The story of Dj Fantan and how he started Chillspot Records

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The story of Dj Fantan and how he started Chillspot Records

Chillspot Records is now synonymous with everything good happening in zimdancehall music industry. Their riddims have catapulted many artists to stardom. They are definitely the taste makers in the zimdancehall industry. If you want to get an idea who is about blow up, just follow their social media channels.

Chillspot Records was founded in 2011 by Arnold Kamudyariwa, Rodger Tafadzwa Kadzimwe and Tafadzwa Mandaza, popularly known in music circles as DJ Fantan, Levels and DJ Rhibhe respectively. Some of the earlier riddims that saw them become household names include “Zimbo Flava”, “One Clan”, “Xmas Money Riddim”, “MadLevel Riddim” and “Pure Niceness”.

While Levels and Dj Ribhe are most known for their production and turntables skills, Dj Fantan has been their face in the public. Dj Fantan can be seen in most videos they upload online with artists. Dj Fantan while not popular for his production, it was in his bedroom that

Dj Fantan was born in 1987 and grew up in the Matapi section of Mbare, attending both primary and secondary school in Mbare. Dj Fantan lost his father at an early age and his mother had take of him alone. In order to make ends meet, Dj Fantan's mother set up a vending stall in front of their flat. He was at times tasked to man the stall and his friends would come to chill with him. The stall was later nick named "chillspot".

In high school, Dj Fantan tried football but that did not work out. While in form two Dj Fantan started learning turntables and Alcatraz Sound took him under their wing. Later on Last Generation Sound took him to their stable. However when he was in form four the financial situation at home became worse such that he was forced to take a job as a cleaner at a fast food outlet. He couldn't balance his time and ended up putting the Djaying on hold.

Fantan later went on to work for fast food outlet for six years and was promoted to become a manager. With the salary he was getting, he managed to get a place of his own at the same block. Because of his new found freedom, many of his friends would come at his place to hang out. Some of them were talented lyricists and would end up free styling while winding up time.

Dj Fantan bought some speakers and micro phones to make the free styles more interesting. The traffic to his bedroom increased and he later on bought more recording equipment turning his bedroom into a recording studio. He decided to call his new studio Chillspot Records a name derived from his mother's vending stall.

Chillspot did not make any significant impact in the industry until after they released “Zimbo Flava Riddim” at the end of 2013. The songs on the riddim  included Soul Jah Love’s “Ndongosimudza Musoro”, Ras Pompy’s “Usade Kutamba Neni”, Tocky Vibes’s “Ngoma Dzonaka” and Terminator’s “Any Ting A Any Ting”. The riddim became viral.

Everyone in the music industry wanted now to be associated with Chillspot. They later  had to move out as they upgraded the space into a proper studio with a booth and other sophisticated equipment. Dj Fantan believes the  managerial skills he acquired while working a formal job have gone a long way in ensuring the longevity and growth of the studio. Dj Fantan was married at the beginning of this year.

Source: Sunday Mail

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