Today, 16 November 2015 Coke Studio will feature a brand new track by DJ Qness, December Streets and Mozaik, entitled CAN YOU FEEL IT - a summer song which came out of the unique fusion of indie pop, house and rap.
Being paired together for Coke Studio gave the artists the platform to experiment with their individual sounds and find common ground, resulting in a song with a distinctive South African flavour and universal appeal.
The brief for the song was to create pure fusion; to bring the musical knowledge of the artists into one collaborative sphere of musical bliss and to push each others boundaries and understanding of music and its respective cultures to ultimately create a track that will appeal to individuals across our vast musical landscape. The artists spent a total of 3 days at Coke Studio, where they hashed out ideas and writing styles to create the sound you hear on the track.
DJ Qness and the producers created the rhythmic elements that carry the unmistakable groove of the song whilst Tristan brought the December Streets flavour by adding the catchy guitar hooks and vocal melodies to the mix. The song naturally evolved to a point where a rap element would only take it higher and add the missing ingredient. Mozaik, a Swazi rapper, being present in studio as they wrote and produced the track lent his vocals to the song, tying it together with a golden rap thread.
“Working with the December Streets was so amazing but really quite challenging at the same time... I think my biggest fear was how we would be able to blend in and fuse our two completely different styles, and if what we were trying to do was even going to work at all... But amazingly we got into studio and just blended from the onset, and to put the cherry on top we had the extremely talented Mozaik on production as well as on the rap verse and everything just came together perfectly and we are extremely proud of what came out in the end.” - DJ Qness.
“Working with DJ Qness and Mozaik was a wonderful and challenging experience. Wonderful that we all came together with a goal in mind, and surpassed that collaboratively completely. Challenging in pushing the December Streets sound in a direction that we have not previously explored, but now love. Overall I would do nothing different, we have truly polished a massive diamond. I can’t wait for people to hear it.” - Tristan Coetzee, December Streets.
Coke Studio Episode 13 airs on Monday the 16th of November at 8.30PM on ETV.
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