Grimehouse has become a house hold name in the South African Dubstep and Drum & Bass music scene, DJing at some of the country’s biggest festivals and parties. He has also just worked on We Love Bass Volume 2 together with MPI which is undeniably one stomping collaborated album that we cannot wait to get our hands on. We caught up with Gimehouse to talk about his DJ career, his sounds, his sets and more. Check it out:
You are a Dubstep and Drum & Bass DJ. What about that type of music attracted you and got you into playing it?
An event in Cape Town called “Rubadub” I was bored one night and ended up there and it was the first time I had ever heard Dubstep, I was amazed at how the stuff was made, it was just something new and I decided “damn son” I gotta try this out.
How would you explain your style of playing and mixing music?
High Energy, dirtier than African water and fun. I love to mix like 4 songs every 5 minutes or so, so it’s really quick. Just to fit as many songs in the set as I can and make them all different to what you will hear when you play that same song at your house.
“I just sit down, play some chilled melodies on the piano, and then record the sound of screaming cats for the Dubstep bits”
Explain the name Grimehouse and how did it come about?
I honestly have no memory of how I got to that name. Which sucks because it wasn’t that long ago.
What’s your real name?
Keaton Anthony Carelse
You are releasing “We Love Bas Vol 2” soon. Tell us about the album and how long have you been working on it?
I’m so excited about the album, it’s a great change up from just mixtapes. We have had many label issues with certain tracks forcing us to Re-mix the disks a few times. So it’s been a good few months working on this thing but it’s come out really nice.
Working with MPI on the album, what was that experience like and what did you each bring to the party?
MPI is a true hero of mine, he’s the hardest working dude in the music industry that I’ve come across and he is doing great things. His disk has a lot of breaks and deep/ melodic tracks whereas mine is just hard and filthy stuff and each disk compliments the other perfectly.
What motivates you to make new tracks and what goes into making a new track?
I’ve been trying to make tracks since I was about 13 years old so I don’t even need motivation it’s just become a part of my life, autopilot! I just sit down, play some chilled melodies on the piano, and then record the sound of screaming cats for the Dubstep bits.
You have also hooked up a deal to play on 5FM. What’s the story behind that and what are you planning to bring to you 5Fm sets?
I did a few Ultimixes for 5fm and the producers really liked the sound I was putting out and as the demand for dirtier, harder stuff grew they saw it and asked me to keep a regular spot. I’m trying my best to educate people who don’t necessarily listen to the extreme sounds and get it out to more people. That is the only goal.
“I have mad stage fright but try to hide it, so my ultimate high is just playing the last song and knowing that the crowd enjoyed my set”
Explain a live set with Grimehouse?
Never plan a set. Wing it all the time. I never get a chance to listen to music at home so when I hear the songs I play I have just as much fun as everyone on the dance floor (at least I hope they having fun).
What is your ultimate high when you’re behind the decks?
I have mad stage fright but try to hide it, so my ultimate high is just playing the last song and knowing that the crowd enjoyed my set.
What have been some of the biggest and most memorable gigs you have played?
Definitely Ramfest and Oppikoppi being the biggest but every single set big or small I will remember until I die because all I’ve ever wanted to do was play out in clubs. I’m very blessed to get to do that on such a regular basis.
What goals do you have for your DJing career and where do you see it taking you?
I want to play overseas. I have had a few opportunities but had to leave it behind because I still have a crappy day job.
Any shout outs?
SHOUT OUTS TO MONSTER ENERGY FOR BELIEVING IN ME, MY GIRLFRIEND BIANCA FOR ALWAYS HAVIN MY BACK , LW MAG FOR LISTENING TO ME HERE , MY MANAGER SIMONE FOR KEEPING MY GIGS SORTED , EVERY CLUBBER WHO COMES TO PARTY WITH ME EVERY WEEK , AND MY CAPS LOCK FOR COMING OUT TO PLAY!