Deep-house maestro Black Coffee had us fangirling from afar when he landed a residency at Hï Ibiza. We travelled to the Spanish island courtesy of Hunter’s (with whom Black Coffee has an ambassadorial contract) to get the scoop
Best crowd I’ve performed to
South Africans. We have a certain spirit, a vibe. There are sounds you only find in our country when music is playing.
Most memorable music experience
The Africa Rising show in Durban in December 2011, with a 24-piece orchestra.
Aspiring producers should…
Find a voice or a sound, then muscle that voice or that sound. It’s the thing that will differentiate you from what everyone else is doing. Polish it – and be ready for the time when you’re given a platform to showcase it.
The woman who had the biggest impact on my life
My grandmother. She had a crazy work ethic. I grew up milking cows twice a day; eventually she didn’t have to remind me because I knew it was my contribution to the household. She really inspired my work ethic.
I hope my sons learn…
The importance of being humble, and the energy it brings towards you. It’s not about what you have, or how much you have.
My wife would describe me as…
Stubborn – in my ideas and the things I believe in. She’d also say I’m driven and highly motivated.
Most inspiring celebrity I’ve met
Virgil Abloh. I love his passion; he’s lit a fire in me. He’s a real leader: he’s the artistic director of one of the most successful clothing brands in the world, a qualified architect, a collaborator – and a DJ (Flat White). He inspires me to live life to its full potential. We’re working together as a duo now – White Coffee.
My favourite track RN
Afrika by Da Capo featuring Tshepo King.
Three local DJs to keep an eye on
Themba, Da Capo and PH.
The quality I value most in a woman
Realness. My wife is the most real person I know. If it means she has to be hard and tell you the truth, she will.
Most romantic date I’ve ever been on
It was in Santorini, when I proposed to my wife!
Catch Black Co ee at Hï Ibiza every Saturday night until 6 October.