DJ Chunda Munki talks about his success: ‘I’ve ticked off almost everything that needs to be done locally’

DJ Chunda Munki (Photo: Instagram/DJ Chunda Munki)
DJ Chunda Munki (Photo: Instagram/DJ Chunda Munki)

He’s the first to admit that his sets sounded terrible when he started making music.

But now self-taught DJ Chunda Munki can look back at those years and laugh all the way to his next big gig.

The house DJ, whose real name is Blayze Saunders (30), has been making people dance since his career launched in 2008, and his latest body of work is reminiscent of his signature chunky baselines and cheeky vocals.

Lolacita is what he calls his current three-track EP.

It’s back to the roots with this one, he tells YOU.

“When I started out I was playing to about 20 people on the dancefloor, no one knew who I was,” DJ Chunda reveals.

“You didn’t have to really have so much energy in the music, it was very groovy and maybe a bit dark, moody in a way.”

“As I gained popularity the crowd got bigger and the bigger the crowd the more energy you need.

“And my music kind of changed, it became a lot harder and faster and for once I just wanted to take a step back from that and do something simple,” he said.

Lolacita doesn’t have a particular meaning, Chunda says, he stumbled on it when he was playing around with one of his programmes while recording the title track.

The programme generates sounds that can be added into the song, and one of the sounds it made was a deep male voice saying what he thought could be the word lolacita.

“I don’t think it actually says that at all – I even googled what the word means and nothing came up.”

But it had a cool ring to it and the rest is history.

The other two tracks in the EP are titled Do to You and FNTSY.

“I like having vocals that talk about someone going through something in a relationship, I think people can relate to that,” Chunda says about the tracks on the EP.

It’s safe to say he needs no introduction.

Since before he changed his name from DJ Blayze to the peculiar Chunda Munki, he has played at some of the world’s biggest music events including Ultra and H20, now known as Octopia FSTVL.

He’s shared line-ups with some of the biggest names locally and internationally, including Stimming, Justin Martin, Rrotik, Gorgon City, Vintage Culture, Billy Kenny, Black Coffee and Kyle Watson.

And while he’s ticking off his boxes, Chunda says he has his eyes set on more overseas gigs.

“I’ve played almost everywhere in this country and I’ve ticked off almost everything that needs to be done locally,” he said.

“Now it’s a matter of just going overseas more and spreading the music and the brand. It’s time to go and spread my wings.”

Lolacita is available on digital platforms such as Apple Music and Deezer.

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