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In Conversation With Deniece Marz…: On being more than a DJ, her love for music & her upcoming Weheartbeat gig in Jozi

Johannesburg based multi-disciplined creative, Deniece Marz…, is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after DJs in Gauteng currently. Her ascent in the entertainment game has been a pleasure to watch as with every show she is intentional in giving her all in every set — rocking huge stages at gigs like Afropunk and gaining herself support from music lovers. We caught up with her ahead of her performance at the 7th anniversary of Weheartbeat.

What drew you to this industry? If you could bring awareness and change within the industry, what would it be?
What drew me to the industry firstly was the love of music (cheesy but true). Secondly, it was the lack of females in this industry.

What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome so far within the progression of your career?
So far the biggest problem is that people don’t respect artists. We always have to be begging for our payments and respect.

Do you feel that, as part of your work and art, is there a need for it to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”? Is there a hidden meaning in any of your art? 
If there’s anything to be explained, I will explain. Not everything always needs an explanation.

Tell me about your favorite performance venues, the set-up that you feel most comfortable in when conducting a performance?
My favourite venue so far has been The Goodluck Bar in Newtown.

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your career? What measures do you take into making these decisions?
Realising that I’m more than just a DJ.

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How would you describe and rate the music and art scene of the city you are currently living? How do your surroundings influence your art? 
The industry right now is moving and growing. Our industry just lacks respect for the artists and their rates (we too gotta live).

What can we look forward to from you in the following upcoming months? 
You can expect fanning out and geeking over music, music from me and more gigs.

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Win Tickets To Weheartbeat’s 7th Anniversary Event This Friday

Arts On Main is about to turned upside down this Friday as Weheartbeat celebrates seven years of shaping culture, fashion and music in Johannesburg. We are running a great social media competition where you can win tickets to this exciting event. We have three double tickets to giveaway. Here’s how you can win one double ticket:

On Twitter:
1) Retweet the competition tweet.
2) Tag us and a friend you’d like to attend the event with.
3) Add the #7YearsLifeLoveBeats hashtag to your tweet.

On Facebook:
1) Share the competition post.
2) Tag us and a friend you’d like to attend the event with.
3) Add the #7YearsLifeLoveBeats hashtag to your post.

Follow those steps and you may join us this Friday.

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In Conversation With Hannah Faith: On her beginnings, her new brand & her upcoming Weheartbeat gig in Jozi

We recently caught up with London born and bred multifaceted creative and Soulection affiliate, Hannah Faith. Known for her eclectic and worldly sets, she has built a strong brand for herself in the electronic beats and dance music scene and what makes her journey even more special is that she leveraged the internet’s power of connecting people to solidify her brand. Hannah Faith has grown far beyond the DJ world as she has added weight to her name by fully breaking into photography and visual arts. We speak to her ahead of her performance and showcase at the 7th anniversary of Weheartbeat in Johannesburg this Friday.

What drew you to this industry? If you could bring awareness and change within the industry, what would it be?
The music, all I’ve ever aspired to do on this musical journey is to discover and share. I started off DJ’ing because I wanted to curate mixes and share them with my mates. I feel sharing music is a very intimate process, it speaks from your soul without having to put anything into words and so that’s what I truly fell in love with. In this industry, I’d just say scrap the ego and be yourself. HAVE FUN!

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your career? What measures do you take into making these decisions?
Making decisions that align with my soul purpose, as an artist, it can be immensely draining and detrimental to my creative process if I don’t consider the type of events or work I’m agreeing to. From the music lineup to the location, to the compensation, it has to align with my self and my worth for it is after all my energy I am giving.

How would you describe and rate the music and art scene of the city you are currently living? How do your surroundings influence your art? 
To be honest, I haven’t been too active in the art scene in London as of late, I’ve been a hermit using this time to focus until I feel inspired again to step back out.

Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what your artistic approach is in pursuing new ideas and concepts? What sources do you draw from for inspiration?
I meditate a lot, I listen to my body and I listen to my heart. When it comes to my creative process I follow my gut, I cannot force this process, any ideas that come into mind I write them down. My life inspires my artistic approach.

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What is your view on platforms like Weheartbeat and how important their contributions are in the culture and music scene?
Art is life, without it, the earth would be a very dull and uninspiring place, platforms like Weheartbeat are important for our culture to keep documenting the times and providing spaces for us to release energy and bring community together.

What are you looking forward to from the upcoming event?
I am looking forward to connecting with the people, dancing, raising our vibrations and having a good time.

Please recommend two artists/DJs/MCs/beat-makers to our readers which you feel people should look out for.
K Le Maestro his style is soulful yet bouncy I really like his music. Also my homegirl Lynda Dawn, an upcoming artist from London bringing that soulful funk back.

What can we look forward to from you in the following upcoming months?
More visual work. I have a brand, Delika, I’m working on which centers around, healing and wellness through design, music, travel and sacred wisdom work. Of course expect new mixes from myself too.

Thank you to Dominique and Sims for continuously supporting me on this journey, their hard work is appreciated highly. Much love and lets rock for WHB 7 year anniversary!

Catch Hannah Faith this weekend in Johannesburg.

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[EVENT]: Weheartbeat Celebrates 7 Years of Life + Love + Beats On The 31st of May

Johannesburg based multimedia beats platform, Weheartbeat, has contributed greatly to the South African electronic beats scene; building bridges between beat scenes from overseas to Mzansi’s burgeoning beat scene which encompasses lifestyle, fashion and entertainment. Over the course of seven years, the platform has curated niche events that provide unique experiences in the South African entertainment landscapes. Founders of the platform, Dominique Soma and Sims Phakisi, have steered the ship for close to a decade forming pathways for the creation and promotion of culture, advancing local creativity and offering young urbanites new experiences.

They celebrate their seven year anniversary of their journey of pushing life, love and beats by curating an event featuring some of best and highly acclaimed creatives in electronic beats and alt hip hop worlds. With UK born and bred DJ/photographer and Soulection affiliate, Hannah Faith, returning to Johannesburg once again after delivering an incredible performance at the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party in 2017. She is joined by another UK act hailing from Manchester and known for its soulful approach to hip hop and Dutch/Armenian DJ/producer, Full Crate, who is respected for his innovative approach to DJing and producing and being on the frontier of new sounds. Three international headliners who live and breathe the ethos of the Weheartbeat brand.

The lineup doesn’t just end with the international headliners as it is packed with local talent that has been making waves in the South African DJ scene. The local acts include Deniece Marz.. (who has taken the Joburg music scene by storm), multitalented Cape Town based creative Gina Jeanz, Symatics (co-founder of Weheartbeat) and Weheartbeat affiliates — Jingo and Bon Bon Vie. Each local act promises to bring their own unique flair, style and vibes to the night.

Watch the event promo.

The event is happening on the 31st of May in Johannesburg, Arts On Main.

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Weheartbeat presents Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party: Our five questions with S. Fidelity

For this year’s Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party hosted by Weheartbeat and the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, we’re doing something really interesting for all our beat heads and electronic music fans. There are exciting international acts at this year’s Bloc Party and to give you some more insights on these artists, we sent some of them five questions to find out more about them, their plans and their thoughts on the Bloc Party.

We chopped it up with Swiss beat machine, S. Fidelity, to get more insight on what he does, what he has in store for at the Bloc Party and what he is most excited about to learn and experience in South Africa.

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Describe your artistry and what you do in 5 words.
Funk loaded post analog drama.

What is the one thing, lesson or experience do you want people to get from your music?
Good vibes only.

You are performing at this year’s Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party, what can we expect from your performance?
A live vocoder radio journey through my time, space and genres. Expect the unexpected.

What are you looking forward to see, experience and learn in South Africa?
It’s my first time in South Africa, so getting to know people, culture, music, food and life.

Where can people follow and connect with you online?
InstagramFacebookSpotify and Twitter.

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Catch S. Fidelity at the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party. Get your tickets here.

For more details and updates on the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party, follow Weheartbeat on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Weheartbeat presents Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party: Our five questions with Zikomo

For this year’s Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party hosted by Weheartbeat and the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, we’re doing something really interesting for all our beat heads and electronic music fans. There are five international acts at this year’s Bloc Party and to give you some more insights on these artists, we sent them five questions to find out more about them, their plans and their thoughts on the Bloc Party.

We caught up with Long Beach, California based producer, Zikomo, who is known for his unique bounce, fluid electronic beats approach and his eclectic sets. He has built up a very strong reputation in underground beats scene in LA and he is gearing up to wow his South African fans with his music and sets. check out the interview below.

Describe your artistry and what you do in 5 words.
What I do in five words.
1.Produce Fire
2. Wear a Mask
3.Watch anime
4. Play video games
5. I am Groot

What is the one thing, lesson or experience do you want people to get from your music?
The music that I make regardless of whether it is in the form of a remix/edit or an original composition is a representation of myself.

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You are performing at this year’s Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party, what can we expect from your performance?
An all EDM and Bluegrass set. Haha, I’m kidding. I’m gonna keep that a secret but all I’m gonna say is prepare your bodies.

What are you looking forward to see, experience and learn in South Africa?
I’m looking forward to seeing everything and submerging myself in the culture. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to come out and perform for you guys and I look forward to learning more about the community. Also looking forward to the food.

Where can people follow and connect with you online?
You can connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, or Soundcloud.

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Catch Zikomo at the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party. Get your tickets here.

For more details and updates on the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party, follow Weheartbeat on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Weheartbeat presents Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party: Our five questions with Morena Leraba

For this year’s Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party hosted by Weheartbeat and the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, we’re doing something really interesting for all our beat heads and electronic music fans. There are five international acts at this year’s Bloc Party and to give you some more insights on these artists, we sent them five questions to find out more about them, their plans and their thoughts on the Bloc Party.

We chopped it up with Morena Leraba, who is a Lesotho-born musician fusing traditional Sotho music with more modern, eclectic and electronic music to create a truly unique sound. He doesn’t only mesh sounds, he also meshes cultures which allows him to facilitate a global cultural exchange by using art and technology as his main tools. Check the interview out below.

                                                    


Describe your artistry and what you do in 5 words.
I’m a performing artist/musician from Lesotho.

What is the one thing, lesson or experience do you want people to get from your music?
I fuse Sesotho traditional music/vocals with modern electronic sounds and audiences will have an opportunity to see how both worlds can borrow from each other.

You are performing at this years Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party, what can we expect from your performance?
Other-worldly. Something spiritual. True, we’re a new band but we wanna time-travel with the audience, exhibiting how traditional African sounds are still relevant in a modern world.

What are you looking forward to see, experience and learn in South Africa?
We’re going to meet other artists/acts from elsewhere and South Africa, especially Johannesburg. Johannesburg is such a unique and special place where other cultures and tastes are appreciated. We’re bringing a new sound and we want to see how audiences react, also bearing in mind that Sesotho and Sepedi are widely spoken in Johannesburg.

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Where can people follow and connect with you online?
I’m on Facebook as Morena Leraba, Twitter as @MorenaLeraba and Instagram as @morenaleraba. You can follow me on SoundCloud as Morena Leraba. We’re launching a website soon.

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Catch Morena Leraba at the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party. Get your tickets here.

For more details and updates on the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party, follow Weheartbeat on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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4 Reasons why you should attend this year’s Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party

Johannesburg based multimedia beat platform, Weheartbeat, and Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival partner up once again to bring us the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party. After hosting a successful event last, the two organizations saw it fit to bring it back in 2018 and that allows them to venture deeper into the cultural, technological & art intersections in Africa in the 21st century.

We list four reasons why you should go to this year’s Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party.

Dope local acts
For this year’s Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party, there is a strong local act presence with some of the best electronic music producers and DJs on the line up. An interesting approach in curating the lineup was used, especially with the paired acts such as ANG and Mx Blouse, Rams and Symatics, Daev Martian and Deniece Marz…, Langa Mavuso and Illa N, and lastly, Hlasko and Micr. Pluto.

They selected some of the best and most respected DJs in South Africa such as Kaya FM’s Just Themba, Floyu, Mr Moeh24, Scott The Girl, Brown Pepper Ann, Bon Bon Vie, Rosie Parade and Tha Cutt. With a local as strong as this, you can’t afford to take an L by not buying tickets.

Dope international acts
Shuuuu! The organizers went all out when it comes to the international acts. They have Long Beach, California native, Zikomo, who has garnered a lot of respect in the underground beats scene overseas. They also have Swiss beat aficionado, S.Fidelity, and Canadian production duo, Potatohead People. Lesotho’s very own, Morena Leraba, is also on the lineup as a rather interesting and exciting addition. And to round it all off, they enlisted legendary Detroit Hip Hop producer, Black Milk. Now with a strong list of international acts, this gig should definitely not be missed.

                                                   

The vibe
Judging from last year’s event, the vibe is going to be amazing. Expect to see beautiful, open minded and rather fashionable creatives, techies and music heads from all walks of life. As much as the Bloc Party will be centered around music, it promises to be a more rounded experience showcasing the intersection of technology and art.

Value for money
The ticket price for this event is 300 bucks and that is honestly a steal considering the lineup. You are geared up to get a really dope experience for not a lot of money. So this gig is a perfect and proper entrance into Spring.

Tickets to the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party are still available for purchase here.

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Weheartbeat partners with Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival to bring a one of a kind showcase to Johannesburg

The Johannesburg-based integrated multi-media beat platform, Weheartbeat, has partnered with Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival to bring a one of a kind event to Johannesburg. Weheartbeat has not only created a space for people that love and appreciate beats but they have managed to cultivate a lifestyle and community that does not hesitate to support.

The continuous innovation from the Weheartbeat camp has prompted them to partner with Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, an initiative built on the basis of celebrating digital technology, art and culture.

The event will be hosted at Tsimolong Precinct, the entrepreneurship and innovation hub in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The line up features the likes of Soulection founder, Joe kay, Masego, Petite Noir, Hannah Faith, Melodiesinfonie and Evil Needle.

Bloc Party is an event not to be missed. Our team is definitely going to be there and we hope to see you there.