He loves what he does. The Empangeni DJ, singer, songwriter and producer spent two years in Germany learning all he can about music and the business of it.
Now Muzi, real name Muziwakhe McVictor Mazibuko, is ready to unleash all that education on the world. He's releasing his third EP on October 2, the 29-year-old says.
We catch up with the DJ.
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What is the inspiration behind your upcoming EP?
This is truly paying respect to my mom because she passed away at the beginning of the year. It’s not really an inspiration, more like a love letter to her in a way, because death isn’t inspiring [chuckles]. It’s just me writing a project for her and treating it like she was still going to hear it.
Tell us about the relationship between you and your mom?
She was a very relaxed and supportive mother. She would communicate a lot. We didn’t have a lot of money at home, so we grew up around a lot of love and it has always been like that. I remember when all my siblings were at school [university] and it was just me and her and we became really close and she was my best friend. I would tell her about everything, and she was my number one fan. Coming from black families, sometimes they don’t understand when you pursue your art, but as I continued, she became very supportive because she understood that it made me happy.
Short message for your mom…
I miss you. I can’t delete your number. I miss you.
What was your plan when you debuted into the music industry?
I didn’t have a plan. I just wanted to become as good as I possibly could and I’m still like that. I just want to be able to do my best and not downplay the amount of work it takes to make something good. I never want people to hear anything that’s not of quality from me. It must always be quality, no matter what it is that I do.
What keeps you going?
My daughter – after being a father, my life meant more. It’s crazy how your life means more when it’s not about you because you’re not doing things from a selfish place anymore.
When did you realise you had a passion for music?
I’ve always done music ever since I was a kid. But I realised it when I was in med school and I saw other people do what they love with regards to medicine, and I felt miserable because I wasn’t doing what I loved – so I dropped out in 2011.
What advice would you give to someone in a similar position you were in?
It’s super personal decision. It’s not easy. Dropping out and going to do something that you love sounds cute, but when you have to do it in real life it’s not easy. Follow your heart, but just know that it’s not going to be straight and narrow – there will be a lot of challenges. Be sure.
What do you wish your audience to feel when they listen to your music?
I try to make music that heals. If some people have gone through a tough time, I want them to find a bit of healing through my music. Sometimes we’re really good at hiding our emotion and how we feel but I don’t think it helps anyone. I want to help people heal and make the world a better place.
Where do you see yourself in the next two years?
Probably owning some land and being a good dad. Making music and hopefully touring the world. I don’t even know what I want to do with the land, but I just want to buy it [chuckling].
What three items would you definitely take on vacation and where would it be?
I want to go see Egypt. I would take my film camera, my fanny pack and my phone.
If you had to choose to stay in one country for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
South Africa. I’ve lived in other countries and every country has its good and bad, but home is home.
What do you do when you’re not making music?
I play games. Mainly Adventure Game and Mortal Combat.
Cartoon you’d choose to live in forever…
One Punch Man!
If you hosted a karaoke night, who would you invite?
Culoe de Song and Sun El Musician because I still don’t have collabs with them.