One of Soweto’s house music marshalls responsible for apprehending party goers to the dance floor with the new and trendy genre known as “Amapiano”. The fresh sound making rounds at all party stops.
Best: Where are you from and do they love your music where you from?
Bantu: Am from the deep side if Soweto which is Emdeni and yes the love my music.
Best: When did you start Djing?
Bantu: In 2004, when Yfm was Thee radio station and a young stud like me wanted to belong there.
Best: So when did you decide that this was no longer a hobby and that you would make it your career?
Bantu: When I was the only guy that would get called up every time there was an event at school, so I realized I could make a living out of the turn tables.
Best: So what do you think sets you apart from the rest? I mean, what’s the difference between any DJ and you?
Bantu: My impeccable mixing technique and well you’ll have to be at my next show to experience it for yourself.
Best: What is it like when you look out at the crowd?
Bantu: It’s a mixture of emotions really but the most evident one is that of humbleness when people receive your music without any reservations.
Best: where did/do you get inspiration from?
Bantu: I got my inspiration from the late dj Khabzela.
Best: Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
Bantu: Its a package deal, cause every time I get on that stage I know that people expect the best and I cannot deliver any less.
Best What is the biggest crowd that you have ever played for?
Bantu: To be honest I always play for big crowds but I must say my biggest are the ones I play for on the Radio.
Best: What is the greatest gig that you’ve played?
Bantu: When I played for a lunch meeting between the King of Ghana and the Governor of Nigerian. And well the most recent one which is the 2017 G-Sports awards.
Best: How has the house scene changed since you started djing?
Bantu: it has changed drastically in terms of the equipment, we have moved from analog to digital (Vinyls to Cdj’s) and as for the music scene with now having Amapiano Genre we mostly playing local music as compared to 10 years back.
Best: Now you are legend have plenty women who thrown themselves at you?
Bantu: Honestly I think they respect the fact that there is the Queen Element in my life…and I respect them back for that.
Best: Is being a Dj lucrative?
Bantu: If you take it serious as a job then mos def you gonna make a good living out of it.
Best: What other businesses are you involved in?
Bantu: Besides djing I also do events now & then..just to compliment the work that I do.
Best: How many studio albums do you have if not are you looking to
release anything in the future?
Bantu: I’m part of 3 big compilations that just came out recently – AmaPiano VOL.1 & 2 ; House Afrika Unmixed; Mthis 8 and I’m currently working on my debute album,now that you know better be on the look out for it.
Best: Is there any artist you wish to work with in our industry?
Bantu: I’d love to work with numerous artist in this country and abroad,mainly because each person has their own individual elements & style.
Best: How do you think music you play has changed over the years?
Bantu: House music in general has grown a lot & now with the NEW AGE HOUSE (AMAPIANO) the game has shifted to the other end & that purely because change is good and music needs to evolve.
Best: Are you big into social media. how many twitter followers?
Bantu: Not really big on the social media side – I think I let my music speak to my people.
Best: What is your advice to up and coming DJs?
Bantu: It’s simple, know what you want & why you doing it – once you do something you love…the passion will show automatically.
Best: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Bantu: I think I’m where I’ve always wanted to be & God knows why he blessed me with this gift/talent – the entertainment business is where I belong.