Tuesday 26 January 2016

CAPE TOWN.  Submissions for the 2016 BassXchange UK/ZA competition have been judged by a panel including Cape Town Electronic Music Festival headliner Nightmares On Wax.

Today, British Council Connect ZA and CTEMF proudly announce Leeds-based producer Cateran as the 2016 BassXchange UK/ZA winner.

“Out of all these mixes this mix had a constant groove and took me on journey, which is what you want from a DJ” explains Nightmares On Wax on his decision.

This announcement follows a 4-week hunt by British Council Connect ZA and CTEMF who, together with Red Bull Studio Cape Town launched the third edition of the BassXchange UK/ZA project late in December 2015The project invites UK-based producers to submit a DJ or Live mix showcasing their own material.

Cateran (real name Stan Vickery) has won an all-expenses-paid week-long trip to Cape Town, South Africa where he will be given the opportunity to showcase his music through the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival Programme, be immersed in one of the globe’s most diverse and rapidly growing electronic music scenes and be given the chance to spend time with legendary UK producer Nightmares On Wax in Cape Town’s world-class Red Bull Studio.

“I wasn’t sure how to approach the mix” explains Cateran,“with such an amazing and broad representation at the music festival for a lot of different musical styles, it was hard to begin. So I decided to focus on doing what I enjoy doing the most; mixing deep tech, minimal and some purer forms techno.”

“I seriously can’t wait to be there” he says, “and I am very appreciative of this opportunity to represent my agency Nightcap and my night in Leeds, Auxiliary - and ultimately give everyone an insight into my perception of underground dance music.”

The BassXchange UK/ZA project aims to be a career-boosting opportunity for a bright, up and coming electronic music artist by offering the unique opportunity to visit South Africa, showcase their music at a leading local festival and network with the South African music community.

Last year’s winning producer, Brighton-based El Train shared his comments: "I had the chance to go over to South Africa last year as part of the BassXchange project and it was an amazing experience. From attending numerous talks at the Red Bull Studio, to DJing in Cape Town and Johannesburg; getting to meet so many amazing people and experiencing the South African culture. I'm just gutted I can't do it all over again this year."

This project is part of the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture, South Africa and the British Council.

LISTEN to the winning BassXchange UK/ZA 2016 mix from Cateran here: https://www.mixcloud.com/cateranbeats/bassxchange-ukza-2016-cateran/

Cateran South African Shows:

In Cape Town at First Thursdays on 4 February 2015 at Red Bull Studio Cape Town for A Taste of CTEMF.

In Johannesburg on 6 February 2016 supporting Nightmares On Wax at #2SIDESOFTHEBEAT & Kitchener’s presents Nightmares On Wax.

  - ENDS -

Notes to Editor

About Cateran

Stan Vickery AKA Cateran first began electronic music production and DJing in Kenya in 2011 where he met some likeminded individuals who opened his eyes to tech house, progressive trance and techno. His passion for underground dance music subsequently led him to move to Leeds in 2013, where he is currently about to finish a degree in music technology and has focused his signature sound on deep tech and minimal to reflect his international origins and love of the minimal sound which is found throughout continental Europe. He is moving from strength to strength and this has led him to sign with artist management company Nightcap over the summer of 2015. His sets and productions are inward reflections on the essence of underground dance music, with thoughtful track selections, deep, dub influenced sonic aesthetics and constant progression spanning various genres. The list of artists that he has supported is slowly growing including Space Dimension Controller, SEFF, Modec and John Stuckey. His sound has been likened to that of Nima Gorji, Rhadoo and Praslea. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cateranUK/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cateranbeats


About British Council Connect ZA

Connect ZA is a programme from The British Council that aims to build cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the UK and South Africa. The programme will include opportunities for showcasing, collaboration, innovation and professional development with a number of events and projects throughout 2013-2015. The British Council will work in partnership with organisations and individuals, acting as a catalyst, a facilitator and partner, building sustainable relationships between the UK and South Africa.

The programme will have a particular focus on:

·      Stimulating creative connections between audiences, artists and arts professionals

·      Using digital platforms and projects to initiate creative conversation


About Red Bull Studios Cape Town

The studio is a musical haven, laden with the latest digital music technology, spot on recording equipment and the occasional mystical beast from analogue music’s forgotten past.

Nestled in the heart of the mother city, Cape Town, it’s the perfect space to explore South Africa’s musical potential and aims to be a platform for growth in the ever-vibrant local music scene.




For over 15 years South Africa's electronic music scene has been confined to the shadows of the greater global scene at large.

The CTEMF is committed to establishing the local scene on the international stage. From a genuinely 'underground' starting point, it has been slowly growing and has finally earned its rightful place alongside the dance capitals of the world, beautifully illustrated by South Africa being awarded Dance Nation of the Year 2015 at the recent International DJ Awards ceremony.

The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) is the celebration of a scene coming of age. It marks the point at which the electronic music scene in South Africa has been globally recognized as an industry that has attaihed the state of being self-sustainable.

The CTEMF is not about how many feet pass through the door, nor booking the biggest acts to ensure radio play or getting as many 'likes' on Facebook as possible. It's about communicating the ethos, passion and musical creativity that has driven the scene from its early days to its current position as a global player in the world of electronic music. 





Heather Mennell



About the British Council

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day. In the Arts we work with the best of British and international artistic and creative talent to develop events and collaborations which link thousands of artists, organisations and audiences worldwide.

In addition to staging shows and exhibitions, we partner with others on joint arts projects and help develop creative leadership, professional networks and cultural educational programmes worldwide.