NewTracks New Artist: Jane Deezy

NewTracks New Artist: Jane Deezy

Zambian born Kiwi Beth Ruzibiza aka Jane Deezy has emerged from a two-year hiatus with a fresh new single, Divine Plateau. A member of AmmoNation, alongside brother Raiza Biza, Jane Deezy shares a raw, vulnerable side to herself in the soulful track. Produced by Sultry Sol it’s made its way onto NZ On Air Music‘s NewTracks compilation in October. 

What’s your full name, where are you from and what instruments do you play, if any?

Jane Deezy. I’m Rwandese, Congolese, born in Zambia and lived in South Africa before moving to NZ. I’m currently living in Hamilton.

What other projects might we know you from?

Most notably from the ‘Ammonation’ EP we (AmmoNation) released about a year ago but I also have two solo mixtapes and a solo EP out there somewhere. 

What’s the background story of this project?

It’s really just been a hearty, personal and honest way for me to break my almost two-year musical hiatus.

How did your music evolve from your beginnings in songwriting to what it is right now?

I think the most notable change for me is how comfortable I am with getting a bit personal, being transparent. That’s something that definitely came with age and experience. Otherwise, I’m still the same ol’ Cheeky Darky I always have been, haha.

What makes Divine Plateau stand out for you as a single?

All the preparation, time, effort and attention to detail that went into it. In the past I was happy recording something on my laptop in my room, giving it a quick edit and chucking it on Soundcloud, but now the people around me won’t allow it anymore, haha. Getting back on the horse meant really treating the songs all with the respect they deserve. Sure it’s more time consuming but it’s all so worth it when I hear how much of a difference to an already solid song that extra time makes.

What’s your favourite moment, musical or lyrical, of the single?

I appreciate the emotional response it creates, in myself and especially those directly involved and invested in it. It’s got time travel powers for some of us. That’s pretty rad.

Who did you write/record/produce the single with and where? Got a fun story about the making-of?

Sultry Sol was involved in the entire process, it is really as much his success as mine. He produced it, mix/mastered it, recorded it, all of the good stuff. Ha. I think the fun part only came when he and I broke up and we could both smh at how clumsily we navigated most of that relationship, how during the writing of the song was a bit of a therapeutic experience for me when we were trying to figure things out. It’s our first born! He’s still one of my best friends.

Describe in one sentence what you want listeners to take away from this song.

Everything happens for a reason, trust the process, flow with the current, love.

Are there any other musical endeavours you’re working on that we should keep an eye out for, with this band or others?

I’ve been working on some material with some of my favourite artists, I’m pretty excited about it. Also shot some exciting things y’all will have to wait and see about. I’m also excited to get back into gigging, my first in a while will be in support of a joint EP launch for Raiza Biza x Remi X Black Milk (massive) tour stop in Auckland in November. Yea, a bunch to keep an eye out for.

Was there an NZOA criterion you struggled with in the application? Which one was it and how did you work it out in the end?

I probably struggled the most with information recall whilst filling out the application, I kept having to check with the guys which luckily are more onto it than I am/haven’t been hibernating for the last couple years haha.

How can we find you on social media?

Just search up Jane Deezy on Soundcloud/FB/Twitter/Google and i’ll be right there waiting for you :).