A Quick Chat With This Week’s Top Pick for Woman Crush Everyday, DJ LeSoul
12 Questions is a weekly interview series that celebrates Africa-based female professionals who work in the music, media and entertainment industry. The multi-layered presentation is intended to inspire a bright new generation of young ladies to carve their own paths and overcome common challenges while learning about a few personal experiences from some (notable) professionals in the creative industry.
This week, we had an in-depth conversation with South African female disc jockey, vocalist, pianist, radio personality, and rising star in her own right, DJ LeSoul.
Tell us about your journey & how you began with radio.
It all began in Church. Growing up a preacher’s kid, I have always been exposed to music and arts in general. I started playing the piano at the age of 14 and continued to expose myself to the other forms of instruments (deejaying) in 2010. The career officially kicked off in 2011.
Is there an interesting story behind your name?
It was given to me by my grandmother. I used to be addicted to soulful music and poetry and most people called me Le (short for Nkule). Mom put the two together.
What does house music mean, to you?
House music is a spiritual movement. You could be having the worst day but as soon as you play a good house jam, even a non-vocal/ instrumental, your mood changes.
Did you have any bitter experiences with not being taken seriously, as a female working in the music & entertainment industry? kindly share.
I wouldn’t say bitter. I know a lot of male deejays fear my skill, weird but I accept them shame.
Any thoughts on the current state of SA music in a digital age?
Digital is definitely taking over the world. Electronic sounds – mixed with cultural elements – have introduced so many good sounds.
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You could visit South Africa for any reason, but if it is for the music, you will definitely be edu-tained.
The biggest challenge faced by women in the music & entertainment industry?
Self-doubt: we as women should stop comparing ourselves to men in all industries. We are equal but now’s the time to prove it than complain about it.
The stereotypes would not exist had we pushed hard enough beyond them. Women are amazing, let’s embrace our talents.
The biggest reward?
Staying true to who I am no – matter what.
Can you list the Top 4 social media do’s and dont’s for fellow professionals?
Do: (1) share motivation, (2) respond to as many people as possible, (3) help others by linking them, and (4) follow. Do not: (1) stalk people – follow them, (2) respond to hate – block, (3) hate on pictures/ judge pictures, and (4) tag people who don’t relate to the post.
What would you say makes your personal brand unique?
Being original – we can tell when your character is not genuine.
Can you pick 3 women that you admire in the industry? Why?
Winnie Mandela, Janelle Monae and Eryka Bhadu. I see so much of me in them.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
You can expect a lot of traveling and, most importantly, my new school.
Do you have any advice for ladies looking to follow in your footsteps?
Find yourself then fulfill your purpose.
You can follow DJ LeSoul on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates about her weekly events and/or to keep track of her activities. You can also watch a video of LeSoul on the decks below, plus do feel encouraged to share your thoughts and comments with us about her and/or this discussion further down below.