…And so it is that time again that we appreciate awesome people doing great in their own little way, career wise or otherwise. This week brought the Eldoret Deejay-ing to the spot light and as such there are various deejays making even those with left feet want to dance, the first Deejay I had in mind was DJ Rough Idea.
My first interaction with this humble young man goes back to when I was in a club and the soothing music He played got my ass off my chair and to the decks to ask him for that same mix. I came to realize later that he was the same person That had been recommended to me earlier by a friend, well I Finally caught up with him and compiled the following Piece;
Who is Dj Rough Idea? And how did that name come about?
Chuckles* you of all people know how hard it is describing self, I will therefore take an easy way out, I am a DJ based in Eldoret, a single entity driven by passion for what I do. And that name just came about when I was in a deejay Academy and when asked to come up with names I came up with that, there’s not much to it.
Tell us about your ‘deejaying’ Journey.
My journey dates back to when it was just a dream. In high school when that ‘what do you want to be’ question was thrown my way .A Dj was the first answer I gave every time.
I took the first step of enrolling in a DJ Academy when I saw the posters for the same in Eldoret town. I paid my own fees and as such I took a longer time completing the said course as I was on and off, but eventually, I did manage.
After a successful completion, I was employed at Oasis Media to teach ‘deejaying’, I also secured a job at Tango, started attending various events. The pay at that time was not satisfactory but it was a good start and I just kept going.
In the almost flooded pool of deejays, what makes you different?
Firstly, I will acknowledge that all Djs are great and unique and that’s why in a single event, many Djs will be invited to do their magic.
Well I will say that I am so passionate at what I do and I play all genres of music depending on the preference of my audience.
What places have you worked as a deejay before?
I have had the opportunity to Deejay in various towns all over the country, including; Eldoret, Kitale, Bungoma, Kakamega, Nakuru, Nairobi,Thika, Kisumu. I have even set foot beyond the borders (Uganda and Tanzania).
The clubs I have worked with include; Club Tango, Currently in 411 on Fridays and Black Bamboo lounge on Saturday, I have also been playing on Hits FM on Saturdays alongside Hits Republic from 9AM to 12.
Is ‘deejaying’ a viable career? Can one pursue it as such?
I would say that it depends on your positioning and how you brand yourself. What audience are you targeting? ‘Deejaying’ pays my bills and it pays me. At the end of the day being a Dj is just a career like any other, your hard work determines your pay.
How do you handle the fame that comes with your profession? Let’s face it, ‘you guys’ get too much love from the fans.
Laughs* who said that? Anyway it is all about Professionalism, Boundaries have to exist.
What are some of the challenges you have faced in your ‘deejaying’ journey?
I would touch on the issue of low pay for a start, I don’t think ‘Deejaying’ has been appreciated as much as it should. We also have the issue of uncooperative clients who become reluctant to pay for the services rendered.
The very first challenge that hit me hard when I was starting out is being conned of 500,000 worth of equipment, I actually had to start from Zero. That was the lowest point of my life and I thank God I got through that phase.
After the Low comes the ‘up’ and in that regard, could you share with us some of the achievements you are proud of.
Well for one, being able to purchase my own equipment, the other has got to be managing an academy at one point; it felt as if it was mine as I would make crucial decisions regarding the academy. The one that I am most proud of though is emerging 2nd (countrywide) in the king of the mix challenge, an online competition that brought together Djs from the entire country.
If you were not a deejay what do you think you would be?
I haven’t given it much thought but I would undoubtedly still be in the music industry in one way or the other.
If you had an opportunity to change 2 things what would they be?
It would be the perception of ‘Deejays and ‘deejaying’ in General and the promoters, club owners to appreciate ‘deejaying’ more.
What are your future plans?
I am in the branding process, I am building a name; that is my first priority at the moment. Plans underway for me to join Tv by December; The details are still under wraps but Will come to light at the right time.
Situation Analysis: Your set is boring and the crowd is not feeling it, what is your immediate course of action?
Actually, I don’t prepare sets in advance unless a client requested it. Normally, I play according to the mood of the crowd and if the above were the case, I would definitely ditch the set and play whatever moves the crowd. No one loves a dull crowd, you just have to identify what a majority of your audience likes and give it to them.
Who do you look up to in terms of ‘deejaying’?
Dj Joe Mfalme, Jazzy Jeff and Q-bert.
Final word for the upcoming deejays?
The journey is not easy, it definitely requires passion, and hard work. In ‘deejaying’ , knowing your music is fundamental.