VJ Ice speaks on craft
Renowned act VJ Ice real name Anthony Maliwasa has called on the country to respect the trade saying it continues to contribute immensely to the development of the creative sector.
The experienced DJ, who started the artistry in 2006 and has performed in several big events featuring both local and international acts, said it was high time dee-jaying was given the respect it deserves.
“At times, you feel like this art is overlooked and yet it has offered more. If you go outside the country, you will see that this is one of the artistic disciplines that are respected and a lot of young people are pursuing it,” VJ Ice said.
He said he started from humble beginnings by performing in parties and kitchen top ups in Bangwe, Blantyre before rising the ladder to perform in top events such as Lake of Stars and Sand Music festivals.
“I started making mixtapes in 2008, I used to buy almost 100 CDs, burn the mixes, print them and distribute for free,” VJ Ice said.
In 2009, VJ Ice joined Sprite DJ competition where he came third.
VJ Ice, who is part of the DJs performing at the Kizz Daniel show at Lilongwe Golf Club Saturday, said it was important for DJs to work together and share knowledge for the growth of the trade.
“We can only excel and grow when we learn from each other and we need to make sure that we stay at par with what our friends are doing outside the country. With technology a lot is changing and we need not to be left behind,” he said.
VJ Ice has since expanded his base to videography and has since directed and produced some of the country’s popular urban music videos.