DURBANITE WINS H20 COMPETITION
By: Michelle Harripersadth
One of the biggest parties to hit African soil. The official H20 party had social media and the rest of the world wondering who will be the next deejay to join the H20 team.
On the 10th of July 2013 the winner of the H20 competition was announced and Durban bred Aman Maniram, better known as DJ Monstrosity, took the crown. We here at JournalismIziko caught up with the gifted deejay to find out a little more about the local up and coming talent.
JI: Welcome! So why don’t you tell us a little more about yourself?
DjM: Well for starters I don’t drink or smoke and I am very family orientated, which seems to be a shock for most people. I spent my adolescent years involved in the art of music and my passion flourished into a way of life.
JI: How did you get your introduction into the musical world? And how many years have you been Deejaying?
DjM: I started at the age of fifteen when I received turntables and speakers as a birthday gift and from that day forth I spent countless hours practicing and I guess you could say the rest is history. My career as a club deejay took off after I won a competition called “Full Moon” held at the Bellagio nightclub on the 2nd of February 2012.
JI: As a Deejay who do you draw your inspiration from and what is your biggest influence?
DjM: Well I don’t really aspire to be like anyone else. I just strive to be the best I can be by my own standards.
JI: What is your opinion on the stigma attached to Deejaying being an unstable career choice as opposed to being an extension of an art of music?
DjM: I guess it can be perceived as being an unstable career choice especially if you do not have confirmed work like residency at a club or being a radio DJ.
JI: Why don’t you tell us a little more about the work you have been associated with?
DjM: Well currently I am a resident deejay at Empyre nightclub. I have played on 4 local, 4 National and 2 International Radio stations.
I also played at the third edition of the Aquafest franchise held in June 2013 and shared a platform with the musical styling’s of Fatman Scoop, Lady Lea, Deejay Kent, Crazy White Boy and Pascal and Pearce just to name a few.
JI: Congratulations on your win! How does it feel to be the lucky winner of the H2O competition?
DjM: The feeling is amazing! especially knowing that so many people support me.
JI: How do you feel about social media playing such a dominant role in the competition?
DjM: I guess it would make sense. You would not have a following if you were not talented and from a business point of view you’re also going to need someone who is well known in order to contribute to the number of people who attend the event and social media is the perfect platform to attain such results.
JI: Are there any surprises that we can expect from your set at the H2O party?
DjM: Hahaha! Unfortunately I can not disclose that kind of information.I guess you will just have to show up to find out.
JI: Where do you see yourself in five years?
DjM: I see myself being on radio and playing internationally on a regular basis.
JI: Would you please leave us with your life motto…
DjM: Music never separates people. Persistence and perseverance is the key in order to progress.