Mixmag were on the scene at Tomorrowland 2019 to capture some behind the scenes action with the performers and producers.
We sat down with a number of the artists booked for the BUDX showcase at the Brew District, learning more about their craft as selectors and what makes them tick as humans.
Alongisde the BUDX talent such as Terry Zhong, Shimza, Kyle Cassim and Kimmy K, we caught up with electronic music veterans and selectors like Roger Sanchez, andhim and Chus & Ceballos.
Check out all of the interviews from the weekend here.
[Photo Credit: Austin Malema & Blacksmith Collective]
Kimmy K is a South African standout who brought a diversity of selections to the dancefloor at The Brew District. Her set ranged from afro to deep house, with a healthy dose of disco dashed in between. This variability reflects the welcoming and open-minded approach Kimmy K brings to her music as well as what she offers to those in her life.
A DJ, producer and pioneer that needs very little introduction, Roger Sanchez has been innovating and evolving for over two decades. The house music aficionado headed over to the BUDX Brew District at Tomorrowland to sit down and chat to us about the current state of Ibiza, his upcoming music and what projects are next for his DJ supergroup, The S-Men.
South Africa's Kyle Cassim has been making waves in Johannesburg for a while now and has shared the stage with acts like Cosmic Gate, Deadmau5 and Franky Rizardo. Here Cassim talks about how his dreams of on day playing at Tomorrowland came true this year. If there was ever a reason to not stop believing, this is it.
Chus & Ceballos
Despite being one man down due to flight cancellations (the first time in their 20 year history) we were joined by Ceballos from Spanish tech house stalwarts Chus & Ceballos. Having been making music and touring for two decades, we found out the secret to their longeivty and how important it is to stay true to your sound.
Shimza is one of the most important and popular names in South African house music right now. Having been championed by Black Coffee and also after appearing in the Lab Johnannesburg, the selector is on a constant rise. At Tomorrowland in the Brew District, we spoke about how BUDX has given him and so many other artists the chance to follow their music dreams and travel the world. If you haven't heard of Shimza yet, don't worry, you will.
Hailing from Beijing, when Terry Zhong steps up to DJ, you may be surprised to hear what music blasts of the speakers. The young and fresh and up and comer specializes in Gqom and afro-house and his skills behind the decks are very impressive. We caught up with him to find out how he fell in love with the sound and how it feels to be playing at Tomorrowland.
French DJ Louise Chen has been on the circuit for a while but now she's picking up steam around the world as a top notch selector. Whether that's house, techno, disco, funk or anything in between, she can draw for anything. She headed to Tomorrowland straight from a festival in France the night before and told us how she was joined by her parents. In fact, her mother stayed raving well after she'd gone home. Check the interview above for an insight into the life of Louise. You'll be seeing a lot more of her in the years to come.
German duo andhim are some of the funniest DJs around, they're pretty damn good selectors as well and have been releasing music together for nearly a decade. They stopped by the Brew District ahead of their Tomorrowland performance to chat with us about their new music video, which of course features the pair dancing as cybergoths.