Ace Disk Jockey, DJ Neptune during an exclusive chat with Hiphop World Magazine took us into his world, his view on politics, tours lined up for the year, how he started the profession, what to expect from him and Greatness 2 Album. Read excepts below;
What are you plans for the year, is there any major project you are working on?
This year I am working on a couple of songs, I don’t know yet if it will be an album or an EP. But it’s going to be greatness 2, sounds of Neptune and there’s going to be tour as well, and I am looking at putting up a concert this year too.
So where do you intend touring this year?
We are planning a Europe tour, an American tour, a Canadian tour and definitely I am going to be touring Nigeria as well immediately after I drop the album.
As a DJ in Nigeria, what are the major challenges you face?
Challenges in life are unavoidable. There are challenges in anything you do, but when it comes to the art itself as a DJ, we still don’t earn that much respect considering the amount of time and work we put into the craft.
We don’t get paid much, considering the fact that we spend a lot securing our equipment and we obviously the first set of people to get to the venue, do the set up, do the sound check, do the fillers during the event and the last guys to leave the venue. We should be paid per hour like some other civilized country do, we’ll be making a lot of money, but it’s not a conversation to bring up here in Nigeria. It is good because everyone will sit up tight.
What propelled your interest in Disc Jockey?
I have always wanted to be an entertainer, I didn’t know DJ was going to be the way for me. I had an uncle who would come to the house and put me through voice training but my Dad kicked against. I always listen to radio DJ mix. During one Christmas period a friend of mine invited me to his Christmas party, so when everyone had left the house, I went and that was my first time seeing a DJ mix life. I was fascinated.
As the only son, how were you able to convince your parents about you becoming a DJ?
It wasn’t easy and like I said my Dad kicked against it, but he’s late now. At a point my Mom wasn’t comfortable with it, so it led me to leaving my comfort zone for about two years I was in the street hustling. It wasn’t easy but it was that sacrifice I needed to make to prove to everyone around me that it’s what I wanted to do and be and I can do it.
When did your DJ journey begin and how did you come into the limelight?
I started my journey early 2001, then I started DJ with a big friend of mine, like a big brother of mine. He had a studio and a fast food in Egbeda, so I started from there with him. I had my breakthrough in 2004 by a friend of mine whose Dad worked with DAAR Communication, so he spoke with his dad to help put me up on radio because we all grew up in the same yard, so I got to audition and I got the job.
2004 I got employed in Ray Power FM as one of the in house DJ’s, I was in the network belt and everything changed. People started booking me for events, appearances and I did radio with Ray Power for six years and I stopped in 2010, before I stopped I was signed to Naeto and I was able to go around the world with him as his personal DJ, so everything fell into place.
So if you weren’t a DJ what would you be?
If I wasn’t a DJ, I will still be involved in entertainment, because that’s my first love aside from studying public administration. I can’t sit in one place, I like to be the boss of myself. I would obviously have other businesses but still be involved in entertainment.
How do you know the kind of people to merge?
I guess that’s why I am Neptune, I try to do things that makes me stand out. I take my time when I am doing things, I try to think out of the box, go to a different zone people are not thinking of or the direction people aren’t looking at. I sit down and I do my math.
There are a million DJ’s out there, how do you manage to stay relevant?
First and foremost you need to be open minded, in terms of moving with the trend and try to know what’s trending, that way you are not left out. Secondly, put in a lot of work that way you stay relevant.
Has there been any point where you had regrets as a DJ?
Not really, to be honest because when I started it wasn’t for the fame or money but the passion. When I started DJ then, DJ was seen as people with no ambition, stupid, dropouts, touts etc. I continued and persisted because of the passion, it gave me joy so far people dance and are happy each time I play. Then, when I am booked, after hiring equipment and paying for transportation, I will be left with nothing, but I persisted and kept the hustle going believing it will change.
Many youths are interested in becoming a DJ, what advice do you have for them?
It’s good, and even parents are encouraging their children to become a DJ now. But take time to learn the basics, don’t just jump into it. Take your time to learn what makes you a professional DJ, save up money, buy equipments and start practicing. Then learn about other guys in the field, like Myself, DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Exclusive, DJ Spinall and many more…
What’s your take on Nigeria politics?
What I will say is, if you have your voters card; that’s your voice, go out and do the needful. I have mine and I will vote.
What is that one thing that nobody knows about you?
I am a very shy person, I like to keep to myself, I like my privacy. But the job has brought me out.