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CLICK, DRAG & DANCE (article first published : 2007-04-13)

Over the past 12 months, DEREK“TheBandit” Richardson has successfully re-inventing himself across each of his impressive entertainment platforms

When you hear or read the words Dance Web Radio, when you download one of his dance dedicated and very exclusive podcasts or if you’re merely looking for a place to party, it’s clear that that DEREK“TheBandit” continues to grow his dance domination with his trade-mark combination of passion, foresight and talent – all from a man who continues to break boundaries at every turn.

Think critical music. Think 17 years of real radio and then add names like Carl Cox, Judge Jules, Pete Tong, Tall Paul, Sister Bliss, Paul Van Dyk, Dave Morales… and the only one missing who played it so – Derek "TheBandit" Richardson.

In 2006, Derek took his music beyond the traditional airwaves and into the digital domain as South Africa's biggest name in genre through podcasts – with brand new shows uploaded monthly to soundrepublic.co.za

He can be heard, at any given point, on any continent on the planet. With more than two-dozen and building, “TheBandits” podcasts have fast become critical digital downloads of tastemakers; party planners and anyone who challenges dance convention.

With his first love being radio, as with everything else he embraces, Derek has excelled from humble beginnings as producer in late 80s, through to commanding weekend airwaves on national radio with The World Of Dance on South Africa's national music station 5fm, through the 90’s and comfortably into the nulls. A show that in mere months of it first hitting the air not only became a weekend favourite for hundreds of thousands of fans hungry for discerning listening, but which grew into an entire compilation series.

This Durban-born, Boksburg-bred New Romantic virtuoso took on radio and dance culture and has, in little over a decade, single-handedly given South African fans of dance and legitimate radio an identity and an outlet to plug into, either through CD, on the decks or on real personality-driven radio shows.

South Africa and the better part of the Europe, the UK and America, too, have been fortunate to sample the genius that comes from a man born to entertain – with invitations affording him the opportunity to perform seamless sets in front of 30 000 Knebworth attendees through to presenting the Ministry Of Sound's weekly global dance party broadcast.

Derek's quiet respect and eclectic ear serve him well in delivering just what the market prescribes. "With the face of popular music changing almost daily, it's essential to be able to adapt and grow your personality within the music you play," Richardson points out. "Remaining humble to the source has always been key to me – to steer clear of the derivative and play music that represents the tastes and flavours of where I am, and to represent that in an entertaining and edifying way."

Richardson represents the convincing face of what's often lacking in radio and the DJ fraternity in general – integrity, ability and the will to want to push the boundaries. With a track record that has seen him perform alongside the world's biggest and most respected DJs. Camden and Kiss FM, London, too, have been exposed the cunning and competency of Derek's exceptional sets and aural magnetism.

"My mission is to give people what they want," he exits. "As a DJ my job is that of conduit to the fans of great music and the more platforms I have to do that, be it a podcast, in a club or through a compilation I mix, the better."

Today DEREK“TheBandit” doesn’t need a plane ticket to turn the world onto the very finest in trance and house. Instead the VIP, all-access pass to all things dance discerning comes in the form of soundrepublic.co.za




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