Tasha Baxter :: Noisia, Nonsense and Now She’s Coming Back [Interview]

If you were in Jozi back when Drum and Bass turned the then Transky in Melville into the weekly hotspot that it became, you’d probably have noticed one black haired DJ singing into headphones, if you’d followed the career of that wee DJ in that wee bar then you’d have noticed that she won 2 SAMA’s for her debut album…. not too shabby hey…

But then Ms. Baxter kinda disappeared… Oh, But she didn’t…

What she has been up to is a whole lot more impactful than any SAMA or radio bump. She’s been collaborating with some of the biggest and best electronic artists in the world, started her own studio and been nurturing 2 lovely children, but before I give any more away let’s turn to the interview!



  • Hello Ms. Baxter, to say that this interview is a long time coming is an understatement, but finally we get to do this! How’re you today?

Im planning my birthday actually, cant believe im 30 already! My time flys…

  • What do you do on a day to day basis?

I run a music composition studio in the Braamfontein with my boyfriend Greg Reve, we make music for Film and TV commercials. Its called Humble Pi ?

  • You’ve been in South Africa’s spotlight but now you seem to have been putting more focus on the international market. Why is this?

Its not that have put more effort there, its just that it the relationships I have formed on the net over the years have finally bared some fruit, it’s a very quick and easy process for me to lay down vocals here and send em over. Funnily enough, I put less effort into the work I do overseas than the work I do here, and get a better response too, I have to work so hard in my own territory and get little reward , its frustrating and disheartening

  • Do you see any value in being a South African musician? By this I mean a ‘radio-friendly’ SA Artist?

Well sure, I live here, its important if you want to sustain a living you need to play the live circiut and play the corp shows, unfortunately it’s a small incestuous industry and the ceiling is low, it’s a struggle, constantly, all I can do is my part and hope for the best.

  • It seems that your European electronic music collaborations started in 2007 when Noisia produced your ‘Colour Of Me’ album. Was this the case?

Well no, my electronic collabs started way before that in 2001, the first of those was singing with legendary Counterstrike out of my home town Cape Town, a track called Questions and then another called Nemsis. I had also worked with Roger Goode on his debut album, 5 or so tracks, the likes of In the beginning and To move you. The Dutch boys came later when I moved up to the 011.

  • How did you end linking up with Noisia and why? Does it have anything to do with your DnB background?
ALSO READ  Interview with Dubstep Pioneer Flux Pavilion ahead of South Africa Tour 2015

Yeah, I statred Dj’in, my partner at the time (Dj Sonar) ran a night at transky in Melville on a Thursday ( reflex), it was the next best thing to do, it was easy, and not labour intensive, I didn’t need to rehearse or anything and it was instant gratification to DJ. He introduced me to Noisia, which I loved to play, and then I hit them up on AIM, the rest as we say is history.

  • Since then you have worked with some serious globally respected electronic artists. Let’s start with Chasing Shadows, how did they end up doing a remix of ‘The Visitor’?

They hit me up and asked if hey could? I said HELL YEAH.

  • Now from there we move to DnB superhero: Spor (a.k.a Feed Me). I am personally a super fan of his. How did the leap from the Dutch to U.K. producers happen?

Well, the internet has been the catylist for all of these collabs, I was chatting to Jon the same time I was chatting to the likes of Noisia, black sun empire, Teebee Calyx etc, the relationship grew and he was keen to produce my own material and forthcoming tunes, the likes of Ebb and Flow which is currently dpong rotation on the national stations.

  • You’ve done a couple tracks with him (including one on his latest EP; which is about to drop) how come you keep working together?

We have a good working relationship I guess, he likes what I do and vice versa, Im not complaining!

Feed Me Feat. Tasha Baxter – Strange Behaviour LIVE ON THE FRESH DRIVE by Tasha Baxter

  • What can we expect from TB in the near future?

I have anothre side project Im very excited about called Nicky Not On! This is myself and my boyfriend Greg Reve, then Im working with Le castle Vania, Madeon, Feed Me, Chasing Shadows, Im also writing for big artists over seas. So I should be very busy!

Tasha Baxter – Bikes (Teaser) by Tasha Baxter

  • Any final words, what would you like to say to the public at large?

www.tashabaxter.com x

Alex Wright
Follow me

Alex Wright

Alex is an experienced digital analyst with a flavour for modern politics. His work stretches through to the foundation of Dont Party and a few other creative movements.
Alex Wright
Follow me

Read more on Dont Party?

Interview with Dubstep Pioneer Flux Pavilion ahead... Flux Pavillion has been hailed as one the most influential dubstep producers ever, his hit song 'I Can't Stop' took the world by storm in 2010, pr...
A little interview with the guys from Goodluck As I entered the grey room at the YFM broadcasting suite in Jozi, I was immediately greeted by three warm faces, who seemed equally pumped but a lit...
Yasiin Bey Explains His Real Reasons for Leaving t... Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def has been a permanent resident of South Africa since 2013 and while we're honoured to have the MC enjoying li...
White Men Are Black Men Too On Monday 6 April, Young Fathers released their latest album, White Men Are Black Men Too. The 2014 Mercury Prize Winners performed in Johannesbur...
Aero Manyelo is One of South African Music’s... Joburg based producer Aero Manyelo is probably one of the only artists to be truly blending the South African township sound with European and Ame...
The Presets are headlining #RTD2014 and #VITC2014.... Australian indie electronic rockers, The Presets are headlining Rocking the Daisies and Vodacom In the City in just 10 days! The Presets have been...
A Twitterview with The Kiffness We chatted to the Cape Town based electronic outfit yesterday over Twitter, so check out the feed below, or on Twitter using the hashtag #KiffChat...
Grietfest International Headliner — Para One Para One is a French electronic musician who will be headlining Grietfest this weekend. He's been releasing music for over ten years on labels lik...

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!