAH track, will be on stage at We House Sunday’s upcoming 3rd birthday venture into the outdoors. The deep house producer and DJ with 20 years of service to dance floors around the world is sure to contribute perfectly to the ethos of the long-running monthly Sunday afternoon dance – that of love, community, friendship and freedom.

The Berlin-based artist has originals and remixes released on Moods n Grooves, Simple Records, G-Stone, Room with a View, Z Records, Freerange, Buzzinfly, DFTD, Innervisions, amongst others, including his 2012 debut album, FRAGMENTS, which was released on his own imprint, which is co-owned by his agent, Daniel W. Best, called Best Works Records. Lodemann has also done remixes for SA’s own Black Coffee and Liquideep.

His mission is “to create atmosphere, arouse emotion and touch people musically.”

We asked him some questions about his upcoming trip to SA, which includes a headlining set at We House Sundays’ first outdoor party, at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl, on Sunday 11 March 2018.

Can you describe your past relationship with South Africa, and it’s music? 

I really love coming to South Africa as everyone is so into club music as well as my own work. It was a pleasure remixing Liquideep and Black Coffee a few years back.

What is special for you about the prospect of playing a set here? 

It’s all about the enthusiasm and the way the floor reacts to what you play.

How is the audience/community here unique for you?

South Africa has the biggest club music scene in the world. Having so many people here who understand what it is about is very special.

What makes the perfect room to play to?

I think it’s always the mixture of things: like sound and light.

I prefer darker clubs where the DJ is not emphasized but most important is the sound on the floor and behind the booth and people who come for the music.

What would you say is your unique touch, when playing music to a room? What do you take pride in being able to achieve in a dancefloor?

I love warming up but also like storytelling by taking the people through different moods.

What do you still love – after 2 decades on dancefloors – about returning to a group of people and a soundsystem? What keeps the magic alive inside you?

For me it’s all about the passion and the connection to my crowd. I love open-minded people that interact with each other with me and music incl. embracing couples and dancers with closed eyes.

How has your approach to DJing, and then producing later on in your career, changed as the years have passed? What is your intention – right now – with playing and producing music?

To be honest music production is an art for me with which I want to express myself. Every release or remix I do is emotional for me.

What is music’s purpose in the world, to you personally?Without wanting to sound stereotypical, indeed the dance floor is where people come together peacefully and celebrate a special moment.

What is your favourite piece of your own work – an original, remix, performance, anything else? …and why is it your favourite?

There is no favorite, but I love rediscovering old tracks.

After this party, and your visit to SA, what do you hope to achieve for the rest of the year? – what are your personal goals for the year?

The main thing for me this year is to finish my album and to release it in the fall.


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WHS ft. Andre Lodemann

To celebrate the 3rd birthday of Cape Town’s favourite monthly Sunday afternoon house party, the team behind We House Sundays are venturing into the outdoors for the first time since Under The Tree Picnic Fest 2 years ago.

On the 11th of March, the #SundayPeople will be heading to Rhebokskloof farm in Paarl for a fresh air Sunday dance party featuring WHS residents, Berlin’s André Lodemann, Joburg’s DJ Buhle and extended family member Paul Waxon (Waxon). The choice to head outdoors on a Sunday is one motivated by the joy of dancing in nature, as well as the ability to create a bigger space for the WHS dancefloor to breathe and for the community to invite more music lovers and friends to join in.

The 1-day festival is intended to cater specifically to the deep house and house music scene, in an environment currently mostly reserved for fans of psytrance and techno. Creating a space for these specific musical forms to be enjoyed on the lush grass of Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl, surrounded by vineyards and dams, will surely set the Sunday People family up for a memorable and deeply connected experience, and where the organisers have promised to create “a bohemian wonderland with the decor, face painters, lots of shaded chill area and picnic spots.”

The musical foundation will be provided by the experienced We House Sundays residents Cassiem Latief, Lawrence Dix, Leighton Moody and Reezo Hassan, who have certainly had their fair share of contributing to a joyous, smooth dancefloor outdoors at other events and festivals. This particular Sunday afternoon they will transport the unique Colorbox Studios feel to the outdoor space expertly.

In addition to the residents, there is a special lineup of musical guests to be excited for. This includes the purveyor of wax magic and regular event curator Paul Waxon, whose parties at The Waiting Room in Long Street, Cape Town were created to allow space for him and other fans to DJ wax, but also to create the very specific kind of joyous connection brought about by the limitations of a DJ having to select tracks to play from a box of collected physical releases.

From Joburg, DJ Buhle joins the lineup as a representative of the upcountry house sound, and came into the view of the We House Sundays family following a glowing recommendation from the don Vinny Da Vinci.

Headlining the festival is a returning visitor and veteran DJ and producer from Germany, André Lodemann, who brings his musical vision to our shores, which is “to create atmosphere, arouse emotion and touch people musically. Expect a master set from a DJ capable of a wide range of feeling from the warmth of deep house to the pace of more techy sounds.

Food and drinks and fun will all be on offer at the 1-day festival, like any We House Sundays event, and tickets are available from Webtickets here http://bit.ly/2BgL0b9 at R240 (regular) and R320 at the door. [The R140 Early Bird tickets are sold out]

More info here: https: http://bit.ly/2CgeSl3

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