Q and A with 'The black, white boy' Dj Ankletap

By Drum Digital
20 April 2012

If your radio is on every weekday, frequency set at 99.2MHz between 12h00 and 15h00, you’ll know that a white DJ somewhere in Hyde Park owns this timeslot.

His name is Bryce Clarke otherwise known as DJ Ankletap to the thousands of listeners who tune into his newly acquired YFM show, Tap Mansion.

Promoted from a graveyard slot, he recently became a midday host, making him the first white guy to single-handedly man a prime time slot at what is generally known as Gauteng’s leading urban black youth radio station. Suprise Mazibila speaks to him:

How did you earn the nickname Ankletap?

The Name DJ Ankletap is a nickname I earned at high school, I was born with Club Feet and have had many operations over the years on my feet, so at school whenever I played sport the other kids used to joke that they would "Ankle Tap" me, so when I started to DJ at age 17 the name DJ Ankletap came about and just stuck.

Where were you born and how was life growing up?

I was born in Carletonville and stayed there until my family moved to Potchefstroom in 1997 where they still reside today. I went to primary and high school in Potch having matriculated in 2006. Life growing up was fantastic, I am very fortunate to come from such a great home and close family. I am the youngest of 3 kids and the only son.

How did you fall in love with radio?

I think I first fell in love with listening to the Rude Awakening with Jeremy Mansfield every morning as I drove with my father to school, there was just something about what he was doing that totally captured my imagination. I have always been a very talkative person and in 2009 my 3rd year of University (UJ) a friend convinced me to go and audition for the campus radio station and so I did. After presenting my very first radio show I knew that this was the calling I had been waiting for my whole life and just never looked back from that point on.

How are listeners responding to your new show so far?

They have been amazing, the response has been massive and has been very positive, all the night time listeners have come over and joined me on the new slot as well as a huge amount of new ones that have accepted me and the show very well. It’s all been very humbling to me.

Was it easy for you as a white guy to adjust to what is widely known to be an urban black youth station?

Yes it was very easy, YFM hired me for my personality and skills and not the colour of my skin. I feel that as I DJ my style was always suited for YFM and could only ever see myself being part of this particular station, I have always been a huge YFM fan and was overjoyed when given a chance to become one of the presenters. I have been seen by many as the "Black White Boy" and I think this very much reflects the smooth nature of my transition from campus radio to YFM Jock.

Do you think race matters to your listeners?

No I don't think so, I think many of my listeners are still confused about my race, not knowing if I am white or black, but those who know I am white have fully accepted it and if anything love me more for it.

Can you speak any indigenous language?

I speak a mixture of everything I think. A bit of this and a bit of that, with Tswana being the strongest of my African languages.

What kind of music do you listen to and play on show?

The show is a mixture of the hottest local and international tunes ranging from hip hop to kwaito and of course my favourite music genre – house, house and more house!

Is presenting the only thing you do?

I am fully dedicated to my radio show and it takes up about 90 percent of all that I do, but I am also a club/house music DJ as well as producer. Currently working on my debut album and also looking to start my own events and entertainment company soon.

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