Stay on lane and count your blessings - Tendaness
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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