DJ Lag on the making of his album ‘Meeting with The King’

DJ Lag. Picture: Instagram

DJ Lag. Picture: Instagram

Published Apr 16, 2022


Gqom pioneer Lwazi Asanda Gwala, better known as DJ Lag, earlier this year released his long-awaited debut album, “Meeting with The King”.

The album has 15 tracks and features several artists such as Amanda Black, Babes Wodumo, Mr JazziQ, Dlala Mshunqisi and Mampintsha.

Widely acknowledged as a pivotal artist in the innovation and dissemination of Gqom, DJ Lag’s first full-length record keeps faithful to the idea of experimentation in the underground on a thrilling set of new songs.

Meeting with the King" builds off DJ Lag’s signature darker style but sees the producer exploring his connection to amapiano, afro house and afro tech.

IOL Entertainment recently virtually sat down for a chat with DJ Lag to find out more about his new project, him spending most of his time out of South Africa and his career thus far.

DJ Lag explains that this year he finally got time to start working on his album after four years of being very busy travelling between countries.

“2020, I started making a lot of beats. 2021, I started sending out music to the featured artist, Amanda Black. Some came to my studio, such as Mshunqisi,” he explained about the recording process of the album.

One thing about DJ Lag is that he is never in Mzansi for long. He is always travelling to some European country. However, now that he is in the country, his fans will be glad to know he will be doing a few shows, especially now that the country is open.

With his career having peaked overseas, DJ Lag understands that is where the majority of his fan base is but also recognises the support he receives from his home ground. He notes his incident with in 2020 showed him how much support he has in South Africa.

The award-winning producer and musician came under fire for plagiarising DJ Lag's beats on the song “Culture” for Megan Ryte. Mzansi's Black Twitter came for the producer for plagiarising DJ Lag's "Ice Drop".

DJ Lag and later reached a settlement that reflected his contribution as a composer.

This April, DJ Lag was meant to have a show in Durban called “Something For Clermont”.

However, the weather had other plans, forcing the postponement of the event.

DJ Lag is listed to perform at the highly anticipated Cotton Fest later this month and has a few club performances before he heads out of the country again.

In December, fans can expect a big show from DJ Lag at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, which will be based on his album.

There is no rest for DJ Lag as he also plans on releasing a deluxe album.

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