They are the originators of the distinctive sound that arouses and excites a curious ear, a sound popularly publicized by the likes of “Team Mosha”.
2 Point 1 caught the attention of Prince Kaybee with their unorthodox and unfamiliar house music sound that has since dominated the Free state province and spread across Pretoria like forest fire. Their melody and keys are a cross between “Amapiano” and “Mamelody commercial House Music” sound, hence the relation and adoption by people from Pretoria.
The Duo was formed in 2012 by both members after being inspired by well-known International Duos like Black Motion, Revolution and Vatkuk v/s Mahoota. The group is made up of “Priga” Tankiso Prince Baloyi (Producer/Song Writer & DJ) born in 1992 and raised in Welkom, and “Sheke” Moeketsi Victor Rathebe (Producer & DJ) born 1990 in Welkom.
2 Point 1 is mostly popular for producing “Olga Please” by Mocchachino, a hit single that got international airtime.
We caught up with the impressively humble duo and got to chat with them about their career. The future of South African house music is indeed in good and capable hands.
Q. Let’s start with you guys telling us who you are and which Kasi you come originally from. We are both born and bred in Welkom. Our kasi is vibey and very modest, it is laid back and therefore allows us to be more creative and work hard.
Q. So how did your journey together began? We had a mutual friend, there was a girl that I went to school with that kept telling me about Tankiso. She’d constantly tell me about him and that he loves music and we should meet up and that’s basically how we met.
Q. As 2.1, What music do you guys make? We make commercial house music a dance music.
Q. How did the 2.1 concept come about? It came natural with us as the name explains itself, (Two guys, Doing one thing.)
Q. With so many artists and so many Dj’s in the South African market, what is 2.1 bringing to the SA music scene? Our sound is distinctive and has a free state identity that we want to introduce to the world. It’s different from what everyone has heard.
Q. Is there currently a single or a project that you guys are pushing? We have recently released a single titled Docha, and an album is ready and on the way that consists of 12 songs and the music video for Docha is out.
Q. What drives the members of 2.1? The love of music and how people love music because we love seeing people happy.
Q. Anything else you’d like to say to people? Expect more from us, Expect a lot of videos, “Izinto ezi right”
Q. Where do people get a hold of you?
Facebook : 2point1music
Twitter : @2point1music
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org