South African house music and DJs continue to grow and shine, but some stars stand out undoubtedly brighter than the rest, and Her Majesty, DJ Zinhle is one such shining star. Youthful, talented and driven, a lot has happened in the life of this sexy DJ since we featured her in our 5 Mins… column last year March. Tendai had the chance to pull her out of her hectic schedule and find out what new heights she has reached since…
“The song ‘My Name Is’ was being played everywhere in Miami and I just felt overwhelmed and proud. Louie Vega dubbed it ‘the song of Miami 2012’ and that for me is an achievement I will always cherish.”
From your humble beginnings back in 2004 you have now grown into a formidable force in the music industry, how does it feel to have come this far?
I am trying to take it all in, one day at a time. I do however feel that there is a lot that I need to do and achieve, when I look back at how far I have come, to me it only looks like the beginning.
Did you ever think that one day you would be where you are now? And what kept you going?
I am really not sure how to measure the success but I can see that a big change has happened and that I have grown. I am very humbled by how far I have come. I am a planner and a hard worker, I am passionate and dedicated to what I do but what has kept me going is the support I get from my brother Zakhele and my mentor Oskido.
Your hit single My Name Is has taken the airwaves and dancefloors by storm. What was the concept behind the making of the track?
Well, originally the song was just an instrumental and Maphodisa and I were sure that it was complete without any vocals. Oskido felt that it needed a vocalist; he then invited Busiswa, who took it to the level of celebrating woman power.
You were recently in Miami for the 2012 Winter Music Conference, how was that trip and what were the highlights?
This was my third trip to Miami, but this year was the biggest year for me personally. The song My Name Is was being played everywhere in Miami and I just felt overwhelmed and proud. Louie Vega dubbed it “the song of Miami 2012” and that for me is an achievement I will always cherish. Oskido was there and hearing him say how proud he was of me made this experience complete.
Fuse Academy [a DJ Academy dedicated to teaching lady DJs] is your other baby, how has that venture turned out over the years?
We are 3 years old now and we are growing stronger, the school has established itself and we are now top of mind for a lot of females who want to learn how to DJ.
Do you think the DJ industry is still full of misconceptions about female DJs?
Not anymore, DJs are DJs now, no gender issues, ladies have made their mark and are finally being accepted.
Having been mentored by DJ Fresh amongst others, do you now have a young mentee of your own?
I am currently busy with a project called “S.H.E” which stands for Sassy House Experience; here I mentor up and coming female DJs. I am using the experience that I have to help them grow in the industry. Miss Pru has been under my wing for a bit now and she is part of S.H.E; seeing her grow in the industry makes me so proud.
Over the years in your musical career, what has been your fondest memory?
Miami definitely takes the spot.
What next can we expect from DJ Zinhle?
The music video for My Name Is.
Lastly, is there still hope for all those boys out there who stare at your posters on their bedroom wall, or has Her Majesty now found her King?
There is still hope, I am single and ready to mingle… lola!