What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is that you should focus on yourself and strive to be the best version of yourself. Pay attention to what others are doing, but make sure you always remain your unique self and learn from your surroundings. Never imitate anyone. Be unique in your own way.
What is your secret weapon for filling the dance floor?
Believe in yourself, do your own thing, keep your focus on the dance floor, and observe how people react to your music. Make sure you can anticipate when things aren’t going as planned, but never give up! People ultimately come to dance and enjoy themselves.
How do you stay relevant as a DJ?
To stay relevant, make sure you’re constantly visible, even when you’re not performing. Use your social media to post videos of yourself and create enough content. People love to see how hard you’re working towards your dreams, and most importantly, release your own music.
Which song makes you emotional?
That would definitely be my own music, which I released with Milo & Fabio, called “CHUVA.” I went through a long period of struggle with my music because I lost many projects due to a studio break-in and had to start over. When I regained my focus, I created the beat for “Chuva,” and I’m glad Milo & Fabio agreed to finish this track with me. It’s a small success story for me.
What is your favorite classic song?
Oh, that’s a tough one. I do love many classic songs, but if I really have to choose, it’s definitely outside my category as an Afrohouse/Tech DJ. I would go with R. Kelly’s “The World’s Greatest,” something that resonates with me: “I wanna be the World’s Greatest!”
What is the most challenging aspect of being a DJ, and how do you overcome it?
Delivering quality every time you’re in the DJ booth. Overcoming it is by repeating it consistently.
What is the most important skill a DJ should have in your opinion?
Crowd control; looking around to see what’s happening when you play certain tracks, allowing you to gauge which direction you can/should take.
Which event or location do you consider your most memorable performance?
Off Corso venue, where I stood in front of a large audience for the first time.
A song that makes you emotional?
“Loyle Carner – ICE Water”
Favorite track to listen to while driving?
Currently, my favorite track to listen to while driving is “Bring the Funk Back” by Nigel Hey.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career has been the opportunity to DJ internationally, especially in Ghana and Suriname.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
If I could choose anyone, I would pick Rema! I absolutely love his music, voice, and energy.
What makes you unique as a DJ?
The energy I bring while DJ’ing, combined with my focus on Caribbean and Afro music in a female-friendly style, sets me apart.
What’s your favorite track to listen to in the shower?
Right now, it’s “Lonely At The Top” by Aseke.
Festival or club?
Guilty pleasure song?
“With You” by Chris Brown is definitely my guilty pleasure tune.
This or That: Dancing or Listening?
This or That: Headphones or Speakers?
What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a DJ?
MJ: Play what you want to play and don’t let anyone drive you crazy!!
ZB: My advice is not to become a DJ but to pursue an education.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a DJ?
MJ: Crowd control. Getting people engaged from the beginning of your set until the last song you play.
ZB: Finding the right vibe and connecting with your audience.
Favorite track where the volume is cranked up to the max?
MJ: “Booba – DKR”
ZB: “Winne & Feis – Lijn 5”
Which song are you currently obsessed with?
MJ: “Nafe Smallz ft. Boy Boy – Shoot First”
ZB: “J Hus – Masculine”