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DEREK”THE BANDIT” (article first published : 2007-05-13)

After a period of 17 years, Derek Richardson aka "TheBandit" retains and continues to garner respect from not only the music industry, but also from his ever-increasing fan base that delights in each new album or show, terrestrial or digital that he compiles and mixes.

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. Invitations have afforded 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.

In 2006, Derek took his music beyond the traditional airwaves and into the digital domain as South Africa's biggest name in genre. With brand new shows uploaded monthly to soundrepublic.co.za, podcasts can be heard at any given point on any continent on the planet. With more than two-dozen and building, “TheBandits” podcasts have become critical digital downloads of tastemakers; party planners and anyone who challenges dance convention.

With his first love being radio, 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 90s and comfortably into the nulls.

2006 saw the introduction of DEREK“TheBandit’s” Sound Republic Presenting Electronically Connected The Uprising CD. Dance Web Radio was Derek’s first, formal weekly global plug-in to the world of dance heads looking for tracks and mixing deserving to be heard beyond South Africa’s borders. With that came the realisation that great compilations of house and trance travel particularly well, especially if “The Bandit” has anything to do with proceedings.

In celebration of his momentous year, More Music in partnership with Derek “TheBandit” presents Electronically Connected The Uprising, the first in a new series of double discs celebrating the power of dance.

"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."

For more information contact 011 326 4043 or visit www.soundrepublic.co.za




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