2Lani The Warrior has been breaking down dance floors all over the South African club scene since 1997. 2Lani is famed for his trademark sweet house sound and a flawless technical mixing style – cultivated by experience, direct contact with patrons on his dance floors and feedback gained from an ever increasing and faithful following. His standing within the music industry has seen him featured alongside international house DJ legends such as Kaskade, Harrison Crump And Troublemen.
2Lani The Warrior’s club portfolio includes Carfax, 115, Sutra (Cape Town), Tilt (Durban) to name but a few. He is also in constant demand for high profile dance events such as Pretoria’s Sweet Sessions, every All Good event, the popular monthly Movement parties as well as all of YFM’s birthday bashes. He’s also a regular on the international scene having recently toured Switzerland where he graced the decks in numerous rocking Swiss nightclubs ranging from Le Club to Purple Music Night.
“South Africans are still only gaining an understanding of the deep house genre. I think I may have influenced the SA music scene by being true to my own brand of music. The genre is still classed as underground music at the moment but like everything, it will take a bit of time but will inevitably blow up.” – 2Lani The Warrior
His playing style, following and popularity has also resulted in the release of his CD compilations, First Class House Volume 1, Volume 2 and Devine House Of 2lani. The First Class compilations have become known for their deep uplifting grooves and First Class House Volume 2 completely selling out during the first day of its release – no mean feat by any standard! Devine House Of 2lani was A trendy fuse of jazz and house. 2Lani has also been integral in the growth, distinction and status of Retro Music, a record store cum DJ school and recording studio that has become his home base since 2004.
In 2007 he moved to Sheer/Soulcandi where he got more involved with A&R and marketing. He was also the other half of recording label Bass Breaks & Beats Records (BBB). As director and A&R, he got exposure to find some of the hottest local deep house producers and showcasing them to international markets. Working at BBB helped him to perfect his leadership skills which proved critical when deadlines have to be met.
“Dealing with over 20 artists at a time and assisting them to craft their careers has been my most valuable reward to date.” – 2Lani The Warrior
Working at BBB proved to be a great partnership and the label achieved great things especially over the 2009. Collaborating with House Afrika Records and produced South Africa’s first homebrewed four pack deep house album. The market really accepted this offering and the album has sold over 20000 copies to date.
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