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CTEMF Release Full Workshop Details

Tomorrow The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival kicks off it’s 2017 Workshop Programme.

6 Feb 2017 / / written by TATC Staff / Pic by Jonathan Ferriera

In addition to the three-day music festival held at City Hall from 10th to 12th February, The Cape Town Electronic Music teams up with Red Bull Studios Cape Town to hosts a three-day series of free workshops and showcases at two locations in Cape Town for three days from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th February 2017.

This is the space where thought leaders, pioneers, mold- breaking talent in all fields of the music industry get the chance to engage with those wanting to learn and experience more outside of the festival space.

Striving to be more than a celebration of all things musical and electronic, the workshops intend to make a contribution to the scene and industry while creating a space to reflect on the current state and history of electronic music globally. For these reasons The CTEMF Workshops distinguish the festival from virtually every other festival in the country.

The ‘Open End Sessions’ provide a fascinating insight into the histories of various electronic music subgenres and subcultures, their major players and early boundary-breakers as well as the heavy hitters and newcomers in the various scenes of the present.



Tuesday 7th February 2017 Location: RED BULL STUDIOS CPT

First session: 12:00-17:00 Artist 2.1

We’re building on last year’s Artist 2.0 sessions by inviting up-and-coming  DJs, producers and musicians to participate in conversations centered around the ever-evolving online world. Industry professionals will talk about building, maintaining and connecting with platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube and music blogs. Goodhope FM’s Ready D and DJ Eazy will discuss the process of submitting music to be played on radio, as well as how to register music with SAMRO. ANG will shed light on Syncopate; a project which provides local music to the international artists performing at CTEMF. All attending artists will have a professional headshot taken by the Red Bull Studios Cape Town photographer.

There is limited space for these sessions, so anyone interested should RSVP and answer the following questions:

  1. What is your artist/band name and what kind of music do you make?
  2. Why are you interested in attending the sessions?

Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday, 30 January 2017.

Break: 13:00-14:00

Afternoon session: 18:00-20:00 A Discussion With YoungstaCPT

Youngsta embodies Cape Town’s hip-hop scene and struggle. Taking influence and direction from the pioneers like Ready D and DJ Hamma, his journey hasn’t been easy. While trying to balance the world of real hip-hop with South Africa’s commercial rap explosion, Youngsta is a voice for Capetonians and a star in the mainstream scene. We’ll chat to him about his journey and his views on the local landscape.


Wednesday 8th February 2017 Location: RED BULL STUDIOS CPT

First session: 12:00-16:00 Track Search

This is a simple demo-listening session introduced in 2016. It’s open to anyone and artists are invited to bring one or two songs on a memory stick or CD. You’ll come up, tell us about yourself and play your track for the artists present. It’s not a feedback session, but there is a possibility of that  discussion happening. The focus is mainly on connecting with other open- minded artists to showcase the music you’re making.

Second session: 16:00-18:00 Hardware of House

Millions of people enjoy the sounds of house music, whether it’s deep and soulful or full-frontal EDM. However, few know its incredible history from Chicago in the 1980s and its profound influence on modern electronic music like techno, bass and trance. House has also changed the way artists looked at making music, using affordable drum-machines, synthesisers, samplers  and sequencers to create music that was initially considered outlandish before becoming popular. We’ll look at the history of the genre in the 80s and early 90s, focussing on the influence of machines such as the Roland TR808, 909 and TB303.

Evening session: 18:00-20:00 A Discussion With Coldcut

Coldcut are an English electronic music duo composed of Matt Black and Jonathan More. They are credited as being the pioneers of pop sampling in the 80s. Beyond being a production duo, Coldcut are the founders of an independent  record  label  in  London  called  Ninja  Tune.  They encourage finding innovative ways to use software and interactive technology. The  label’s first releases (the first four volumes of DJ Food – ‘Jazz Brakes’) were produced by Coldcut in the early 90s. They were composed of instrumental hip-hop cuts that helped the duo pioneer the trip-hop genre, with the help of artists such as Funky Porcini, The Herbaliser and DJ Vadim.


Thursday 9th February 2017 Location: Guga S’thebe, Langa First session: 12:00-14:00

021 Live

021 Records, headed by DJ Fosta and DJ OD, are a Langa-based crew of DJs, producers and musicians shaping Cape Town’s house, kwaito and sjokojoko scenes. Their roots are in live performance and they focus on musicality and playing instruments. This workshop is in Guga S’thebe, where they’ll record and produce a track live in conjunction with the audience. The song will be produced and mastered after the workshop, with the separates shared online for anyone to remix.

Second session: 14:00-16:00 The Electronic Ecosystem

The Association For Electronic Music is a non-profit trade association created to represent the interests of companies and individuals in Electronic Dance Music. Representatives from AFEM, Kavir Magan and Ralf Kollmann (from Mobilee) will be joined by Pierre-Marie Oullion from Nuits Sonores and Jesler Amerins from ADE. They’ll chat about the global electronic music industry and the role South Africa has to play, before answering questions on the topic.

Afternoon session: 17:00-18:00

A Discussion With Kid Fonque & Jullian Gomes

We’ll be chatting to two of South Africa’s most established and influential artists. Kid Fonque has a long history as a DJ, label manager, event  organiser, producer and radio host. He has a reputation for being one of the strongest electronic music artists in the world, with roots in soul, funk, bossa- nova, house and hip-hop. On the other hand, Jullian Gomes has deep house finesse that few possess. His critically acclaimed debut album Late Dreamer and collaborations with At Jazz showcase the timelessness of his sound. Both artists run the label Stay True Sounds, which is carving out a space in the local music landscape.

Tickets available online: R450/R500