Liquideep are a soul, House duo formed in Johannesburg in 2007. The group was formed by Ziyon (vocalist/songwriter/producer) and Ryzor (DJ/producer). They have had eight number-one singles and four number-one albums, and won Channel O Music Award four MTV Africa Music Awards. As of 2009, the band have sold an estimated 5 million records worldwide.
Its members were signed to independent record label Mentalwave Records and afterwards released their record-setting debut album Oscillation in 2010. Their latest album Fabrics of the Heart has been certified a platinum.
Formation and first years: 2007–2009
Liquideep is composed of Jonathan ‘Ziyon’ Hamilton (DJ/producer) and Thabo ‘Ryzor’ Shokgolo (vocalist/songwriter/producer). American-born Ziyon, who is a musician and producer, moved to South Africa in 2000 and found himself really turned on by the house music culture. Around this time, he met Alexandra boy Ryzor through a mutual friend. The meeting was a timely one, as Ryzor was a DJ and Ziyon was interested in learning how to DJ. Since Ryzor wanted to learn how to produce music, the two decided to exchange skills, with Ziyon teaching Ryzor music production and Ryzor teaching Ziyon to DJ.
The duo became close friends and started making music as a team. With all the connections Ryzor had in the DJing cycle, they hooked up with 2lani The Warrior, who, at the time, was establishing independent label BassBreaks & Beats Records with Sakhile Mzizi. "We decided to play 2lani some of the tracks we were doing. When he heard them, he was blown away and we ended up signing a deal," says Ziyon. BassBreaks & Beats Records started punting some of their songs to radio and it was not long before one of their early compositions, ‘Be Free' started getting airplay. In spite of the numerous songs the duo had in different albums, most people weren't familiar with who they were...