Lebza The Villain is a passionate DJ and entrepreneur. Lebza was born in Pretoria and raised Ivory Park, Tembisa South Africa.
Q & A with Lebza The Villain
Tell us a little bit about your career and how you started?
I’ve always loved how music made people feel and growing up in the township of Tembisa, I saw how music always united and help people deal with everything life threw at them. So, at the age of 13, I was interested in the creation and DJ’ing side of music. However, I only began doing it professionally 5 years ago.
What projects are you currently working on?
I just released my 8 track EP titled NANINI. I am currently working on campaigning for that, introducing it to different ears and new markets.
What is your favourite thing about what you do?
People’s reactions are always my favourite thing about what I do. I mean, do you understand how crazy it is that through music you get to influence the masses for a certain time? You get to help people with this life thing? That’s just some magical.
What is your best career highlight so far?
In 2018, I was at the BBC house In London and there I mixed live from the 1Xtra Studios and the mix was broadcasted live in SA. That was my best career highlight.
If you could give some advice to someone starting their career journey, what would it be?
I would say, try by all means to listen to NO ONE. In this game, people give you advice based on what has worked or didn’t work for THEM. Find what works for you.
How did your career in the industry begin?
My career in the industry began when I started doing live mixes for YFM on Fridays. The Mixes were called YTKO.
How do you think we can grow the creative industry and bring African content to the world?
The best way we can grow the creative industry is by collaboration. African creatives need to build their own creative ecosystem that can function in Africa first. The world needs Africa but I believe we need one another more.
Have you ever been to Cape Town? If so, what makes you love Cape Town and if not, what about it makes you want to go?
I have been to Cape Town too many times to remember the exact number. What I love about Cape Town is the culture diversity. You literally meet people from all walks of life there, it’s amazing. Camps Bay? Like WHAT an amazing area to be in. Let’s not forget how financially motivating Cape Town is. Life there is almost like living in the heart of Europe. BEAUTIFUL.
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