Passing by Paris for the Gqomunion #5 party, we asked Citizen Boy to open his USB stick and give us the perfect track for every stage of a party.
21 year old Citizen Boy is known for being one of the most inventive gqom producers of his generation. He started producing on Fruity Loops in 2012, having been introduced to the software by his uncle. Initially inspired by house and kwaito, he started producing within the Mafia Boyz. His discovery of DJ Lag‘s “Blast” would push him into the gqom craze, from which he never came back. His tracks are raw and powerful, to the point that they caught Kanye West’s attention. He now works as an A&R for Gqom Oh!
What’s your favorite opening track?
“Ghetto Mafia” by Citizen Boy
It’s a good track to start your set because it’s dark and it automatically sets the mood of the room to be dark. It’s like you’re going through a black hole. It has this hypnotic sample that’s screaming in a mans’s deep voice, like he’s in trouble and he can’t get out of this black hole: “help, help, help, help”.
Your peaktime track?
“6 to 6” by Mafia Boyz
It’s very minimal and dark, it has like this hypnotic sample that gets stuck in your head. The song is very spacious as well, it’s dark and it doesn’t have a lot of instruments, so it makes it good because you can feel the mood and the build up of the song.
The song you’ve played the most since the beginning of your carreer?
“Indaba kaBani Besibenuza” by Citizen Boy
The best track to relax after a party?
“War Stories” by Bizza Wethu, DJ Simpra & Aux Womdanso
Your current guilty pleasure track?
“Rees Vibe” by Griffit Vigo