HYPE Magazine Interviews DJ Tira

Tonight Castle Lite will be hosting their 3rd episode of their #CastleLiteUnlocks In Bed With and DJ Zintle will be on host duty this time around because we’ll be getting 2 heavyweight DJs going head-to-head in a battle. We got DJ Tira (whom we got our money on thank you…) and DJ Maphorisa who will both be battling it out with their hits and mixes. Its definitely going to be a crazy one plus FOCALISTIC will also be making an appearance too so make sure you’re tuned in at 7:30 PM on Castle Lite’s YouTube page. But just before we get the action, we got the chance to chat with DJ Tira and find out what fans can expect from him tonight plus more.

How have you been handling the whole Lockdown situation, has the Lockdown affected you creatively, personally, and so on?

 I think the best part of this lockdown is that it gave us time to work on some of our projects in the studio, to gather our minds and work on our brands and sharpen our skills.

Mentally how has Tira been adjusting to this whole pandemic, how have you been keeping yourself busy? 

This whole coronavirus is affecting the whole world and we all have to cope one way or another so that is how I’ve been adjusting to this whole pandemic mentally. And by us abiding by the rules and regulations set by the government we are all playing a role in helping the government deal with this pandemic. 

“I’ll be playing an exclusive which is a song that will be part of my project and it is a song that I believe I will use to “shutdown” the year” – DJ Tira

How would you say GQOM has progressed since it’s has been introduced unto the scene?

I mean the genre has progressed and it has even touched other parts of the world. Parts of the world outside of South Africa have really paid attention to it. I feel like it’s up to us to take the genre to the next level, I mean with every genre there comes a point where it reaches its peak, and people will have to find different ways on how to keep the genre relevant and interesting. So right now it’s important for people like me to modify the sound and make it fresh again as people love and appreciate fresh sounds.

Your new single ‘Superhero’, how did it come about what would you say inspired the song and the features you have on the track? 

One thing you’ll notice about my new single ‘Superhero’ is that it has some elements of my old style of making music with some reference to my song with DJ Clock’s ‘umahamba yedwa’, I just mixed that and added more energy to it. The inspiration behind the song is overcoming adversity in the industry because there have been “talks” there and there about who will survive this pandemic and who will not. So for me as a person that has been in the game for about 21 years and still be relevant at this stage, I feel like I display some sort of having some “superpowers” therefore making me a “Superhero”.

Your new single ‘Superhero’, how did it come about what would you say inspired the song and the features you have on the track? 

One thing you’ll notice about my new single ‘Superhero’ is that it has some elements of my old style of making music with some reference to my song with DJ Clock’s ‘umahamba yedwa’, I just mixed that and added more energy to it. The inspiration behind the song is overcoming adversity in the industry because there have been “talks” there and there about who will survive this pandemic and who will not. So for me as a person that has been in the game for about 21 years and still be relevant at this stage, I feel like I display some sort of having some “superpowers” therefore making me a “Superhero”.

Is this single a build-up to a new project we can hopefully expect?

Tira: Yes definitely, I’m going to drop a project titled 21 Years of DJ Tira this year, so my new single is just a teaser of what people can expect what my project is going to sound. So my new single is just to buy some time and build up content that will eventually lead up to my new project.

“This whole coronavirus is affecting the whole world and we all have to cope one way or another so that is how I’ve been adjusting to this whole pandemic mentally” – DJ Tira

We obviously know you handling the #CastleLiteUnlocks In Bed With session later tonight against DJ Maphorisa, are you going to be performing some exclusives? 

I’ll be playing an exclusive which is a song that will be part of my project and it is a song that I believe I will use to “shutdown” the year as it will be the biggest song of the year, so people can look out for that in today’s ‘In Bed With’ session with Castle Lite. 

As most of us know you are a DJ that regularly discovers artists and introduces them to us, have you touched on discovering new artists during this time of lockdown, which artist have you been checking out? 

Well, for now, I’ve just been trying to work with the up and coming guys, checking out their sound because right now is the perfect time to also check and test new sounds. So that is what I have been doing, so as soon as the rules of our national Lockdown cool down I’ll be collaborating with other artists and experiment with this new sound and create these smash hits.