DJ Chunda Munki talks about his success: ‘I’ve ticked off almost everything that needs to be done locally’
DJ Chunda Munki (Photo: Instagram/DJ Chunda Munki)
He’s the first to admit
that his sets sounded terrible when he started making music.
But now self-taught DJ
Chunda Munki can look back at those years and laugh all the way to his next big
The house DJ, whose
real name is Blayze Saunders (30), has been making people dance since his
career launched in 2008, and his latest body of work is reminiscent of his
signature chunky baselines and cheeky vocals.
Lolacita is what he
calls his current three-track EP.
It’s back to the roots
with this one, he tells YOU.
“When I started out I
was playing to about 20 people on the dancefloor, no one knew who I was,” DJ
“You didn’t have to
really have so much energy in the music, it was very groovy and maybe a bit
dark, moody in a way.”
“As I gained popularity
the crowd got bigger and the bigger the crowd the more energy you need.
“And my music kind of
changed, it became a lot harder and faster and for once I just wanted to take a
step back from that and do something simple,” he said.
Lolacita doesn’t have a
particular meaning, Chunda says, he stumbled on it when he was playing around with
one of his programmes while recording the title track.
The programme generates
sounds that can be added into the song, and one of the sounds it made was a
deep male voice saying what he thought could be the word lolacita.
“I don’t think it
actually says that at all – I even googled what the word means and nothing came
But it had a cool ring
to it and the rest is history.
The other two tracks in
the EP are titled Do to You and FNTSY.
“I like having vocals
that talk about someone going through something in a relationship, I think people
can relate to that,” Chunda says about the tracks on the EP.
It’s safe to say he
needs no introduction.
Since before he changed
his name from DJ Blayze to the peculiar Chunda Munki, he has played at some of
the world’s biggest music events including Ultra and H20, now known as Octopia
He’s shared line-ups
with some of the biggest names locally and internationally, including Stimming,
Justin Martin, Rrotik, Gorgon City, Vintage Culture, Billy Kenny, Black Coffee
and Kyle Watson.
And while he’s ticking
off his boxes, Chunda says he has his eyes set on more overseas gigs.
“I’ve played almost
everywhere in this country and I’ve ticked off almost everything that needs to
be done locally,” he said.
“Now it’s a matter of
just going overseas more and spreading the music and the brand. It’s time to go
and spread my wings.”
Lolacita is available
on digital platforms such as Apple Music and Deezer.