On the decks

SA’s next big DJ could be dis­cov­ered in the brand-new sea­son of 1s And 2s.

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Sea­son 3 Tues­days SABC1 (*191) 21:00

Every­one wants to be a DJ these days, but few ac­tu­ally have what it takes to mix the next big club an­them or play on the world stage. But you have to start some­where, right? That’s where re­al­ity show 1s And 2s (2014- cur­rent) comes in. Scout­ing the coun­try for the hottest DJing tal­ent and then giv­ing con­tes­tants the rare op­por­tu­nity to show­case their skills to the coun­try on na­tional TV, re­spected MetroFM DJ duo SPHEc­tac­u­lar and Naves, along with ac­tress and 5FM’s Thando Tha­bethe, are about to make some­one’s dreams come true.

While the DJs are on the judg­ing panel, as­sisted by guest DJs, Thando has re­cently started dab­bling in DJing her­self and she’s picked up a thing or two about the craft, mak­ing her more than just the pre­sen­ter of the pre­miere DJing com­pe­ti­tion in the coun­try. Thando and Naves give us a lit­tle more in­sight into the in­dus­try and how they go about look­ing for this sea­son’s Master Of Spin.


What’s dif­fer­ent about this sea­son? I think from a pro­duc­tion value point of view, sea­son 3 has def­i­nitely been stepped up. The com­pe­ti­tion is much fiercer and peo­ple un­der­stand what it could po­ten­tially do for them if they walk away with the ti­tle, which in­cludes an in­ter­na­tional CD re­lease and R100 000 worth of pro­duc­tion gear. What do you en­joy most about host­ing the show? I’ve just started DJing my­self, so I en­joy be­ing in a grow­ing and learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. I’ve def­i­nitely learnt a lot this sea­son and it’s ex­cit­ing. You’re on ra­dio, so you know what makes good dance and house music. Even though you’re not a judge on the show, what are you look­ing for from the tal­ent? I’m on the look­out for some­one who’s charis­matic, some­one with that star qual­ity, some­one de­ter­mined and ready to take on this very com­pet­i­tive in­dus­try. And have you fol­lowed up with pre­vi­ous win­ners? Yes. I do see them at gigs and 1s And 2s fa­mous faces (from left): DJs SPHEc­tac­u­lar, DJ Naves and Thando Tha­bethe. in­dus­try events, and both Mshega [sea­son 1’s win­ner] and Prince Kay­bee [sea­son 2] have done in­cred­i­bly well for them­selves.


There are so many peo­ple want­ing to be pro­fes­sional DJs. What does it en­tail? I think tal­ent is the key, more than anything else. When it’s cou­pled with hard work, noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble. How do DJs make a liv­ing? There are many facets to DJing, but I think pri­mar­ily it’s the book­ings for events that bring in the most money. What do you think of the con­tro­ver­sial win of three-year-old DJ Arch Jr on last year’s SA’s Got Tal­ent (2009-cur­rent)? A lot of peo­ple are still con­vinced that he wasn’t be­hind the music be­ing made. I think that they un­der­mined the peo­ple’s intelligence and also the craft of DJing. What are you look­ing for in the win­ner of the show? We need some­body who is go­ing to el­e­vate the game from the pre­vi­ous sea­son. We need char­ac­ter, flair and tal­ent. Most im­por­tantly, we need some­body that the peo­ple will re­late to and sup­port. Where in SA would you say the most tal­ent you’ve en­coun­tered this sea­son lies? I think Port El­iz­a­beth. The peo­ple we found there stood out in a very mem­o­rable way.

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