25 Mar Chat with Black Coffee | Beck’s Access Interviews 003
Ahead of his 7 hour set on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 for Miami Music Week at the Electric Pickle, we asked Black Coffee to tell us about his thoughts on Miami, some artists he likes and upcoming plans.
Please describe your vibe and aesthetic for anyone not familiar with Black Coffee.
I’d describe my sound and vibe as soulful, moving and rhythmic. Anything with presence, music that is uplifting and above all touches your soul in a profound way.
Many DJs came to Miami Music Week to play for large crowds, you chose to play one intimate show at the Electric Pickle. Please explain why that was important to you?
Firstly because I consider Electric Pickle to be one of the best clubs in Miami and for me the world. It’s a very intimate space which is something I love and the sound is amazing. The vibe is always superb. Plus the crowd which frequents Electric Pickle is extremely discerning. They know exactly what to expect in that kind of environment and space. I’ve done Miami so many times and been lucky enough to play so many different locations during WMC over the years, from poolside venues to nightclubs but I’ve also reached a stage in my career where I truly want to showcase who I am as an artist and the best way for me to do that is to be in an intimate environment playing a 7-hour set where I can convey what Black Coffee is really about. I think it’s going to be an amazing night!
Tell us about some emerging artists you admire, based in South Africa or the continent we may not have heard of yet.
In South Africa there are a lot of guys that the world doesn’t know of yet. Just off the top of my head there is Da Capo. Some may know him but I think the world isn’t ready for stuff he is doing. There’s also Black Motion, Chymamusique and Nasty Nev. There are so many talented African artists who are producing amazing music but have yet to be heard by a bigger worldwide audience. There are also international guys who I have played with who I truly admire. One of them is Paolo Rocco. I played with him first in Paris and more recently in Montreal at Stereo. I love his vibe and he is also a really great guy. I loved playing with him.
Few artists have done more to shine a light on South African music within the sphere of global dance music more than Black Coffee. What are your thoughts regarding that fame and your role in spreading the music you love around the world?
It can be incredibly overwhelming and it’s a big responsibility.. A really daunting position to be in. I didn’t choose it but to be that guy who walks into a room and people are expecting you to bring it on and show them what you’ve got. For me, being afforded that role is an absolute honour. To to be able to showcase the talent that is in my country through the music I play in my sets all over the world. There is nothing else that I would rather be doing.
How does what you know of the U.S. electronic music scene differ from South Africa. And how is it similar? Miami in particular?
It’s really hard to draw a comparison between Miami and specifically my experience of Miami which is solely WMC based with what goes on in South Africa in the dance music scene. In South Africa most gigs and parties are promoter and party focused. We don’t have the same kind of thriving nightclub scene that is prevalent in Europe or the US. You also find that in South Africa electronic music and other genres easily co-exist in the same party space. So, many different genres of music might get played at a particular event rather than it be limited to only house music per se.
What are your upcoming plans? Any new music releases? Any major events this Spring or Summer?
I’m currently working on my 5th artist album which will be released later this year. If all goes according to plan, I’m are looking at a June release internationally and July in South Africa. And as far as gigs go I’ll be resuming my residency with Circo Loco at DC10 in Ibiza for the third consecutive season as well as touring the US and Europe all summer. Highlights for me so far will be appearances at Southport Weekender, Amsterdam Open Air, Sonar Barcelona, Audio River in Poland, Calvi On The Rocks, A Day In The Park, Suncebeat in Croatia and South West Four. #BecksAccess is unlocking the best of Miami Music Week.