Based: Cape Town
As the current kings of the South African deep house scene riding the commercial airwaves with their musical offerings, Strange Loving originally started out in 2015 as a kind of no-holds-barred event co-ordinating brand.
Consisting of Dakin Auret (also a solo producer known for his work on Beatport and other digital platforms worldwide), Ronald Rowley and Konstantinos Karatamoglou (one half of Crazy White Boy), the members started throwing events together; their intention being only to satisfy the untamed side of Cape Town’s underground scene and fulfil the need for badass beats coupled with more original melodies.
One night they played a back-to-back set together, realised their mutual taste in music and the sharing of a great collective idea of what they want to release musically, and soon started to make music together as what fans know today as the producer/DJ crew, Strange Loving.
They quickly started signing tracks to labels like Katermukke and Universal Music, as well as working with artists like Apple Gule, Embassy, Popartlive and even Australian rompers Cutsnake.
Their fluidly original and undeniably groovy dance floor bangers soon transported electro lovers to iconic nightclubs where the trio shared stages with the likes of Soul Clap and Karmon, then onto the swanky decks of yachts with Doctor Dru and German Brigante and even further still into train stations with Marek Hemman & Mat.Joe.
Their music has been supported, played and featured on podcasts by some of the worlds most respected artists, such as Mat.Joe, Shiba San, Sirus Hood, Kyle Watson, Golf Clap and Dirty Doering. They’ve also had their tunes featured on podcasts by the big dogs of the music scene, such as Rudimental, Oliver Heldens and Claptone; even Pete Tong gave them a shiny five-star rating.
When it comes to stage presence, these badass brothers of the deep house aren’t just your regular DJ’s flipping the one’s and two’s. They operate as a unit while simultaneously allowing their personal characters to woo the crowds with girls dancing at their feet while boys are gritting their teeth in anticipation for the beat drop. They’ve rocked major festivals in the past like Rocking the Daises, Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, Synergy, Corona Sunsets and they’ve also hosted their own floor at Ultra Music Festival.
There is no doubt that Strange Loving is continuing to reign the deep house scene: Their ‘In Your Life (Strange Loving Remix) by Apple Gule’ made it to #26 on the Beatport Top 100 Deep House Chart; their single ‘Changes made it to #5 on the 5FM Dance Chart as well as #15 on the 5FM Top 100 Chart, together with its music video being nominated for Best Sound at the Mercedes Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival and joining the official selection at the Berlin Music Video Awards and the New York Lift Off Film Festival. July 2017 also sees the release of ‘Burnout’ – a rework of Sipho HotStix Mabuse’s classic ‘Burnout’ which became one of the first major crossover hits in South Africa in the early 1980s, selling more than 500 000 copies.
While the trio can be seen playing on stages such as Rocking The Daisies, Pure & Crafted and Sunflower Festival in 2017, fans can also look forward to forthcoming releases on King Street Sounds NYC as well as other labels.