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Patty Monroe Speaks On Taking Her Music Around The World

QuenchSA.com spoke to rap sensation Miss Patty Monroe about her music career, her debut album plus what Women’s month means to her.

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Women’s month would not be complete without shinning the spotlight on the ladies breaking ground in their respecitve fields. 21 year old from Cape Town, Miss Patty Monroe is one such artist breaking the glass ceiling, who despite her age and length in the music industry has managed to create a sound couple with relatable messages that transcends national borders. We spoke to real name Megan Steenkamp to discuss her growth in the SA hip hop scene, her expansion across Africa and beyond and her feature in the all-female Lefemme Remix of Now Or Never.

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QuenchSA: Where does the rap moniker Miss Patty Monroe emanate from?


Patty Monroe: Patty was the first nickname I got when I was in high school and Monroe come from the whole scarlet, vintage vibe in the 40’s-60’s. I figured the word Monroe sums it up pretty nicely.


QuenchSA: When did you first realize that music is what you wanted to do for a living?


Patty Monroe: When I performed for the first time. That feeling I got, was something I didn’t ever want to let go of. Only later did I discover I could actually make money from it.


QuenchSA: Your brand is recognized throughout the African continent. Was that a premeditated strategy?


Patty Monroe: I always knew that it was bound to happen one da. I just didn’t know when. I pictured myself taking over Africa first as my home, and then venturing out into the world. Luckily my music is available online and can be streamed and bought without me even stepping foot into the country. The fact that most of my traffic comes from the U.S. And Europe still baffels me.
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Patty Monroe repping the Mzansi flag out in Kenyan radio station. Slay Gurl !


QuenchSA: Crossing the border in terms of your audience base at such a stage of your career bodes well for the future. When will you ultimately say ‘I’ve made it’?

Patty Monroe: When I can log out of my social media accounts and just disappear (laughs) truth be told, I’m doing this for financial freedom for my family and my continent. I don’t know if I’ll ever think I made it. I’ll be too busy trying to think of my next move, and how we can grow together.


QuenchSA: You have focused more on your spoken word (rhymes) rather than using your sexual appeal like most femcees. Why is that?


Patty Monroe: We are still calling female rappers femcees and not just rapper or emcee. I’m an artist with a vision and my perspective has a feminine flavour to it, yes. That is why it is so special, but there is more to life than just titts and ass. Let’s shift our minds to a bigger picture.


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QuenchSA: When can we expect you highly anticipated drop of your debut album?


Patty Monroe: Summer 2016.


QuenchSA: Is collaborating  with artists from all over the continent on your album part of your plan?


Patty Monroe: Of course it is! My album will definitely reflect my journey and what I have learnt and implemented into my life. I’m already thinking about my next one for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaHbVCicqMU


QuenchSA: August is recognized as Women’s month. Does this tag have any personal significance to you?


Patty Monroe: This month has been really good to me. It gives females a chance to be showcased as the beautiful queens we are. Stunning creatures with so much compassion and spunk. I love it!


QuenchSA: What are the challenges of maintaining prominence and relevance in the SA hip hop scene you’ve personally experienced?


Patty Monroe: Nothing really just yet… I’ve only seriously been pushing for about 20 months now. I know it’s still early days.


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QuenchSA: You are part of the all-female remix of Now Or Never. How was that experience?


Patty Monroe: History in the making.


QuenchSA: What can your fans expect from you in the immediate future?


Patty Monroe: My new single titledCastles produced by Ameen Haron, good music and exquisite visuals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5yOHFux8rA

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Sir LSG: Perfection Matters – Not So Much The Accolades – Interview

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The way Sir LSG approaches music is microscopic. He takes all these elements – tiny sounds that don’t typically register to an ear that isn’t technically sharpened to detect and achieve sonic balance – very seriously. He’s also a perfectionist, which meant finishing his much-celebrated album, Moving Circles, was no easy feat.

We had the privilege of hearing from the man ahead of his set at Play Sessions in Braamfontein this Thursday, September 6th.

You started out studying electrical engineer before a passion for records and music took over. Tell us about your record collection?

I started collecting records right at the beginning of my first year at WITS, and in hindsight, engineering was never really going to work well for me. My record collection is quite small, because in 2006 when I started playing, CDs were becoming popular in the clubs. My friends and I would share records when we had a gig, to assist with the limited range.

Your mentor was/is DJ Christos, “The Godfather of House” and one of South Africa’s most respected house producers. Tell us how his work inspires you?

I met DJ Christos back in 2008 at an SAMC conference, when I had just won the DJ competition for the conference, and Chris took me under his wing. For a few months I would travel with him to his gigs and he would give me his last 15 – 20 minutes of his sets. It meant a lot to be able to travel with one of our country’s house music icons – I can never be grateful enough for those moments.

Your “Sax In The City” soulful house mix reached the second spot on Traxsource’s top singles chart in 2011, and in 2014 they voted you at Number 20 on the Top 100 Afro House Producers of the year. Tell us how these accolades helped define your career?

It’s always nice to see my releases reach charts on Traxsource because globally they are the leading House Music store. But those accolades don’t really mean much, I’m only happy and grateful that there are people out there who enjoy the music I make.

You’ve worked alongside global and local acts, such as Ralf GUM and R&B singer/songwriter Brian Temba. Who has been your favourite collaboration to date and why?

The most important thing for me when working with other artists is to really have a “vibe”. As soon as musicians “vibe” you’ll hear it in their music. I always enjoy working with Ralf Gum and Thandi Ntuli because they are the two people I spend a lot of studio time with.

What can people expect from your Select Sessions gig on 6th September at PUMA?

Expect nothing but solid soulful house music. See you on the dance floor.

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Deep House Ace Kat La Kat Is Not Chasing The Wave – Interview

Kat La Kat takes us through his approach to House music as he preps a set at the looming PUMA Select Sessions

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If you’ve had the privilege of enjoying Kat La Kat’s abstract and organic sets, you would appreciate his technical showmanship and the clear fact that he loves music. The house music DJ prefers diving into his enriched pool of vast house offerings than merely amplifying popular sounds.  We got him to delve a bit deeper into his creative processes in this Q and A.

You’re known for your Deep Vibes mix series, which has a cult following. How did this first come about?

I felt the need to put out tracks that wouldn’t generally be heard in clubs in my area at the time, a sound that was a bit more dark and less catchy. Stuff people would say is too calm, too deep, too underground to play in front of a crowd, so I decided to create a mix series that one can indulge in their own space, with no pressure to make people dance.

You’ve played in nightclubs in and around Pretoria and Johannesburg for more than a decade now. Any advice for aspiring DJs and producers?

Trust your taste! A lot tend to follow what works for other artists and they struggle with consistency because it was never really their taste. Do you and do you good …the rest will fall in place

You’re experimental, use mixing techniques and like to take people on a journey with your deep house sets. What’s a sound you’re loving right now?

I dig deep tech house and quite a few local producers are putting out some awesome sounds.

You’ve been producing your own music since 2006. How has the local house music scene developed since then and where do you think it’s going?

I think it has developed in a very good way, we’ve always had the groove but we lacked sonic quality and little technical stuff that goes into a production. Guys are making the effort to have their tunes professionally mixed and mastered and that’s a step in the right direction.

What can people expect from your Select Sessions gig on 6th September at PUMA?

A Kat La Kat experience, you need to hear it to know what I’m talking about! You can expect the unexpected.

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5 Minutes With House Music Dab hands Punk Mbedzi

We caught up with South African House Music maestro Punk Mbedzi ahead of his set at the SELECT SESSIONS

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Photo Credit: Punk Mbedzi via Instagram

He will be setting the decks ablaze at the upcoming PUMA Select Sessions in Braamfontein this Thursday, September 6th. And House music maestro – Punk Mbedzi took a moment to reflect on his come up, unpack the genesis of his sound, as well as his creative vision for The Rhythm Johannesburg – a project he founded.

You’ve made a name for yourself in house music circles, and your sound could be described as House/Indie, Dance /Electronic and Afro beats. Do you prefer variation in your style and why?

I have always tried to be versatile with the music that I produce and not box myself into one style. I prefer variation in my music because I’m always trying to improve my sound. Usually, I draw inspiration from different genres and try to implement it into what I’m doing.

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Known by your DJ name Punk Mbedzi, it’s said that music is your staple diet. Who are you listening to right now?

There is a new wave of fresh talent coming from South Africa from artists like Kususa, Argento Dust and FKA Mash. They are pushing the boundaries of what Afro House should sound like, which is refreshing to hear.

Hailing from Polokwane, you began producing at age 16. Any tips for local up-and-comings?

From an early age music has always been a passion for me. A very important thing I would share is to never lose faith and try by all means to keep the passion burning – that’s the only thing that will keep you pushing. It’s also important to educate yourself about the music industry and the business behind it.

You’re the Event Director for event production series, The Rhythm Johannesburg. What’s your vision for this brand, in one or two sentences?

I would like to build a brand known for really great music. Regardless of the status of the featured artists, it should set a global footprint for being a place where people know they can discover fresh and good music.

You’re hosting September’s instalment of PUMA Select Sessions in Braamfontein. Tell us what people can expect on the night?

From the first artist to the last, it’s set to be a musical journey. Although every artist is distinct in their sound, there will be cohesion in what the music brings.

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