Best: Please introduce yourself…
I am Tintswalo Moira Mabaso, known as Moira the Dj which is my dj name, a creative that’s obsessed with Music and the Arts.
Best: Where are you from and do they love your music where you from?
Tintswalo : I’m from the South Western Township( Soweto), Diepkloof, and judging from their response I’d like to believe that people do enjoy my music.
Best: When did you start Djing?
Tintswalo: I actually started djing in 2005 I think I was doing my grade 8 in high school where I was the schools dj Id dj for our schools concerts and events, but I had my first real experience using cdjays 100s and 350s in the year 2012.
Best: So when did you decide that this was no longer a hobby and that you would make it your career?
Tintswalo : When I first heard the first Soul Candi Session 1 Mixed by Dj Mbuso, that’s when I realised there’s more to this then just mixing one song to the next.
Best: So what sets you apart from other dj’s? What’s the difference between other DJ and you?
Tintswalo :What sets me apart from the rest was that I never wanted to be boxed or seen as a dj that plays or is known for one specific genre, and I believe that comes from my knowledge as a trained piano player, whom growing up I’d listen to a variety of music.
Best: Is it easy playing as a female and what are the challenges?
Tintswalo: I don’t think my gender takes away from my skill, what men can do I can probably do 10 times better. One major challenge I’ve realised is that there’s a lot more pressure on you as a female
to out do yourself in the set and impress the crowd.
Best: As a lady Dj is it hard getting gigs and how do you survive in a male dominated industry?
Tintswalo: It defiantly is hard unless you’re a famous lady dj that is going to bring in a crowd when put on a flyer because the only time promoters and clubs prefer take female djs is around August because they riding the wave of pushing the whole Women’s Month line up. So you have to do is just do what you to get yourself out there.
Best: What is it like when you look out at the crowd?
Tintswalo: There is no greater feeling then when you’re playing and people are feeling what you feel. The smiles, the head nodding, seeing people close their eyes and drift away why dancing to the music that feeling is unexplainable.
Best: Where do you get inspiration from?
Tintswalo; I draw my inspiration from the people around me, my family, the people I interact with on a daily bases.
Best What is the biggest crowd that you have ever played for?
Tintswalo; I’m a club dj so what ever the capacity is at clubs that’s the amount of people I’ve played for.
Best: What is the greatest gig that you’ve played?
Tintswalo :It would have to be Lulo Café’s Café Unlimited held at Cantare back in 2016 because I got to play along the likes of Ayanda MVP and Lamiez Holworthy.
Best: How has the house scene changed since you started djing?
Tintswalo : One thing I’ve noticed is that there are more female djs being recognized in the game.
Best: Do men ever throw themselves at you?
Tintswalo ; Lol. I don’t see at as throwing themselves at me but more like showing appreciation for my craft.
Best: Is being a Dj lucrative?
Tintswalo; If you don’t have something else to fall back on then it will be a problem.
Best: What other businesses are you involved in?
Tintswalo: Besides being a dj I am also a clothing brand owner for VM, I’m a photographer in the family business called Mabaso Studios, and I’m a Qualified Makeup Artist.
Best: How many studio albums do you have if not are you looking to release anything in the future?
Tintswalo: Not as yet but I do have a couple of songs that I’ve produced for different artists. Probably I may release some music myself soon.
Best: Is there any artist you wish to work with in our industry?
Tintswalo ; I have a long list of those, the likes of Rancido, Black Coffee, Josiah de Disciple the list is endless.
Best: How do you think music you play has changed over the years?
Tintswalo: I don’t think music has changed instead it evolving, if you look at the Amapaino genre, producers and song writers are now sampling from old skool songs and making them relevant.
Best: Are you big into social media. how many twitter/FB followers do you have?
Tintswalo: I wouldn’t say I’m big on social media but I use it as a tool to get my craft out there
My personal page has already reached 5k friends so I can’t accept people any more. My Dj page being Moira the Dj is just around 700.
Best: What is your advice to up and coming DJs?
Tintswalo : Never give up. No matter how tough it may be you’ll get there.
Best: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Tintswalo: Still continue growing my businesses as well as being an On Air Personality on Radio.