Rising star: Rustenburg producer Botshelo Moate aims high

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Music producer Botshelo Moate.
Music producer Botshelo Moate.
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He uses music as an escape and hopes he gives his listeners the same joy and moments that he gets from the various sounds.

The Kanana, Rustenburg DJ and music producer, Botshelo Moate, is all about getting people moving and grooving.

He uses his own hybrid of deep, soulful and tech sound that fits well in clubs and festivals, he tells Drum.

Young boy with big dreams

Botshelo went to Matsukubyane Primary School and President Mangope Technical High School.

“During these years I wanted to become a computer technician because I was interested in computers and everything that had to do with them, but along the road I fell in love with djing and producing music,” he says.

“Growing up I would say was a bit challenging. I grew up living at my grandmother's sister house then later, around 2000, I had to move back to Rustenburg to start with primary school.

"My mom is very strict, I always had to work hard to get what I want and luckily because she instilled this in me it is still something that I do in my life currently. I work hard to get what I want. I was raised by a single parent, so nothing was ever handed to me on a silver platter.”

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His uncle nurtured his love of music. “He used to play LPs from the likes of SADE, TLC etc.”

Botshelo Moate
Music producer Botshelo Moate.
Botshelo Moate
Music producer Botshelo Moate.

Hard work and dedication

He’s living the dream. He gets to do music daily and work with some international names.

“I’m working for a French internet radio station Radio Kaos Caribou ( RKC radiokc.fm ) based close to Paris, streamed in 223 countries, but also a non-profit organisation . I have a show that’s called House Kulture Cafe, it’s a two-hour bi-monthly show where I get to host different DJs from all over the world. The show is about artists, dj's and producers all over the music industry,” he says.

He’s worked with great people to create some timeless tunes, he says.

“I have had the pleasure of working with the likes of the late Charles Cooper, Sundersky, Sasha Hit, Mihai Sorohan, Uggy, Elusive boy SA, Tino Mac, DJ Tears PLK and Lady Albatross just to name a few. The journey has been amazing and everyone I’ve ever worked with has imparted some knowledge into me and has helped me grow and better my craft,” he says.

Big dreams

He’s inspired by a lot of people.

“DJ Kent inspired me to become a DJ with his megamixing skills. After seven years as a DJ, I later wanted to make my own music. I then started producing music in 2013,” he says.

His career role models are Martin Iverson and Bodhi Satva because of the phenomenal work they’re putting out.

“I would really like to work with Atjazz, Stimming, Andre Lodermann and Nina Simone.”

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Botshelo has a vision for his career and puts in the work every day, he says. It’s because he has a vision that only he can make come true.

“I would like to have my own record label where I help young upcoming producers.”

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