Bobby, popularly known as DJ Bobby D, loves music. Music is his life. In his dark moments, music is the light stretching her hands. Music has become a fortress of solitude for him.
Interview with DJ Bobby D, Disk Jockey.
How did the name DJ Bobby D come about?
My name is actually Daniel, but while growing up people were fond of calling me Bobby. As I grew to really love music and play music all day long, I decided to take the path of becoming a DJ, a disk jockey. I needed a unique name as a DJ, and “Bobby” has always been on the lips of people on the streets, so it became that name for me. Hence, the letter “D” following “Bobby” remains an initial of “Daniel”. DJ Bobby D was born.
And also, the “D” connotes a nickname that people playfully call me, Dweezy. I have a tattoo of “Dweezy” on me 🙂
What do you enjoy when it comes to playing music to people?
I enjoy being a DJ because I brighten the day for people in nightclubs and even at outdoor events. It gives me joy to see those who came in sad leaving happily at the end of the day.
Outside nightlife and turntables, who is Daniel?
I’m an actor. I love acting too. I have been featured in soap operas set in a couple of states across the country (Nigeria) and the experience so far has been great. Though, I’m not famous. My life is all about entertainment and I believe I will break grounds someday.
What would you say about the music industry now?
I’ve been a DJ since 2003 and I’ve seen a lot of transitions in the industry. I would say that there are two types of artists.
When 2Face (Innocent Idibia), Idris Abdulkareem, Ruggedman (Michael Stephens), and so many great artists that were in vogue then, there was so much contents to keep you listening and you could tell they put their hearts in those songs making them evergreen. Their songs were not just mere songs. They were direct responses to sensitive issues in the country.
The second category, are the kind of artists making waves in the industry today. They address issues too but we have more dwelling on how they kill the beats with few lines and memorable melody so to say. And for some, it’s just about the beat. They are creative and do flow well with the Afrobeats backing it up with funky dance moves in their videos. I’ve seen all that and music is just what it is. I don’t see anything wrong with that. It gives a perfect balance when I compile a mix for events. Leave music for me. I love music.
If I’m in an event with 100 people, honestly 90 will tell me “man your mix is good!”
Have you ever considered being an artist too?
For me, I became a DJ to promote what musicians do with words and sounds. Disk Jockey is my own industry and I make money from it. I’m above 30 now, and I keep doing it. I also wanna get married and watch my children grow and have a happy life.
Though it has not been a bed of roses. I wanna make more money at this point in life and make investments. I look forward to linking up with successful DJs in the industry to expand my network.
Even if I’m sick, and I’m called upon to play music, I’m going to jump up.
Thanks for speaking to us, Bobby 🙂
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.