These days it seems like no matter where you’re from or where you live there is a high chance that if you’re African you know what gqom is. Evolved from Kwaito, tribal house and skeletal hip-hop influences, gqom – a word meaning “hit” or “drum” in Zulu is taking the world by storm and one of the pioneers behind it’s growing popularity is DISTRUCTION BOYZ. Every song produced the duo makes you want to get up on your feet and dance regardless of whether or not you can! Their album ‘Gqom is the Future” is one of the biggest and hottest albums released last year in South Africa, – the biggest hit from the album was Omunye which reached beyond South Africa and become globally known as it featured in this years blockbuster movie of the year – Black Panther. The song was replayed more times than I can count and I’d stretch as far as to say it was the party anthem of the year!
Who are your musical influences?
We are mostly influenced by the mordern day culture artists like okmaloomkoolkat,Dj Tira amd diplo
How did you come up with the name Distruction Boyz?
We used to make mixtapes for the end of school term parties and people ended up naming us distruction boyz ‘coz our mixtapes where fire
How would you describe life growing up in Kwa-mashu?
It was amazing we used to play a lot its an amazing township
How did you guys meet and why did you decide to produce music together as a group rather than as individuals?
We grew up together and our parents were friends before we were even born it wasnt a difficult decision to make since we have been together all our lives.
How would you describe your sound in 5 words?
Bold,Hyponotic,Fresh,electric and powerful
Why do you believe that Gqom is the future?
The way the sound has grown in the past couple of years and its current standing shows that it has a great future in the industry
Who has been your favourite artist to work with and who do you hope to work with in the future?
Dladla mshunqisi he is an amazing artist and performer.We would love to work with anyone that believes in the movement
What was the vision when you started Distruction Boyz records?
Pushing the gqom movement in different avenues giving as many gqom artists out there as possible
When you first released Omunye did you ever expect it to be this big of a hit not only in South Africa but around the world?
We believed in it but we were also surprised when it won song of the year here in south africa.
What is your all time favourite song that you have ever produced and why?
It has to be Uzophuza Manzi its the one song that was able to get us recognition
What are your plans/ goals for the rest of 2018?
More music and getting the sound to all the corners of the world