Pretoria – Music producer InQfive is so confident in his abilities that he calls himself “The Special One”.
“It’s very simple; I believe no one can do what I do; we are all born different,” said InQfive.
Anyone who has listened to his songs such as Fake Love, Discreet Saxophone and Ngenelela, with Lizwi as well as Back in the Days, with KG Smallz, will no doubt agree that InQfive is indeed the special one.
For InQfive, every time he plays these songs, they remind him of where he has been and the things he experienced in his life when he composed them. They are classics and will always be special to him.
The 25-year-old was born Tshepang Mpinga in Daveyton and raised in Boksburg. He is one of the youngest and best flag-flying producers of the Afrohouse genre in the country and beyond.
However, he wasn’t always InQfive. He used to be called DJ Triger.
“I decided to switch to InQfive because I wanted to promote a different and unique brand to people. In fact, I named myself InQfive while observing the stars at midnight, ”he explained.
“When I started learning to make music, I used to produce deep house; I still do it today, but I got versatile trying to do Afrohouse.
He adores Afrohouse and is impressed with the quality and creativity the producers bring to the game. And if producers can work more together, they will grow even more because their sound has already internationalized.
“My music is more of a narration with dark touches and calming chords to stimulate the emotions. Most of my creative process happens at night, especially late when it’s quiet.
The producer is full of confidence when asked what sets him apart from his peers. He said: “I have a unique timeless touch that I apply to my productions. There is always something to remember while listening to my songs. Any day you can hit play and have a great time.
Navigation has not always been smooth for InQfive. Like he said, when he started it was a little too difficult to have a clear direction for his sound. But that did not deter him, and he continued and sharpened his craft by creating new music every day.
Along the way he found his groove and people started to follow the sound. In his words: “I was always worried
that I was not doing it well. But it turned out that all I needed was patience.
He draws his musical inspiration from 104 BPM, which he says keeps him alive. “Listening to his sounds makes me believe in what I’m doing. The other producers who influence me the most are XtetiQsoul and Enoo Napa.
InQfive has also worked with big names in the industry including Echo Deep, Thab De Soul, Lizwi, DJ Dulaz, Dust Nkosi, Native Tribe, Demented Soul, DJTwo4, TorQue MusiQ and “many, many more”.
The good news for his fans is that he has no intention of slowing down. Most of all, he loves what he does.
“Being a producer and an artist goes hand in hand; but being an artist allows you to be at the forefront, people get to know you faster because you present yourself as an artist.
As a producer he finds it less enjoyable because it keeps him behind the scenes.
He laughs when asked what music he listens to.
“I am currently listening to InQfive; I really like his music! I listen to my own music more often.
Most of his energy is focused on building a stable label that will represent InQfive and help other artists.
His wish for the music industry is to see artists receive fair contracts and to teach the business side of the industry. Most artists sign contracts they don’t even understand, according to InQfive.
“So far I’m proud to have been able to work with Dustinity Records in Pinetown, and we’ve shot two music videos – one with Lizwi and the other with Manqoba, a radio presenter at Vuma FM.
“I have received several spins from radio stations, national and local. I have had interviews on Voice of Wits FM and Lesedi FM. I am happy that I had to open my own label in 2020. ”
When he’s not making music, he’s looking after his family.
“They mean the most to me,” he says. “I like to see them grow up. I have never worked in my life and have always worked for myself.
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