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TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Presents Session 011 – Sean Munnick

For our 11th segment of TRNSD Sound & HYPE Magazine sessions, we feature well known Joburg based electronic Producer and DJ, Sean Munnick. He started on FL Studio in 2003 and hasn’t looked back ever since. Sean is currently signed to the iconic Dirtybird label, based in San Francisco, USA.

We asked the homie to do an exclusive mix for us and you can find out more about the artist in our Q&A interview with him here:

We commonly know you as Sean Munnick, who is Nigurr?

Nigurr is a 2012 alias I came up with because I got tired of my beats being rejected by labels, so I thought I’d do my own thing by mixing Bass House produced by myself and laying popular acapellas over them. The UK market got onto it and that’s how I found the sound I’ve been making is what was called “G-House”

What have been some of your most memorable gigs and why?

Most memorable gig to date has to be the Boiler Room gig, mainly because I’ve always envisioned myself on there ever since I found out about it.

Do you have any projects that you’re currently working on or planning to release anytime soon?

I am currently working on a 10 track CD for House Afrika and Mzansi House Vol 8 which releases this year, not too sure on the exact date. I’m also working with a few guys from PE & Cape Town on some rap/trap music to be released in 2018.

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What’s in the mix you made for TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Sessions? 

This mix contains all the sounds I’m currently listening to, to expand my musical knowledge and taste.

Favourite sneaker brand…

Favourite sneaker brand has to be Nike, that’s only because of the Airmax 90, the comfort, the colour ways. Timeless.

Favourite hangout spot…

My favourite hangout spot is Cafe 420 in Sandton, because it’s so chill there. I can really take some time out to think.

Favourite piece of tech…

For this I’d have to say the Pioneer XDJ, because I still do love DJing and it’s a nice on the go DJ setup

Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise…

Haha for this I’d probably play some of my deeper house sounds just to create the perfect atmosphere as well. Like ‘Respect my Hustle or ‘Should Have Known’, those would go in at that time I feel.

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TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Presents Session 009 – EMAMKAY

Can we just take a second to thank God for this exceptionally talented Producer & DJ who’s been on our radar for a minute, for our 9th instalment of TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Sessions we feature producer and DJ EMAMKAY.

Guys, this man will touch your heart deeply with his RnB, soulful sounds. If you don’t believe me, take a listen to his EP titled The Band – PatternsEMAMKAY has mastered his sound and perfected the art of featuring the right artists who add the final touch to his masterpieces. His album Alpha which was released last year under the UK based indie label Shimmy Records has gotten over 15 000 streams on Soundcloud and is available on Bandcamp

This is the kind of music that truly feeds your soul, the kind of music that will allow you to escape life for a minute. Nothing is better than coming across a talented artist who is versatile in different genres of music such as Hip/Hop, Ambient, Jazz & Electro, and still manages to be authentic. We need to support our South African gems at all costs as this local is definitely lekker! Believe the hype and check him out

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How did your musical journey begin?

Well, my mother brought me 50 Cent’s “Get Rich Or Die Trying” album on a TDK cassette from work. I was into kwaito during that time, but that tape got me into writing raps. Then my father booked me some studio time and I recorded my first song at around 9 years old. It’s all history from then on.

That’s real dope! So why the name EMAMKAY?

It was Master Mind King, and then shortened to MMK and now the word EMAMKAY. Truth to be told I misspelt my stage name and so people mispronounce it, it’s supposed to be EMEMKAY. A little too late to change it now, don’t you think?

As it is known, “Sometimes It’s Our Greatest Mistakes That Make for the Greatest Ideas.” Name one local festival that you would like to perform at and why?

Probably the Cape Town Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Fest. I’d like to think getting booked to play there says a lot about your level of musicianship. I’d also love to play at the Orbit in Braamfontein one day, it’s not a fest, but hey, it’s cool to me.

Briefly take us through your creative process

I reflect on the wonders of my life, smoke a joint and practice something on the keyboard. I’d normally find a cool loop somewhere in between experimenting with chord changes, and  if it feels right, I make it a song.

What’s your favourite track on your album Alpha?

I love all of them. You know what’s funny? Even I can’t replicate that album. It’s one of my favourites.

What is that one thing that you would change in the South African music scene/industry?

To be honest, I’m not interested in it. I’m not even sure I like it. I guess it’s by default that I’m in the music industry when I put a price tag on my music but I have a day job, and that’s “industry” enough for me.

How can the peeps reach you?

Anything you’d like to add/share here?

Yebo! I’m finishing this one EP called You Make You Smile. I made it to remind people that happiness is found from within. I’m Also working on a video for a song called “Coco”, a tribute to our beautiful melanin coated skin. All of this will be coming soon.

Written By: Antelmina’Sola’Piedade

 

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