Often when an upcoming act gets a breakthrough, they think of themselves first. Ideas on how they should get more gigs or money cloud their minds. There is no flaw in that. Discovering DJ’s similar to DJ Pedabotic, who want to uplift upcoming DJ’s above all else, is just an eyeopener.
DJ Pedabotic, known as Peda in his kasi, Tembisa, dazzled everyone at Soweto’s White House Love Mini Cooper event on 12 November 2016. His manager, Nthabiseng Khechane (of Thana Communications), had invited us to capture her highly skilled client in action. When we got there, yo, beziwa! The crowd was on its feet dancing to Peda exhibiting his mega mixing stunts.
On the decks, DJ Pedabotic seems confident and as if wachoma, kante he is only having a jolly good time. During the interview he came across a gentle and humble being. Maybe growing-up around his uncles instilled such values. “Uthando lo-music kakhulu nje luqale endlini (My love for music started at home), I could say, ’cause my uncles had a sound system, bebabo-DJ (they were DJ’s),” he explained his background during the first minutes of our interview.
DJ Shimza, Black Coffee, Rocco, Ralf Gum and Black Motion are well known artists whom he has shared stages with.
When it comes to DJ competitions, DJ Pedabotic wachesa. In 2015, he won DJ Shimza’s Tembisa DJ competition, where he went through to the finals from its knock-off stages and won. In the same year, he entered Red Bull’s Campus Clash and came #2. For Gauteng Carnival DJ Competition, in 2013, he took the sixth position.
With his current achievements, there’s still more to be done, he believes. He plans on contributing back to Tembisa by starting workshops and conferences which will uplift upcoming DJ’s. The lack of guidance and resources or equipment ko kasi pushed for this idea.
We hope more people think and act like him.
Watch DJ Pedabotic’s interview below and comment with your views.