I am a producer, singer/songwriter, rapper and DJ.
At the vanguard of a new wave of artists, Spoek is defined by his unique take on electronic music.
Spoek’s early work included collaborations with his mentor, South African DJ Sibot, and releases on influential underground dance music labels Boys Noize Records, Mad Decent, Shitkatapult and Get Physical which saw his profile rise through collaborations with artists including Robyn, Diplo, Schlachthofbronx, Cerebral Vortex, Adam Tensta, Douster and Djedjotronic.
Debut album ‘Mshini Wam’ was released to critical acclaim in 2010 on BBE Records, demonstrating Spoek’s wide range of styles and influences, and coining the genre/style ‘Township Tech’ – a description of the work by Spoek and his contemporaries in furthering the soundscape of South African house music.
Music videos released in support of ‘Mshini Wam’ include the award-winning ‘Control’ – a cover of Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’. The video picked up a Young Director Award at the 2011 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, as well as a Gold Award at South Africa’s Loeries in 2011, while racking up nearly 350,000 views on YouTube.
2012 saw the release of second record ‘Father Creeper’ on Sub Pop, featuring guest appearances by Zach Hill (Death Grips) and Chllngr; as well as the release of compilation album ‘Future Sound of Mzansi’, on Sony.
And summer 2013 will see the digital release of a 10 track mix tape – featuring Kano, Yadi, Terri Walker, BB James, Seye, Cherry B and Chris P Cut.
Spoek is currently working on his third album. And a documentary about South African electronic music, titled ‘Future Sound of Mzansi’, produced and directed by Spoek, is also in the works.