Music maker reaches for his goal

2019-05-02 06:00
Up and coming Gqom-music producer Mpilontle Ralarala, also known as Dj Soldier makes music.from his bedroom.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Up and coming Gqom-music producer Mpilontle Ralarala, also known as Dj Soldier makes music.from his bedroom.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A self taught Gqom-music producer from Langa uses his bedroom as his studio to make his music.

Mpilontle Ralarala (18) also known as Dj Soldier said he first got introduced to Gqom in 2016 by another local Dj.

“After I got introduced to the music I fell in love with it and started doing my own research about it,” he said.

He said he started playing the music at events in the area before he decided to start making his own.

“I taught myself how to make the music and I make it from my own laptop in my bedroom,” said Dj Soldier.

He said he now has an Early Project (EP) and a few singles which can be heard on some local radio stations.

He said the community of Langa is appreciative of the music he makes because he gets booked to play in events quite a lot and that he would hear people pumping his songs in their cars and on their cell phones.

Dj Soldier said he does also get support from his mother because she gets worried as well, when he is not getting any gigs.

He said since he is still in school doing a first year in Information Technology at the College of Cape Town, he does not let his music interfere with his school work.

“I set myself a timetable so that I make sure music does not take over my life and disturb me from my studies,” he said.

He said the music also keeps him away from all the bad things that are happening in Langa. However Dj Soldier said crime does affect his music career as well.

“Since there has been a lot of robberies happening to Uber drivers, sometimes I get stuck when I must go to a gig because Ubers do not want to enter Langa,” he said.

He said if people want to book him for gigs they can go to his Facebook page, Dj Soldier CPT, and book him.

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