By Tafadzwa Mlambo
Born Methenjwa Maurice Machi, the man we all know as DJ Match could easily be mistaken for your average student at first glance, but they say dynamite comes in small packages and this package is certainly exploding with talent. Originally from Durban, Match now lives in Pretoria.
Match is currently studying a Bachelor of Music degree but his love for music began at a young age. He started to DJ at the age of 13 and producing in 2004 and hasn’t stopped since. Match could be described as a dynamic music maestro, whose love for music has led to him joining the choir and bands in primary school and jazz bands, orchestras and trumpet quartets all through high school.
His first official gig was in 2005 after DJ Peewee, one of Rhodes’ former resident DJs, pushed him to go play at CJs (now known as Equilibrium). “It was quite a daunting experience. I’d only been going to CJs for a month,” explains Match. DJ Peewee took him under his wing and nurtured his talent by letting him play 15-20 minute sets at CJs.
“Peewee taught me a lot,” says Match, who soon learnt it wasn’t so easy being a DJ. “It’s difficult to please everyone on the floor,” says Match. He describes the crowd’s response to one of his first sets as similar to the parting of the Red Sea in the story of Moses. It was then that Match learnt about crowd response, and has grown from strength to strength since.
Match produces a lot of his own work and has been working on an electro-remix of the track “Loving You is True” which he did with Nqobile Shoba this term. Other tracks Match has worked on include “Drop it to the Ground” and “Game Over” and “Your Love Takes Me Higher” with Palesa. He plans to do some more of his own work this year.
In the future, Match hopes to work with many people, including The Kent Phonic Crew. “Kentphonic are my idols and I think they are really setting the standard for South African DJs and producers,” says Match. Match also hopes to one day work with acclaimed DJ duo, Durban’s Finest.
Match has had some national exposure. DJ Mlu, who was at Rhodes in 2004, was looking for a resident DJ on his hip hop show, The Fifth Element. Match made a 30 minute mix and took it to the SABC. Match was surprised to hear the track, played by one of Rhodes’ own DJs, on 5Fm.
The sky seems to be the limit for this talented young man. This year you can expect more productions from DJ Match. He is working with hip hop producers such as Sub-Zero and Peewee on a CD of hip hop instrumentals.To all those with aspirations of being a DJ his message is simple “Be persistent I know it’s easy to give up in the beginning, which is why you have to do it for the right reasons which is a love for music,” says Match. DJ Match is here to stay and will continue to provide quality entertainment for the ever buzzing Rhodent party culture that we all love.