The first time you hear about Beat Sampras you are pretty much immediately drawn to their creative, play-on-word name. But then you listen to their music and you get fully immersed in this calculated arrangement of Soul, RnB and duuurty trap beats. I mean, one moment you are listening to their music then and all of a sudden you’re vibing, admiring the sunset on Clifton no.4 Beach with your imaginary (or real life) lover, sipping on a cold Black Label.
In case you are not familiar, Beat Sampras is a South African duo consisting of Producer Dave Migwalla and Guitarist/Vocalist Dylan Fine. Hailing from the Mother City, Dave started Beat Sampras in 2015. However, the Beat Sampras as we know them today was formed in early 2016 when, a week before he was expected to play at the CTEMF (Cape Town Electronic Music Festival), Dave called up his fellow football homie whom he knew “played some mean guitar” to join him for the upcoming gig. Within a week, the two rehearsed, played at the CTEMF, killed it, realized that they were quite the dynamic duo, and have been making music and giving us straight feels ever since.
“With the importance of rhythm and melody and soul as the common ground … We wanna make music that you can turn up to but also really listen to at home on your own”.
Later that year they released their first project, a self-titled EP. And in 2017 they further released two EP’s, Bridge 23 and Cmfrt. When chatting with the two, they described their sound as a central point of different musical styles.
Dave: “I’d say its future beats R&B and Trap and there’s also an old-school Hip Hop element. All of it is linked to hip hop in general”
Dylan: “With the importance of rhythm and melody and soul as the common ground … We wanna make music that you can turn up to but also really listen to at home on your own”.
The duo has garnered much attention and praise for their unique sound in a rather short period of time. Having played at multiple festivals including Rocking the Daisies, Fak’ugesi, Oppikopi and RBMA Weekender, Beat Sampras’s Dave expresses that there is still a lot that they are aiming to do.
And I’m sure we can expect much more from them because music is literally Life for these two artists. Because even when they are not busy Beat Samprasing – they are both pretty much doing something music related. In his free time, Dave shared how he’s constantly making new beats: “I love making beats and the feeling of making something I like and listening to it for the first time.” While Dylan is a full-time musician too, playing jazz: “I practice and play guitar a lot, hobby life and job haha”. Luckily for us, the two have been working on some new material and we can expect to hear their new single ‘Something’ which is expected to be released soon…
In the meantime, Winter is Coming … So join us this weekend 27th May for our last Rooftop Koolin In The City as we catch vibez and not feelings with Beat Sampras, as well as performances by Ginger Trill, PastABDXLL AKA J-Star ft. Kyla & Ricco. Also expect dope sets from DJ’s Muzi, P-Kuttah, Akio, Dave Beats, DJ Score, and DJ F-Eazy.
Written by Courtney Du Plooy
Photos by Thembela Ngayi aka: @nymless