Month: December 2015



BassXChange UK/ZA is back for a third year in 2016 and the quest to unearth new UK music talent continues!

Building on the success of 2014 and 2015, which saw up-and-coming UK producers Murder He Wrote and El Train spend a week soaking up Cape Town’s vibrant music scene, British Council Connect ZA and The Cape Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) have now launched their search for the 2016 candidate.

BassXchange UK/ZA offers UK-based producers the once in a lifetime opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Cape Town, South Africa for the first week of February – where they will be given the chance to spend time with with critically acclaimed UK producer Nightmares On Wax in Cape Town’s world-class Red Bull Studio, showcase their music through the festival programme and a VIP Full Weekend Pass to CTEMF.

Upload an original set that contains a minimum of three of your own productions, remixes or bootlegs along with a qualified tracklisting to Mixcloud before 7th January 2015. The 10 most popular mixes will be judged by a panel including Nightmares On Wax, Warp label management and the CTEMF programmers - and the winner will be boarding a flight to Cape Town!

Designed to be the ultimate cultural exchange programme for an electronic music artist, the BassXchange ZA/UK project aims to be a career-boosting opportunity for a bright new talent by offering the unique opportunity to visit South Africa, showcase their music at a leading local festival, network with key players in the music industry and collaborate with an iconic UK producer.

What are you waiting for?



  • Return flight to Cape Town.
  • Four star accommodation in Cape Town for the first week of February 2016.
  • DJ Set at in Cape Town for CTEMF 2016 Warm-Up Event.
  • Studio Time in the Red Bull Studio Cape Town.
  • Full weekend VIP pass for CTEMF 2016.
  • Publicity through CTEMF media partner channels.
  • Opportunity to network within the South African music scene.
  • Per diem.


How to enter:

  • Upload an original ‘BassXchange Mix’ of no more than 60 minutes.
  • Title the mix "BassXchange UK/ZA 2016 [Your DJ Name]"
  • Tag the mix: "BassXchange UK/ZA 2016". If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  • Add tracklist. Mixes without a track listing will not be considered.
  • Use the cover art provided. If you fail to use this cover art, your entry may be missed.



  • UK



  • The competition will run from 17 December 2015 and close on Thursday 7th January 2016 at midday UK time.
  • Entrants will be judged on factors including (but not limited to) coherence with the theme, track selection, technical ability, originality and positive feedback.
  • Mixes must gain over 50 plays to be considered for the shortlist.
  • Entrants will be encouraged to show an ability to promote themselves via the tools available through Mixcloud and other social media platforms.



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

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 attained the state of being self-sustainable.

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.




About British Council and 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 conversations


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.