Get some au­ral

It’s sum­mer time and what bet­ter way for South Africans to party, than to spin a few house tracks in cel­e­bra­tion of the sun and wa­ter. spoke to five of the men tasked with sup­ply­ing that mu­sic.

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHTMUSIC -

THE Soul Candi Ses­sions are al­ways a favourite an­nual re­lease and Soul Candi Ses­sions 2015 is no ex­cep­tion. The la­bel has as­sem­bled a clever com­bi­na­tion of the old, new and fa­mous – Harael Salkow, aka Daddy H, YFM and Club 808’ s Mo Flava, Cue­bar, Lulo Café and a new pro­ducer in the form of Tel­la­man who hails from Dur­ban.

At the pho­to­shoot, which took place on the roof of Univer­sity Jo­han­nes­burg’s art gallery, there was a hint of that care­free hol­i­day feel­ing. The five of them were in high spir­its as they posed for the cam­era, with the fa­mous Jozi sky­line be­hind them. It must also be a great feel­ing to be on an al­bum like The Soul Candi Ses­sions that is a dead cert. No De­cem­ber mu­sic col­lec­tion is com­plete with­out this five-al­bum prod­uct.

Soul Candi found­ing mem­ber and con­cep­tu­aliser of the al­bums, Salkow, seemed to be the hap­pi­est. He be­came a DJ in 1998 when he was 18 be­cause of his love of mu­sic and play­ing mu­sic. At 20 he started Soul Candi which has be­come the most recog­nis­able com­mer­cial dance la­bel in the land. They have bro­ken artists like Mi Casa, Muzart and Liq­uideep and are known for their re­lent­less re­lease of ex­clu­sively dance mu­sic. That the Soul Candi Ses­sions are their flag­ship re­leases is a no brainer.

Aside from the la­bel, they have also gone into event­ing with the Spring Fi­esta up there with the best of the dance events and they also pro­vide mu­sic cour­ses via their mu­sic school, which is now part of the Bos­ton City Cam­pus col­leges.

“What makes me carry on is the pas­sion for what we do,” smiles Salkow. “We like be­ing hap­pi­ness deal­ers.”

Mo Flava is the only DJ who is not signed to Soul Candi. How­ever, he is just as ex­cited as the rest to be on the al­bum.

“House mu­sic is a mas­sive part of pop mu­sic. With this al­bum I tried to map out a sound that will last two years. I have to make mu­sic that is popular, has an el­e­ment of mass ap­peal and in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion,” he ex­plains.

But surely that is a shal­low ap­proach? Mo Flava shakes his head: “Mass ap­peal doesn’t mean you have to main­tain a sta­tus quo. Mass ap­peal means it is good.”

What, like Justin Bieber or Ka­t­rina and the Waves and their Walk­ing on Sun­shine hit?

“It’s about main­tain­ing good mu­sic and want­ing peo­ple to love that mu­sic,” he replies. “My CD is bal­anced in terms of who I worked with. It’s com­po­si­tion is up­tempo and it’s a beau­ti­ful blend of dif­fer­ent sounds and it works.”

In con­trast, the new­bie on the block, Tel­la­man, wants to change the world of mu­sic.

“I want to be a game changer,” he says. “I want young peo­ple who come after Tel­la­man to know and be in­spired by me. I like ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent things which is why I like col­lab­o­ra­tions. They chal­lenge me mu­si­cally. Oh, and I also want to be recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally.”

There is no ques­tion that Tel­la­man is a tal­ented mu­si­cian and what sets him apart is that he sings and writes his own songs and cuts across mu­si­cal gen­res. His first sin­gle off the al­bum fea­tures Okmalumkoolkat.

He says he fell into mu­sic pro­duc­tion when a friend of his into the soul­ful style and this al­bum is for peo­ple who ap­pre­ci­ate deep mu­sic. I am about that.

“I also en­joy be­ing the de­finer of a new sound. On this ses­sion I am the one who sets the mood,” he con­tin­ues. “I have also put time­less touches on so many of my songs.”

Cue­bar is also another suc­cess­ful find from Soul Candi and his star is def­i­nitely still on the rise. Hav­ing stud­ied at the Soul Candi In­sti­tute of Mu­sic, he has been re­leased lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. h w a w e a

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DECK MASTERS: Mem­bers of Soul Candi, from left, Cue­bur, Tel­la­man, Lulo Cafe, Mo Flava and Harael Falkow (aka Daddy H

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