DISC spinner, DJ Dimo, is relishing a lost at the Lesotho Times Fanfest scheduled for Setsoto Stadium on 3 November 2018.
DJ Dimo told the Express People that he perceives the event as a platform which will expose him to magnitudes and also give him the opportunity to share the stage with big names for the first time.
The Borokhoaneng bred house music DJ told Xpress People that he was thrilled to be playing at a festival of that magnitude for the first time and believes the opportunity will open doors for him.
“When I was booked for the Lesotho Times Fanfest it was a dream come true as it took me almost 10 years to finally be entrusted to perform for such a huge audience as is expected at the event,” DJ Dimo said.
“Anxiety knocks from time to time but then it cannot overshadow the excitement of being on such a huge line-up for the first time, sharing the stage with people I look up to for the first time. I am looking forward to sharing the stage with AKA and Kwesta.
“I already have a set prepared for the festival and patrons should come prepared to dance the night away. Since I am also part of the Fanfest build-up party sessions which are taking place at different spots throughout this month, people should come and get a taste of what they can expect at Setsoto Stadium on 3 November, it’s gonna be lit!”
The Lesotho Times Fanfest will see DJ Dimo join a star-studded roster featuring legends Oliver Mtukudzi and Tshepo Tshola. Also scheduled to perform are AKA, Kwesta, Nasty C, Prince Kaybee, Sho Madjozi, Lerato Kganyago, Amanda Black, Thami, Lady Zamar and several others.
The local contingent will also consist of the likes of Juvy, Together, Smooth, Katz, DJ Bootz, Kopper, Mtsuzi, Counter Force, Charma Exzit, Fatere and the Super Twins among others.
Born Mokhele Monare, DJ Dimo started his career in 2008, learning to play from a friend who was a resident DJ at a local club which was in his neighbourhood. He said it took him a year to get his act right but then his career highlight was in 2012 when he won a DJs competition which was held by Achiever Magazine. He then started making a name for himself in the southern and northern regions of the country playing at different clubs in the districts of Mohale’s Hoek and Butha-Buthe. DJ Dimo said that he drew inspiration from South Africans, Black Coffee and DJ Shimza whom he said made names for themselves from humble beginnings.
“I grew up listening to music from people like Steve Kekana but then when I joined the DJing industry I chose house music because it has always been a popular genre and I have always stuck in that lane.
“One friend of mine, DJ Max, who was a resident DJ at Timberland, taught me how to play in 2008. As I was grasping the knowledge he would give me slots at the club and I gradually got accustomed to the game.
“From then I have tried several ways to expose myself and would drive to other districts such as Mohale’s Hoek and Butha-Buthe as those are unsaturated areas. I also tried my luck at the Vodacom Superstars but then did not make it. Winning the Achiever DJ contest became an overwhelming moment for me because it proved I was on the right path,” DJ Dimo said.
DJ Dimo also said that taking up to 10 years to get a slot at a massive bash was a testimony that local artistes lacked support. He however, said local artistes need to invest resources to make a mark.
“It is costly to build a brand. At times one may have to volunteer at gigs because that gets your audiences familiar with your craft and that same audience can get you gigs.
“This career also needs patience as it takes a long time to get recognised. I am an example as it took me from 2009 to finally get recognised. If we could get enough support as foreign acts in the country, this industry would grow rapidly,” DJ Dimo said.