He refers to himself as a sweet yet shy, gentle and dark guy who resembles a teddy bear. He says that his love for music is unlike anything else, but rather more of a callingBorn and bred in Mamelodi and currently based in Pretoria West, Jus Flava says that he was raised by the streets of Pretoria and began his musical journey as a freelancer.
- When did the musical bug hit you and why did you decide to become a DJ?
The musical bug hit in 2008 when I got my first gig as a music composer/compiler. I ended up quitting before I got anywhere with it, discouraged by set that I fumbled (bad mixing). I later fell deeper into my musical calling in 2012 when I got my first official gig in Hatfield, that’s when everything started, that’s when I became a professional DJ.
- What are some of your most memorable experiences as a DJ?
Playing at one of the biggest events in Pretoria – TUT fresher’s ball. Playing for thousands of people and shaking the crowds is something that I will never forget, another one was playing in Haartebees Poort Dam and opening for the likes of Mo Flava, it was one of the biggest things ever for me.
- What are your views on DJing in the SA music industry?
People become DJs because they want to become famous, they don’t take time to give back to the craft and understand what being a DJ is aboutJust because someone has equipment, it doesn’t mean that you automatically become a DJ.
For me, it was about turning a passion into a business whereas in most cases it’s taken as a hobby that dies in the middle because people are more focused on making money.These days everyone makes music and we hardly ever find underground stuff like back in the day.
The music industry has hit a u- turn, where you find one-hit-wonders who disappear after making their millions. Also, the Amapiano genre has taken over, you either ride the wave or get left behind, and that’s one of the things that are killing the industry.
Link – https://hearthis.at/jusflava/we.love.pta-vol-8-mixed-by-jusflava-retswala-ngwaga/
- What else are you passionate about outside of being a DJ?
I love to cook, I like to think of myself as a foodie and I’d love to know how to cook professionally. It’s me and the food channel network, everyday!
I’d also love to know about different cultures, I’d love to learn about their signature dishes and cook them in my own restaurant one day.
- What do you look forward to the most going into 2022?
I look forward to building my brand, showcasing and exposing other existing talents out there, sharing more of my musical concepts and events and finally getting into merchandising.
By: Tshegofatso Makuwe