When it comes to house music the are a few lady dj’s who pit themselves with the boys. This is one of them, she’s definitely one of the roses amongst thorns and her hard work speaks volumes.
Best: Please introduce yourselves…
Hey There , I go By the Name Of Zethu Maphula
Best: Where are you from and do they love your music where you from?
Zethu: I am originally from Venda ,Limpopo , Currently residing in Pretoria ..
I would definitely say yes my music is appreciated where I am from and this comes in the form of bookings from my home town (I get a lot from Home must say )
Best: When did you start Djing?
Zethu: I feel in love with music when I was 21 Years Old , But only Started taking its seriously in terms of practice daily at the age of 24years , so 6 years now.
Best: So when did you decide that this was no longer a hobby and that you would make it your career?
Zethu: Lol when I started getting paying bookings and when I won the Rock the shades Dj completion In 2017.
Honestly there was no plan when it came to music , things just fell into place as they should have.
Best: So what sets you apart from the rest of the dj’s? What’s the difference between other DJ and you?
Zethu: Well I think my natural drive and love for the art automatically shows , as a growing brand I can see the right people starting to pay note because of the passion , hard work and dedication I put in. With hard work only result has be recognition.
Best: Is it easy playing as a female and what are the challenges?
Zethu: At first yes there where , something I still try to understand ,baffling really , but now honestly I see a big difference at how promoters approach me ,respect and trust of my delivering to their event , for a lack of better wording to the question asked “I am now one of the boys “ lol
Best: As a lady Dj is it hard getting gigs and how do you survive in a male dominated industry?
Zethu: Its No longer Hard , have found that I no longer have to really hustle for gigs but they come to me , and that is merely because I worked hard to get noticed.
I have had interviews before regarding this female dj hardships and I honestly cannot say its hard because I am female, I think every dj goes through such, The whole female male saga is all in our heads ,if you good you are good.
Best: What is it like when you look out at the crowd?
Zethu: Shoo , its always an unbelievable feeling that I am doing what I am doing and making people feel happy , crazy at times , it still feels new all the time , definitely one of the greatest feeling making such a connection with a crowd.
Best: Where do you get inspiration from?
Zethu: Well honestly Its Music , once it gets you there is no turning back mchana.
Best: Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
Zethu: All the time , No matter how small or big or small the gig is , I have found that I get nervous for about 15 minutes then I zone out and find myself doing what I do best , the go away eventually.
Best What is the biggest crowd that you have ever played for?
Zethu: Has to be Rock the shades 2017 , There must have been about 3000 max at my time slot.
Best: What is the greatest gig that you’ve played?
Zethu: My annual 5 Hour Slots.
Best: How has the house scene changed since you started djing?
Zethu: When I was young I feel like everything I listened to was solid deep house , Which we now regard to as old school , When I started actually taking this as a career I found there to be a lot of Politics involving House that is not deep-house, But I actually noticed in the year of 2017/18/19 there are now a lot of deep-house events almost every weekend ,which honestly are the days I have always dreamt about.
In conclusion , Yes it has changed but its slowly becoming what most deep cats have wanted it to be ,or almost rather, but at the end of the day, you listen and associate yourself to what you can relate to.
Best: Do men ever throw themselves at you?
Zethu: hahahah damn , Yeah all the time hey ,zisile lezi eeeei lol
Best: Is being a Dj lucrative?
Zethu: Honestly yes it is now for me , As mentioned before I did not plan to be a professional dj , but through consistency yes, it is very lucrative.
Best: What other businesses are you involved in?
Zethu: I am an events and conference coordinator thus being my 8-5 ,although through contacts build through the year I have a data base of clients that I service with sound and stage hire, mostly corporate.
Best: How many studio albums do you have if not are you looking to release anything in the future?
Zethu: I don’t have any Album or singles yet, something I have been offered before actually , meaning I be sold a beat which I name mine …I opted not too yet. Production is definitely in the pipeline and honestly, should I release anything the satisfaction of the rewards of something done by my own hands is way more worthwhile.
Best: Is there any artist you wish to work with in our industry?
Zethu: Man yeah , If we had to sea from a production angle yeah there are many –ISOOKS, Dwson, KVRVBO, FKA Mash, just to name a few.
Best: How do you think music you play has changed over the years?
Zethu: Well There is more to choose now hey ,there is more versatility in music its exiting, House music is too much and it will never end.
Best: Are you big into social media. how many twitter/FB followers do you have?
Zethu: Well yeah I am big Into Facebook , I have 5000 Friend with a following of about 1500 excluding my 1k Followers on My Dj page , Instagram ,twitter not so much hey.
Best: What is your advice to up and coming DJs?
Zethu: Simple Honestly , There is a reward to working hard on end , tears and sweat are not for nothing , There are no short cuts , Put yourself at the places you want top be , Eventually it will make sense one day , I Promise.
Best: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Zethu: I am already doing what I wanted to do , Events management.