Grace Buthelezi, a.k.a DJ Fanele Grace, is an up and coming Johannesburg based Gqom DJ.
Here, GLAMOUR chats to the woman of many talents about her career, her hacks for achieving the perfect work/life balance and how she was drawn into the music industry.
What is it about Gqom and music in general that made you decide to become a DJ?
‘Gqom always puts me in a good mood, it's loud, energetic and a special kind of drug. I fell in love with it in 2015 and haven't looked back since.’
‘I love music, every genre, and I believe being a DJ is one of the best ways to express that love and to share what you love, constantly, with the people.’
What did you study at WITS and how did it help you further your career as a DJ?
‘Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Media Studies. The degree didn't help me, however, being in the varsity environment helped me to connect with many people and be involved with campus and res parties. By the time I graduated in 2017, I had played at a few res parties and night clubs.’
What is the one thing your audience would be surprised to know about you?
‘I'm studying to be a high school teacher. I will be qualified by the end of this year.’
How do you balance the party lifestyle that comes with being a DJ and your personal life?
‘Last year (2018) was very hectic with the party lifestyle. This year I chose to calm it down, be picky with the events I attend and play at, go home immediately after my set, and SLEEP.’
‘When I am not on the decks, I use every opportunity to nurture the relationships in my life, these people help me stay grounded and constantly remind me that there is more to life than loud music, late nights & alcohol.’
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What would your advice be to young and aspiring female DJ's?
‘Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. The world is finally making space for female artists and DJ's and you must use it to your advantage.’
‘Make the right connections, find the platforms that work for you and your brand. Be genuine and always stay true to yourself - it will reflect in your work. Last but not least, HAVE FUN! It's not that scary after a while.’