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November 23, 2021

#Artist : DR FEEL [NILE EP]

After the release of NILE EP on Villahangar Records, available from November 19th on all digital portals and streaming platforms, let’s go discover the artist and author of the EP : DR FEEL

DR. FEEL NILE EP

Where were you born, where did you grow up and where do you live now?

I Was born and raised in Orange Farm Johannesburg South Africa and now I’m still living in Johannesburg 

 

What evolution do you think house music is experiencing on the international scene? What do you think are the differences with the country where you live?

Progressive House, Rave and Techno dominated the dance scene for a while but now We are seeing more and more spots being opened especially for us from Africa because of Afro House. Afro House is taking the center stage with many new Record labels being opened specifically to release the genre, night clubs and festivals also joimg in by booking more Afro House Djs. 

 

You started from end of 2000s with some upcoming Hip-Hop artists. What memory do you have of this period of time?

Having to work with Ifani Haymani was one of the coolest moments I remember during my Hiphop era. Ifani was big nationally at the moment and it felt surereal to be involved in one of his albums which sold gold in one day in South Africa. 

 

Your genre of reference is Afro House/EDM. What genres do you listen to inspire yourself? Or, which genres influence you the most?

For inspiration l listen to a whole lot of boombap, traditional african songs, orchestra, and a bit of indie rock.

How much and how where you live, where you come from and your background influence your music production?

I Was raised in an Apostolic church which uses drums and gospel chants and that experience influenced me so much in my music because I use chants and African drums in my music. 

 

You has shared the stage with some of the biggest artists in SA. Could you tell us something about these experiences?

Being in the same space and having to listen to an artist like Oskido, Culo De Song or AKA for example, telling you to keep pushing motivated me to be the artist that I am today. 

 

Charity and activism are very important to you. Can you tell us your thoughts about this?

People always think that you can start being involved in charity when you have money and that is not true. I come from a very disadvantaged background and landing a helping is at the top of list. 

 

What is your belief in musical terms? What message and emotions do you want to convey with your music?

Soul, I want to create music that touches people souls. I really want my music to change lives and make a difference in whomever is listening to it. 

How much and how where you live, where you come from and your background influence your music production?

I Was raised in an Apostolic church which uses drums and gospel chants and that experience influenced me so much in my music because I use chants and African drums in my music. 

 

You has shared the stage with some of the biggest artists in SA. Could you tell us something about these experiences?

Being in the same space and having to listen to an artist like Oskido, Culo De Song or AKA for example, telling you to keep pushing motivated me to be the artist that I am today. 

Charity and activism are very important to you. Can you tell us your thoughts about this?

People always think that you can start being involved in charity when you have money and that is not true. I come from a very disadvantaged background and landing a helping is at the top of list. 

 

What is your belief in musical terms? What message and emotions do you want to convey with your music?

Soul, I want to create music that touches people souls. I really want my music to change lives and make a difference in whomever is listening to it. 

What musical evolution did you experience? Are there differences in your music of the past compared to that of today?

I’ve done imbube, a traditional choral Zulu genre, Hiphop and kwaito. I think they still is no difference in which these genres sounded in past and how they are right now, maybe except for kwaito which is now produced in a small scale as compared to when I was doing it. 

 

Speaking of releases, what were your past/most recent projects, what are the current ones and those of the most immediate future?

I’ve been releasing music at a large scale and it’s difficult to name them all in one go.
Just to mention a few, Ikigai EP, The Lotus EP, Bayethe, Magic Carpet, Ngoma and now I’m looking forward to debuting on Villahangar with Nile EP

 

Is there any label where you have published that you are particularly attached to or that you want to talk about?

All the labels that I worked with were of great service to me and like my releases they are so many  for me to pick just one. 

 

What do you foresee for your autumn? Restrictions permitting, do you have DJ sets planned?

If all goes well and restrictions are lifted I will be touring in my country, performing at various events and festivals. 

What do you think of social media?

Social media has given us the power and the platform to spread our wings and fly. The music industry used to be a one sided affair with the record labels being the only way to release music. Now you don’t need any of that as you can distribute your music from your phone and make a name for yourself. So many talented musicians have been discovered from the internet which is a great thing.  Yes there are downsides to it, for example piracy and the life span of music being very short but that doesn’t hinder the freewill it gives to creatives to getting their voices head. 

 

For the two versions of your new track with Villahangar “You are beautiful”, as far as sound and inspiration are concerned, what did you work on? What kind of emotions did you want to convey? How was it born?

We wanted to create a song that you can groove to at a party and still get motivated with the lyrics. Alot of woman have a low self esteem when it comes to their bodies and this song will inspire you while you are having a great time on the dance floor. 

 

The track is in feat. with Zhane, who is a singer and your wife, is it correct? Can you tell us how you did work together on the track?

Yes that’s very correct. 

We always do jam sessions together, whether it’s for me or her own tracks as she is a pop, Afro beats and trapsoul singer. She wrote the song and told me the concept and I created the beat after. She is more comfortable that way because writing a song on top of a beat forces her to follow the beat unlike when she writes without a beat. Her creative is free flowing she says. 

Given the difficulties of the pandemic of the past year, how do you deal with the issue and in what direction do you think the musical world must move to overcome the impossibility of live events? How is the situation where you live?

Nothing can beat or Top the live performance experience. Entertainers took to the online space during the lockdown but it wasn’t as entertaining as it could be when you are live at a nightclub, stadium or whatever venue. Sadly there is no alternative to entertainment, there is no new direction we can take. We just have to hope they won’t be such a pandemic in the future. 

Can you tell us something about the title of the track?

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. 

Zhane says when she wrote Beautiful she was going through a bad week . “I was so upset about the way I looked and it made me see myself in such a negative light and I started to realise how bitter it made me , I could barely recognise the person I had become. So I decided I needed a change of heart and I need to change the narrative of how I see myself . So in that period I received a beat from Drfeel and I was really moved by how the beat made me feel . It had me engulfed in such a positive energy” , so she wrote this song for everyone who has a low self-esteem and looks at every scar and lumps on their body and feels like they not beautiful enough , she wants to remind them that those things are what makes you unique and beautiful.

 

And what can you tell us about the other tracks from the EP?

Shu and Piye are two lovely Afro House songs characterized by tech elements, Afro Drums and spiritual African chants. 

What are your plans for your musical activity? Are there any clubs where you would like to play? And some producers you would like to work with?

As long as God is by my side, I’m coming with a lot more new music and more live performances if the lockdown restriction are lifted. I will also be landing a helping hand whenever I can to other upcoming artists who needs guidance. 

I would love to rock at The Brooklyn Mirage, Ushuaia Ibiza, Hi Ibiza for example. 

I would definitely love to collaborate with Black Coffee, Manoo, Osunlade, Da Capo, Eno Napa, Toshi, Lizwi, Hyena for example. 

 

What do you think of Villahangar’s path on the release front? What prompted you to release a new track here?

Villahangar is a force to be reckoned with their releases. From their artworks to the way they push their releases. 

I asked a friend of mine on which label to release You Are Beautiful with and he suggested I send it to Villahangar because “they will give it the care it needed”, he said. So when I checked them on their social media platforms I was impressed with their work ethic and I had to submit my demo. 

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