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In UP lectures he goes by the name Jagger, but on the music scene he is JBG. Third-year Informatics student and DJ Jagger Bellagrada has been making waves in the music industry. Perdeby recently caught up with this young and upcoming musician to get a taste of what it’s like being a student and a DJ.
What are some of the places you have performed at?
I have performed at a number of different venues across Gauteng, but the biggest highlight for me would be making my H2O debut in 2014 when I was 18. Other highlights include playing at the Holi One Colour Festival as well as Nicci Beach in Boksburg.
How would you describe your style?
The style of music I make is a mixture of Big Room and Progressive House, however I am still searching for my signature style.
What festivals or events would you like most to perform at?
On top of my list would definitely be Ultra South Africa and Rage Festival.
When did you first start DJing and what influenced you to start?
I started DJing when I was 15 years old. I used to be a provincial swimmer and up until I was 15, my goal was to go to the Olympics, but I never enjoyed the competition and it became an effort for me so I stopped. In 2011 I attended an event where I saw a DJ mixing on a pair of turntables and I just watched him for basically the entire night. I saved up and bought my first set of equipment and six months later I won my first competition on 94.7 Highveld Stereo and the rest, as they say, is history.
What are some challenges you currently face in your line of work?
There are a lot of challenges in the music and DJ industry for an aspiring DJ/producer, but I guess there are challenges in every industry. From small things, like drunk fans spilling their drinks on you at gigs, to the more intensive challenges, like the haters in the industry who just want to see you fail and the rejections from labels on your work, but it is all positive in my eyes because you either gain a hilarious story or you gain the advice and use it to better yourself in your craft.
What do you think of the DJing landscape in South Africa at the moment?
I think South Africa has one of the best DJ and music landscapes in the world. The amount of talent in this country is insane and by just looking at the artists who have done really well on an international platform, such as Black Coffee, Black Motion and Goldfish, it just goes to show that South Africa is producing some serious talent that can easily stand up against the best in the world.
What do you find yourself doing when you’re not on the stage?
Studying. Between music and varsity, I don’t really have time for anything else.
For a taste of JBG’s music, follow him on Facebook and Instagram.