DEREK\”TheBandit\’s\” Blog

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NEW REMIX IS UP ON MY SPACE!

Hiya Friends

Hope you are well!

Alienation – Gravity (DEREK”TheBandit” vs Euphoric Soul Rework)

Forthcoming from DEREK”TheBandit’s” SOUND REPUBLIC PRESENTS
“ELECTRONICALLY CONNECTED” – The Uprising
October 2006 More Music – South Africa

http://www.myspace.com/derekthebandit

August 29, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

BACK FROM MY BREAK

Hiya

Hope you are well! We got back from our weeks break on Thursday! It was wonderful to be away with my girls. We had a fab time! Above is a picture of where my ashes will be scattered when I leave this world and cross over to the otherside!

Friday was off to Cape Town to play at Chrome, what a stunning venue, you can see a picture on my home page www.soundrepublic.co.za 

This Tuesday night, it’s Show Me The Music With Apple @ Monte Casino in Johannesburg! It’s going to be very cool! Then on Friday back to the airport to fly to East London, where I will be playing at Numbers. It’s gonna rock for sure! Pictures will be posted next week!

Take Care

DTB

August 21, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

014 DEREK TheBandits SOUND REPUBLIC PODCAST XTRA

014 DEREK”TheBandit’s” SOUND REPUBLIC

PODCAST XTRA

DIGIFEST aka William Gets

Always been interested in music, was playing the piano when 6 years old Never quite directed my life to music, even though very passionate about it. Something always got in the way had a crasy life studying as a game ramger, working in the bush, getting married, back packing round the world fo 3 years came back to SA, again, instead of starting music I went into graphic design (gotta put bread on the table) ending up starting brainstorm advertising This company is taking up 80% of my energy but is giving me the resources to follow my dream of doing music have been able to buy equipment and put on events etc.

Done some great events in the trance market of Cape town (www.digifest.co.za) has got all the pics) have written one trance CD (or coolection of songs to made availabel over the internet) called Soul Trance which is due for release as soon as I can get the gap to sound engineer the compostion properly, the songs given for this podcast are part of this first CD. I have tried to write dark aggressie music but I always end up writing uplifting trance.
People have said that my music is so uplifting that they don’t need to take drugs! So I have a bit of an angle where I challenge pepole to dance naturally and really trance hard until you reach that natural euphoria of sound synchronised sound and body movement When wife got pregnant I Got approached by feelgoodhealth.co.za to write a meditation
CD directed towards mothers and babies. CD is called Rocking Chair and is available at feelgoodhealth.co.za. That was a very interesting journey of writing totally peaceful, slow, meditation, ambient music in comparison to making it as fast and lively as possible. Am writing new trance music now. Working on two tunes at the moment, one for my daughter Amber a nd one called Afrika. These tunes will be heard live for the first time at our gig on 18 August. GOnna do some stunning decor, digifest and brainstorm is well known for our decor, so people are not only going to feel great from they music that you and I are going to play but the decor itself is gonna be uplifting!

1) Papaya Body Butter
2) Interview vai Skye
3) Ambers Energy
4) 26-06
5) Hypertrophy

http://www.digifest.co.za
http://www.brainstorm.co.za

More information about DEREK”TheBandit”

www.soundrepublic.co.za 

August 14, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

A BEAUTIFUL WINTERS DAY IN JOHANNESBURG

I took this photo last week after that really cold spell we had, which included rain and snow…..Not something that happens often here! This is my favourite tree in my studio’s garden. You should see this oak tree in summer!

August 7, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

YOUR VOTE WOULD BE APPRECIATED!

VOTERS AT THE READY………

It is the single most important event in the dance calendar; it determines who’s up, down, in and out! It can only be the DJ MAG TOP 100 POLL.

It’s the only DJ poll that matters, and after more than a decade, it is safe to call it a phenomenon. This is the world’s most definitive guide to the movers and shakers that carve up your dancefloors, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever!

YOUR DJ NEEDS YOU! Proving dance music is far from dead, 124,000 dance fanatics from 147 countries voted in last year. That was a third up on the previous year, and we’re predicting the a further surge this time round, as voting couldn’t be easier. Navigate your way to www.djmag.com and make your feelings known.

This year’s the poll is slightly different. For the first time ever, DJ Mag will be giving out more gongs than ever before. As well as the all-important No. 1 DJ in the World accolade, there will be awards for the following categories.

 
BEST HOUSE DJ – BEST TECHNO DJ – BEST HARD DANCE DJ – BEST DRUM & BASS DJBEST BREAKBEAT DJ – BEST ELECTRO DJ – HIGHEST CLIMBER –HIGHEST NEW ENTRY

Will the mighty Paul van Dyk be robbed of his crown? Will Tiesto creep back and regain his throne? Or will one of the new kids shoot up from behind and turn the whole thing on its head? It’s all down to you! And with more reasons to vote than ever before, let’s ensure this year’s poll is another record breaker.

Voting opens on Wednesday 16th August, with a celebratory launch party on Thursday August 17th at top industry hang-out AKA in London. DJ Magazine have confirmed a stellar DJ line-up to see you through the evening that includes the genre screwing duo of COBURN, the mind battering STANTON WARRIORS, and many more to be confirmed.

VOTE FOR DEREK”TheBandit”

www.djmag.com

August 3, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

DTB SIGNS – 3 ALBUM DEAL WITH MORE MUSIC – SA

Press Release

DEREK“TheBandit’s SOUND REPUBLIC PRESENTS –
ELECTRONICALLY CONNECTED – The Uprising

Cleary, you cannot keep a good thing down

In his ongoing quest for global dance domination, DEREK“TheBandit” has just signed a brand new three-album deal with More Music – South Africa’s youngest and most progressive label yet

As the biggest signing to the label since its launch, Derek commences his deal with a double album entitled DEREK“TheBandit’s SOUND REPUBLIC PRESENTS ELECTRONICALLY CONNECTED – The Uprising. With each of the two themed – disc one is filled with essential house, with the second delivering only the very freshest and finest in trance.

What makes this new deal so exciting is the fact that it extends way beyond the traditional borders and barriers that geography often places in the path of critical listening being heard. “So much of the music I play these days comes from within the borders of South Africa,” Derek explains. “My aim with More Music and Electronically Connected is to take this rich combination of local and international flavour and, as with my monthly podcasts hosted at www.soundrepublic.co.za, is to export it.

“Great music so often gets missed by the masses,” he continues. “With More Music and Electronically Connected – The Uprising, as the first in this new series, the banging tracks across both discs will elevate and edify punters to a new level.”

“More Music is all about empowering artists,” shares label owner Manuel Oettl, “and with a talent the calibre of “TheBandit” onboard, we are excited at the prospect of growing at an extraordinary rate.” With releases coming from Lady Lea and the first Ryan Dent disc in five years scheduled for release shortly, DEREK“TheBandit’s SOUND REPUBLIC PRESENTS – ELECTRONICALLY CONNECTED – The Uprising is set to pre-empt a label worthy of watching.

“TheBandit” is on the cusp of launching himself onto an even higher plain for fans of dance and trance to engulf their aural senses in. “With local remixes and soon-to-be classic trance tracks bursting from each disc, I have not been this excited about the prospects ahead for a long, long time,” he enthuses.

Having been the first DJ and producer in South Africa to bridge the digital divide with the introduction of monthly podcasts, Derek plans to cement his place in the new media revolution with tangible over-the-counter package and onto an even wider audience in future.” It’s an exciting time to be me,” Richardson jokes. “We need to push boundaries and the time is now, more so than ever before.”

The future is now and “TheBandit” is your official guide to navigating the world of real dance music. Get in on the action and find why this is a new beginning of even bigger things to come.

Go to http://www.soundrepublic.co.za for regular updates and venues where
DEREK“TheBandit’s SOUND REPUBLIC PRESENTS – ELECTRONICALLY CONNECTED – The Uprising will be unpacked live for all to hear.

By Jason Curtis

August 2, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments