DYD: Names are one of our big fascinations. How did your name, Mr Mon, come about?
Mr Mon: Well…my mom has always called me either Mon or Monie so some friends just started calling me Mr Mon. Yeah, I know…lame story to open this interview with…But it is my story.
DYD: You have a path steeped in Deep House. When did you transition to Drum & Bass and how do you compare the two genres of music?
Mr Mon: I’d like to believe that I have a broad appreciation for music and Drum & Bass has always been up there for me, but it was about a year ago or so that I started playing Drum & Bass at clubs and stuff.
DYD: You’ve been in the industry for a very long time. How has South Africa’s electronic music scene changed over the years? Do you like the face of the industry now?
Mr Mon: The EDM scene has really has grown but on a production level, not on a DJ level. There are so many really good producers out there right now and if this keeps up there will be some really solid tracks coming out of South Africa.
DYD: If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you be doing?
Mr Mon: Stripping… I’d definitely be stripping.
DYD: Following the previous question, when did you realise that you were going to get deep into the music industry? Was there a song that inspired you or have you known all your life that you were going to be based in the music industry?
Mr Mon: No…there wasn’t just one song that pushed me in this direction. As corny as it might sound, I just love music and everything about it. How it can conjure up memories lost and bring either a tear or a smile to one’s face… That is magical.
DYD: Do you have any advice for upcoming DJs and producers?
Mr Mon: Do it for the love and everything else will follow.
DYD: We’ve seen that you’ve worked with a number of local and international acts. Who has been your favourite to work with and who would you like to work with in future?
Mr Mon: There are so many. Like the entire Science Frikshun crew, the dudes at Pressure and Inishi8. And I’d love to play at Rocking the Daisies.
DYD: What do you have planned for your Grietfest performance? Is there anything special that you would like to hint to?
Mr Mon: Ohhhh…I will be playing a Dub/Dubstep set this time around…but kinda G’d out…none of that stuff that sounds like transformers fucking. You know… that dope shit.
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