Distant Relatives JHB are one of the many outstanding new acts coming out of South Africa right now. This duo, with their down to earth and friendly demeanours combining so smoothy with their deep and organic sound, made it nothing but a pleasure to have them grace DeepWit with their EP “Oceanfront”. This release, accompanied by remixes from Tom Lown and Gareth Bilaney garnered some serious support from across the board in the Deep House scene, featuring on dozens of radio shows and is now available for purchase everywhere that counts 😉 With an eye to the what the future may hold for this duo we had a little Q&A to find out a little more about these mysterious guys from SA.
Q. Name and Favorite Color?
Ricky: Light Blue.
Q. How long have you been making music?
3 years together now.
Q. Why do you guys bother making music?
Ricky: Its my passion, my hobby, my entertainment, I just really enjoy making music.
Mike: The music allows me to express and showcase my emotions and feelings through the music which I find addictive.
Q. Favorite Genre of music outside of what you produce?
Mike: Old School Jazz and RnB.
Ricky: Acid Jazz, Lounge, Laidback underground Hip Hop.
Q. What program do you use to Produce?
Both: Ableton Live, we used to use Flstudio in our first year but we find the workflow so much smoother on Ableton Live.
Q. Must have piece of production software or equipment?
Mike: Midi Keyboard so you can explore more chord ideas and not be restricted by a mouse.
Ricky: Ableton and Midi Keyboard.
Q. Must have piece of equipment for life?
Mike: Laptop is a must have piece of equipment for life.
Ricky: Yeah agree with Mike and good sound.
Q. What are your favorite labels and or producers?
Mike: Gartenhaus, Deepwit, Hermine Records, Kina Music, Something Different and a lot more.
Ricky: Wow! Mikes on point, I would add Just Move Records as the best local label in S.A and also Frole Records, 8bit and Fina are great .
(Editors Note: Agreed about Just Move Recordings being the best S.A. label, great guys running it too!)
Q. What time are you in bed on a typical Saturday night?
Ricky: Usually early hours of the morning, we try to emerge ourselves in our local music scene as much as we can if not though its an early night.
Mike: If im not out enjoying the evening usually around 10.
Q. Whats your favorite animal?
Ricky: Leopald or a wolf, yeah a silver wolf howling at the moon, that’s bad ass.
Q. What do you get up to outside of music?
Ricky: A good game of golf, a good party, a couple good friends.
Mike: Exploring the city, having a few drinks with friends.
Q. What is the question you wished people would ask you?
Ricky: Would you like to have my drum machines and synths for free? Sure, that’d be nice!
Make sure to catch up with them on Facebook and Soundcloud, the future is looking bright for these two.