rominent media analyst, businessman and editor, Andile Mathobela had to wait for twelve whole years to finally have a chance to follow the original dream that led him to Johannesburg in the first place.
The Warrenton, Northern Cape native has been a popular face for analysing media trends on television and editing a leading popular youth digital magazine, Zkhipani.com, which he also co-owns – however, he initially moved to Johannesburg to be a house music DJ.
Going by the moniker, The Journalist, he is part of the underground DJ movement made up of Johannesburg club DJs labelled Live On Tour, whereby they host gigs all over the country.
He started playing as many as five sessions a weekend this year but also put on his producer hat, leading to his new single titled Oceans, featuring vocalist Garth Brown of Inhliziyo Yami fame and co-producer Shi_Cargo.
“My initial reason for moving to Johannesburg was to become a DJ. I got here and immediately realised that I wanted to have a solid foundation first. I studied and went into business since. I feel like everything requires appropriate timing to be a success, I feel like it’s time to follow my passion and share my artistic abilities with the music-loving nation” He says.
This single is the first official public offering and is the predecessor for the EP, which is set to be released by March next year. However, he has been releasing unofficial mixtapes on music streaming sites, just for cultural purposes.
The song will be available for streaming and download on all digital stores from 29 October 2019.
Listen or get the song [HERE]
About The Journalist
Andile Mathobela is a qualified journo by profession & the co-founder of the Zkhiphani.com publication which is an online social lifestyle & entertainment magazine.
He is popularly known as The Journalist – A 32-year-old deejay that is based in Joburg, Gauteng – South Africa. He was born and bred in Warrenton – a sleepy township which is situated in Northern Cape.
The Journalist developed an ear for music at an early age.
His introduction to house music had him obsessed with memorising and reciting complex beats to his friends in primary school after listening to some of his uncle’s house music compilations back in the early 2000s.
Although deep house and EDM music were the least favourite in his community at the time, The Journalist always believed his passion for contributing to the House scene would one day turn into a reality.
An introvert by nature, The Journalist, enjoys spending his time indoors and honing his music skills.
From a young age, When he finished matric in 2005, The Journalist was inspired to become a journalist after volunteering to be a presenter at a community radio station as he later went on to study media and journalism at the Rosebank College in Pretoria.
He pioneered the digital landscape shortly after that with his business partners when the Zkhiphani publication was born and he continued to do so over a period of ten years but the calling to pursue music kept ringing in his ear and he finally decided to honour the invite.
The Journalist plans on educating and informing everyone on the dance floors across South Africa through an eargasmic musical transcendence. The journalist specialises in progressive house, broken beats, afro tech as well as electronic dance music.
He has become more than just a DJ – he has developed into an artist with the release of his debut single titled Oceans, he collaborated with fellow musos Garth Brown and Shi_Kargo.
The single drops on all digital stores on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.