Volatile and sardined with enough energy to burst your tweeter and then some. Durban's DJ LAG warms the Upfront plate with 68mins of gqom.
About this mix
I’ve been making gqom since I was a teenager. Perhaps you could call me one of the sound’s founders.
It all started with us trying to emulate and produce hip-hop. It was just for fun, and mostly with a close rapper friend called SCRIBY. One day it just so happened that we were fiddling with Fruity Loops and the sound happened to change — this was hip-hop made at a house tempo.
Gqom is our take on combining all the raw, bassy and brooding variations of South African music. The timbre of most of the sounds is more like a ‘bang’ or a ‘hit’ from the hollow drum sounds we use all over the tracks. There’s a real group of people who are involved and they always have my back. I’m talking about the likes of SCRIBY, Tempo and Lusiman. These guys have really helped to take gqom across SA and beyond.
Our sound has now reached radio stations, taxis, private cars and you regularly hear people playing it while walking down the street. Even more importantly, the clubs go crazy when we press play.
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