Euphonik

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Euphonik
Birth name Themba Mbongeni Nkosi
Also known as Euphonik
Born (1983-12-06) 6 December 1983 (age 34)
Mpumalanga, South Africa
Genres house, EDM
Occupation(s)
Years active 2004–present
Labels
Associated acts
  • Kentphonik
  • F.eU
Website euphonik.dj

Euphonik, whose real name is Themba Mbongeni Nkosi (born 6 December 1983), is a South African DJ, music producer, and radio presenter. He is known mostly for playing House music. In 2013, his song with South African DJ, DJ Fresh and Nyanda, "Cool and Deadly", rose to number one on the 5FM Top 40. Since 2006, he has had a weekly radio show on the South African national radio station 5FM, My House which airs on Sunday evenings.[1] He has been nominated for a number of accolades at the South African Music Awards and the Metro FM Music Awards. In 2014, he won his first award - a Metro FM award for Best Compilation Album for his album, For The Love of House Volume 5.[2] He was nominated at the 2014 South African Music Awards for Remix of the Year for his song "Hallelujah Anyway".[3] In 2015, he received two nominations at The Metro FM Music Awards for Best Compilation Album for his album, For The Love of House Volume 6; as well as for Song of The Year for 'Busa'.

Early life[edit]

Nkosi was born in Mpumalanga, South Africa on 21 December 1983. He spent his childhood in Likazi, later moving to Klerksdorp, and then Benoni. His early love of music was fuelled by artists his father listened to – the likes of The Spinners, Marvin Gaye, Stimela, and Hugh Masekela.[4] He started DJing during his late teens and quickly established himself in the club music scene. It wasn't long until his mixes achieved radio play, initially on regional station YFM, and then he was offered the opportunity of hosting his own shows on national radio station 5FM.

Musical career[edit]

Euphonik first started remixing in 2003 and gained recognition in 2004 when he and South African DJ, DJ Kent joined forces and produced an album together, Kentphonik. In 2004, Euphonik started his radio career on YFM, a regional radio station in South Africa, doing mixes on radio shows. Euphonik was signed by record label Soul Candi in 2006.[5] He was at YFM until 2006 when he then moved to 5FM where he had two weekly shows. His Saturday show, Ultimix Weekend Edition, featured new music and mixes from DJ's across South Africa and international borders. The 3-hour show (18:00 – 22:00) was the brainchild from one of 5FMs most popular features the Ultimix @6 which can be heard from Monday to Friday on the Roger Goode show. The show involves 30-minute mixes and is used as a platform to showcase DJ talent of some of the world's leading dance artists and musos. The Saturday night show was discontinued in 2014. His Sunday show, My House, is a show dedicated is show case the latest and most popular house tunes from around the world.[1] Euphonik has travelled the world and has played in places such as New York, Miami, Ibiza, Dubai, UK, Spain and around Africa. He has shared stages with Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Afrojack, Hardwell, Skrillex, Nicky Romero, Deadmau5, Louie Vega, and Richie Hawtin.

In 2009, Euphonik and long-time friend, DJ Fresh formed a brand together, called F.Eu. Since 2009, they have brought out a total of four albums together. The duo travel to Ibiza and Miami on a yearly basis to play at events such as The South African Miami Invasion and Ultra Fest Miami. In 2014 and 2015, they headlined Ultra Fest South Africa and also captain the Oh Ship party cruise from Durban, South Africa to the Portuguese Island.[6] In 2013, F.eu produced a song in Miami with Nyanda called "Cool and Deadly" which rose to number one on the 5FM Top 40. In 2014, F.eu were one of the main acts at the South African Ultra Fest and played alongside Tiesto, Afrojack, Nicky Romero and Kruella.[7]

Other projects[edit]

Euphonik invests in properties and owns a total of fourteen properties in Johannesburg, South Africa. Euphonik and Superga (an Italian shoe company) collaborated in 2012 and brought out a limited edition black and gold Euphonik sneaker. In 2013 they worked together on a second pair of black and gold high-top Euphonik Superga sneaker and will be launching a new pair in 2015.[8] His name has been included in The Mail & Guardian's 300 Young South Africans list (a comprehensive and reputable list of people that will shape and define their industries for decades to come).[9]

Mentoring[edit]

Once a year, Euphonik puts together a one-day workshop called DJ-101. The workshop is used to share his knowledge about the music and DJ industry with those that aspire to have a career in the industry. He also runs a one year Mentorship Programme, Phuture DJs, where he takes two upcoming DJs from around the country and teaches them the ins and outs of the DJ world. When the Mentorship Programme has come to an end the two DJs and Euphonik produce a CD together which then gets released and promoted around the country.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums

  • For The Love of House Volume 1[11]

For The Love of House Volume 1[11] For The Love of House Volume 2 For The Love of House Volume 3 For The Love of House Volume 4 For The Love of House Volume 5 For The Love of House Volume 6 Mixed Albums

Soul Candi Sessions 5 For The DJs Volume 1 For The DJs Volume 2 For The DJs Volume 3 Phuture DJs F.EU in the Club F.EU in the Studio Euphonik presents DJ Essentials Volume 1 Euphonik presents DJ Essentials Volume 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 5FM (2013). "On Air Personality, DJ Euphonik". South Africa: SABC. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  2. ^ BPM Mag (2014). "DJ Euphonik bags 'Best Compilation Album' at Metro FM Awards". South Africa. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Destiny Connect (2014). "Sama 2014 nominees announced". South Africa. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Owen (2013). "Profile, Euphonik". South Africa. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Soul Candi (2013). "Euphonik". South Africa. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "OH SHIP 3". South Africa: MSC. 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Ultra Fest (2014). "Artists, Euphonik". South Africa. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Superga Euphonik Collaboration". South Africa: News100. 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. [not in citation given]
  9. ^ "300 Young South Africans: Arts and Culture (Part 3)". South Africa: Mail & Guardian. 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "DJ 101". South Africa: DJ 101. 
  11. ^ "Euphonik For the Love of House 3". South Africa: Musica. 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 

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