After high school JB enrolled with Rose-bank College in 2008 where he studied graphic design, but he says the highlight of those years is when he got intimately introduced to hip-hop. He immediately fell in love with the craft and this passion arose curiosity and the hunger to explore deep into the craft. Talk about being at the right place at the right time, during this duration he met with another passionate peer going by the alias Wack202 who introduced him to the film industry apart from his lack of formal training in the field.
This earlier undertakings were surely a sign if not the beginning of great things to come for this young talent. After spending some time learning the ropes of the film industry and video shooting he got the opportunity to put his skills to the test with his first major video which was shot for Lungelo from TS Records. During this duration he worked as the editor along side Wack202 who was the producer.
He reiterates tales of his first project behind the camera as they shot a music video for an upcoming Rap talent known as Venim. This was the ultimate deal which made him realise that this is something he really was fond of and couldn’t think of life at that moment without it. Doors of opportunity began presenting themselves and he was just happy enough to take them on as he continued shooting videos for artists like B-man and Stoan from Kalawa.
With time his love and skills continued to grow and was privileged when he got the opportunity to edit a local movie called I’ll marry myself which was broadcast on Mzansi bioskop. An undisputable fact is that change represents growth so when JB met with he’s new partner who is also his mentor named Talent Maphisa this was a sign of taking a giant leap in his endeavour. The pair later founded their own company dubbed Kwantu TV.
This consumed most of his time but he still found a little time to work on his music and work with a few local talents. Word on the street was that people were fond of his music production skills so he decided to venture into this field so to see where it leads to. He has worked with local artists like Mphozar and SNK who have been inspiring towards he’s venturing into the music industry.
However it hasn’t always been a piece of cake or walk in the park if you like. When JB first ventured into the film and video industry things were tough hence he had to depend highly on the internet for tutorials and information on how the industry works. Working with one camera was another setback which was a test to their efforts. Someone once said “the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary” JB is a living testament to that saying.
Sometimes talent or skills count for nothing when matched against technology this was a hard lesson JB learned when he decided to pursue his passion for music. At first people were reluctant to work with him some opting to use their home built studios in private, some even ignoring his request for help. So he had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a different approach of show-casing his capabilities.
Johnny Machimane is 24 years old and was born and bred in Soshanguve, he attended school at Valhalla primary school before moving to Voortrekkerhoogter high school where he concluded his high school education. After high school he enrolled with Rose-bank College where he studied graphic designed which influenced his venture into the video and film industry.
He is currently working on his debut mix-tape and a shot film which will be shot around his home-town Soshanguve. His dreams include working with artists like Proverb and Tumi and having one of his films broadcasted abroad further saying “if I could have my mix-tape and film made available to my fans and viewers I will have accomplished a lot”.
All his fans and viewers including interested clients can get hold of him on Facebook under the name Walker Machimane or send him an email at Johnnymachimane@gmail.com or Kwantu.firstname.lastname@example.org he works with a producer called Llogic for music recording sessions and charges R300 for a single top quality track and for Videos he charges R3000. You can get the links to his productions on his Facebook handle starting from the last week of November 2013.
Edited By: M.D.B