By: Welcome Moyo – Instagram: @welcome_moyo
He was first featured as SucreSoul on one of our sister publications (Pioneer Mirror) back when he was called Dj Shawn whose real name is Tshepo Shawn Marong. We were lucky enough to hear a sample of his brand new single called Self Love ft. Palesa and we cannot wait hear the full track which he will be releasing soon.
In this article, SucreSoul talks about his background, how he fell in love with music and the challenges he has overcome.
Born on 1 August 1986, SucreSoul attended a Tembisa primary school called Muduopo and then went to Jiyana Secondary in Ntshonalanga for one year only. “I later finished the rest of my high school years in the south at a school named Elethu Themba Combined,” he said.
The talented 29 year old recalled that he actually had no idea that he would fall in love with music production when he was younger. In fact, he thought that he would become a choir boy. But in 2004 (right after matric) he was introduced to a production software called Fruity Loops and he immediately fell in love with it.
SourceSoul (who currently lives in Klipfontein View) seemed to have had quite a wide taste in music. In the early 2000s he kick started his career with a hip hop group called “Psycho Culprit”.
One would think that the muso grew up admiring dance and house artists. However, it was quite the opposite: “I used to listen to a lot of old school R&B: The likes of Luther Vandross, Brian Mcnight and Boyz 2 Men,” he reminisced. “I then got introduced to who I call the King of Ultimate Mix: Dj Kent. Back then when he was still with Kentphonik.”
SourceSoul (who currently lives in Klipfontein View) seemed to have had quite a wide taste in music. In the early 2000s he kick started his career with a hip hop group called “Psycho Culprit”. He sang most of their hooks but later went solo: “I went solo to explore my love of house music production, which led me to events so I can promote my music. From that year I never looked back,’’ he affirmed.
Although he had always dreamt of joining the Soul Candi Institute of Music, his lack of funds made it difficult for him to reach that goal. However, his passion for music has pierced through that obstacle: “I had to teach myself [to make music]. Even though I had some assistance from a friend of mine called DJ Smart, I still had to explore and find my style of producing,” he said with determination.
When we asked him about the highlight of his career so far, he said: “I invited Nomandla Mfecane through social media after having seen her on Coca cola Popstars and it led us to recording a track called Say You Love Me. I submitted it to YFM and a week later it was on radio. Now that process was the highlight of my career.
Watch out for DJ Shawn to SucreSoul (Part 2). There he talks about his experience in the music industry, being a DJ eKasi, money and his next projects. For now listen to his tracks on www.soundcloud.com/sucresoul