Buddynice (Godsons) Interview
Buddynice is a DJ/producer based in Pretoria, South Africa. After 4 years in the music industry, Buddynice has made a name for him self under the guidance of The Godfathers of Deep House SA and for his track selections and ability to energise the crowds.
How did you get into that to begin with?
Before i even started making music (producing) back in 2016, a friend of mine introduced me to The Godfathers Of Deep House SA's music. That's when I fell in love with their style. I was actually shocked that all those years i have been listening to music that did not have vibe with my soul or touch my emotions.
By 2017 I decided to start my music career, inspired by The Godfathers Of Deep House SA. I made hits that The Godfathers Of Deep House SA loved and played on their sets, I mean I did not even have more than 7 months in the music industry but my music was already being pushed by the best Djs in the world. It was more than a blessing to me, that's when I decided to send in few tracks to The Godfather (Masia Mashapa) and his response was "You are a Godson material" from that day my life changed.
The Godfathers Of Deep House SA played a big part in my music career and are still that part now, I joined the movement in 2018 (in December) it was a dream come true. I actually got to meet new people in the movement, worked with few. The Godfathers Of Deep House SA taught me a lot - Djing, how to promote yourself as an artist and few personal lessons.
Were you into house before that?
Yes I was. I used to listen to all types of house music such as gqom, afrohouse, commercial house and tribal. I was actually not a fan of deep house, I used to say it was too slow and boring until I was introduced to The Godfathers Of Deep House SA's music. That's when I started exploring all the artists in the deep house scene, funny how things changed. I got addicted to deep house music, which made me loose interest in other genres.
Greatest influences from your early days - Djs, People, Labels?
Labels: The Godfathers Of Deep House SA, Stay True Sounds, Afrocentric Records, Bush Doctor Recordings and Aluku Rebels.
People: Da Capo, Black Coffee, Enoo Napa, D-Malice, Kid Fonque, China Chameleon, Pierrr Johnson, Nicky Deep, TimAdeep, Ed-Ward, King Touch and The Godfathers Of Deep House SA
Which Djs do you love to hear play?
The Godfathers Of Deep House SA, Kid Fonque, Chronical Deep, !Sooks, Dj Buhle, Ed Ward, TimAdeep, Tshego Deep, D-Malice, Phats De Juvenile, Da Capo, Dawson, Avi Suban
What is it like being taught by The Godfathers Of Deep House SA?
As we all know that The Godfathers Of Deep House SA are a leading brand in South Africa and around the world when it comes to deep house, it has been the best opportunity. I got to be heard by a lot of people and the nice part about it is that The Godfathers Of Deep House SA are international, they also have an online radio which has presence in 165 countries or more (around the world).
They gave me an intentional exposure which came with a lot of opportunities for me and this is what I like most about them, before working with them, they instil the concept of principles and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey which actually builds a great character while shaping the talent. I know for a fact that The Godfathers Of Deep House SA are game changers, they are unique, they don't only teach about music but they incorporate music with advancement of technology.
What kind of things do you work on with the guys?
Music production and gigs
What's the dream from all this?
For life in general, my biggest dream is for everyone who listens to my music to be happy, there's way too much suffering going on in my world, so I make music with emotions hoping to touch other people's lives and make them happy as we all deserve to be happy, for me personally, my other dream is to be known all over the world and as a legend. Known as one of the best Djs and music makers of all time and also be someone's inspiration to find courage and confidence to make their dreams come true.
How would you describe your musical style as a dj?
My style is Redemial, as a Dj I play what represents me because Redemial tells a story with heavy basslines to keep people grooving or let me just say vibing.
Tell us about your production and releases?
I have few EPs coming up this year and 2 of them being released under The Godfathers Of Deep House SA (Your Deep Is Not My Deep). The Eps that I will be releasing this year are Young Me EP [The Godfathers] - 14 April Single and remixes pack [Bush Doctor Recordings] - Feelings Part 2 EP [The Godfathers Of Deep House SA] - Retro Dubs EP [Bush Doctor Recordings].
And few single under afrocentric and more labels to be announced on my Facebook fan page.
What can we expect from you on that in the future?
I am currently working on new music with one of the greatest producers, Chronical Deep, D-Malice, TimAdeep, China Chameleon and Nicky Deep. So you guys should be expecting fire. It's going to be a crazy year in terms of music.
Top Tips for people wanting to be a dj?
Djing is a big learning process and if you're ready to start you may feel a little overwhelmed by it all. Lots of people rush into it and get it all wrong, practice and prepare. Practice makes for much better Dj than a free form approach to the craft. Be flexible, as a professional Dj you don’t necessarily have to take requests and also identify your audience and and make sure you introduce new sounds to the crowded to vibe to and lastly, play what you love and enjoy the crowd will vibe too.
Best piece of advice anyone has given you on the journey so far?
Be your self, work with people you trust, listen to your instincts. These aren't platitudes but lessons that apply to all creative practices and they're easy to forget when you're hitting a brick wall with your work. Stop comparing yourself with others or losing sight of why you wanted to make music in the first place
All time favorite track to play in a set?
The Godfathers Of Deep House SA- God's war (Nostalgic Mix)
This is the track that introduced me to the Godfathers, the track behind Redemial Sounds.
What's your favorite Dj set or bit of equipment?
Magma CTRI Case Pioneer DDJ 400.
South Africa is the centre of Deep House world right now, it must feel special to be where you are right now?
Indeed, South Africa has the best deep house producers and me being part of them makes me feel special.
What can people expect to hear from your guest mix?
I have put together an awesome set of exclusive sounds. Strictly Redemial Sounds. These tracks will be released on different EPs under the Godfathers and various labels. It's chilled vibes only, it's mesmerizing.
Whats on the cards for the next while - gigs to watch out for?
It's sad to say that all gigs have been cancelled due to Covid19 but I have put together live videos people can watch during this crisis. The videos will be uploaded under the Godfather's YouTube channel
Where can people follow you?