Popular Nigerian disc jockey, DJ Neptune, while speaking on his career and prospects, has opened up on the retirement age of all deejays.
According to the deejay, who spoke with The Punch in a new interview, there is no retirement age for deejays.
Read excerpts from the interview
What is your position on the view of some that DJs can’t be as rich as musicians?
Well, you can say some artiste are paid more than DJs same way I can tell you that I know some DJs who get paid more than some artistes. What matters most is how you manage your resources and cut your coat according to your cloth.
Mind you, the life span of a DJ on the job most time is longer than that of an artiste.
A good example is DJ Jimmy Jatt. He has been in the music industry as a DJ for over 25 years. I am sure you can count the artistes that have come and faded off while DJ Jimmy Jatt is still relevant and killing shows till tomorrow.
How did you come about the stage name, DJ Neptune?
The name Neptune was given to me by some guys. What happened was these people who I presume are friends attended some parties I was booked as a disc jockey. They noticed a particular routine I did during my set then.
I usually played a song, because it was a hot record at the time, did some speed work with crazy scratches and literally blew people off their minds. The song was by Busta Rhymes and produced by The Neptunes (Pharrell Willams and his band).
One of my favourite parts of the record was when Busta Rhymes gave The Neptunes a shout out by calling out their name. That was the part I used to scratch a lot so the guys started calling me Mr Neptune.
This worked in my favour because then I didn’t have a stage name. I thought about it, did my research to be sure there was no other DJ with the name and boom, I took off and that’s how I started calling myself DJ Neptune.