She's a Namibian-born music producer, DJ, graphic designer, model and an all-round stylish human based in Cape Town. We caught up with Gina Jeanz and chatted about fashion, music, art and more
Gina Jeanz is as mysterious as her address – we're not saying we got lost on the way there – just that finding her home was extra rewarding when we did. Similarly, her performance style and mixes are enigmatic in the best sense of the word. She's been known to blend genres and produce futuristic sounds.
We entered her home, which happens to be a no-shoe zone, and exchanged sneakers for slippers and socks. I'm not going to lie – but I was quite relieved that my sock choice for the day was a fine and responsible one. We sat chatting on her couch with cups of loose-leaf tea in hand and a steady mix of music left to run its own course in the background.
‘I freelance – that's music, design and doing content for brands. I work with a lot of fashion brands. I have regular hours. I always try to set goals for myself – whether they are financial goals for the end of the month or work goals – and execute,' she says of her approach to making freelance work workout in her life.
It's great to share your ideas and share your style with people. You never know who you could influence or who you could help.
‘Having been in the modeling industry for eight years, and having learnt so much from the people I've worked with, has influenced the way I style myself now. When I moved here, I wouldn't say I was basic, but I didn't really have knowledge of style and fashion. It wasn't like anything I gravitated towards,' says Gina of her style and the way it has evolved over time. Take it from somebody who exudes effortlessly chic looks – Gina's pro-tip is to dress for your body and the occasion. She's inclined to wear statement pieces when she performs – like the silver jacket she wore to Red Bull Music Festival or the Pichulik headphones she wore to her debut Rocking The Daisies performance last year.
Being a dynamic creative is important to Gina. She mentions her first EP cover: how she designed it and then produced tracks that resonated with that aesthetic. ‘The creative processes are slightly different, but they've always felt very similar. The visual aspect of music is very important to me,' says Gina of the connection she experiences between design and music. It's also just a great way to make sure you're not over-specialising in one area while neglecting something else you're passionate about.
At some point, we hung out in her home-studio, where a disco ball played Marco Polo with the sun. It caught and cast a myriad of dancing beams across the walls. Gina explained that this only occurs for a short while – when the sun moves to a specific spot in the sky. Some might consider this a window of opportunity – others might argue it's too consistent to be thought of as such – either way, something wonderful happens there every day.
Words by Celeste Jacobs.