Rosetta D33p Interview
Rosetta D33p is one of a handful of female and male DJ’s being helped in their music careers by The Godfathers of Deep House SA. From Dj’ing to music production they are taught, guided and given a platform to build a profile for themselves in South Africa and internationally. The mentorship of the ‘Godbabes’ and ‘Godsons’ is yet another example of how South African deep house reaches far deeper than just Beatport Charts or streaming counts - this is a way of life.
How did you get into that to begin with?
The Godfathers of deep house SA are very popular and exclusive in South Africa. It is every deep house producer and DJ’s dream to work with them. I was fortunate enough to meet and have a chat with them in one of their gigs. Everything started from there, they taught me how to dj and later on I started making mixtapes in their Studio. The name of my first mix is called Chilling With Rosetta D33P which made me gain an international recognition at an early stage of my music career.
Were you into house music before that?
No. I noticed that deep house is the music I enjoy listening to. Deep house compliments my personality, I’m calm and deep in nature. In the past I used to listen to deep house passively when chilling with friends, but now I listen to deep house very actively and even produce it myself. I can listen to it no matter what I’m doing with no disruption. Godfathers made me fall in love with it more.
Greatest influences from your early days? DJ’s, people, labels…?
The Godfathers, Black Coffee and Davido because they are all about breaking barriers, taking Africa to the world and relating to everyone through music.
Which DJ’s do you love to hear play?
David Guetta, Dj Zinhle, Black Coffee, Dj Spinal and The Godfathers Of Deep House SA.
What’s it like being taught by The Godfathers?
It’s the best opportunity that one could get. Godfathers of deep house are a leading Deep House record label in South Africa and they are international with an Online Radio which has presence in 165 countries around the world. I have my own show called Deep And Sexy With Rosetta D33P which play every Sunday 16h00 to 18h00 South African time. The international exposure they give you comes with a lot of opportunities and before you work with them they instil the concept of principles and 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey which builds great character while shaping the talent .Godfathers are game changers, they don’t only teach you about music but they incorporate music with advancement of technology as we are moving to the 4th industrial revolution ,this keeps us relevant and competent.
What kind of things do you work on with the guys?
It’s mostly gigs, production and mentorship.
What’s the dream for you from all this?
To touch peoples lives with music, heal, empower, bring hope and make them happy while I earn a living .
How would you describe your musical style as a DJ?
My style is deep, soulful and classic. I love music that is timeless therefore I tend to confine myself to playing theses styles of music with nostalgic deep house being at the top of my preferences. This style of music talks to my character, as I am deep and very calm by nature.
You love to dance while you DJ - I get the feeling music is something that moves you?
Music moves me. It is an escape for me to a better world filled with happiness. This is what I would like people to experience when I play. I express who I am through music and hope I influence others in that direction.
You’re working on some production, too right? - what can we expect from you on that in the future?
I just released my first compilation of my favourite Godfathers’ track called Chill With Rosetta D33P VOL.1 which is available on all online platforms and I’m working on my first album called Chill With Rosetta D33P Vol. 2, which is a collection of tracks that I am producing myself in collaboration with The Godfathers Of Deep House SA.
Top tip/s for people wanting to be a DJ?
Being a DJ is one of the amazing careers that one could have hence it get easy to get lost in the moment when you are enjoying.It is important to be always disciplined and focused .Let people know who you are and what you are made of through your set .Be who you are, play what you believe in and the crowds will respond to your vibe. Practising and perfecting your craft by being consistent, this will help you grow and learn new things. Make your set memorable and unique by being creative and always introduce something new.
Best piece of advice anyone has given you on the journey so far?
BEGIN WITH AN END IN MIND. Know your goal in life so that you better understand where you are now and what it takes to reach it. Prioritise your actions such that whatever you do on any particular day does not violate what you have defined as a supremely important, and that each day of your life contributes in the meaningful way to the vision you have of your life as a whole. You won’t achieve any empty victory that is not taking you where you want to go while compromising what is more valuable.
All-time favourite track to play in a set?
End of memory (Nostalgic Mix) by the Godfathers of Deep house. This song brings all the memories that it took for me to get where I am.
What’s your favourite DJ set or bit of equipment?
PIONEER dj DDJ-RZX Controller
South Africa is the centre of the deep house world right now - it must feel special to be where you are right now doing this?
I feel very special and proud. South Africa have a great talent indeed and the fact that it is all happening here gives me an opportunity to improve on my craft.
What can people expect to hear from your guest mix for UM?
A powerful nostalgic mix that will take you deep and make you dance non-stop.
What’s on the cards for the next while - gigs to watch out for?
The world is facing a medical emergency as World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global pandemic. To manage this scourge our honourable President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced various measures to contain the Corona Virus spread. One such measure is prohibition of gathering of more than 100 people hence our gigs are indefinitely cancelled. However, I will be uploading our in-house concerts content on our YouTube channel that people can enjoy in their quarantine zones.
Where can people follow you?
They can follow me on my social media platforms as well as Godfathers Of Deep House SA social media platforms.