Lets Get Personal with James E (James Edwards)


James E landed his first big break by becoming a resident DJ at ESP Nightclub playing alongside some of South Africa’s finest DJ’s. James draws his inspiration from many talented local artists and his passion for music can be seen every time he plays anywhere. He likes to describe his sound as retro deep with deep bass lines and a lot of vocals. This DJ has some great plans for the future, so read on to find out more.

Don’t forget to download his ***FREE*** Tech House mix (download link found at the bottom of the article).

Firstly, where did you grow up and live thereafter?

I am born and bred Pretoria boy for most of my life lived abroad a bit then returning to my beloved South Africa.

When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences? 

My DJ journey started when I was 16 buying my first records from Flipside Records and Trance being my very first influence which progressed into House music. Influences from Paul Van Dyk, Armand Van Helden and Chris Lake.

Who is your biggest inspiration, like who do you have a lot of respect for in the dance music industry?

There are many guys out there doing big things but the guys that stand out for me are Trademarc, Mark Stent and Kyle Watson

What genre/s of music do you usually play to entertain crowds?

Definitely Tech House gets people’s feet tapping.

Could you take us through a day in your life, from a possible morning routine through to your work? Do you have a fixed schedule?

Sure my days are sometimes crazy as I work for Toyota so there is hardly enough time in the day to get to everything lol I wouldn’t say my schedule is fixed but more like flexi if you know what I mean.

Rumour has it you getting married soon. Can you shed some light on that?

Well it’s certainly not a rumour we are planning to get married down at the Coast once the Mrs finds the right spot.

Uhmmm, So…do we get an invite to the honeymoon?

That’s so funny.. I’m sure you may crack an invite to the wedding not so sure about the honeymoon hahahaha.

We’be been told you a good Chef. Can you tell us what is your main speciality in the kitchen? Who you been talking to ???

Hahaha I would say after music, cooking is my second passion and I would say that my Chicken and Spaghetti dish is always a winner!

What pet would you love to have?

We have 2 fur kids Shelly and Harry and wouldn’t change them for anything.

I’m assuming you are a Liverpool supporter… True or False?


What do you do when you not DJing?

Spending time with family and friends when I’m not working that is lol

As a DJ, which single night out has been the most memorable for you?

There are a few but being on the same line up as Judge Jules and Neelix are the stand out ones.

What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig? 

I think knowing what to play is important and when, so knowing what style the DJ before you plays is vital as well as where on the line up you fit in.

What would be a good theme song for your life?

Chris Lake – Only One

If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?

I would have to say 2000 as that was the year of massive trace music!

What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you play it?

Wow so many to choose from but at the moment it has to be Kyle Watson – Sides.

How do you handle song requests?

Hahahaha I don’t do requests. A DJ is not a jukebox.

What is it that you love about the scene?

The peoples love for music and all sharing in the same love makes me smile.

Future plans? Like what can we expect to come from James E in the dance music scene?

Well I would like to start writing my own music and hopefully play at a few more events/festivals to tick off on my bucket list.

Any special announcements you would like to make to your fans?

Keep dancing and I’ll keep playing them beats…Thank you Truth in Dance for having me on your feature. Much Love!



Follow James E on Social Media

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Mixcloud: http://www.mixcloud.com/Jamese





Lets Get Personal with Siemon Scharnik aka SimStar

Fresh from her Ibiza and London DJ Tour (where she rocked Ministry of Sound, Egg and Insomnia Music Festival with her booty-shaking jams) and recently nominated as Best Female DJ at the Dance Music Awards of South Africa (DMASA), we caught up with one of the freshest, most delectably decadent, femme DJ’s – Siemon Scharnik aka SimStar.   

Firstly, tell us where did you grow up? 

Well I spent my childhood growing up in the South (Winchester Ridge) and then when I was a teenager till now I become a northern Snob! Lol no just kidding about being a snob 😊 I also spent a good 4 years living in London in my late twenties!  

 How did it all start for you in the SA dance music industry? 

Well I think I put my first foot on this mammoth ladder – we all need to start climbing when we start out, well when I moved back to SA from living in London and I joined a tour to Mozambique, where all my idols were playing. It was called Ariea Festival organised by Ricco Dex and had Mark Stent, Miss Red, Mr Mon, Thalia, The Chad and many more of my favourite artists playing for a whole week in Mozambique.  

I wasn’t on the line-up but I brought a small collection of my CDs just in case an opportunity popped up where I could give it a whirl. 🙂 

I think it was the second day of the tour and Miss Red, said come play a few tracks with me. (**Massive SCREAM of nervous excitement ran through my body**) So we bounced a few tracks off of each other and then she told me to carry on playing, she was gonna go for a swim. I was like ok cool 😊 4 hours later I was still playing! I then had the organiser of the event, Ricco Dex, come up to me with a piece of paper saying,” After a set like that you have just earned yourself a spot on the DJ roster for the rest of the tour!”  

This was definitely one of the biggest and happiest days in my DJ career! Then after that I joined Lady Lea’s Divas on Decks and started playing various other gigs. 

Lol I could go on forever but I think this is where it all started for me or where I started turning heads and getting noticed. 

Who is your biggest inspiration, like who do you have a lot of respect for in the dance music industry? 

Shoo wee this list is massive because I am inspired, motivated and respect everyone in the scene! Probably sounds like a cope out answer but it really is true…Some big name inspirations to list a few (and in no particular order 😊 ) Ryan Murgatroyd, DJ Lloyd, Dave Skinz, Ru,Mark Stent , Black Coffee….Carl Cox , Charlotte de Witte, Amelie Lens, Heidi…….I even get inspired and have respect for up an coming, intermediate DJs….Laminin Music, DJ Missfit, Miguel M, Groove Doctorz, Hutch, Nat Alley Cat, Lady Sahkle, Abby Nurock….and the list will literally go on forever! Each and every one of these DJs has some unique quality that always inspires me or motivates me to get my hustle on!! #MajorRespectForAllThePlayers <3 

 What things in life are still a mystery to you? 

 Is the earth really flat? lol 

Hmmmm, favourite food? 

 Chilli Poppers and Pizza!! 

Just checking, Is pineapple on pizza acceptable?  

OH M GEEE!! It’s the only way to eat a Pizza!! hahaha 

 Have any pets? 

I have 2 beautiful fur babies!! Sebastian is my fur-son (4yrs old) and Viola is my fur-daughter (3yrs old). They are my everything 😊 Persian chinchillas. 

What do you do when you not rocking dance floors?    

I am a total geek! I am an ETL Data Integration consultant for an I.T. Company. Almost like a Clark Kent/Superman Story hahahaha geek by day and super hero at night saving lives on dance floors 😉 *giggle* 

As a DJ, which single night out has been the most memorable for you? 

 Holly Molly, there are too many…hmm so my most recent memorable night was on my recent London DJ Tour when I played at EGG (One of the top 5 biggest clubs in London), when I had some of my South African friends come support me. The Crowd was awesome and really enjoyed what I was putting down but what stood out the most was my crazy friend Chantel screaming “DIS LEKKER, LEKKER, LEKKKER!!! HIERDIE FOKKEN MAATJIE IS AWESOME!” hahahaha really made me giggle when I heard this and it made me feel truly blessed to have some SAFFA support in London! 😊 Go check out my YouTube video on my page, to catch some of the clips that were taken of my set at EGG, London. 😉 

We all know you have mad mixing skills behind those decks. Are you able to share any of your secret tricks with me? 

Mwhahaha!! A true magician never reveals her secrets!!  

What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making? What advice would you give to these aspiring DJs?  

Sometimes I see such great humble human beings, pushing and then finally catching a break only to get sucked into becoming a massive EGO centric holier than know artist or sometimes I see these guys getting sucked into the industry in a negative way and consumed with the drugs and alcohol causing them to eventually spiral out of the scene. 

Always remain humble, support your local DJs, keep motivated, keep growing, hustle and try to remain balanced/grounded. 

Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?  

Hmm great question! I was recently at the SA Dance Music Awards and there was definitely a strong presence in the Afro House/Tech scene. So, my bones are telling me that we are headed predominately to that scene in the next year or 5! 🙂  

Actually, busy working with my bud, Nat Alley Cat, to start a female DJ duo where we are predominately going to be focusing on playing Afro tech in our sets! Once we do a press release of our new duo, we would love to showcase our skills on TID. (Release date beginning of next year). 

If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be? 

Easy! When the “RAVE DAYZ” started back in 1998…. where we had full on warehouse raves, glow sticks, sunglasses, lollipops, the best underground music you ever heard none of the crap you heard on radio (except for Derek the Bandits show!! He changed my life!!) …. when there were no phones, when dance floors were filled with love, personal connections and music that put a big fat smile on your soul! (Probably from the great ecstasy back in the day but none the less…every “RAVE” was always about the love of music and new connections made). 

What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?  

Again, I have quite a few…but one that stands out is a track called “who’s who – sexy F**k – Steve Angello 

What is one track that got popular that you can’t stand? 

Put your hands up for Detroit 

What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves? 

Industrial Techno: 😊 

What is it that you love about the scene? Your sub-genre’s scene? 

Love my support system! My friends, family and fans!! Having their continued support in the scene really does keep you motivated in life and on the dance floors 😊 So thank you to all my special stars out there!!  

Ok, Nash thank you for putting these extensive questions together for me to answer…I now need a bottle of tequila after answering them all, or maybe I should have started with the bottle of tequila before answering…… hmmmm 😊 

How does one get in touch with you on social media or check out your mixes? 

For bookings and info email : siemon8@gmail.com

Facebook Artist Page : https://www.facebook.com/simstardeejay
Soundcloud Artist Page : https://soundcloud.com/simstar
Mixcloud Artist Page : http://www.mixcloud.com/SimStar/
Twitter : SimStar @SiemonScharnik
Instagram : simstar88