We’re talking about none other than Distruction Boyz, real names Zipho and Thobani. This talented duo from Durban are shaking up the global house scene. We chat to them about their music career and their relationship with Redbull.
How did you meet?
We’re childhood friends who grew up in the same neighborhood. As teenagers, we started attending the same parties, which is where our friendship and the love of music grew.
What’s the story behind the name Distruction Boyz?
The story is quite ironic, whenever we were invited to play at different gigs, people would complain that the sound was distracting and too loud for their liking. It was these complaints from people that inspired us to come up with the name Distruction Boyz. Fast forward to now people can’t get enough of our music.
Tell us about your big break into the music industry? How did you get involved with West Ink?
It all started in 2012 when we started producing music. We used to perform at birthday parties and small events in our neighborhood; from there our sound was hugely popular with high school pupils and taxi drivers. Our big break came when we produced Wololo for Babes Wodumo. The track’s success was a big shock to us, and we’re very grateful to have maintained a good working relationship with West Ink and Mampintsha.
Why did you choose to do this genre of music?
We felt that the music scene needed something different. iGqomu was quite popular in Durban at the time, and when the opportunity with Babes Wodumo presented itself, the genre became nationwide.
Tell us about your latest album, Gqom is the Future.
Gqom is the Future is quite a progressive album and as the title suggests, Gqom has taken over. It is a globally-recognised sound that changed the music scene drastically. Our album reached gold status and we are proud of it. It is one of the popular-selling albums now, and for this, we would like to thank the support of our fans and music lovers, we are humbled by the love.
How do you feel about taking the song of the year title?
We couldn’t believe it at first until we started seeing headlines in the media that we took song of the year. We feel very overwhelmed by the success and want to continue producing more hits and take more song of the year titles!
Going forward what can we expect from Distruction Boyz?
More music. We will be travelling and exploring the globe, to give music lovers from all over the world a taste of what the South African sound offers. This year we plan on attending as many international gigs as possible. We are proud to be on the line-up for the Red Bull Music Festival. It’s quite a massive stage with 80 artists over six days in Joburg!
You guys will be part of the Red Bull Music festival, please tell us more about that.
The festival is a celebration of Johannesburg and the city’s contribution to the history of music and urban culture. We all know iGoli as the place where legendary musicians rose to stardom. Places like Hillbrow, Braamfontein and Soweto have so many stories to tell, and this festival is a celebration of those areas, venues and the lifestyle. We are very honoured to be on this line-up as new artists, and look forward to showcasing the diversity of the South African and African music industry. It’s going to be our first time performing at the festival and we are hyped!
What are you most looking forward to about the Red Bull Music festival?
We are looking forward to our performance at Zone 6 venue on Sunday April 8th, and the possibility of collaborating with a local or international act.
What is your relationship with Red Bull?
We were part of the Red Bull Culture clash last year. Red Bull have been very supportive to our career and to many up and coming artists. They have a property called The Red Bull Music Academy, which was behind artists like Black Coffee, Julian Gomes and Culoe de Song. The academy takes in new candidates and students annually. We think platforms like this are important and should be spoken about. Many talented upcoming artists don’t know where to submit their music or don’t have the resources to get mentoring, and a lot of talent gets lost. Awareness is so important, and thanks to RB for being out there to bridge this gap.
What can people expect from the festival?
They can expect dope multiple performances, and different genres. There is literally a show for everyone’s beat. Jazz, Kwaito, GQOM, RnB and Hip-hop. It’s going to be Lit!
Tickets to the Red Bull Music Festival are available on www.redbullmusicfestivaljhb.com, priced from R100 – R350
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