"I believe that when you genuinely do something that you truly love whatever it may be, obstacles don't feel like obstacles"
Crescendo reates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
When and how did you get your interest in electronic music?
It's hard to pin point the exact moment, but i would trace it back hearing some kind of 90s dance track on the radio and instantly being addicted to the melody and hook. Then one night, i randomly came to a radioshow where they were playing experimental electronic music stuff like and when i heard this sound i got totally afraid, because i was sure that i caught a transmission from space, were aliens were talking. Few months later i met a friend "Sibusiso Aubrey Rameya" who's now more than a brother, he influenced me a lot by feeding me with lots of records, even now we still constantly exchange records from our various diggings and play it together.
The Gift And The Curse Album By Jullian Gomes & Atjazz definitely played a role on in getting my ears truly perked up to this strange electronic sound I'd never heard before.
How did you decide to dedicate into djing?
Well i just figured since i have this huge passion and love for this sound i might as well start playing it for people who never layed their ears on this amazing music, Contribute to the culture also considering the fact that it saved my life from a lot and i believe i can also do the same for other individuals hence i wanna start pouring my heart into writing my own music to uncover ideas, emotions and experiences.
There's this quote i once read i don't remember if it's from a book, poetry or magazine but whatever piece it was the quote "The only way to be immortal is through Art." I found a powerful truth there.
What is your criterion when you are dj sets? What inspire you?
I haven't yet played on various event setups that will require me to prepare a set but usually i just carry my music to the venue. situation and mood of that environment will tell how i should tackle, unfold the records. I use USB keys of course it's super easy with USB keys, especially for travelling. But some releases are on only on Vinyl not digital, and also I'd love to collect vinlys just to have some tangible music around and maybe i can play those later who knows.
In general, my life inspires me a lot. I'm also strongly triggered by nature. My favorite musicians? Oh man that's too many to list but out of electronic field surely it would have to be Tour-Maubourg, Folamour, Dark Art, Frits Wentink, Mr Fingers, Joe Corti, KaySoul, Roberto Rodriguez and Similar guys.
How do you assess the trajectory you have had and what were the reasons that led you to start it?
I believe that when you genuinely do something that you truly love whatever it may be, obstacles don't feel like obstacles. That's all i can say.
You had a huge touring schedule last year. Is there anything you do to warm up before you go on the road, to get yourself into the right headspace?
I haven't yet had big bookings or frequently be on the road or fly around the world touring but i usually meditate a bit before being in front of lot people especially when there are activities to be done by myself, so in this case when the time comes for me being in a right headspace i would continue with my coping strategies.
Are there any gigs that surprised you?
Not yet but i just i signed with PlayAgency from France which is purely dedicated to find gigs all around the globe for their artists so any moment from now suprises might pop-up or directly get booked at my favourite venues.
What was the last track that you heard that really blew you away?
Squarehead, Mella Dee - Get Together [WOLF]. Insane record that never fails to deliver.
What’s been the most difficult lesson you’ve learned since you first started your career?
No, i don't think i have learnt a difficult lesson yet.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Could you recommend a set that you are especially proud of it, and that we can see on your Soundcloud or on YouTube?
In this world that constantly trying to change or make us something else the key is just to stay true to yourself, don't let the world change you, serve the purpose and do what you love always.
I also heard Drake from a song saying "Don't get impatient when it takes too long and Drink it all even when it tastes too strong." Wise words there.
Each podcast i make is different, according to how i feel on that day but the one i curated for my friends at OnTheReg in Argentina has to be that set. One hour epic fantasy story made of sounds. I was dancing around the room when i recorded it with eyes closed, and dreaming of a future where I'm just travelling the world doing what i love and making best memories. The DJ-Set is on my Soundcloud.
What can you tell us about the scene of your city? What would you improve?
In terms of music we have a lot of creatives around the city and people who embracing their art work from different calibers. fset
Uhmm Musically once i reached a certain height i would like to improve the Club culture, invent more festivals i feel like we don't really have enough of those for this kind music and expose resources to the disadvantaged individuals who have huge passion for music and any kind of art work so that they can be able to express themselves and explore their talents.
Finally, what can you tell us about your present and future projects?
More Mixes on my favourite radios, other music publications and obviously my own music will surface on my favourite labels also playing at my favourite places and making good friends. You just have make sure you attend my gigs when I'm at your city.