Chit Chat: DJ Zinhle

2011-07-22 09:23

DJ Zinhle who was announced last week as a Tropika Island of Treasure contestant is one of the first female DJs to release a house music album. She has recently hit TV screens in a cameo role on’s Rhythm City, proving that she is a woman of many talents, writes TSHEPISO LINDA

You are off to Cancún, Mexico, to compete in the Tropika Island of Treasure ­competition. How important is the R1?­million prize to you?
I don’t know how I feel about the money, but it would be nice for my ­studio, the DJ school (FUSE) and to buy a home. I just need to think about it.

I don’t want to get my hopes high. My biggest worry is not the money but being voted out of the competition on the first day.

How do you feel about jetting off to Mexico?
I’m excited and am looking forward to the music – live bands. I’m not so keen on the food, but I will try it.

Who is DJ Zinhle?
I guess I am just an ordinary girl.

I am my mother’s daughter and I am very close to my brother. I’m a simple girl who likes clothes, and getting my nails and hair done.

From DJ to aspirant actress, tell us a little more about that transition.
That was one challenge I could have declined, but I chose to try it out.

I had to think about it at first and battled with entering that kind of environment at Rhythm City as I was very nervous.

At the first shoot, I was very scared, but after a while I enjoyed it and felt like doing it more. I think I may be getting another acting role, which I will not ­reveal.

But I will definitely be taking up acting.

How did your love for music develop?
My brother, who is not in the music industry but manages me, loves house music and he taught me how to play and become a DJ.

Although, it was not what I had intended to do as a career.

My brother had a sound-hiring ­business and I would be a ­replacement DJ when the DJs did not show up. People liked me and they began booking me.

I actually studied marketing management and it is coming in handy at the moment.

Have you ever been outside the ­country?
Yes. I’ve travelled to Miami, London, Washington and African countries. My most memorable visit was to Miami because of the party culture.

What challenges do you go through as a female DJ in this male-dominated ­industry?
I went through a time where I was faced with many challenges, like proving ­myself and trying to keep myself ­relevant since I am not constantly on TV or radio.

The biggest challenge as a female is trying to start a family.

Also, I do not have any female DJ to look up to and see how they managed to start a family alongside their career.

As a DJ, you are always on the road. How do you balance your personal life with your work?
I don’t think I know how to strike a balance actually. There is no formula.

I have family in KwaZulu-Natal and I don’t see them as much as I want to, but I take along people who I want to be with on the road.

What makes your DJ academy special? And, what is the idea behind it?
FUSE (Firm Understanding of Sound Entertainment) is different because it caters for a specific need, which is having ­female DJs in the music industry.

There are no career opportunities for female jocks and I want girls to learn from someone like me who has had experience. I want ­female DJs to be as ­successful as males.

What influences your fashion sense?
I use Google a lot.

If I am going to an event, I Google the theme and then see what will go with my outfit.

At times I just ask people who I see wearing things that I like and take pictures with them. That helps me.

Where is your dream holiday destination?
I want to go to Nigeria. I think everybody needs to go there. I have always been curious about the country and I think that there is more to it than meets the eye.

I would also like to go to Hong Kong for the fashion.

What would be a perfect night out for you?
Visiting a beautiful club with people who are ready to have fun, perfect sounds and also having my friends because they are usually unable to come to my gigs.

When can we expect your next album?
I don’t know. I am currently working with Oskido in studio. The single will be out in September.

What are your future plans?
Acting is definitely on the cards. I will also be investing in my DJ academy to keep that dream alive. It’s a struggle because it is not a multimillion-rand business.

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