A Deejay’s Silent Struggles

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A Deejay’s Silent Struggles

So, at last, after staring at my laptop screen for almost 30 minutes wondering what to write about this week, I finally decide to start ‘typing away’ hoping that I get inspired along the writing process. And by the way, a big shout out and hailing to you reading this article this week, it’s been a long while and I missed being here. Man had to hustle and gun for bigger things, and thank God that the plans and the shots fired really killed a big ‘antelope’. That’s me speaking figuratively now. So, if you’re new to this column, I welcome you to the club, but if you’re a stale reader, then I’ll like to announce my arrival back to this place. I’m sure you’re already noticing the difference in style right??? Well, I’m going to be switching things and stepping things up a notch so that a wider range of audience can be carried along in this movement and so that more people can relate and understand the points that are raised especially when they come in simple terms.

Yes, so with that said, and with the inspiration finally received from the spirits from above (as my guy says it), this week’s discussion will be centered around reasons why being a disc jockey can get very frustrating and challenging despite the fact that most people don’t get to see this part of the profession. But as your sure guy who also doubles as a disc jockey, I’ll reveal some of these shocking details to you in this article.

So, from the general perspective, being a deejay seems to be one of the best professions in the world where you get to listen to music all of the time and then get paid to play what you feel to a crowd of people. But as tempting and stress-free as that might look, that’s not to say it’s easy. Here are reasons why being a deejay can cause a lot of stress. Reasons that a lot of folks I’m sure might have never considered before. The idea behind this whole article in particular and this column as a movement is so that you understand that deejays are not robots or machines, but people who are going through stress just like anyone else.

  • Travelling and moving equipment.

This is one big issue that usually confronts us especially when we have to go do a gig in a location different from your state or area of residence. The stress of the movement of equipment in this situation is unthinkable especially if you have to fly. It becomes worse in this situation. So, not only would you worry about transporting yourself to the event venue, you also get to worry about getting your equipment to the event venue as well.

  • Loss of Sleep and Napping in odd places

This one is an issue that has put yours truly (me) is embarrassing situations that I even have stopped worrying and giving people reasons and explanation for my actions. In my early days when I was still very new with club deejaying, every time I caught myself in this situation, I was always quick to tell people the reason for sleeping in public and falling asleep in awkward situations, but with time, I guess they just understood on behalf of me. The fact is that as a deejay that does consistent night gigs, you will always catch yourself taking naps in the oddest of places. I mean, mine was in the church on Sundays. I’ll go to church and in the end realise that I slept for the most part of my stay in church. As unbelievable as this might sound, I almost fall asleep while eating sometimes. That’s how crazy it can get, and you say deejaying is easy???

  • Strained Relationships

This issue is one that is seriously multi-faceted especially in the Nigerian context and is one that cannot be completely treated in this short bullet paragraph. To state how serious this is, apart from the strained relationship that this profession sometimes causes between I and (Mi Lady), I also have elderly family relatives and neighbours that have sworn to never have contact with me (a bad influence) in their words.

Sometimes ago, I was in a discussion with a very popular deejay who visited his fiancée’s parents and in summary, was dubbed a bad person and a wrong companion that shouldn’t be anywhere close to their daughter.

Common folks, it’s deejaying that we do. It’s not like we are kidnappers or armed robbers, so I wonder where all the bad views seem to be coming from.

And yes, this is totally from experience.

To be continued……………………..

Innocent Odikpo
Innocent Odikpo
DJ XL whose real name is Ebuka Innocent Odikpo is a young chap with different sides to his personality. Switching from deejaying to writing, which are his undying passions. He is a graduate of the University of Ibadan and currently a practising deejay and writer.

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