Another one of sSHADOWWORKSs’ very own, Joburg-based Jack Gorton, aka Phat Jack is one not to be missed or messed with. Nu jazz, downtempo and deep house are his staples, and alongside his events planning, his record store and his producing endeavors, Mr. Gorton does many lovely things, like returning to Chukkachurri to perform this Friday, as well as sitting down with one small seed to chat about it all…
So, who is Phat Jack? 3 words only!
Passionate, loyal and stubborn.
How did you get into music?
I have always been into music since I was really young, was into early hip-hop and real electro and breakdancing… all that stuff. When i was 14, I snuck out of my house and ended up at 4th World in Jeppe Street. Walking through those doors changed my life; listening to dj’s like G-force, Static P and Tim White. The first time I heard proper underground house, I was in love!
How did you choose your stage name?
I was in a hip hop group when I was in school called ‘The Original Evergreen’ now Die Antwoord. Phat was an anagram for Pretty Hot And Tasty… but mostly I’m a chunky dude!
How do you feel about returning to Chukkachurri?
Super stoked! I really enjoyed myself the last time, the crowd was amazing… I was a little all over the place as I had been dj’ing in Jozi 3 hours before I flew to CT and straight to Chukkachurri… but I really enjoy that kind of space. Small and intimate lets you take chances and experiment.
What do you think about the future of South African music? It seems like there’s so much being made and so much untapped talent. Are there any acts that you particularly see making it big?
Wow, so many local kids making great tunes! Cuebar, Mr Deep, Jullian Gomes etc…
Who do you consider an influence on your music?
Not sure, there is such great music popping up all the time and i get inspired by all this creativity and new directions…
What about you and the non-electronic music?
I like good music; electronic or not!
Future projects you can fill us in on?
I throw a monthly party called The Warm Up, on roofttops in the Jozi CBD. We have international guests like Jimpster, Alton Miller, Charles Webster, Johnjon, Till Von Sein. It’s a lot of fun, with great music and great people.
Phat Jack will be performing alongside JohnJon (Berlin) and 2Lani Da Warrior (JHB) at Chukkachurri this Friday the 12th of October at 21h00, brought to you by Substance. Where tickets go for R60 a head, we are giving away 4 single tickets so that you too can join the party! Find out more about the event here!
How to win:
The winners will be announced Friday 5 October at 12h00. Stay tuned!