Dubstep emerged in the late 90’s on the world scene and slowly worked its way south (as good things generally do). It has grown leaps and bounds in past years here in the Republic and seems to have also caught on all the way in the Vaal. Oz Makhosi one of the Dubstep missionaries spreading the good vibes through 2-step garage, broken beat, drum and bass.
Best: Where are you from and do they love your music where you from?
OZ: I am from Vaal Triangle in small town called Evaton, and yes there are a selected few that seems to comprehend the direction that I am trying to take as far as my music as possible.
Best: When did you start Djing?
OZ: Well it all started with production in 2008 and I only started being a DJ in 2012.
Best: So when did you decide that this was no longer a hobby and that you would make it your career?
OZ: Well to be quite honest I always respected everything that I was doing that concerns the art, so ever since I started I’ve never considered my music a hobby always saw it as a carrier.
Best: So what do you think sets you apart from the rest? I mean, what’s the difference between a DJ and you?
OZ: I consider myself as more of a scientist than a DJ due to the fact that I am always experimental every time I have a set to drop, my track listing alternates from liquid dub-step, Reggae dub-step, to DnB I do not only focus on one genre, I think that is what sets me apart from all these other DJs
Best: What is it like when you look out at the crowd?
OZ: At first I would be more paranoid but I have regained some confidence, but it makes more excited to see them dance, I mean it’s my purpose to serve them good music right?
Best: where do you get inspiration from?
OZ: Production wise, my inspiration is drawn from Borgore, Major Lazer, Sketchy Bongo (Shout out to him), and I like what Mashayibhuqe Kamaba is doing. And every African child that has found his/her purpose in life and wakes up every morning in pursuit of making it work.
Best: Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
OZ: Getting a nerve before getting on stage is normal and every artist gets that… and that also proves that you respect your work (I was told), Yeah I do get nervous.
Best What is the biggest crowd that you have ever played for?
OZ: Not a lot hey, I think it was about a thousand plus at Club Zero
Best: What is the greatest gig that you’ve played?
OZ: Tower of Vodka at Bedworth Park (Vaal University of Technology) it was hosted by Red Bull.
Best: How is the Dubstep scene in S.A?
OZ: The Dub-step scene is slowly gaining its momentum but if we could get more artists that are willing to experiment more with what we have in South Africa as far as our sounds and Nguni Languages, I think somehow that could that could speed up the process.
Best: Are there plenty of women who throw themselves at you?
OZ: Lol!! Yeah a couple, especially on social networks, but I keep it professional hey… WORK! WORK!! WORK!!!
Best: what do you spend your money on?
OZ: I spend most of my money just going out at malls, events (Though I am not playing in some of them), I just go to meet new people (Making the circle bigger).
Best: What about cars or a House – you know?
OZ: Cars and houses ne? I am into big cars Jeep Wrangle being one of the cars that I want to own and any Rage Rover that exists I am into it.
Best: How many cars & houses do you have?
OZ: None, I do not own one of what you just mentioned.
Best: How many studio albums do you have if not are you looking to release anything in the future?
OZ: I have 2 EPs in my name (Sake of Word EP) which I released in 2014 and it free on reverbnation.com and Godhood EP which I released on the 28th of May this year (2015) is on sale as we speak on Bandcamp.com people can check it out there. Yes I am currently working on a beat Tape with one of the greatest female producers from Johannesburg called Pilzy Lee…people should look out for that.
Best: Is there any artist you wish to work with in our industry?
OZ: Yeah there’s quite a lot actually, I would like to work with Cama Gwini from Native Rhythms, Simphiwe Dana, Mthwa NoMthwakazi from the Eastern Cape and a boy from Uk called Borgore. I just wish Ntate Sipho Sithole gets to see this and make my dreams possible.
Best: How do you think music you play has changed over the years?
OZ: I believe in evolution more specifically in the arts and entertainment industry, I think it has drastically changed due to the technologically advanced equipment that the universe has granted us and it still continues to grow.
Best: Are you big into social media. how many twitter followers?
OZ: Lol!! Well I am quite a social person but you’d be surprised ey, I am still court on facebook.com I am not a tweeter junkie as much, Last time I checked I had 75 followers I am not sure now.
Best: What would be your advice to up and coming DJs?
OZ: May I please generalize on this one…My advice to all upcoming Africans (From which ever sphere you captured in), Find what you love, follow it and make it a reality.
Best: How old are you. How long do you see yourself doing what you’re
doing? (Can you see yourself doing this when you’re 50? 60?)
OZ: I am 27 years, if reincarnation is true, I think I’ll be doing this until my next life. To me music is euphoria; I cannot see myself being separate from it.
Best: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
OZ: Apart from all that I have said, one of the reasons why I do music is to tell stories, so I think I would be a filmmaker if I wasn’t doing music ey.