There’s more to being the face of a Redbat campaign than meets the eye. The creatives featured in our most recent Redbat campaign ‘Urban Spectrum,’ has been dominating the concrete jungle in the fields of dancing and DJing. Read more to get to know them and shop the collection at sportscene stores or online here.

DANCER

DMITRI NELL (BBOY MEATY)

 

Also known as Bboy Meaty (in the breakdancing community), does breaking, which is the original dance form of hip-hop.

Why dancing?

Why dancing? Well, I just got attracted towards dancing/breaking by watching hip hop music videos, being at Cyphers, jams and other influences such as friends who had a liking to it. Also to be part of a movement in which we express ourselves with our bodies to speak in a way that it’s visually artistic.

What keeps you going and inspired to pursue your passion?

The main reason I keep going is the ability to be present in the now. Where everything fades and it’s just myself; a connection of feeling, music and ideas that flow in a particular way, a moment becomes priceless that’s present and nothing else. Inspiration to me was seeing my mentors (BBoy Speedo, BBoy Shorty Blitz, Vouks) travel abroad as members of BVK (Brasse Vannie Kaap). They would tour SA and do all major festivals and concerts. It’s something that really stuck with me, which was something I wanted to be part of and I was.

What does it take to make it as a dancer in South Africa?

It’s really your mindset that makes all the difference and the major question you’ve gotta keep asking yourself constantly, is why: why am I dancing,  why am I doing this, why do I keep doing this.  Just to be consistent and patient. Like a well known saying: “every somebody was once a nobody and every nobody can become a somebody”.

What type of music is your favourite music to dance to?

Conscious hip hop. Artists like Nas, krs1, De la soul, Dilated People, The Roots, also Break Music from various DJs.

If you could choose to be a choreographer for any musician, who would it be?

I think it would have to be Krs1 (Knowledge Reign Supreme Over Nearly Everybody). It’s one of the many artist that truly respect an represent the culture.

How has lock down impacted you personally and your career in dance?

Lock down has really taken its toll mentally and put a huge strain on myself and our people — even the dance community. Not much could have been done but with the easing of phases, things got loosened up. A lot of attention was put on the internet. Things like classes, meetings, gatherings. As dancers, we tend to appreciate and love the presence of our fellow dancers. It’s just a different energy when everyone is together jamming, vibing and having fun.

As a dancer, what would your dream job be?

Naturopathy or Phytotherapy. Put a Theatre Production show together with BBoys and dancers. Travel the world.

Any favourite local songs you love to dance to?

  • Brasse Vannie Kaap – Various Titles
  • Bliksemstraal- Brand hulle uit
  • Yougnsta- Cape of Goodhope
  • Nasty C- Jungle

What’s your favourite item from the new Redbat collection?

Eish this is a hard one. The REDBAT Reflective track pants are ? solid. Loved the colourway and how it blended well with the Chuck Taylors.

DANCER

MEGAN GOLIATH

Why dancing?

I started dancing at the tender age of four years old. It was something that I knew I wanted to do from such a young age. It always made me feel free, happy and excited and I would constantly be moving around and dancing when I heard music.

What keeps you going and inspired to pursue your passion?

My greatest motivation is driven by my love for dance which fulfilled my passion through dancing, teaching, mentoring with the aim of transforming, motivating and empowering people from different walks of life. My bigger purpose is to become someone of service to humanity, wanting real happiness and giving value out into the world by radiating possibilities which keeps me going every day.

What does it take to make it as a dancer in South Africa?

It requires real commitment, discipline and learning different genres of dance to be as versatile as possible. I found that my dancing opportunities were limited in Cape Town and that was my reason for moving to Johannesburg. I started working at Vuyani Dance Company as a normal day job then continued to be a freelancer in the industry. Through constant networking and attending auditions, I did a variety of work that included local and international tours; theatre and commercial work; music videos; advertisements; television shows and awards. My passion for teaching enabled me to work with different schools and studios and I spent the last five years teaching at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Through all these experiences, my freelance work has shifted me to performing, teaching, choreographing, rehearsal directing and management of artists for specific projects. A dance career is definitely possible but it is important to have a bigger purpose driving you.

What type of music is your favourite music to dance to?

As a dancer, I love listening to all types of music ranging from lyrical contemporary, African music, instrumental, hip-hop, jazz, commercial, amapiano, etc.

If you could choose to be a choreographer for any musician, who would it be?

It would have to be Beyonce.

How has lockdown impacted you personally and your career in dance?

The beginning of lockdown was challenging as all my future work and projects were cancelled. This was beyond my control and I realised that I can use this valuable time to really work on myself. It has turned out to be the most positive outcome for me in all aspects of my life. It has allowed me the time to truly focus on my purpose in working on future projects, my health, my lifestyle choices, allow personal growth, shifting the mind more positively, reconnecting with the family and time for real self-love. This process helped me to really think about my purpose in my dancing career and focus on my bigger goals and dreams.

As a dancer, what would your dream job be?

My dream job is running my own business/organisation that incorporates dance and mentorship to change people’s lives. Also, create a platform for women to have voices and empower themselves through practices of movement through healing, transformation and growth. A way to create opportunities for kids to get them involved in activities that will encourage a better life.

Any favourite local songs you love to dance to?

I enjoy listening to albums of Shekinah, Nasty C, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Ricky Rick.

What’s your favourite item from the new Redbat collection?

My favourite item would have to be the high-waisted denim jean. The fit and level of stretch it has is perfect.

DJ

AUX WOMDANTSO

Aux WoMdantso’s real name is Thulani Sam. Coming from a township most known for gangsterism and was able to overcome all those things and make a career as a DJ/Producer and brand influencer.

Why DJ’ing?

Me and my friend we were in a school choir in high school. In Grade 8, our teacher saw we were fooling around so he called us and told us we can’t sing. My friend was hurt by that so he suggested we try out DJING and the rest was history.

When did you discover this was “it” – that DJ’ing is your passion?

It was in 2004 when I came back from Claremont to my place in Nyanga walking, I spent all my money I had on a CD at Musica store; that’s I discovered that I have passion for DJing.

What’s your favourite genre of music?

I Listen to all kinds of music — especially old school music. I don’t have a favourite and when I do, it depends the mood am in that day…

How do you find music for your sets and what inspires your sets?

Most of the tracks I get from producers who are making the best Gqom tracks in Cape Town, East London & Durban. I also produce my own songs. What inspires my sets is the culture, the people who dance and go to the DJ booth to give a thumbs up to the DJ.

Do your audiences ever inspire the sets you create?

Yes, always

How has lockdown impacted DJ’ing / the industry / your own career?

The lock down has impacted my career in a very bad and good way. DJ’ing was my main income stream so when all social gatherings were cancelled, it meant no income but, during the lock down I was able to discover some other things I didn’t know I can do and I saw who were the really people in my life and who was there’s just for the fun times.

What’s your favourite gig you have ever DJ’d at?

My favorite gigs I would say are:

1 Rocking the daises

2 Capsule Fest

3 Boiler Room x Ballantines true music

These events gave me an experience I will never forget.

What’s the dream? Where would you like to play?

My dream is to uplift the kids in the township so that it’s also possible for them to know they can do anything want to do if they focus on it. Where I would like to play is first play all over Africa then one day I can follow the footsteps of Blackcoffee and Themba and travel the world

What’s your favourite item from the new Redbat collection?

Its got to be the URBAN SPECTRUM the black jacket with straps and the track pants with adidas Superstar. Track-pants are very flexible and the jacket is the straps cause you can also wear the straps if you don’t what to wear the sleeves.

DJ

NOKS ZIMU – FORT NOKS

My name is Noks Zimu, but most people know me as Fort Noks. I’m a DJ and model living in Cape Town. I am the only female resident DJ at one of the biggest clubs in Cape Town. I play mostly Hip Hop/R&B and Afro beat.

Why DJ’ing?

I’ve been working in the club industry for a very long time and I was very curious about Djing and I have a great love for music and entertaining people. I honestly think its a perfect combination of both.

When did you discover this was “it” – that DJ’ing is your passion?

After I learnt, the very first gig I had, I knew I had a great love for it, the vibe, the people…it was a feeling I knew I would never get tired of.

What keeps you going and inspired to pursue your passion?

I generally listen to everything but hip hop/r&b and afro beat are my favourite, I especially love the genre that unite African countries. Im very pro Africa so the growth of afrobeat and hip hop in the country and continent has been very inspiring and exciting for me to watch.

How do you find music for your sets and what inspires your sets?

I use DJ websites for all my music, local and international and a few artists and producers always email me their stuff which is great. My sets are inspired by the people, I definitely play for the crowd and I shift and adjust my sets according to their reactions. I like to invoke nostalgia in my sets, it always leaves people feeling good and optimistic which I love.

Do your audiences ever inspire the sets you create?

The audience plays a huge part in how I play, im there to show you a good time so I need to understand what you like or what you don’t. I think great Djs play what you like but they also encourage you to learn something new without you realising. It really is an art form.

How has lockdown impacted DJ’ing / the industry / your own career?

Lockdown really was not great for our industry, a lot of us didn’t work for 5 months and the government really didn’t aid us in any way. Although it was tough, we did try adjust and go into live streaming which did help in some ways. Personally for me the live sets where really difficult to do because I had no crowd to interact with. I learnt a lot about social media during this time but I realised nothing is better than the experience of being in front of a crowd of people, it is my preference and something I hope we’ll be doing soon.

What’s your favourite gig you have ever DJ’d at?

It really is difficult to pin point one, but I definitely think my top 3 include playing at the Catalan GP in Barcelona last year, Pop Bottles in Cape Town and Barcadi Holiday Club in Johannesburg. Whenever I play overseas , or an event I’ve always had on my bucket list , I get very excited.

What’s the dream? Where would you like to play?

My ultimate dream to travel around the world spreading good vibes and partying it up. Ive played a few African countries and once in Europe so hopefully that continues and I can build around the world. Traveling and Music are my sources of joy.

What’s your favourite item from the new Redbat collection?

Its really difficult choose but I love the black jeans with the white stitch and the 2 piece tights and crop. I love it… makes me feel very swag.