Following back-to-back weekends at Coachella, South African DJ and multi-award winning producer, Black Coffee, is already having a fantastic 2016, and the festival season has only just begun. A veteran DJ with a career spanning over 20 years, Black Coffee will be traveling across the globe this year playing a number of world-renowned events such as the aforementioned two-weekend Coachella, Boiler Room China, Electric Island in Toronto, Parklife in Manchester, and Germany’s Melt! Festival.
With five albums and one live DVD under his belt, the Johannesburg-based DJ and producer stands today as one of the most influential musicians in Africa. So how exactly does a continent’s biggest DJ prepare for the constant travel and extreme temperatures that come with music festival season? We asked the 2015 DJ Awards’ “Breakthrough DJ of the Year,” and these are the ten essential items Black Coffee determined were absolutely necessary to survive Coachella and the rest of the world’s biggest festivals. Enjoy the read and perhaps go out and buy some of these highly-recommended products before your first/next festival of the summer.
Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones
[For traveling, not DJing] the MH40 is a traveling DJ’s ultimate sanctuary. The heavy duty closed earphones sport lambskin-wrapped memory foam ear pads. The sound is just gorgeous and they block out any external noise.
Sergeant Pepper ENOK Handcrafted Full Leather Weekender Bag
Understated styling and laser sharp attention to quality and craftsmanship is what makes S.P.C.C. my absolute favourite South African menswear & lifestyle brand. This bag is ideal for overnight festival missions.
G-Star Raw Denim
Massive G-Star Raw fan right here. I like mine 3D, dark aged, and slim in fit.
Sergeant Pepper TOKYO Oversized T-Shirts
I stock up on S.P.C.C.’s wide-neck, long length, oversized T-shirts every season. This tee in every available muted shade is the staple item in my DJ wardrobe and ideal for gigging in comfort.
adidas YEEZY Boost 750
I’m a self-confessed sneaker addict. You can never own too many pairs of kicks. And I just had to get my hands on a pair of Yeezy Boosts. They fit like a glove, totally live up to the hype, and will definitely be accompanying me to every festival.
Oliver Peoples Benedict Sunglasses
Love these iconic, double bridge Benedict aviators from Oliver Peoples! The streamlined shape is sleek, sophisticated, and just super fly!
Louis Vuitton Pulse Backpack
I love that this unassuming rucksack is a deliberate departure from the brand’s traditional styling but still impeccably crafted, super soft, and water repellant. It’s the ideal versatile carryall for any DJ who is on the road 24/7.
Sergeant Pepper Roland Flat Peak Cap
I wear all of my S.P.C.C. flat peak caps until they’re literally thread bare. The black on black embroidery is just too dope.
Christian Dior Sauvage
Swag in a bottle! Ironically my favorite every-day cologne is inspired by wild open spaces, blue skies over rocky landscapes, and the hot desert sun.
Trusty 15" MacBook Pro Loaded with Logic Pro X
Kind of a no-brainer. No DJ/producer worth his salt travels anywhere unless he’s armed with the means to capture or create the sounds circling incessantly inside his head.