Grietfest 2017 is almost here, and it’s going to be insane! SA’s most loved boutique Bass music festival is back for its 7TH YEAR! Who would have thought that the little alley party would morph into this?

They are bringing the freshest beats from across the globe and paid homage to the kings and queens of the SA electronic music industry and now the time has come for them to do it all again in 2017!

They have it all, no more throwing a vloermoer because you don’t like that DJ or artist. They have EVERYTHING! Drum n Bass, Techno, House, Electro, Dubstep, Bass House, Hip Hop, Disco, Trap…

It’s awesome… and it’s going to be rof!

With that said, we had a chat with the legend, PHFAT, before his performance at Griet.

Hey, Mike! Thanks for taking the time to have a chat with us. You are playing Grietfest again with some of the biggest names in the industry. How do you feel being back at Grietfest after missing out on 2016?

Fucking Happy. I almost flew up from CT just to attend last year. No jokes. I really dig Grietfest.

Awesome. The music scene is forever changing and artists therefore sometimes change their sound to keep up with the times. How do you ensure you stay relevant?

That’s kind of a weird way to look it at it, I think. Trying to stay relevant already has you on the back foot. When you write your first track you aren’t thinking “well golly, I sure hope this keeps me relevant” I Just try to trust my own taste really. If the music that you make only appeals to 1% of the world that’s still like… a gajjillion people or something.

You’ve played pretty much every stage the South African industry has to offer, including Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies, New Year’s Eve parties at Arcade Empire and Grietfest. What would you say was the highlight of your career as PHFAT?

The real highlight is that I’ve been afforded this opportunity by a grassroots fanbase to be a full-time musician. Like literally the only thing keeping me going and eating and paying bills and putting together cool parties and having time to write songs instead of working a desk job is a group of people who say “damn this track is cool, You’ve got to hear it” to their friends. It’s a crazy cool time to be alive right now. That this has managed to sustain itself without any input from labels till this point is pretty mind blowing to me. Literally, anybody can do this shit. I remember my teachers telling me my music taste sucked. Literally, every high school life ed coach I ever came near told me to study business science or accounting. I’m not knocking business scientists or accountants but that’s really not the life for me thanks. You can make a great living out of just about anything if you carve your niche fiercely enough.

Wow. Thanks for that. Jinne. You released ‘The Whip’ in 2016 with Mikhaela Faye which, in my opinion, was a smash hit! With that being said, when are you releasing new music? Or any plans for it in the future?

I’m always writing. When the tracks actually get finished and come out is a whole other thing. Regardless… fear not. I am sitting on stacks of my favourite music ever right now.

You’ve collaborated with a couple of awesome artists. Are you planning on doing any cool colabs with other artists?

I have a gang of co-labs I’m working on! One or two with some people you’ve probably heard of and one or two with some super secret super cool new people you might not have.

Last question… What is next for PHFAT? Where can your fans find you playing next?

Keep your eyes peeled for Grietfest and Daisies this year… I’m going in!

Thanks, Mike! Be sure to book your spot for Grietfest now. Don’t delay!

Cover photo by Tash Montlake
Shadow shot by Omri Dahan