Review: Vibes EP by Deejay Eppz

2.7

Notable Belgium-based Ghanaian DJ and producer Deejay Eppz, released the Vibes EP in April of this year. The self-taught disk jockey, already a household name, is now trying his hand at artistry. Based in Antwerp, Belgium, Eppz took the lead in pioneering Afrobeats in the European music scene. Through both the play and production of Dancehall, Afrobeats, Hip hop, and Reggae on radio and at live sets for the duration of the last decade, the artist now brings us a project which serves as a reminder to highlight the positives in life.

We sat down with DJ Eppz over Zoom to discuss his personal story, influences, and how he came to create the Vibes EP. After hearing about the obstacles and the extreme challenges Eppz overcame living and growing up in Belgium it is almost unfathomable how he was able to do a full 180° and deliver us such optimistic, uplifting music. Touching on the struggles of having no Ghanaian community growing up in Belgium and being kicked out by his stepfather at a young age, Eppz has not had a single thing handed to him in this life.  From hearing about the individual tribulations he has faced, the EP has greater depth and explores more than just living life and having fun. 

On his inspiration for the project, Eppz notes going through multiple phases with the EP as we transitioned through the pandemic,  from tracks that would have been more existential with the impending threat to life globally to music that would recall the previous party scene when clubs were open, the common theme for Eppz was always capturing themes of love, of freedom and of kindness in the music. The one constant during the ups and downs in the pandemic for many of us was good music, perfectly conveyed by this project. The voice message from Eppz’ mother-in-law on ‘Vibes Interlude’ flawlessly encapsulates this idea of love and appreciation. So honest and pure it feeds into the overwhelming motif of a positive vibe.

When we look at what went into the music, every featured artist was an artist Eppz had long since wanted to collaborate with, and I believe the mutual respect artists have for their personal craft shines through each track as not one feature seems out of place. We have a range of cultural influences present on the EP and genres from Dancehall to Afrobeats, highlife, and hip hop featured. On the intro track ‘Waist’, my personal favorite, we have David Jamil singing in sultry French and then Patois from Iamroyston on ‘Body Good”. Interestingly Eppz highlights never purposefully setting out to merge cultures, that it was all organic and more importantly “all about the vibes!”

 According to DJ Eppz, the main message he was trying to get across with this EP was simply: “life is how you make it, live it how it suits you at that moment while knowing that tomorrow is on the horizon. stay positive, stay focused and vibe chale!” Keep your eyes peeled for Eppz latest amapiano-inspired single “Woyo”, featuring Nigerian Afrobeats artist Majeek, set to release on the 16th July.

Listen to “Vibes” here.

Review: Vibes EP by Deejay Eppz
2.7

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