Cath's Corner Opinion

What’s Your Flava?

A couple of years back you would never have caught me listening to anything other than rock. Yes, I was one of those purists. 

Then I started DJing (initially only rock music) but as I started getting booked for more and more commercial gigs, I realised that I needed to start liking the music that I was playing, because let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than a bored looking DJ. Bored looking DJs end up with bored looking dancefloors or worse yet, empty ones. Fast-forward to 2014 and I love most variations of dance music, hell, I even brought out a dance album.

At the end of the day, it’s always the least snobbish music enthusiasts who have the best time at gigs or festivals because they have a wide variety of choice, whereas the diehard “I-only-like-one-genre” is the one that does most of the moaning. The one that whines that he/she didn’t have a big enough choice of acts to watch or that the festival organisers have sold out to the hipsters.

That aside, I currently have a little genre-dilemma on my hands – on the 15th of February the MK Awards take place in Pretoria while on the other side of Gauteng, the first ever SA Ultra fest will be happening.

Now I love the MK Awards, they’re the most rock ‘n’ roll awards we have and I love all the artists that are nominated this year. Plus it’s always exciting to see who is going to walk away triumphant. But the cream of the international DJ crop will be spinning at Ultra… have I sold out by wanting to watch dance DJ’s instead of rock ‘n’ roll bands?  Have I sold out by wanting to watch international artists instead of supporting local artists? Am I going to be judged? Probably. And it will probably be by all the diehard rock fans.

Sorry guys, I still love rock music but I’d like to think that I’ve grown up and in doing so, learnt to appreciate all genres. With that in mind, here’s some new music to check out this week:

What you really have to listen to (if you haven’t already) is the brand new Shadowclub album, “Goodbye Wild Child”. Still the same gritty rock ‘n’ roll sound, but the songwriting is on a whole new level.

 Chance The Rapper (real name Chancelor Bennett). Hip hop artist from Chicago.

Courtney Barnett. Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist from Melbourne, Australia. Reminds me of Janice Joplin and Patti Smith.

Jungle. 2 guys from London.


Catherine Grenfell is a DJ, MC and 5FM DJ on The Fresh Drive as well as the host of her own show, (live)5.