Best: Please introduce yourselves…
My name is Ntobeko Jujuse Also known as DJ Tonic
Best: Where are you from and do they love your music where you from?
Dj Tonic: I was born & raised in Cape Town, I must say they love my music very much.
Best: When did you start Djing?
Dj Tonic: I started this journey since 2012 but the love for music began around like 2008 while I was in high school.
Best: So when did you decide that this was no longer a hobby and that you would make it your career?
Dj Tonic: The day I got paid as a DJ, honestly I was doing this because I love it, I never knew the was a career & money behind it. I was very surprised when I was asked for an Invoice, never knew anything about it I had to go around asking for help to get my Invoice done.
Best: So what sets you apart from the rest? What’s the difference between other DJ and you?
Dj Tonic: Its positivity, being versatile & be able to deliver what ever is required, I believe that goes with being who you are & what do you want to achieve at the end of the day. if you wanna be a highlight(man of the match) of the event then do what ever it takes to be one
Best: Is it easy playing as a duo if not what are the challenges?
Dj Tonic: I’m not a Duo but I have a partner that we normally do a duo set when ever we are booked in the same event, playing as a duo is easy & not easy it depends on who you playing with. it easy because you rocking the crowd in partnership but its not easy because I need to understand the other persons knowledge of music, i need to Adapt to his style in order to create well blending set to rock the audience and then I will need to make him understand my style and then put that together to make one dope set. you need to be someone that can easily read someone else’s mind or the easiest way is to practice before your performance.
Best: What is it like when you look out at the crowd?
Dj Tonic: Feels like I’VE REACHED MY DREAM
Best: Where do you get inspiration from?
Dj Tonic: I got inspiration from the legendary vinny da vinci, christos, soulcandi they were the popular ones back then
Best: Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
Dj Tonic: Always I don’t know why but it just happens
Best What is the biggest crowd that you have ever played for?
Dj Tonic: Varsity gig, UJ 2015 & also Sama Yama Sama in Strand.
Best: What is the greatest gig that you’ve played?
Dj Tonic: There’s Plenty almost all my gigs are always the greatest.
Best: How has the house scene changed since you started djing?
Dj Tonic: It has changed a lot, we are introduced to unique styles always, when I began this journey I thought my focus was gonna be on Deep-house only but as time goes I was introduced into many different genres which led me to be a versatile as I am but I am happy with my specialty style of music (GQOM) Im very happy with it. it gives me that African thing, it makes me proud that we as African we were able to come out with something of our own from the adopted house genre.
Best: Do plenty of women throw themselves at you?
Dj Tonic: , let me just say its part if the journey.
Best: Is being a Dj lucrative?
Dj Tonic: Honestly yes it is lucrative, like I said before I did this because of love, never thought I will become a professional Dj.
Best: What other businesses are you involved in?
Dj Tonic: I do events & marketing.
Best: How many studio albums do you have if not are you looking to release anything in the future?
Dj Tonic: I have no album at the moment as I am still working on my record label (Asvele Sdanse Entertainment) but I have single coming on the way might release it before June this year its Called Asbambeki features Various Artist from Eastern Cape.
Best: Is there any artist you wish to work with in our industry?
Dj Tonic: There’s a lot but my biggest wish is to have at least one song with Professor.
Best: How do you think music you play has changed over the years?
Dj Tonic: has grown and has became better & better. at First it was not easy for people to understand it with all those criticism behind it but a the end it something we are proud of, it’s an African genre.
Best: Are you big into social media. how many twitter/FB followers do you have?
Dj Tonic: I’m big yes mostly on FB, I have more that 5K friends +- 3k followers on my page & the other one has more than 1K followers, as for twitter & IG lol we dont know that in Cape Town, I have few followers in them.
Best: What is your advice to up and coming DJs?
Dj Tonic: Be who you are, do what you love & never be afraid to learn from others.
Best: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Dj Tonic: I’d be doing something that will bring me money. be at work maybe or busy marketing my next event.