Best: Please introduce yourself…
Gugu: Well my name is Gugu Musa Nkosi…my stage name is Black-Chiina you might be wondering where it comes from I got small eyes. I play Amapiano . Please note (Private School Piano).
Best: Where are you from and do they love your music where you from?
BC: I’m From Johannesburg South, Naturena. I wouldn’t say I get much support from my hood. I actually don’t, I get support from people from other hoods like Vaal, Soweto, Kzn you name it. I don’t socialize much in Naturena so I think that’s why people from there don’t support my craft.
Best: When did you start Djing?
BC: I started djying early 2019 and i fell more in love it.
Best: So what sets you apart from the rest of the dj’s? What’s the difference between other DJ and you?
BC: What sets me apart from other djs is that I’m quite consistent always looking for better opportunities. I think we all wanna see ourselves succeed oneday… pretty much have the same goals as djs in music.
Best: Is it easy playig as a female and what are the challenges?
BC: Being a dj as a female isnt that easy, people think you get gigs cause you’re female. They undermine you, think they can do better than you until they actually hear you play. It’s been a hard one for me as well…there’s going to be critics and hatred along the way, but I always try and look at the bigger picture and continue pushing my craft cause nobody will do it for me, I got me.
Best: As a lady Dj is it hard getting gigs and how do you survive in a male dominated industry?
BC: Getting gigs in this male dominated industry as a female, you need to have connections. Because promoters would rather book male djs than female djs its just like that. Female djs are underrated, but once you build your brand, push yourr craft show them you can do this, be confident then nothing can stop you.
Best: What is it like when you look out at the crowd?
BC: Looking at the crowd while playing feels good it always gives you the feeling to strive and to do more…seeing people dance and enjoy your music nothing beats that feeling.
Best: Where do you get inspiration from?
BC: I inspire myself cause of how far I’ve come. The things I’ve been through too..its really amazing.
Best: Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
BC: I always get nervous before I get on stage. I’ve played a dozen times and still get anxious before I jump on set because I want everything to go smooth… you never know who’s watching and listening so I always put my A game on.
Best: How has your family taken to your craft?
BC: My family doesnt really like my craft. I’m a girl afterall. I travel at night most of the time up and down going to gigs and there’s a whole lot of dangers out there so they feel they can’t protect me when I’m out there. But it’s what I love it’s what makes me happy, so there’s nothing they can do I just keep going.
Best: Do men ever throw themselves at you?
BC: Lol… Yes men do throw themselves at me, always. It’s even starting to be a normal thing to me.
Best: Is being a Dj lucrative?
BC: It actually is lucrative hey, once you start building your brand and start gaining a fan base you’ll get gigs that pay.
Best: What other businesses are you involved in?
BC: I’m actually working on starting a small business soon. Hope it works out.
Best: How many studio albums do you have if not are you looking to release anything in the future?
BC: Haven’t released any albums as yet I’m taking things easy not rushing into anything I’m in my own lane at my own pace I’ll just continue releasing a few tracks for now.
Best: Is there any artist you wish to work with in our industry?
BC: I’d love to co-work with more female djs in this industry cause by the looks of things we not that united like Male djs are honestly(FACT).
Best: How do you think music you play has changed over the years?
BC: I grew up in this industry I now know what type of music I actually prefer. I prefer the matured type of sound.
Best: Are you big into social media. how many twitter/FB followers do you have?
BC: I’m not a fan of twitter, I’m not really active there but I’m active on Facebook and Instagram.
Best: What is your advice to up and coming DJs?
BC: Advice to upcoming djs is to be Consistent. Keep going don’t take all the critics that are gonna come to you to heart. Don’t rush for fame, be in your own lane and don’t ever compare your friends progress to yours.
Best: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
BC: I’d probably be doing nothing just focusing on my studies.