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Triplefire Music resident Helmut J and founder Ryan Sullivan come together to display their love for dub techno on The Black Series. The two artists regularly showcase this sound when they dj back to back and Helmut J’s personally curated Thrum Room podcast series is a highly respected brand, upholding the genre in Southern Africa.

Distant Communication is a studio project taken on without meeting in person but rather developing ideas separately via the internet. It’s a strange approach for two artists and close friends living in the same city which is the point according to Ryan Sullivan who says “we wanted to see what we could come up with while collaborating but working apart. It allowed us to experiment and play with sounds we otherwise may not have due to the fact that in person we would have influenced each others decisions in a different way. This allowed us to basically remix each others ideas throughout the entire project and we’re real excited about the outcome.”

DCOM comes in two parts along with an additional remix from Helmut J.


TFMD053 Black Series - Six

Confirmed gigs :

14 November 2015 : ERA, 71 Loop Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA (Era Saturday Nights)

19 December 2015 : ERA, 71 Loop Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA (Era Saturday Nights)

23 January 2016 : Wolfkop Weekender : Lilo River Flow 2016, Wolfkop Camping Village

Incoming event :

When : 24 October 2015
Time : 22:00 to 00:00
Where : ERA, 71 Loop Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA

The small matter of opening for Efdemin @ ERA this Saturday… and then actually seeing him play. This Saturday going large!

Helmut J & Ryan Sullivan : 22:00 to 00:00
Efdemin : 00:00 to 02:00
Bruno Morphet : 02:00 to 04:00

Upstairs the talents of Richard Marshall, Ashton & Ian Skene …


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2015 10 24 Era Presents Efdemin

Incoming event :

When : 17 October 2015
Time : 21:30 to 23:00
Where : The Culemborg, 10 Old Marine Drive, The Foreshore, Cape Town

//Been invited to play on the legendary LOBO for The Spirit Train fundraiser. Should be interesting/special to share this moment with my bruthaman (Ashton Gardner) who always manages to surprise me every single time I hear him play. We’re up at 21:00 to 23:00///
14h00 Hedmekanik (Nonono!!! / Afrikaburn)
15h30 Rebel Clef (Cold Turkey)
17h00 Farrell Adams
18h30 Toby2shoes
20h00 Malcolm Skene – live set
21h30 Ashton vs. Helmut J
23h00 Mike Kennedy (Make-Believe)
00h30 Bruno Morphet
02h00 Iain Dallas

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2015 10 17 The Sprit Train Fundraiser

“This is the third in the experimental series of releases which explore the dark and unusual side of the African imprint’s artists.

The Black Series Three sees Helmut J, one of Cape Town’s most active techno artists, displaying a piece of his early work. Helmut J originally produced Geist over five years back and when rediscovered on a dusty old hard-drive, had to be brought to life on Triplefire Music’s Black Series.”

Released : 19 November 2014


#TBM to my second release on Triplefire Music – 14 May 2012 – now up on YouTube.


“One of our experimental favourites, Helmut J brings another of his techno trips to Triplefire Music. Delivering solid groove layered with wonderful soundscapes, Helmut J has managed to maintain emotion within his dancefloor drive.Thaumaturge has recieved some much welcome full support from one of the worlds dub techno greats, Brendon Moeller”

#TBT to my first release on Triplefire Music – 1 February 2012 – now up on YouTube.


“After teasing our ears with his dj sets and studio productions for a number of years, Helmut J signs his first two records with Triplefire Music. First up is Flexion. We’ve had our eyes and ears on this forward thinking, South African artist for a very long time now and are proud to be able to present his music to the world. Flexion begins with an intruiging and dreamy pad. The rhythm slowly builds as large stabbing synth sounds maintain one’s focus. Once in full swing, a short break-down with containing some spoken voice leads into an early peak. Once back in the groove, the lead melody begins in body of the track , pulsating in a modern techno fashion before opening up into it’s trance inducing melody before the song gently works it’s way to an end.”

Incoming event :

When : 28/29/30 August 2015
Where : Wolfkop Camping Village, Citrusdal, Western Cape, South Africa

“It’s with great pleasure we present to you a showcase of one of Cape Town and indeed South Africa’s hardest working independent techno and deep house record labels. For the last five years Triplefire has been releasing a steady stream of local and international artists with a determined quality control – there is no fluff to speak of – garnering the institution respect from all four corners of the dance music universe. Founder Ryan Sullivan joins us for the first time, and the man behind the dub-techno technikon that is Thrum Room, Helmut J, returns to the same slot he played in January; opening things up with a bass-heavy breakfast on Sunday at 10am. ”

Catch myself alongside homeslice Ryan Sullivan on Sunday morning.

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2015 08 28 wolfkop weekender 1

My set for Rocking the Daisies on 4 October 2014. I was booked to open the Beach Bar floor with a downtempo set. I don’t get booked for chill out sets often, so I was more than excited to do it.

I’ve included all my favourite types of downtempo, including ambient, chill dub techno, trip hop and ends off with some super chilled deep house.

The set was compiled and recording as an Ableton Live DJ set.

RTD 2014 Ableton Live DJ Set by Helmut J on Mixcloud