CTEMF Workshops 2017

The CTEMF Workshops return in 2017. These electronic music industry sessions are a crucial part of the festival’s ethos and are held over the three days preceding the main event, promoting the local scene and inspiring young South Africans to delve deeper into music and become a part of this dynamic industry.

The workshops are open to the public, with the first two days taking place at the Red Bull Studios, Cape Town. We head to Guga S’thebe on the day three, in conjunction with Bridges For Music. The goal of this initiative is to provide a platform for people to learn about the electronic music scene, especially in SA. Prominent industry personalities host the workshops, including both global and local icons.


Here’s a little more detail:

Tuesday 7th February


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 studio@za.redbull.com 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.

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


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

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. Representative from AFEM, Kavir Magan will be joined by Pierre-Marie Oullion ,from Lyon based music festival Nuits Sonores (brought to us by IFAS) 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 scene.