Eight artists will be opening for electro duo Maribou State on the 8th & 9th December 2017 at Mercury Live (Cape Town) & Good Luck Bar (Johannesburg). Kool Out had the opportunity to ask these stellar eight local acts, eight questions as the lead up to the Maribou State party begins…. #EightForEight
For our second interview we have a man that really needs no introduction to our Kool followers. “The Light Skinned Terrance Howard” aka DJ P-Kuttah. Known as one of South Africa’s most creative & talented DJ’s P-Kuttah has had a fruitful career as a DJ, a South African DJ champion, he has had the privilege of sharing stages across the country with some of the biggest acts locally & internationally including Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Pharrelle, Mobb Deep, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Grand Master Flash are just some we can mention. A turntablist & beat maker P-Kuttah is also the co-founder & member of new age concept band Sampling Through The Ages (STTA).
- You have been on the music scene for years, would you mind giving us your prediction on what the future of SA music looks like?
The future of SA music?… Well I think it has a bright future ahead. The music industry is an evolving beast it changes every year & with it comes new opportunities. In the right hands it can flourish but there will always be industry gremlins that will try use & manipulate it for their own agendas thats just the nature of the industry of any industry but I personally think we slowly getting it right. Look at all the SA musicians that are succeeding today with huge corporate deals & investments. The future is bright indeed.
- You have DJ’d for artists such as Toya Delazy, Reason and L-tido to name a few, would you say this has added or taken away from your career?
It definitely added to my career. Through working with acts I experiences & learned a lot as a performing artist, it is what gave me the inspiration to wanna be my own artist & not just a DJ or a session DJ for another act.
- You are a part of the musical powerhouse STTA, how do you juggle being a part of a band with your Dj’ing?
Its kinda the same almost. DJing at a party & performing with STTA are 2 of the same thing the only difference is with STTA I have a chance to perform my own music as opposed to playing someone else’s when I DJ on my own. STTA started out with me & J-Star (PASTABDXLL) vibing together. I would play tracks & he would bang the drums over the music then one day we thought “maaaan we can do this & create our own music to vibe to?” & thats how we started finding our own sound.
- What is the hardest lesson you have learned about being an artist in SA today?
I would have to say knowing who in the industry to trust & grow with. The game is filled with snakes & I have personally been through a lot of BS within my career but I am grateful for those experiences as they taught me a lot & showed me what to look for when dealing with people. Now I have a family of like minded individuals at Kool Out, we trust one another & always have each others back this is why Kool Out has been successful & continues to grow daily.
“Know what speaks to you as a DJ thats how you create & find your own originality as a DJ & the sounds you play. DJ’s are supposed to be the ultimate fans of music so do just that & be a fan.”
- You have the ability to play to diverse and even polarized audiences, how do you do it?
Just know your music & try keep up to date with it. There is so much music being released on the daily & with the internet being the top provider for it you just have to sit down & sive through it all. Also know what speaks to you as a DJ thats how you create & find your own originality as a DJ & the sounds you play. DJ’s are supposed to be the ultimate fans of music so do just that & be a fan.
- You are one of 8 local acts opening for Maribou, where and when was the first time you ever heard a song of theirs?
I have always known about Maribou State but never really got into their music. Besides songs like “Rituals” & “Home” I never really picked up on their sound but have since started listening to their albums. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the “Portraits” album it has a very unique sound, looking forward to seeing them perform some of those songs live.
- What can audiences expect from your performance at the shows?
An entertaining & fun set. I always like putting on a show with live scratches, beat manipulation & mash ups. I’ve always felt there’s more to DJing then just playing & mixing music.
- If there was a catch phrase titled ‘P-Kuttah Kool’…what would that express?
Hmmmmm?… I would say… Originality, being who you are for your own purpose thats what makes you as an individual cool & unique.