South Africa, and Cape Town in particular, are no strangers to techno.
We’re also no stranger to a good hustle, which is exactly how TOY TOY’s latest event came to be in collaboration with rising Cape Town techno DJ/producer Dean Jones aka D_Know. Having been a long standing fan of American producer and Hush and Mistress record label owner Zak Khutoretsky aka DVS1, Jones came across an interview where he expressed a desire to visit South Africa and explore its vast musical offering. This piqued Jones’ interest and he proceeded to start an online conversation with his hero.
It wasn’t until a few months later at Berghain, the infamous Berlin techno club where DVS1 holds a residency, that the two would come face to face, and purely by chance. Following their conversation-now-gone-IRL, as well as having experienced DVS1’s four-hour set at Village Underground in London, Jones knew he had to do whatever it took to get him to South Africa.
“After more long conversations and pulling of strings, DVS1 will finally be making the journey he so desired. With a show in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, he will be able to have a first-hand experience of a place that for many artists in the Northern Hemisphere will remain untraveled,” Jones reported in an article he wrote for Soundspace about the experience of the booking.
The Johannesburg event on Friday will act as TOY TOY’s sixth birthday, having evolved from humble beginnings as a monthly club night into one of Johannesburg’s premier underground dance music nights. Taking place at And, this will be DVS1’s South African debut, with Digital Rockit, Sound Sensible and Andi Dill on the supporting line-up.
Together with D_Know’s Knowledge Recordings, they will also host DVS1 in Cape Town on Saturday at ColorBox Studios in Paarden Eiland – a venue which has become increasingly popular for its industrial charm, proximity to the city and for parties such as the legendary We House Sundays. The supporting line-up includes D_Know himself, ERA and We House Sundays regular Kyle Russouw, and a back-to-back set between DJs Fabio and Craig Placid.
One of the most exciting aspects of these events is the reminder that niche demands exist within the South African music-loving community – those which are often too niche for festivals such as Rocking The Daisies or OppiKoppi to cater to – and, more importantly, that there are those who have the drive and passion to meet these demands and make it all happen.