DJ Strat3gy / Strategist
@dj_Strat3gy blends the underground grooves of the African streets with future tech visions, enhanced by Don’t Look Down, the prolific convergence agency he founded; and refined by the unremitting quality demands of House Afrika Records, the seminal SA label he is a partner in.
He’s repped Mzansi internationally from Bali to São Paulo, with notable appearances at the Miami Winter Music Conference, Amsterdam Dance Event, and Black Coffee’s Hï Ibiza residency. History may one day reflect that he created the world’s first live social TV DJ residency, debuting in 2004 as GoChat for a potentially world record-setting and as yet unbroken, 14 year on-air run in a relentless media evolution, ultimately rendering today’s Africa-wide Hit Refresh broadcasts on VuzuTV – spinning off multiple TV DJ mix hits including Bassment, O-Boma and Vinny’s House along the way.
He has contributed mixes to House Afrika Grooves compilations with Bristol’s Peng and Chicago’s Large Recordings, shared mixing duties with the mighty Tim White for a Hit Refresh release, before uniting with remaining label partner, Vinny Da Vinci, to see individual mixes combinesd for release as House Afrika Sessions 8. @dj_Strat3gy also co-created and executive produced Black Coffee’s Africa Rising events and SAMA-winning, platinum-selling CD and DVD releases.
A veteran selector with more than two decades behind the mixer, he combines an adventurous taste for the future, with a keen awareness for musical roots, evidenced by regular pilgrimages to specific House and Techno cultures in New York, Detroit and Berlin. His disregard for imposed boundaries of sound has ignored the criticism of purists to develop a defiant personal performance range, which has delivered notable appearances, spanning from Louie Vega to Dixon and Ame, and stretching from Monolake to Richie Hawtin. He has recently been exploring cross genre collaborations with a diversity of artists, including long-standing Johnny Clegg drummer, Barry van Zyl; Freshly Ground bassist, Josh Hawkes; and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Jury – in a style first explored with EVI master, Bruce Cassidy of Blood, Sweat and Tears fame.