HOLAA Loves: DJ Cindy

We all love the good life and the night time but have we ever wondered about the people behind the beats? Here we catch up with DJ Cindy and find out a little bit more about who she is, when the lights go on and the sun goes up.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself, what makes you you?

My name is Cynthia Muswanya. I am the first born of three girls. I rarely speak, unless I have something to say, am a very private person. I started off as a Graphic designer for several years and then transitioned to become a full-time deejay.

What’s your stage name? DJ Cindy.

What made you want to be a DJ? How did you get into it? I discovered virtual DJ about two years back and I began learning it bit by bit. I used to practice a lot on Fridays evenings after work and sometimes all day on Saturday and Sunday. Before I even started on mixing music I already had a wide collection of albums so I had a slight understanding on what I would love to play. My friends used to joke a lot about me being a deejay and so every weekend I was the entertainment.

The rest as they say is History.

How does being a DJ affect your life? I have had to adjust a lot in my life that had to do with time. For example, I used to meet a lot of friends in bars to socialize, now I consider those hours working hours. I have also had to drop a lot of people I used to hang-out with but I think that is all for the better. I had to leave these people behind because some people think that being a DJ is all about partying, access to clubs, free drinks, groupies and so on. They do not want to understand the time and effort that I have to put in to being on top of my game. I, therefore, learned to keep close those who understand my vision.

Does it affect your love life? My partner understands my work and she helps me work towards my passion.

Is it just all parties and being awesome or is it hard work and no sleep? Definitely hard work and NO SLEEP. The job requires a lot of practice, I have to put in a lot of effort downloading, researching, discovering and understanding songs from all over. Most of my time is spent on sorting music and some light editing on tracks. But it’s something I love doing so time just flies by.

Do you have to be extremely social when you aren’t on the decks? I try to be as social as I can. This helps with creating a bigger network of fans and potential future clients.

What is it like being a female DJ? It’s a bit challenging being a female DJ in Kenya. Event organizers and managers are often skeptical about hiring when I approach them. Because men have dominated the industry for so long club owners assume that women are not as good at delivering the goods. They therefore tend to lean towards hiring men. I also think that they are scared women will bring emotion into their work.

Is it a boys club? It is definitely a male-dominated industry. I get through it because, personally, I tend to get on pretty well with the guys having learned pretty much all I know from them. They have also given me the space to showcase my skills which has opened up the space to me. In order to survive this world you do, as a woman, have to make sure you match up and work twice as hard.

How do you pick your jams? I pick my music based on how I feel about the song. A huge percentage of my songs are from albums. I go through every song in an album to find a potential “hit” song and those are the tracks I include in my playlist.

What inspires the mixes? Everything, the mood, the crowd, requests, the weather. I mix based on the mood mostly if I’m making a mixtape. In a club scenario, I go with the flow of the crowd.

Who are your favorite DJs and who inspires? DJ Litman, DJ Blend Daddy, Jack Rooster are amazing DJ’s internationally. I am inspired by D’Jane Mirjami. I love her personality and style.

Whats your fave mix?: I made a dubstep mix that i can’t get enough of.

Do you create your own beats? No, but I recently got the software & tutorials and hope to do so in the very near future.

Would you party to your music? I party to my music all the time. I find myself dancing alone in my studio during the practice sessions

Would you have sex to your jams? Yes. Have you? On several occasions.

Are there groupies? Oh yes. A big percentage being guys. If so how do you handle that? I just let them down easy. They keep me going.

What are your plans for your career, where do you hope that it goes? Deejaying is just the beginning. In a few years I want to be running an entertainment company.

What do you get up to when you are not DJ-ing? I like spending my free time either playing board games or watching random films. What else are you passionate about? I love food, both cooking and eating and I love helping others.

Anything else you want to drop on us in terms of who you are or any knowledge to share? Take every day as a new day, do something out of your comfort zone and make yourself happy.

Check out her Facebook Page.

Check out her mix crate profile.

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