Hi, my name is Innocent, a professional disc jockey and I’ll like to take you into the world of being a deejay, especially in Nigeria.
I must warn that some of the ideas and contents from this source will be a combination of formal and informal contents ranging from true life events of people, preferably deejays, personal thoughts, opinions and ideas, and a couple of entertainment related issues. Colleagues in the music and ‘deejaying’ industries will not be left out. Also issues regarding our profession will be brought to the fore, the trends, issues and challenges, opportunities not forgetting the opinions that some people hold about us deejays especially.
In the course of this journey, I will discuss issues and ideas based on my personal experiences which have formed some deep opinions that may not resonate with your beliefs and personal standpoints. However, they will be logical, informative, educative and entertaining as well. What this means is that you can never predict the topics that will be discussed in this column, neither can you fathom the slant of argument of ideas and issues. But, you can be certain to get a satisfactory read every week.
The Perception of a Deejay
So, it happens that we disc jockeys are seen as jobless, unintelligent and (very) bad people. This misconception and stereotyping is what I continually fail to understand. I get to meet different calibre of people daily and I’ve realised that for a large percentage of them, meeting them at first without divulging my profession makes them very respective of me, especially when we discuss very technical and complex concepts. However, I see the disappointment and in some rare cases, near disgust in their countenance when I tell them what I do for a living.
This current state of affairs has led me into asking the following questions: Can a person’s job dictate ones goodness or badness? Does the workplace environment contribute to one’s goodness or badness? Why am I considered to be a bad influence? Why are deejays seen as irresponsible people? Is it because they are frequently around party scenes or seen in numerous clubs and lounges while in the course of their profession. And yes, I deliberately put emphasis on the ‘profession’ because deejaying is a profession (I will discuss how this is later)
In this age and time, I wonder why some people will not come to terms with the fact that not everyone wants to be the conventional lawyer, accountant, engineer, doctor. Trends have changed, and a lot of human endeavours are springing up by the day. Professions that did not exist some five years ago are the ones that are springing up by the day and enriching people. Hence, why should I not be allowed the freedom to do what I love doing? Why should I be looked down on because I’m a disc jockey and not a lawyer nor a doctor? Why should you consider me unintelligent because of my choice of profession? Do these people know the technicalities and special crowd reading skills that I always have to bring to the fore for every gig?
These and many more pressing issues are the contents that we will discuss weekly in this column. We hope to clarify many misconceptions about deejaying and disc jockeys. As well clarifying wrong impressions people hold about players in the music industry through this medium. Watch this space…