Johannesburg based multi-disciplined creative, Deniece Marz…, is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after DJs in Gauteng currently. Her ascent in the entertainment game has been a pleasure to watch as with every show she is intentional in giving her all in every set — rocking huge stages at gigs like Afropunk and gaining herself support from music lovers. We caught up with her ahead of her performance at the 7th anniversary of Weheartbeat.
What drew you to this industry? If you could bring awareness and change within the industry, what would it be?
What drew me to the industry firstly was the love of music (cheesy but true). Secondly, it was the lack of females in this industry.
What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome so far within the progression of your career?
So far the biggest problem is that people don’t respect artists. We always have to be begging for our payments and respect.
Do you feel that, as part of your work and art, is there a need for it to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”? Is there a hidden meaning in any of your art?
If there’s anything to be explained, I will explain. Not everything always needs an explanation.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues, the set-up that you feel most comfortable in when conducting a performance?
My favourite venue so far has been The Goodluck Bar in Newtown.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your career? What measures do you take into making these decisions?
Realising that I’m more than just a DJ.
How would you describe and rate the music and art scene of the city you are currently living? How do your surroundings influence your art?
The industry right now is moving and growing. Our industry just lacks respect for the artists and their rates (we too gotta live).
What can we look forward to from you in the following upcoming months?
You can expect fanning out and geeking over music, music from me and more gigs.