Chatting to KwaDabeka music producer

2017-01-10 06:01
Aspiring producer DJ Pat. Photo: Nosipho Mkhize

Aspiring producer DJ Pat. Photo: Nosipho Mkhize

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PINETOWN Fever reporter, Nosipho Mkhize chatted to a KwaDabeka music producer about his work and life.

NM: What is your name and where do you come from?

PN: I’m Patrick Thamsanqa Nkomo, but my stage name is DJ Pat. I was born in KwaDabeka on 2 December, 1999 and live in Clermont.

NM: Tell me about your childhood.

PN: I enjoyed playing sport, particularly soccer and I even wanted to play soccer professionally, but growing up I realised I was good in English and participated in school debates so I changed my mind. I then wanted to be a lawyer until I fell in love with music, which changed everything.

NM: Talk to me about your family.

PN: I come from a warm family full of love and joy and there are two children in our family - my sister and me. My father died when I was nine and it was difficult to cope without a father figure, but my mother kept me going. She has always inspired me to be the best at what I do and to believe in myself. I owe my strong and persistent character to her.

NM: When did you fall in love with producing music?

PN: I started my own brand in 2013 and called it DJ Pat, and it has been doing well ever since. I am in partnership with my friend Sanele Ndzimande. We started by exploring software such as virtual DJ and Fl studio on my laptop, that’s when I began to fall in love with producing. I created a Facebook page as a marketing strategy, which I am proud to say, has a good fan base.

NM: what type of music do you produce?

PN: I produce hip-hop infused with new school trap music. I was influenced by listening to Drake, Eminem, Tupac Shakir and DJ Khaled. I regard myself as a hardworking person who is always willing to learn.

NM: Describe yourself in one word.

PN: One word - creative.

NM: Do you have a message for the youth.

PN: Talking from personal experiences I tell the youth that nothing is as important as having a vision. Regardless of your family background or personal circumstances, you must know where you want to go. You should see yourself succeeding and making a difference in the lives of others because having a vision gives you hope.

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