HAS IT ALWAYS BEEN THE PLAN TO MAKE IT BIG IN THE CITY?
“I moved to the big city to to study at UJ, the plan was to study hard and get a great job but making it big was never part of the plan. Nothing this great comes easy so there were definitely challenges but I had a plan, great support and I was always willing to work hard.”
WE HAVE PEOPLE OVER IN DURBAN MAKING WAVES IN THE MUSIC BIZ. WHAT MADE YOU THINK OF POPPING IT IN JOBURG?
“I am not from Durban, I am from Dannhauser, a small town in Natal. I came here specifically to study, it was not an entertainment industry driven move, even though being in Johannesburg has definitely had a positive impact on my DJ career. “
TO YOU, WHAT DOES BEING A DJ MEAN?
“No one has ever asked me that question. I think being a DJ means that you are first a foremost an entertainer, a music guru of some sort, you are adaptable and able to analyse music and entertainment trends.”
WHY THIS CAREER PATH?
“I think its safe to say that the career found me, I had no plans of being a DJ but when the bug bit me it felt so right. I love everything about the art, the music, the club and the people. Nothing gives me greater joy than walking into a club that is ready for my set, it a Godly moment.”
WOULD YOU SAY YOU’VE MADE IT? WHAT IS THE END GAME?
“I definitely have not made it, the road is still long but I am happy about the journey thus far, there are so many things I still want to do and one of those things include playing alongside Tiesto.”
YOU WERE RECOGNIZED BY OSKIDO WHEN YOU HAD A 3O MINUTE MIXING SLOT IN A RADIO SHOW.
“Oskido is a hard working and dedicated person and working alongside him has helped me learn a lot about the industry as a whole. Oskido is passionate and knowledgeable about the industry and he has instilled in me the importance of educating yourself and learning as much as possible about the music business. ”
FIRM UNDERSTANDING OF SOUND ENTERTAINMENT ACADEMY: QUITE A TITLE ISN’T IT? TELL US MORE ABOUT FUSE.
“FUSE Academy is a deejaying school founded and hosted by two young black females, Nomndeni and myself, with the purpose to empower young females interested in a career within the entertainment industry. ”
Since its inception, Fuse Academy has nurtured some of Mzansi’s most beloved DJs, such as the Brutal Fruit Mango Goji Brand Ambassador Miss Pru. “There was always something special about Miss Pru. She came into the school as a receptionist and used her salary to pay for the training. She went on to become a teacher at the school. Pru also works as the resident deejay for Jika maJika, a music show that also helped DJ Zinhle become a household name.
Miss Cosmo is on every poster and quite a force in the social media space. Miss Cosmo who has become a formidable force within the HIP HOP scene also bears her roots at the academy “We are very proud of Miss Cosmo and really feel that this is only the beginning for her. She is going to have one of the most memorable entertainment brands by far”, says DJ ZINHLE