Ask DJ Fuego Heat #3

The spicey one is back once more to answer life’s burning questions. This month, the Heat kills Metallica, marries Justin Beiber and talks openly about circumcision. Now with double the graphs.     Jason asks: Dear The Heat Could you please explain what the following words mean for people like me and their moms: Swag Ballin’ 2.0 Justin Beiber Thanks Not Jason     Dear Not Jason They created urban dictionary for a reason.... Read More

DIY Presents: Tresor

We’re super stoked to finally be bringing to you, our very first video interview, and it couldn’t be with a nicer guy. Meet Tresor, a heartfelt musician from the Congo. We had an inspiring chat with him about the struggles he faced moving to South Africa and what it was like to shoot a music video in Durban’s City Hall, the same building he used to make a living in front of. Proof that perseverance pays and dreams can come true.     You... Read More

Gerard Smith

Being a twin is a hard life, especially when Russel Smith is your brother but Gerard Smith has managed to make a name for himself despite the handicap. We chat to the ‘cleaner looking’ twin about life in apparel design and the pros and cons of being a Jack-of-all-trades. DIY: Who is Gerard Smith, what do you do and where can we find you between 8 and 5 on weekdays? Gerard: Gerard is Russel’s ‘cleaner looking’ twin brother, whom... Read More

The Coffee Mag

Coffee lovers can rejoice as there is a new print and online publication aimed directly at the caffeine fiends. Mel Winter and Iain Evans have teamed up to bring you TheCoffeeMag, a Durban based publication about coffee and coffee culture in South Africa. We chat to Mel and Iain about coffee, publishing and the future of both. DIY: Who is involved with TheCoffeeMag? What are each of their roles in the publication and its online endeavour? Mel: Currently... Read More

Dee Donaldson

We caught up with local artist and teacher, Dee Donaldson about her latest body of work produced from the Alter Ego exhibition at the Rust en Vrede Art Gallery and about her love for exploring new mediums and using her work to communicate ideas that words can’t.     DIY: How would you describe your art? What drives you to create? Dee: I suppose contemporary, figurative painting is a way of describing it. I work in oil mostly, although... Read More

Marco Cianfanelli

We caught up with Marco Cianfanelli about the Release sculpture he created at the Nelson Mandela capture site in Howick. we chat about what it took to make the iconic sculpure a reality and what it means to him. DIY: Were you fearful of the pressure to create something iconic when you were approached to complete this project? What was the biggest challenge you faced to make your vision a reality? Marco: Given that Jeremy Rose (Mashabane Rose &... Read More

Black Math

In the relatively short time Black Math have been together, they’ve been making big waves in the Durban scene and with good reason too. A rock ‘n roll outfit that draws from previous generations but injects their own youthful testerone into the mix, they’re here to bring back balls and depth to music. We chatted to them about being a young band and where they see themselves going with all this.   DIY: First of all, who are... Read More

The Winston Rises

We don’t need some long winded introduction to this do we? It’s a review of The Winston’s Re-opening featuring City Bowl Mizers, STRAGE and D’urban Knights by Luke Smith. Just read it.     It’s difficult to talk about the Friday before last without some preamble on the Winston and its legacy. Aptly nestled in the grey between Umbilo and Glenwood, for years the blackened hangout with its god awful smelling toilets... Read More

Floor Assassins

We wanted to find out what’s happening with B-boying in Durban so we hit up Bizzo and Kaydo from the Floor Assassins with an email of questions we needed answering. They drop knowledge in the interview below on what they’re up to and why they push so hard in a scene so small.   DIY: First off, what got each of you into B-Boying? FA: Each member in the crew started B-boying for a different reason. Either it was being influenced by... Read More

Paul Edmunds

Paul Edmunds has carved a niche in South African sculpture over the last 15 years with time consuming artworks that rely on repetition, detail and scale. He makes use of everyday objects that have been re-contextualised into complex pieces and conversations. We chat to him about critical feedback and making a living from art. DIY: How would you describe yourself and what you do? Paul: I’m a fairly hard-working, full-time artist, living with my... Read More

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