A LOCAL disk jockey from Port Elizabeth has spun his way to the top as he was recently crowned the Viceroy Makoya Mix South African DJ champion.
The 25-year-old Reeza Human, from West End in Port Elizabeth, competed with the winners from all around the Eastern Cape in the second round, and was crowned the overall winner in the province, to represent the Eastern Cape in the final.
It was Human’s third time entering the competion.
The national final was recently held at Dockside at the PE harbour. It was the first time that the final of the prestigious event was held in the Bay.
Human competed for the Eastern Cape against the regional winners from Pretoria, the Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu-Natal.
“For as long as I can remember, I have always been surrounded by music. My family always had music playing while I was growing up. I have been a DJ for the past eight years,” Human said.
At a very young age, Human would play around on a computer with “Atomix Mp3”, a mixing software, which laid a foundation for many DJs in the industry today.
“The passion I have started when I listened to one song while singing the lyrics of another.
“I’m thankful to those who have always supported me throughout my journey.”
“Many people think that we just play music in order for people to dance, but music actually has much more meaning than just being a song.
“Music has allowed me the opportunity to express myself without judgement. I was always either practising or at clubs doing gigs. Music kept me out of the streets. It has changed my life completely.”
The winner was determined by a panel of judges - some of the biggest names in the South African music industry, namely, DJ Oskido and Naked DJ, as well as DJ Ganyani.
Human, who has beaten four other DJs from all around South Africa, won a trip to the Miami Music Conference which will be taking place in March 2019, valued at R120 000.
The conference, which was started in 1985 until present, sees well-known artists from all over the world attending the event.
“Right now I’m looking forward to the trip to Miami, and to meet some of the most talented people in the music industry. I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”
Human is determined to give back to his community through the love of music, which will hopefully assist in curbing crime.
“The dream has always been to start my own music or DJ school to teach the art of music. Hopefully this will keep kids out of trouble and shift their focus to something totally different.
“But more importantly, to encourage and reinforce the idea to the youth that it is okay to take a different path; not everyone is destined to be doctors or teachers and that is perfectly fine,” he said.