PE Express

Local DJ makes lasting impression with his music

Darryl Loxton, known as DJ Darryl sits and produces his music in his Kabega Park studio. Standing is his partner, Vaughn Cunningham, who has been a long term friend of the talented PE dj. 
Darryl Loxton, known as DJ Darryl sits and produces his music in his Kabega Park studio. Standing is his partner, Vaughn Cunningham, who has been a long term friend of the talented PE dj. Photo: WERNER HILLS

WEEKEND after weekend; tired after a hectic week, those 18 and up head to the dance clubs of Port Elizabeth for a “night out”.

It is here, in the night life, where Darryl Loxton (22) better known as “DJ Darryl”, has made a name for himself. Born and bred in the Northern Areas of PE, Loxton always knew that music was his calling.

“My family is a very music orientated one and from a young age I was the one they called on to connect the sound equipment and select songs to play.”

It is here, among his family, where Loxton first became known as a DJ. The young disc jockey then went on to play for bigger crowds and started playing in under-18 clubs, before he left for the UAE (United Arab Emirates), at the age of 17.

While in the UAE, he continued to cultivate his music abilities and stayed in contact with long term friend, Vaughn Cunningham.

Upon his return to South Africa in 2013, Cunningham and Loxton put plans into motion to launch their very own recording company, Darkmello Recordings.

With Cunningham overseeing the books and Loxton overseeing the decks, the music duo have been able to work well together for the last two years, as each has contributed his strength to enhance their brand. Together, they have been able to produce and distribute music at its different levels to its different audiences.

Loxton, who is currently increasing his music knowledge by studying a Composition and Music Production course, feels that the working relationship and long-time friendship he and Cunningham share, is a recipe for success in their industry.

Loxton has also been in various local and national DJ competitions, and says that one of the highlights of his career is having his music selected by a recording company in Miami, USA, for production.

“I have been invited to play in Cape Town clubs on many occasions, but receiving international recognition for my music has been one of the biggest highlights of my career,” said the enthusiastic DJ.

To make his sound unique, Loxton incorporates the piano into a lot of his music. “I was never taught to play; I learned by ear, and the chords on the piano contribute a higher level of musicality to my tracks.”

Although producing music lies close to Loxton’s heart, he feels that playing his music is just as important, as it is the perfect way for him to do market research. The instantaneous response from the crowd is what Loxton deems most rewarding and emphasises that this is what he strives for most- to keep any crowd entertained.

“When I play the music I have produced to a crowd, I have the advantage over the other DJs, because I have a track that none of them have and that sets me apart,” he said.

The music he produces, which often includes the vocal talents of local artists, has also allowed him to provide guidance to others who want to “make it” in the music industry. The music Loxton produces is widely available on the internet and also receives a lot of air play on local radio stations.

However, Loxton does not see himself slowing down his music career yet. When asked about the future of his music ventures, he said that for him the most important thing was expanding his brand.

“My music is my brand and I don’t just want to make an impression on a crowd for one night. I want to make an impression that will last.”

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