Qiniso Phungula, also known as DJ Q, is a radio presenter at TuksFM and a hip hop and house DJ from Johannesburg currently studying a BA Visual Studies degree at UP. Q “first discovered DJing at the age of 13, with an app called Virtual DJ”, however the first time he played music for people was at the age of 14. Q enjoys “playing hip hop and house, but it generally depends on the crowd and what keeps them dancing.” When asked about what his favourite part about playing music was, Q responded that his “favourite part of playing music is actually finding new music and seeing people’s reactions on the dance floor when I play new tracks.” Q’s favourite song to play for audiences is “Uproar” by Lil Wayne, “It really gets the crowd going crazy and jumping. The crowd really loves singing along to the chorus, which makes me happy.”
PDBY also spoke to Q about his most recent achievements in his music. “I’ve achieved quite a lot, but the best thing I’d say I’ve achieved is people’s happiness on the dance floor. Because of that, I’ve been able to play at multiple festivals, parties and venues, such as The Jolly Roger, The Grind, Madison Avenue Pretoria, Slushy, Lentedag, 40 Days, Stables, Nicci Beach and Great Dane in Braamfontein.” The one place Q says he would like to play is OppiKoppi. “The crowd seems absolutely insane and I’d definitely love to play for them.” Q first played for an audience in 2016 for a church youth event. “I was very nervous and spent a whole week prepping. DJing with sweaty hands is not a fun experience.” When asked about his next aspiration for 2019, Q replied: “My biggest goal for 2019 is to play outside of Gauteng and possibly play in Durban or Cape Town. I’ve always wanted to play at a beach or a pool party/festival in the coast.” Q also would like to play at Ultra South Africa someday. “I feel like that’s a hall mark for every South African artist/DJ to showcase their talent on an international scale.”
On presenting at TuksFM, Q says. “I feel like radio truly allows me to be myself, without any boundaries—well, except swearing on air; you can’t do that. But I truly feel so free and at home when I’ve got a mic in front of me, and I’m talking to thousands of people. The fact that I can make an impact in their lives by just being myself, truly makes me happy.”
Q’s advice for aspiring DJs is to “just get started. I know it sounds cliché, but in the wise words of Nike, ‘Just do it,’ get started, practice and actually tell people that you’re a DJ. No one is going to know that you are a DJ if you don’t tell them. People can’t read your mind.”
When asked about his favourite part of the musical industry in Pretoria, Q responded that he loves “the hip hop and house culture. Pretoria is filled with many talented artists and musicians. I personally feel that Pretoria has a lot more to offer to the music industry than people actually realize. Don’t sleep on Pretoria, we’ll surprise you.”
Q’s musical inspirations are Travis Scott in terms of artists and Chrizz Beatz in terms of DJs.
Q finds Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” to be the greatest song of all time: “That song slaps.”