A Quick Interview With DJ Arthur Jr
There’s a certain fascination most of us have with not only celebrities, but their children also. Look at how the world has suddenly shifted its focus on Whitney’s only surviving child Bobbi Kristina. We are always curious to find out if they are as talented as their parents, if the fame gene is hereditary. Will they make a mess of their lives? Repeat their parents’ mistakes or learn and grow from their parents’ careers, if they choose to also pursue a path in entertainment?
A young man who is willing to take on that pressure and follow behind his father’s legendary footsteps is DJ Arthur JR, the son of King of Kwaito Arthur Mafokate who’s trying to pave his own way in the entertainment industry.
A good friend and Just Curious resident Jade Williams managed to hook us up with an exclusive chat with the DJ, just to get know him a little better. This is how the conversation went down:
Q: U grew up in a musical family, you’ve just matriculated, has DJ’ing always been a plan or a dream – did the 999 Family have an influence?
A: Obviously my dad is in music, but I never thought I would end up there. As much as I liked it, I always thought it is one of the most difficult things to do, till one day I decided to give it a try and luckily my parents were very supportive.
Q: Aside from your 999′s influence, how has your father had an impact on you in your entertainment career and or future?
A: He is very helpful in trying to shape the artist brand that I would like to become, and with the experience he has in the industry I am very lucky to have him on my side helping me. You can imagine he has helped people like Mandoza, Chomee, Lira and many more who succeeded in this tough industry.
Q: You have an album entitled ‘Mandela’, your debut album, tell us about it, also your music genre?
A: I titled Mandela because that is the name my dad gave me as a kid and since it is a great name I had to honor it with my best album as I also hope I became a great brand in this industry. My album is mainly house music.
Q: What else are you doing besides DJ’ing?
A: I go to school, I am trying to further my studies, and the rest is just trying to help my dad whenever he needs my help in running some of the 999 duties.
Q: You are currently busy with a National DJ AJ Promo tour. There are 9 Provinces in South Africa … Is there a province we might not see u in?
A: I will definitely do all the provinces as my dad says it is very important to know all the relevant people in the industry when you begin your career.
Q: Unlike your father, who’s sustained himself for decades in the South African entertainment industry other musicians come and go like dust, aside from your father’s guidance how do u plan on sustaining yourself in the
A: I don’t want to pressurize myself but I am hoping and praying that I don’t get distracted along the way. He likes saying to me respect, discipline, hard work and perseverance will get me far in life. So I am hoping to live by his words and continue to do the best that I can, and who knows, with God’s will I might just become a legend
Q: Tell us about your future plans / dreams / ideas / DJ or artists you’d like to work with.
A: My future plans are to have my own company one day, I also dream of touring the whole world as a SA DJ. I would also like to work with people like David Guetta, Faithless, Avicii, Deadmau5 and many more including Black Coffee.
Q: Where do u see DJ Arthur Jr in 5 years time?
Continuing with his music, having one or two artists under his wing and establishing my company. Hopefully still studying and doing what I love DJing.
Q: Celebrity Crush?
A: My secret
Q: Views on Twitter (Social network)
A: Its good when used positively
Q: Favorite pastime/hobby?
A: Reading, Movies, Being with my family, Going to shows with my stable mates, Film making
Q: Favorite city in SA?
A: So far Cape Town
Q: The last thing that made you go ‘TJO’?
The things my dad is able to do that I never thought he could do including DJing.
Q: What’s hot on your iPod/MP3?
A: DJ AJ, This Day featuring Jamela
Q: When is your birthday?
A: 20th October
Q: Favorite holiday destination?
A: So far it’s been Durban
Q: Any other interesting fact you’d like to share with the nation about DJ Arthur Junior!
A: He loves fun
I wish DJ Arthur all the best for the future and may he have a long fruitful career like his father.
Those are very huge boots to fill, but I am sure that he is not trying to be his father and is trying to set his own footprint in the world. I just hope that the industry does not pressure him too much.
I literally cringed when Bobbi Kristina told Oprah that the next step is to now follow in her mother’s footsteps, take over the mantle and will be singing, dancing and acting.
I was like why are you doing that to yourself child? Why are you setting yourself up for them to deliberately wait to break you using your own mother’s legacy as a weapon?
Where in this DJ Arthur’s case I don’t get the sense of him to trying take over where his is or be him, but he just wants to carve his own path, using his father’s guidance and the wisdom he accumulated over the years.
Interview By Zamani Khethelo
(A special Thanks to Jade Williams)