Dirkie Coetzee started his career in the EDM scene as a bedroom DJ way back at the tender age of 16. After spending numerous years perfecting his mixing skills he quickly started to feature in night clubs, events and radio stations around Southern Africa. It was in this time that Dirkie started to gain interest in the art of music production.
“I used to be a DJ only, but thanks to the wonderful world of music production I can now create the music I want to play.”
Without any formal training in music theory, rhythms, chord progressions, sound synthesis or music production in general, Dirkie set out to learn this fine art by scouring any available articles and tutorials available on the internet. With many years of trial and error Dirkie slowly refined his skills as a music producer to create the sounds you hear in his music today.
“It’s hard to stay motivated when you feel like you are not achieving anything with your music, but passion for music always dies a slow death and quitting is never an option for me.”
It’s this passion for music and trance music production in particular that has helped Dirkie to get his music signed to some of the best labels in the business including Black Hole Recordings, Enhanced Music, Bonzai Music, Nukleuz Records and many other respected global record labels.
2011 is the year Dirkie Coetzee focused all his energy and time on producing Vocal Trance. His debut Vocal Trance production “Never Looking Back” with world renowned singer and songwriter Emma Lock has given Dirkie a solid platform to showcase his ability to craft this powerful genre of music. Marcia Juell and the legendary Ridgewalkers as well as Jan Johnston are also some of the world’s leading Trance Vocalists that have worked on collaborations with the rapidly rising producer from South Africa who already boasts with several trance top100 releases. Dirkie has also seen worldwide support on his music by the cream of the international DJs including Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Paul Oakenfold, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Solarstone, Lange, Andrew Rayel, Roger Shah and many other A-list DJs across the world.
Apart from a successful music production career Dirkie also hosts a radio show entitled We Are Trance on Afterhours.fm. This is where Dirkie showcases trance talent from around the world in the one hour radio show aimed at bringing the listeners the best in trance.
In 2012 Dirkie was handpicked by the legendary Bonzai Progressive record label to run their trance labels as A&R and Label Manager. Dirkie has since launched his own record label entitled We Are Trance under the mighty label group as platform for his own productions as well as other exciting producers from around the globe. The We Are Trance label is also a successful event brand that boasts with event features from South Africa, Ibiza to Malta.
Since launching a successful international DJ career in 2012 have Dirkie toured to perform to crowds in Russia, Ibiza, The Netherlands, Malta and beyond.