5 things we discovered about Das Kapital
Das Kapital (Photo: Jono Jebus)
Johannesburg – Das Kapital has become a household name in
the South African dance music scene.
On 2 September the DJ released his first compilation album, Das Kapital Presents Overtime, which
brings together 15 of the best new recordings from his Do Works Record stable,
featuring a cross section of styles and sounds from across the dance music and
electronic spectrum in South Africa.
Pulling him away from his busy schedule, we had some time to
sit down with the muso to find out more a little bit more about him.
Here’s 5 things we discovered.
1. He has his own label
In case you missed it, Das Kapital actually has his own
record label called Do Work Records, launched in 2013.
“we started it just because my whole position as an
electronic artist in this country, I’m not a conventional South African house
artist, or wasn’t maybe at the time. Nor am I so overtly European, or American,
or EDM, whatever you wanna call it, in my sound that I necessarily fit in
there. So as a young South African there was no real market for my music here.
There were no labels that were really ready to just snatch up music.”
2. He’s launching a sub-label soon
Das Kapital is planning on starting a new sub-label called, Sebenza, to help promote young local talent. “We have the infrastructure in
place, we’re just kind of working on the roll-out,” he says.
3. His back-up career
If he was not in music, he would probably have gone into
marketing. “I would like to think I would be in marketing. I love advertising, my family has been in it my entire life. I would like to think that if I didn’t
do music it would still be something very creative. I would love to dedicate
more time to visual arts.”
4. He used to collect Pokemon
Talking about his multitude of tattoos, he says, “This is
kind of my style of collecting things. I’ve always been a collector. When I was
a kid I used to collect Pokemon. Now I collect a bunch of manga and anime
related things, but not to the point that I’m speaking Japanese and being THAT
guy with the anime profile pic.”
5. He would like to win a Sama
The DJ says winning a Sama is one of the things he would
like to achieve in future.
“I wanna say winning a Sama, but I would like it to be for a
project maybe that I do something, let’s say, with a major label and the major label
puts me forward and not me. So something that I’m disconnected from and I go, 'Oh shit, I won a Sama'.”