Lady Zeejay Profile
Born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg is a Deep House DJ & Mixtape Queen. Since 2010 she has rapidly gained worldwide recognition for her blend of Deep House, unique lounge and ambiance style getting her inspiration from legends like Dj Mark Farina, Osunlade and Alton Miller.
- What is your Full Name?
Fikile Zinhle Shabangu.
- Where are you from?
I was born and bred in Soweto, Johannesburg.
- What city do you currently reside in?
I am currently living in Kwa-Mhlanga (Mpumalanga).
- How long have you been in the industry?
I started DJ’ing in 2010, when South Africa hosted the Soccer World Cup and it was an epic time in my life.
- What is your favourite track to mix with currently?
Currently, I am mixing my own tracks called “Jumanji” in collaboration with a producer based in Tel Aviv, Naor Except and the project is called, Kahnya Music.
- What are your biggest achievements as a DJ?
I founded a company called, Female Dj Network (Pty) Ltd/ (#FDN) in 2015 and my vision for it was to unite female DJs. The Female Network mobilizes and unites female DJs in South Africa and abroad, addressing challenges women encounter in a male dominated industry. The database has over 500 members and is continuously growing. In 2016 FDN participated in the South African Music Conference in the KZN province, and this year two of our female DJ’s participated as individual brands on stage. Working together, for me, seems like the only way we can pull resources and succeed.
- What genre of music do you play?
I specialise in Deep House – sub-genres namely Easy listening, Lounge, Tropical House and Tech.
- What made you want to become a DJ?
I wanted to be a DJ because I felt there was a shortage of the type of sound I enjoy from where I came from. With every set I tell a different story through the music I play. We are all unique and have something different to offer the world. I am that very unique DJ. It takes time to figure yourself out when you begin, but I believe I am on the right path as I stay true to the sound I want to produce.
- What was your biggest gig/s?
The Vilakazi Street New Year’s Eve Festival in Soweto on 31 December 2015 was one of the biggest gigs I’ve played. I received my DJ slot at a very late notice, but the event organisers had so much faith in me and placed me on the main stage, (presented by Khanyi Mbau) alongside all the big names in the entertainment industry. The South African Music conference in 2016 also provided exposure for myself in the KZN music scene. I was able to DJ in about 6-8 different locations, alongside big names like: Dj Fresh, Black Coffee, Dj Zinhle, Oskido, Tira, Vinni Da Vinci, Dj Christos and a couple more celebrities. That was very special as FDN was the only newcomer on the event posters.
- What are your personal interests, besides music?
I am a Jeweller by profession. I have been in the Jewellery industry since 2005, when I acquired my Rough Diamond Grading certificate. In 2008, I graduated from the University of Johannesburg as a Jewellery designer & manufacturer. I have a brand called ‘Since Now Jewels,’ and I specialise in all precious metals and stones. I recently, finally, opened a jewellery store called SA Jewellers Gallery in JHB where we showcase our range, and sell jewellery from different local artists.
- What are your favourite quotes?
“Everything seems impossible to the people who never try anything.” and “No matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
- What artist do you find most inspirational, and why?
I find DJ Zinhle very inspirational. It’s funny, we are so alike and we even have the same name, but we have different taste in music. I have known and worked with her since the start of my DJ career in 2010. She is a talented businesswoman with different ventures, and I also believe in branching out to express one’s various talents and passions.
- Where do you find inspiration for your music?
I listen to a lot of online radio stations, and a lot of my favourite DJ’s mixtapes to find inspiration. This enables me to focus on the genre I prefer. I also do not carry music with me that I don’t intend to play when attending events, but I am able to improvise.
- What are the top 10 tips you would give to a female DJ starting out?
- Be yourself at all times.
- Where there is a will, there is a way.
- Listen to your collection of music – you need to know your music.
- Have another revenue stream.
- Release a mix tape every week if you are able to.
- Never stop exploring – that is the only way to find your unique style.
- Align yourself with DJ’s playing similar sounds as you – you never know what you can find that you never knew you were missing.
- Always work on improving yourself.
- Don’t be predictable.
- DON’T QUIT! Seek help & advice – Female Dj Network is here to assist.