Lyndsay “The Dude” Award Winning Zimbabwean DJ!

You were born in Zimbabwe, what are your childhood memories of growing up there? Childhood memories would be

You were born in Zimbabwe, what are your childhood memories of growing up there?

Childhood memories would be playing in the grass when it was long and setting traps for people to trip them.

What schools did you attend in Zimbabwe, and was school an enjoyable time for you? If not, why not?

I attended Moffat primary and
High school, I went to Churchill boys high.
The school was reasonably good.
Primary was pretty good because it was close to home. I had lots of family in the same school also. I didn’t feel out of place at all.

High school was next level. I didn’t feel at all prepared for it. I had some friends from
Primary school, that helped a bit. But that higher level of learning and sport and real-life was not easy.

Were your talents recognised early by your teachers, and if so, can you remember any that had a particular influence on you?

Talents in school, I did not really excel at anything, particularly, things were 50/50 in all classes and sports.
I guess with getting older, you take on new habits and hobbies, so while at high school, I was literally trying to find my calling..

Being a /Dj as a career – was this always the dream?

Being a DJ was definitely a dream, after getting to know a few DJs and listening to them play.
With my understanding of music.. I knew I could do what they did.. all I needed was a chance..
I started to use cassettes to mix songs together at the same time… which was hard.. but the ideas kept flowing..
So the day I got to use DJ equipment… I made it worthwhile… I didn’t want to stop mixing..

Who inspired you as a child?

Who inspired me as a child?? I would say my Uncle Coolie.. he was also a DJ.. so having access to music also helped me.

What is your creative process like?

My creative process…. well, in the DJ field.. listening to new music helps.. my style of mixing is to identify hooks in a song and make that a key element, trying to make a song sound better than the original…

Tell me about the first time you saw your mixes come to life?

First time I saw my mixes come to life… There were annual events like the “beer fest” I got to know some of the DJs… one of those gave me a few minutes on the decks. It was still early, so it didn’t worry him if I messed around a bit.
But I didn’t mess around; I did as good as he would do…
He was impressed and let me play longer.
That was enough to give me more confidence..

Can you describe that feeling?
I can’t describe that feeling because, at the time, I was still learning. So just being excited to do it again.
But the most overwhelming feeling as a DJ is being on a big stage.
It looks good to watch, but once you’re on there and in front of 1000s of people.
You get nervous beyond belief.

What is one message you would give young aspiring DJs/artists?

A message I would give to aspiring DJs/artists…
Be the best you can be, and not everyone is talented in the same ways. So push your talent and believe that it will work.

What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your current career?

If I weren’t a DJ, I’d be a graphic designer by profession.

Where have you worked(dj’ing)? What venues most excited you?

The Venues I’ve played at are,
Synergy, Platinum Lounge, Vogue, Stars, and Pablos, – to name a few. Other events in Harare are HIFA, beach party, beer fest, and various other events.
Cyber, news cafe & marvel in South Africa,
Club hashtag in Zambia.
The exciting things are making people party hard, and when playing in a new venue.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music and fashion industry?

The Internet plays the most significant part of music and fashion because only the DJ had music ten years ago. We would need to buy a disc to be the guys who would introduce new music to the people.
Now, anyone has access to new music. Fashion trends are all over social media. People are up to date instantly.
I can now send my mixes directly to people. Whereas before, I’d make CDs and promote them at my events.

What is the biggest life lesson you have learned?

The biggest life lesson I’ve learned would be to not depend much on people.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Everyone has their struggles, and not everyone wants you to do better than them. This is also the best advice I’ve been given. And I’ve seen it.

If you could change anything about the arts industry, what would it be?

What I’d change about the industry is quality control.
Not everyone is good, but they are portrayed as a big named DJ because they know someone who knows someone. When they are actually not!

What do we need to do as a community to support young artists based all over the world? What is your experience would make a difference?

As a community, talent shows should be held to assist the youth.
Events that will give them a chance to explore their talent or learn something new. But options will be there for them to choose from.

What difference has COVID made to your life?

COVID has literally shut down the music industry.
Most people do not social distance when at a party. They drink, they dance, they shout, they hug, the list is endless.
Covid has shown me how short life can be. And how little people know about hygiene and social distancing.

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