Get to know our FL Studio course facilitator
27 Feb 2018
On 10th of March we will launch our first FL Studio short course.
The part time course takes place every Saturday for 8 weeks and our course facilitator is Siphe Tebeka, one of Cape Town, and in fact South Africa’s, most exciting electronic music producers.
Together with his production partner, Makonwabe Bekwa (Audiojerk) they are known as Stab Virus and their music has found its way to the global stage via international labels such as Suara Music and have even had one of their hits, ‘The Unknown Song’, remixed by international heavyweight, Coyu.
They’ve also been signed to the Miracle Mgmt Booking Agency for all their European and Asian bookings. Artists on this agency include Victor Ruiz, Mr. Oizo, Oliver Huntermann, Pleasurekraft, Coyu, Bakermat and many more.
From humble beginnings Siphe and his partner have proven that if you have the desire and motivation you can achieve amazing things.
All their music released on international labels is written using the FL Studio DAW and with very modest studio equipment.
Students who do the course will learn how to maximise the use of FL Studio and how to create productions of international quality.
This is Siphe’s story…
What came first, DJing or music production?
Well, I started with making music before DJing. There were only a few DJs in my community, so I couldn’t find someone with decks or DJ software.
Did you have a mentor when you started?
I’ve never had a mentor; I was shown drum basics from a friend on Fruity Loops 4 and then I figured it out by myself.
How did you discover artists such as Stimming, Solomun, David August, Stephan Bodzin etc?
I had been doing groovy and melodic stuff, so as I grew I was introduced to some of these international artists by my cousin Kenny Dolo. He had internet access before me and I always wanted to reach that level in music.
How did you and Makonwabe meet?
We met through a friend who grew up in Langa.
This friend used to come to my studio and one day he arrived with Makonwabe (Audiojerk), and we became friends through him. We worked together, and I was more experienced in FL Studio, so we made tracks together. Then in 2016 we decided to start a duo called STAB Virus.
You have performed at Tomorrowland (Belgium) and Awakenings (Amsterdam), which international event would you like to play next?
Yes, I’m working on my Live Set which is almost done and then I would love to perform at Dynamic Festival, DGTL Festival, BPM Festival and more…
How did your sound become more techno than deep house?
I’ve changed my sound several times. I’m influenced by local artists like Culoe De Song, Crazy White Boys, Ralf Gum (Germany), so I’ve fused local sounds with an international fill.
What can local artists do better to compete on the international stage?
I think we are already in demand overseas. African sound has always been different, we just need more opportunities.
In Europe, anything with chants and broken beat always gets attention, for example Mujava (Johannesburg) was big in Europe and Gqom music is recognized overseas and growing all the time.
What was your first setup? Software, PC, speakers etc?
Ha-ha, I remember every detail.
I had a Pentium 1, 4.3GB Hard Drive, PC Speakers – didn’t care much about stereo and I produced for 3 years without a MIDI Controller.
Why do you recommend FL Studio?
The main reason I like FL Studio is the workflow and FL Studio is user friendly. I find it very easy to follow and get things running and tweak stuff.
Workflow is the biggest and most important difference between any DAW, in my opinion.
Is there any feature or function that frustrates you?
Each recording turns into a separate “channel” on the channel rack. You can end up with hundreds of recordings on the channel rack, making it tough to navigate.
One reason why you have never changed to one of the other DAWs?
As said, I like the FL Studio workflow; Drag and Drop, Instant, and the experience keeps me loyal.
In the 8-week FL Studio course what will students learn from you that they won’t be able to figure as easily by just watching videos online?
I think because I’ll giving direct feedback to all questions and the well-planned structure of the course plus aligned assignments, as well as working alongside other producers, will positively impact the learning experience.
Will students also learn how to construct a track, aside from production techniques?
The main focus of the course will be maximising the functionality of the software, and with music an integral part of this process, track construction and composition will most definitely be included.
Interested in learning FL Studio?