Stay on lane and count your bless­ings - Ten­daness

Sunday Observer - - THE SCENE - Col­lab­o­ra­tions

He is an award win­ning dee­jay and he is an em­bod­i­ment of en­ergy. Dj Ten­daness was only in his teens when he started rock­ing Swazi clubs and he has not looked back since then. SCENE caught up with the cool and col­lected DJ and this is what he had to say.

He said he started dee­jay­ing in 2007. “It was around 2007-2008. Those were my bed­room DJ days but 2009 is when I ac­tu­ally started play­ing in clubs and all that. I was very young at that time. I ac­tu­ally cre­ated my name from play­ing at school events, Head­count etc. Wher­ever I could play I was there. I love to DJ man,” he said. He said for him mak­ing peo­ple dance was the ul­ti­mate fun.

Dee­jay­ing was my key to the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. It ex­posed me to a lot and I’ve learned so many lessons be­cause of it. I’m lucky to have had the op­por­tu­ni­ties I’ve had thus far ac­tu­ally. But I think the big­gest les­son I’ve learned is to stay in your lane. I’ve seen so many artists try to com­pete and just crum­ble be­cause they can’t fo­cus on them­selves and their ca­reers. There is enough suc­cess out there for all of us to have,” he said.

Asked about the be­lief that the Anakhonza gen­er­a­tion was bet­ter lyri­cally than his gen­er­a­tion, the young DJ dis­agreed with this be­lief. “There is a dif­fer­ence in my opin­ion. Artists these days are mak­ing more mu­sic that the world can ac­tu­ally vibe to. I feel the Anakhonza period was more about cater­ing for Swazi­land. I ac­tu­ally went to a high school con­cert event not so long ago and I saw so many kids per­form­ing their mu­sic.

“I was so im­pressed with the qual­ity of mu­sic they were mak­ing. Their mu­sic was home­grown but still had an in­ter­na­tional ap­peal which was nice. I’m not eas­ily im­pressed just so you know,” he said. He said as far as he was con­cerned there was so much tal­ent that needed to be nur­tured. “I think we just need more peo­ple who are go­ing to be fear­less and do this mu­sic thing for real! Not part time. Go­ing in­ter­na­tional is pos­si­ble. All you have to do is make good mu­sic and use the in­ter­net ef­fec­tively to dis­trib­ute it. My sin­gle Skeem has been streamed 12k+ times just on Sound­cloud. Not much, but that’s just by us­ing the in­ter­net ef­fec­tively and of course hav­ing the fans too,” he said. He said it was time peo­ple gave mu­sic their all.

Speak­ing on fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions, he said he wouldn’t mind work­ing with any Swazi who was pas­sion­ate about mu­sic like he was. “I just want to work with artists I can make good mu­sic with. Whether its big names or up­com­ing. Hon­estly I’m about the mu­sic we’re mak­ing not re­ally about how big the artist is. Artists I will work with though are Justin Bieber, Adele, Chris Brown, maybe Drake, Solange and more of course,” he said. He in­sisted that un­til he worked with in­ter­na­tional artists then he hadn’t ac­com­plished any­thing.

In terms of pro­mo­tion of lo­cal artists he said that he felt Swazi pro­mot­ers were do­ing enough but the artists were slack­ing. “Swazi pro­mot­ers are do­ing what they need to do. I think the artists are not do­ing enough. Artists need to value them­selves for pro­mot­ers to value them. That is it. Know your value and stick to

it,” he con­tin­ued. “I stay in my own lane. I’m not com­pet­ing with any­one. I’m just com­pet­ing with my old self ev­ery­day. I’m work­ing ev­ery sin­gle day. Even when no­body can see. I sit in my cave and work,” he said. He said be­cause he knew how much ef­fort he put in his work he knew his value and would not set­tle for any­thing less. “I am just mind­ing my own busi­ness hon­estly and em­brac­ing my bless­ings. God is al­ways good. My fans are also the ‘realest’ in the game. The best!” he pointed out.

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