This week in our Artist Spotlight we have Legaphonique all the way from Rustenburg, South Africa. Legaphonique first started playing around with music just for fun and then turned it into a passionate career. Today he not only produces his own music but also organizes his own events and even has merchandise on its way to being sold. Check out this interview we did with Legaphonique below.
How did you first begin DJing/Producing?
It first started out as just toying around, making random sounds and trying to figure out how the program works until one day the sounds started making some musical sense I was quite happy with what I had made but it wasn’t “put out, so people can hear what you made worthy” and not even a minute long, though it put me in euphoric state which in turn made me eager to learn. I started reading up on how to make music, how bars works, BPM and so on… Basically the works. I was in a new place, no friends or hobbies whatsoever! I had all the time I needed in my hands so that pushed me to learn even more not that I have stopped learning now… as much as I apply what I’ve learnt I still make time to learn and that is key in every profession I’m a very experimental producer by doing so I don’t limit myself by majoring in just one genre hence I do a bit of everything but mostly house music.
Who is your biggest influence(s)?
My biggest influences have to be Roland Clark for his spoken-word artistry, Justin Imperiale for his heartfelt and soulful touch in music & Monique Bingham; her music has “mothered” me to where I am today, the list is endless.
What’s your favorite record of all time?
All time favorite record has to be Lovebirds – Want You In My Soul! the production and the message behind it, is on point and if I can add just one more it will have to be Samantha James – Rise.
What was your favorite party of all time that you have played?
It has to be my farewell party back in 2012 at YAMI I had no set and I made it happen with what was available. I played my heart out!
Who do you want to collaborate with in the future?
It definitely has to be Thebe “Lenyora” Jaidene Veda gosh! She has a beautiful voice the list goes on and on.
What’s the most embarrassing thing thats happened to you at a show?
Not exactly embarrassing but I call it “my amateur moment” cueing up a song I’ve never heard or played before so my whole set went differently than I had intended for it to go! sometimes being in the moment doesn’t usually do one any justice lol the crowd just stood there and stared till I put in something worth jamming to. It was definitely a learning experience I just don’t wish to go through that ever again.
What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/DJing?
If I’m not Djing or producing I’m writing poetry I’m spoken-word artist and if not that then I’m glued to a book or reading something on the internet that isn’t on social media or you can find me designing events posters, organizing events, album artworks, logos and working on my T-shirt designs I’m currently working on a range for 2016.
What is your opinion on the current EDM scene?
(EDM) the concept as a whole is huge it is steadily growing and hasn’t lost its touch it is still as influential and popular even though it may seem that it is over shadowed by the hip hop and pop culture a lot of people still support and listen to it which is great for us producers because it fuels us to do even more for our audiences although I wish we had an even more bigger platform to showcase our artistry or music talent if you may.
What do you think will be the next big thing in EDM?
Dubstep still is but I’m putting my money on lounge music and down-tempo.
What do you think about all these “frauds” in the EDM scene using ghost producers, buying likes and purchasing their own tracks on Beatport?
Despite not so smart I think if you as producer or musician are doing that you are tricking yourself into thinking you are the best out there and it may be your music probably isn’t as good as you try to make it seem by the number of downloads and views you get. If you indeed really make good music let the people decide for themselves, at the end of the day your good ratings are anything but that… make music and surely someone out there will recognize, love and buy. I say keep it real!
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