Born in the mother city, His roots and home town Bonteheuwel. DJ Ashton Abels is one of SA’s most naturally gifted Djs and producers. The Capetonian is a music scholar who’s established himself as one of the true leaders of the South African music industry. His passion for music traces back to when he was only 7 years old experimenting with cassette players and turntables, and his unmatched level of skill eventually earned him the reputation of being a ‘technical genius behind the decks’, and has made him one of the most sought- after Djs in the country.
Back in 1998 Ashton Abels flips the script and earned a spot on campus community radio ( UCT RADIO 104.5fm ) playing radio slots around the clock from graveyard to afternoon drive which got him into his own Saturday afternoon dance radio show. With this show he flipped the standard of just being a normal radio dj to add dj skill behind the production of his show. This show gave many local artist and deejays in and around Cape Town platform.
With this show setting a unique trend to radio Ashton Abels was spotted by many other commercial radio station djs and night clubs around South Africa to play slots.
Back in 2010, his talent caught the attention of the legendary Tiesto, who invited him to be the opening act for his SA tour – an achievement many a DJ can only dream of, while some of the other big names Abels has shared the stage with include Steve Silk Hurley, Cut Creator and hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg.
The ‘technical genius’ is the co-founder of Prestige Radio –an internal radio station initially created for factory workers of the TFG (The Foshini group), the station is currently being made accessible to the company’s call-center employees and eventually to all its stores nationwide.
Ashton is a regular DJ on the popular Good Hope FM Saturdays from 20:30pm, entertaining listeners with world-class mixes. He’s also a resident DJ at Strolla in Cape Town -a stylish sundowner spot, perfectly located on Sea Point’s wind-free Platinum Mile and Manga on Mouille Point setting the mood with a ocean breeze.
Despite all his success, the acclaimed DJ realises the importance of giving back, hence he’s foundedSomethingGoodSundays, a non-profit charity organisation that hosts events to feed the needy.
These take place in Cape Town and Johannesburg to give up-and-coming musicians a platform to promote their work, while the money generated from these events is used to feed the less advantaged.