ON THE SEAT WITH QNESS – DJ/Producer
Who is Qness in Short?
Qness is a DJ, Producer, Artist and Musician who believes in changing the world one song at a time.
And how did the name come up?
My real name is Qhubani so many people couldn’t pronounce it then they started calling me Qute Ness, so when I started Deejaying
they would call me by that name then I shortened it to Qness coz that sounded more cool.
How did you discover the love for music and producing?
My sister Samukeliso introduced me to R’n'B but growing up I had always had this deep love and passion for creating my own records
so It is something that I actually grew up with and when my siister introduced me to R’n B it actually gave me a direction to fall
on as shortly after that we started a boy band with my friends at school.
Did you ever thought one day you gonna make it this big??
The thing is I still don’t consider myself as somebody who has made it big yet,
actually I feel I still have a very long way to go, but I do acknowledge that I am blessed and I have reached a level which I only
dreamt about before, I am very grateful that it is all turning into a reality for me.
Why choose music career?
I never chose it, I guess it was unaviodable. I was too passionate about it, I can not imagine myself doing anything else.
My parents actually wanted me to bea teacher like my elder sisters but I could not bring myself to do something I had no
passion about so for me music is all about passion. I’ve loved music since I was a child and I learnt to the follow the music
and this is where it has led me today and I’m so very grateful.
And any comment about da capacity of DJs in SA?
The current capacity of DJs in this country is so enormous, there has never been such a volume of DJs all at the same place and
at the same time. The industry has become saturated but I think it’s a good thing as this does show that we do have an abundance of talent as a nation.
Any other music you listen to besides house?
The funny thing is I hardly listen to house. My favorite music is Hip Hop, and my favorite song of all time is the song “Juicy” by Notorious B.I.G,
I hardly play house, I mostly listen to Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul and afro jazz, which is why my sound is so unique. I am not influenced by other house
songs, but by these afore mentioned genres.
What do u do during da week besides studio and music?
I am head of marketing at Shelter Music and I do marketing for brands like Fistaz Mixwell, DJ Sox, Tokzen, QT and many others under the label. I also
write for the BPM Magazine.
And how did you meet Malehlokwa?
I met her at Sheer Publishing back when I was still interning then I heard her singing on some songs perfomed by the group Khaya. I immediately fell
for her voice and I invited her to my studio and next thing we were recording “Uzongilinda”…
And “Uzongilinda” featuring Malehlokwa ,is it the first track produced?
It wasn’t my first hit, but it was the first song I did with Malehloka. The first song I produced was “Fugama Unamathe” which featured Oluhle
and it was a very big hit and that is the song that launched the DJ Qness brand on a mass scale.
Now On Cue reloaded album, how would you describe that in a few lines??
It’s a definition of how good music should sound like. You can’ty listen to that album and not fall in love. It’s a brilliant peice of artwork as it
contains some of my most creative work to date.
And anything we can expect from you for this year??
I’m still pushing my current album “On Cue Reloaded” which contains the hits “Time,” “Uzongilinda”, “Fugama Unamathe” and “Believing” and this album is going to change the face of local music forever…
Any advice to the upcoming producers and djs?
The best advice I can give is, you must strive to be original and difference. Do not try and be Qness, or anything like that. Just be yourself.
The only reason why I made it this far is becuase I came with something different which no one else was doing. So that is the advice I can give
to the upcomings.
The worsts moments u ever had?
When the sound went dead on me while I was playing at a gig in Polokwane, and I was just getting to the peak of my set. The crowd just looked at me
like it was my fault, lol…
When I first heard my song on radio… I literally cried!!!
And how would you like to be remembered?
As the man who changed the face of South African music thats why I always try to be the best when I make music.
Who inspires you?
P. Diddy for his business ethics, Dr. Dre for the fact that he never compromises and always brings out the best in quality and last but not least
Jay Z for being such a fine hustler!!!
Any special person your life?
Yes, she’s there and she’s very special but unfortunately I can’t give out her name…
DJ Qness feat. Oluhle – Fugama Unamathe