Introduction & History


My real name is Francois de Swardt and I'm a composer, musician and producer from Pretoria, South Africa.

I was born in 1972 in Lichtenburg in, what was then called, the Western Transvaal. I matriculated at the end of 1990 from Hoërskool Lichtenburg, after which I served a compulsory period in the South African Army for 1 year. In 1992 I moved to Pretoria and have been living here ever since.

I have been in a number of different professions since 1992 but as far as my current day-to-day existance is concerned, I'm a freelance design engineer and CNC programmer. Appart from music production, my hobbies include DJing, pencil sketching, 3D animation & poetry.

I am a devout Christian with Dutch Reformed views and I have a strong "live and let live" outlook on life.

Music Production & DJing


Music Production
I compose, write & produce music in the following genres: Trance, Commercial or Euro-Trance, Afri-Trance, Electro, Dance, Electronic & Ballads.

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to create my own music. After seeing the music video of Rendez-Vous 4 by Jean-Michel Jarre for the first time in 1986, I became really interested in playing keyboards. Therefore I considder Jean-Michel Jarre to be my number one musical influence.

As a result of the fact that I grew up in the 80's, Italo & High-Energy music like that of Fancy, Ken Laszlo, Roger Meno, Mike Mareen, Modern Talking, Den Harrow etc., are some of the other major influences on my music. ATB, Alice Dee Jay, 666, DJ Nordkurve and others like them, influenced my music in the early 2000's and still do. More recently, my influences include Manian, Bang Bros., Cascada, Basslovers United, Topmodelz, 2-4 Grooves, Jan Wayne, Lazard etc. On the pop ballad side, I considder artists like Amy Grant, (Munchener) Freiheit, Enya, Linda Ronstadt, James Ingraham, REO Speedwagon, Air Supply & Nino de Angelo to have had the biggest influence on me.

Although I've never had formal musical training, I see myself as a composer and producer rather than a live musician or singer. Therefore I usually make use of session vocalists to perform lead vocals on my songs.

I'm a versatile DJ with almost 23 years of experience. I started out as a mobile DJ in 1987 and continued doing that untill I finished school in 1990. Since I moved to Pretoria in 1992, I've been a resident DJ at several different night clubs including: Club Cinema, Vulopté, Stars, Burbon Street Pretoria, Topaz & Presley's Pretoria. Appart from residencies, I've also played DJ gigs at numerous clubs accross the country. My years of experience, creativity & musical knowledge (both technical & artistic) provide club patrons with a unique experience.

I am not a stage performer but I am always ready to do a DJ gig. So... If you book me, I will come.

Future Plans


I obviously would love to make it big in the music world. However, I'm realistic and know that it takes time to get there.

I plan to release at least 10 new songs during 2010 and to do serious web based promotion as I would like to increase my fan base hundredfold. In the near future, I would also like to start performing the lead male vocals on my releases myself instead of having to find someone suitable.