DORMANTYOUTH is the blending alias of Joburg-based non-binary artist Thelma Ndebele. Currently completing her masters qualification at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, DORMANTYOUTH is known for her BPM-chasing mixes that incorporate Chicago Footwork, UK Drill, Techno, South African rap, Jersey Club, Baltimore Club and Electronica – electronically produced music from predominantly urban contexts. DORMANTYOUTH’s mixing style is aggressive, characterised by the climb in tempo, usually from 110bpm to 160bpm during an hour set; blending tracks from different genres to connect various parts of the world together in one enclosed and curated room.
Ndebele’s dissertation research is rooted in spaces where music can be regarded as a sonic archive of spatial information. Spatial information in this context refers to how people move, interact or even form relationships in space. As a resident DJ at both Pussy Party and Vogue Nights Jozi, Ndebele has been able to investigate these relations and how they can be influenced by the figurehead of the DJ.