Living the life at 33 degrees South – by Protoculture

February 19th, 2013

All the way down on the Southern tip of the dark continent, where the atlantic and indian oceans meet, lies the city of Cape Town, South Africa. My home base and often a source of inspiration for my music. This sunny seaside city is a beautiful one offering many things such as stunning beaches, friendly people, and a great lifestyle… none of which benefits the traveling international dj in the midst of a busy tour schedule.

Typically, my shortest flight is to Sao Paulo, which entails a two hour flight to Johannesburg, followed by an aircraft change and another 8 hour slog to Brazil. My biannual trips to Tokyo usually clock in at 26 hours one way, Europe is a reasonable (for a South African) 12 hour flight, and North America a whopping 30 hours in one direction at times. Then there’s the VISA’s… every traveling artist knows the pain of applying for these annoying little stickers in your passport. Unfortunately, our South African passports are often not worth the paper they’re printed on. We need VISA’s for everything.

So after all this negativity, you’ll probably be asking, “so is it worth it?”. Hell yeah. I honestly couldn’t imagine doing anything else and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else (at least permanently for the rest of my life). There’s nothing more rewarding than dropping  a new tune that you’ve spent days working on to a crowd on the other side of the planet and seeing their faces light up. It makes all the long hours applying for VISA’s and sitting on aircraft totally worthwhile, and coming home to a stunning city like Cape Town is always a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of life on the road.

Fortunately, I’m one of those annoying people who falls asleep during take off and wakes up 9 hours later. Due to the length of my flights, there’s never any shortage of miles either (I now have 3 platinum/gold cards with different airlines!) which often get used for family holidays or upgrades. I also have plenty of time to catch up on the latest movies, much to the dismay of my wife… we never go to the movies together anymore, but I make up for it with duty free gifts when possible. Bribery and corruption goes a long way in our household.

I’ve actually had a well deserved break for the last two months. Its not often I’m in one place for so long, but my upcoming album has served as good excuse to lock myself in the studio for the last while and stay put in my home town. I’ve had some amazing gigs back home recently with W&W, Gareth Emery, Lange and Sarah Howells at EDM Fest and with Dash Berlin and Jerome Isma-Ae at Godskitchen, both in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

So what’s next? Well, a new album for starters. Then my crazy tour schedule is about to reboot for 2013. All in all, I’m looking forward to what I think is gonna be a fantastic year, traveling to new places and hanging out with fellow artists, friends and strangers alike. So heres to a year full of rocking gigs, killer new tunes and a ton of air miles.



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