I recently had a chat with 5FM’s Nick Hamman about all things DJing, festivals and producing music.  Check it out…


You’re a radio DJ on 5FM, and now you’re branching out into DJing at events and festivals. How did you decide you wanted to DJ?

I’ve actually been doing music for a lot longer than I’ve been on radio. I started out playing in bands when I was a teenager. I kind of put all that on hold for a while to focus on my radio career. If performing live is in your blood, eventually you cant fight the urge and have to pick it up again. Given that most guys I used to play in bands with are now playing with other people or have decided to get real jobs, I thought I’d start DJ’ing.


For those that haven’t seen you perform live, please describe what kind of music you play/perform?

I want people to have fun. I play a lot of Hip Hop and have a pension for old school. I dig anything with a good vibe and a solid groove. I also don’t take myself to seriously and don’t have any problems adding some cheese to a dish if that’s what’s required.

Aside from that I also incorporate a lot of live percussion into my sets, which can be cool to look at, I think.


You produce your own music, how do you go about it? Do you find inspiration from other artists?

I think inspiration happens continuously. I’ve studied music and have a relatively decent background in the theoretical side of things, which helps out a bit. I try to listen to as much as possible and work with as many different artists as I can. There are some incredible things going on in the South African music landscape, I try to be like a sponge and learn. When it comes to producing, I’ve got a studio at home and also have a few close friends who have their own too and at any given time we’ll just get together and start creating.


What festivals have you played at and what festivals would you be keen to play at in the future?

Aside from a bunch of smaller festivals in SA, I’ve played Rocking the Daisies and Ultra. I’ve also played a few festivals around the continent and in 2016 was invited to go play in Mauritius, on the beach, there were fireworks, it was amazing.


What’s next for Nick Hamman the DJ? Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?

I’d love to release more music. I’ve been working really had in the studio at the moment to get a solid body of work together and I plan to drop an EP before the end of the year.


You’re playing Mieliepop, what are you most looking forward to about the festival?

My ass, on the Sunday, when I eventually have to try piece together my body and soul and head back home.  Also, festivals are a great place for me to spot new local talent. I’m super passionate about growing our local music industry and I’ll definitely be looking for up and coming artists to feature on my platforms.

Written by Nic Berti
Founder at El Beardo. Music addict. Festival junkie. Gamer.

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