The world of deejaying has been taken to another dimension as DJ Chase proves that house music will be the next reigning genre. Hailing from Matibisi Ntshwana in Limpopo, he is a South African House DJ, Music Producer, Songwriter and Musician. He was drawn to music in 1999 after his mother gifted him with a guitar, he has not looked back since.
I had the opportunity to have a chat with him as he tells me more about his career, future endeavors and how he rose to fame. This is what he had to say:
WHAT MAKES YOUR MUSIC DIFFERENT FROM ALL THE OTHER DJ’s?
My music is hugely influenced by the records that were popping in the 80’s and early 90’s,from the Bubble gum sounds to the Motown records. What I find makes my music unique is being able to tap into that particular era and still keep up with where we are going as a House Music nation.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOUR MUSIC?
I would define my music as timeless soulful music because of the old school elements that I often use in the songs to the choices of vocalists and how I’d have them approach a song. My music is for the soul, if it doesn’t touch you people, then I have haven’t achieved the desired effect.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU ENCOUNTERED WHEN YOU STARTED OUT BEING A DJ?
I remember going from releasing a string of hit singles and club bangers to going through almost two years of not being able to come up with anything sellable or fresh for that matter, and that was because I was trying to simulate what I had done on the previous records until it dawned on me that I was not that kind of producer and that I was limiting myself. Then came ”Talk to me”,”Ntoni”,”Africa Ema” and the list goes on. I needed to free myself from expectations. I’m now currently working on a gqom track with indigenous traditional element featuring a legendary traditional artist, can’t reveal much but I’m excited. Track will be out on the 1st of July.
YOU ROSE TO FAME WHEN YOU PRODUCED MUSIC FOR THE BLACK JACK.HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE?
That was probably one of the most important projects in my career because it was the first project where I got to hear songs that I worked on being played on radio and television. I’d say working with Kabelo Mabalane who I had always been a fan of, was a great start off.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE LEARNED IN THIS INDUSTRY?
It’s important to know your craft inside out, make the best music you possibly can and stay humble.
WHO WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON YOU THANK AT THIS CURRENT MOMENT?
The person to thank would be my mother. I have the most supportive mother any musician could ask for. Not only did she approve of my career path but she guided me through it and her support has been amazing.
CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT YOUR NEW SINGLE ”AFRICA EMA.” WHAT IS DISCREPANT ABOUT IT?
Africa Ema means Africa stand up, Ema is a Sepedi word. I’m featuring Mishka who happens to be a tremendous african vocalist. The song is about uniting and standing up together to achieve a common of love. It’s a fresh mix of afro and house.
YOUR INSPIRATION TO DATE.
I’m always inspired by fresh new music. Some of the latest works I’m inspired by is Solange, Black Motion, and Thandiswa. I salute artists who never give in to the pressure of trying to stay relevant but simply stay true to themselves.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVOURS?
My long range plan in my career is to eventually start grooming my own artists, producers and songwriters under my stable and produce after my own kind. Fans can look forward to exciting collaborations with fresh new talent to prominent artists, both locally and international.
“BE THE BEST THAT YOU CAN BE TODAY” – DJ CHASE
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