MY DAD ALMOST PREVENTED ME FROM BECOMING A DJ- DJ NEPTUNE

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DJ Neptune DJ Neptune
It goes without saying that DJ Neptune is one of the foremost DJs in the country, his mesmerizing skills on the wheel of steel is impeccable to say the least.

He has just been nominated for the 2015 Best Male DJ NEA Award. His works have been of excellence and great admiration over the years which have also earned him a nomination for the City People Entertainment 2015 Best Male DJ.

In this interview with This Day, he talks about his career, family, growing up, marriage and more

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I lost my dad and I became free to choose a career …

I am doing a lot of things at the same time. I am working on an album which will drop hopefully before the end of this year; a recent one was with Davido. I am also working on an online radio show which is 90 per cent done. I have always had the mentality of becoming an entertainer and desired to be a musician when I was much younger but my dad discouraged me from going ahead with music as a career. But along the line, I lost my dad and I became free to choose career for myself. I got into DJ business after attending a party and seeing DJ playing live. The experience I got from that party in 1999 was what led me to arrive at a conclusion to become a DJ.
My dad wanted me to be an engineer…

My dad wanted me to be an engineer but I think along the line I would have still found myself doing what I am doing now because if it is not music, then it’s nothing else. That cannot stop me from doing what I want to do and I will like to use this opportunity to advice other guys out there to pursue their desire. If you have talent, try and nurture the talent because at the end of the day, you never can tell which will bring food on your table. If you check the entertainment industry, after production from the studio, the next person is the DJ because they help you to reach out to a large number of people. You know when you have DJs playing your songs obviously you will go far. As a DJ, if you have the capability of making your own music, why not do it? Thank God I made the move before Dagrin died. If I had delayed, they probably will never have any mix like that and the mix is one of the best hip hop collabo in the Nigerian entertainment industry. They are things you cannot do as an artiste but DJs can do. I have released lots of mix. I have released one reggae dancer mix about two weeks ago and over the weekend, I have released not your usual mix and if you go online, I have over 50 mixes. Mixing is one of DJ’s cultures and I make do with professional DJs when putting up my mixes.
My breakthrough …

I started professionally in 2001 and I was studying under DJ Douglas based in UK then. In 2004, I had the opportunity to go on radio that is, Raypower FM where I freelanced for a year before I was staffed in 2005. That is where the journey began and that is where I got my breakthrough. Right now, I am working on a radio show and it will be out soon. So, look out for that. It is not like I left radio because I don’t want to be a radio DJ. Radio is part of the platform that made me who I am today. It is going to be a radio show that will give people the experience of being in the club while in the comfort of their home. It is going to be energised.
Government and support for the industry…

Entertainment wise, I don’t think so. Maybe things will get better with this present administration otherwise, they have done nothing much. During the campaign, lots of them associated with entertainers and I think they will realise that they looked down on entertainers before now. Meanwhile, it is a sector that can actually dictate what is next.

There is a lot of revenue to be generated from this industry; imagine if we have proper venues in 10 states and you are organising a show that will feature the whole world in partnership with the federal government. It will generate revenue. The government should also try and fight piracy to minimal level.
My production skills…

I also have production skills. I sit down with producers to discuss what I want. Most times I have the idea of what the chorus should be. I still give credit to everybody because as a DJ, you have the talent to sing and producers have their own talent too. We sit to share ideas and that is my own input in production.…
My low moment at the early stage…

I had my low moment at the early stage when I started. Then, after show I will go home with nothing but because of the love I have for the job, I continued. At some point, I had a second thought as to if it is going to be profitable in the future, like they said, no one knows tomorrow. I faced a lot of challenges when I started but here I am now.
My background affected me positively…

Yes because my dad will always sit me down and make me understand that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. He taught me that I can always fight for what is mine without depending on anyone. I was brought up with the mentally that I have a dad that is nowhere around me.
My role models in the industry…

I look up to a lot of people like DJ Jimmy Jatt. He is a family man and has been in the industry for over 25 years. He is still strong and hungry. He is very innovative and I am as hungry as when I started in 1991. People celebrate me that I have made it but I don’t feel so, I’m still hungry for and I want to be known in the whole world.
My love life…

I am married. My wife is an understandable woman and I spend a lot of time with my family when I am not working. Sometimes we go on vacation to keep the vibe going. So, it is not all about work. I met my wife in America while on official trip. The rest is now history.
The Piracy Challenge…

We can’t stop piracy because there is lot of software you can use to mix songs these days. Even non-professionals are singing songs all in the name of mixing. So, people no longer pay much attention to professionals that are actually doing the job. I give it to DJ Jimmy Jatt. I remember the situation when you will be invited to perform in an event and you will be made to sit on the corridor while the event will be happening in the sitting room. But we still thank God because people are getting to appreciate DJ mixing live now. People should look out for more this year. I started DJ Neptune live in America and it’s a tour I would like to take round the whole world. I started in Los Angeles then to Washington DC and many other countries.

Culled from This Day

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