Today Judy Jay, a 20-year-old deep house DJ/producer from South Africa who had the world at her feet, shocked fans and fellow DJs alike with her decision to quit the music industry with immediate effect.
Expressing her inner self through music, Judy’s ability to curate and deliver soul-stirring DJ sets caught the attention of the house music community and endeared her to fans. Her work ethic, drive, attention to detail, passion for music and willingness to use the success she had to support up and coming DJs made you want to help her succeed. Judy is one in a million.
The Diesel South Africa Denim Friday winner and representative cited personal reasons in a statement issued through her Instagram account; thanking her family, sponsors and fans for their contributions to her success.
Her numerous and hugely supportive social media following and industry contemporaries had much to say. AMApiano chart-topper DBN Gogo commented “Ah mama” with the sad and heartbreak emoji’s, most wished her well, some hoped Judy would change her mind, and others shared their personal stories
you are an inspiration to many kids out here wishing you all the best on your new chapter
All the best Judy Jay. I pray that you’re okay as an individual before anything else
At some point in my life, I have felt that and made that decision. I somehow know how you feel, but for now, let’s give you a moment to breathe. When the time comes, you will come back and do it for the love, with no pressure and you will be at so much peace. This industry is really tough, but what I have learnt when I quit 4 years ago is that I now do this more for love and I’m at my happiest now than ever before. Soldier ON and stay strong.
At Drums Radio, the uber focused hard workers weekly show Melodies Emancipated, an insight into South Africa’s take on the deep house genre and its DJs will be missed. Judy Jay will always be part of the Drums Radio family and we wish her the greatest success in everything she does moving forward.