Meet South African DJ Gque!

DJ Gque

DJ Gque

First off I just want to say you are killing it! I have follow you now for a few years and just loving your work, and feed. I have to tell my friends to check you out when they go over to South Africa. It's a MUST! 

(Q) How did it all start for you?

(A) Music is innate with us humans every child before the learn to talk they first learn to dance. It's simple because the only language they understand is music in so much that when they're put to bed they're sung to. I've always loved music from an early age.

(Q) Who is your biggest inspiration? / Who do you have a lot of respect for?
 

(A) My inspiration was Ian Sigola and Evidence Kemp. I have a lot of respect for Dj Phobia The Funk Master) he is blind Dj.

(Q) What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?

(A) When I finished playing this lady came to me and asked me to play at her wedding the week after.

 

(Q) Are you able to share any of your secret tricks with me?

(A) Must always read the mood of your audience. That depends on your times and location e.g club, function or picnic.

(Q) What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making? / What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?

(A) Deejaying is a skill I know that we have migrated from analog to digital but they must learn to mix using CDs or vinyls so that they can understand mixing and scratching that's what makes deejaying unique

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(Q) Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?

(A) It's definitely growing now it has actually been penetrated by the youngest boys below the ages of 10 years but I still think it's male dominated and females should be taking part because of their warmth and caring nature.

(Q) If you could eternally be stuck in one year's music scene, which year would it be?

(A) 1995 during the times of Kris Kross, Dj jazzy Jeff, David Moralez etc.

(Q) What is one subgenre you think doesn't get the attention it deserves?

(A) In South Africa it's our local Kwaito Music

(Q) What is it that you love about the scene? Your subgenre's scene?

(A) It's the culture, rhythm and creativity

(Q) What is something that bugs you about the DJ scene? 

(A) That now young people think it's a career and easiest way to make money and be famous.

 

(Q) Perhaps a little bit deeper of a question) What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?

(A) It's good and it's bad because during Vinly times piracy was never there and you wouldn't borrow or lend your vinyls cause of their sensitiveness. Thou carrying a bag full of vinyls was a job, you couldn't even back up your collection. But with CDs and USB it's much easier but every Dj can have your song because they just download it.

(Q) (Follow up) Do you think this has hurt exclusivity of having a certain sound? A DJ's ability to have a "unique" style? Is having your own style separate from all the other DJs out there even important in modern DJing?

(A) Exactly there's no uniqueness nowadays

(Q) What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?

(A) Summertime by Fresh Prince and Dj Jazzy Jeff

(Q) What is one track that got popular that you can't stand?

(A) Unfortunately I don't have a song that I can single out because what I don't like doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad song.

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Interview by: Latrice Delgado-Macon @Iamtriced