Adetayo Peter Segun also known as DJ BIGGYRAY 9ICE, is a professional Disc Jockey and CEO, 1402 ENTERTAINMENT in Minna, Niger State. After bagging a degree in B.ENG from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, he decided to pursue his passion -to become a professional DJ. He opens up to TMG about this and why DJs need to be given the respect they deserve…
TMG> Tell us how your career path changed from engineering to Disc Jockeying. Was it a childhood passion of yours?
DJ> I love music and like listening to the radio a lot, I would even sneak out to watch DJs perform in shows when I was in secondary school but because my dad would not support me doing that, I had to keep that ambition aside until I was staying alone and that was when I gained admission to Federal Polytechnic Offa.
TMG> How long have you been a DJ?
DJ> Professionally, since 2007
TMG> Did you have to attend any music school to specialise in this field?
DJ> No, but I attended special Music classes when I was in secondary school
TMG> Who was the first person that trained you?
DJ> I was Self trained and worked with few friends who were in the business before me.
TMG> Which famous DJs have you admired and learned from?
DJ> DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Humility and DJ Snoop D Damager.
I admire DJ Jimmy Jatt because of his humility- despite the fame and wealth- and DJ Snoop D Damager- he is really a damager when it comes to turntable scratch.
TMG> What are your fondest musical memories at home, neighborhood or town?
DJ> Listening to 90s songs in both Nigerian and foreign categories
TMG> Are you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
DJ> Yes, Old school Records.
TMG> What makes you a good DJ?
DJ> Well, I try to understand my audience at any event and give them what they want and I’m always professional about it.
TMG> Do you perform more than one event in a day?
TMG> What makes you a different DJ from the ones out there?
DJ> My style of DJing makes me different. I also make sure I know what my client/audience wants at any particular time. I don’t just play or mix any songs for an event.
TMG> What if something happens that you can’t make it to an event, what do you do?
DJ> I can send one of my boys that is competent and if it is too big for him, I can bring in a colleague to handle the job
TMG> How extensive is your music library or song list? What genres can you cover?
DJ> Very Very Extensive. I cover all genres of Music and tribal songs.
TMG> Do you bring backup equipment incase of any emergency?
DJ> Yes, I do whenever it becomes necessary.
TMG> If the event lasts longer than scheduled, do you charge for overtime?
DJ> I don’t but will allow the owner of the event to do that on their own, except if it is over 3 hours
TMG> Who are your favorite musicians?
DJ> I don’t really have any favourite musician but I love good music.
TMG> Have you been in any competition before?
TMG> Have you performed anywhere apart from indoors for instance at Concerts or on radio, TV?
DJ> Yes, have performed in concerts, open shows, campaigns and rallies.
TMG> Do you play for dancers or step dancers? Describe the differences.
DJ> Yes I do, the difference is that dancers follow a series of steps and movements that match the speed and rhythm of music with almost all parts of the body, while Step Dancers are dancers that put their foot to work in the dance step.
TMG> How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
DJ> Immediately I make any mistake I correct it
TMG> Do you get nervous before a performance?
DJ> I did in my very first event.
TMG> How often and for how long do you practice?
DJ> I practice anytime I have the time.
TMG> How do you balance your music with other obligations?
DJ> It’s very easy to do that, when I don’t have an engagement I perform my other obligations.
TMG> What are your challenges and how do you handle them?
DJ> Our challenges are many but the major one is that people don’t respect DJs. When I say respect I don’t mean greeting but people don’t pay us the way we are supposed to be paid. Imagine a DJ will come to an event with speakers, Amplifiers, microphones among other things, while an MC won’t come with any thing but the MC will be paid higher than the DJ
Secondly, people don’t appreciate our work, but I think some people do try to respect us now. People should know that “ GOOD DJs ARE NOT CHEAP”.
Other challenges include the influx of non-professional DJs and high cost of our equipment among others.
TMG> What advice would you give beginners who are nervous while performing?
DJ> They should believe in themselves, believe in God and know that they can do it. All they need is to practice a lot.
TMG> Is there any other interesting thing you do apart from music?
DJ> Yes, I’m a network Engineer and also a broadcaster.
TMG> Tell us something you would like to learn or improve upon?
DJ> I would like to improve on my Techniques , scratch and style.
TMG> What way can you encourage others to be self- dependent?
DJ> I will tell them to just believe in themselves and in God. They should know that it may not be easy but with hard work and prayers, the sky will be the starting point.
TMG> Do you find time for yourself to socialise and when?
DJ> DJs Socialise at all their events and I’m not left out. I also go out with friends anytime I have the chance to do that.