DJing in Nigeria has its challenges because not everyone understands the importance or value of a good DJ but thankfully this attitude is improving. DJs are now becoming important entities and brands and have a much bigger stake in the industry thanks to the likes of DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Neptune and new school DJs such as Xclusive.
DJ Babatunde Bashir-Bello, popularly known as DJ Babus is a fast growing Nigerian DJ who currently returned 2 years ago from the US to focus more on DJing and producing music as a lifelong career.
He has performed at great events such as Ebony Life ‘Tribute to Mandela’ Concert which featured acts such as D’banj, 2face, Tiwa Savage….and has gone on tour with Samsung and Banky W as well as Savanna Cider. He has also worked with great brands such as Ciroc, Chicken Republic, Puma, Campari, Martell, Four Points by Sheraton, Intercontinental Hotel, Coca Cola and more.
In early 2014, DJ Babus officially opened his studio – Fat Boi Studios – where he has worked with artists such as Wizkid, Phenom, Ikechukwu, Peter Clarke, Emma Nyra and Yung L to name a few as a producer, soundwriter and sound engineer. He is also currently working on new projects soon to be released in 2015 and plans to focus more on Production and Songwriting.
DJ Babus passion as a DJ did not just start overnight or due to the recent hyping of DJ’s rather it has been a huge part of him growing up, as he tells Africanpreneurs how it all started.
“I have always been interested in DJing because my dad was a DJ when he was in college. My biggest influence however came from the DJs that worked with my uncle’s children entertainment company. The company organized most of the parties growing up from my friends birthday parties to big children’s day parties at National Stadium. I always hung out with the DJs during these events. Eventually one of the DJs became a host on a popular Limca sponsored Saturday morning dance show and I saw that there was more to DJing than playing at parties.
In secondary school I started DJing and when I moved to USA for College I began DJing at the college radio station. This opened up a lot of doors for me DJing at various events for various types of people. It also introduced me to music creation and the studio; this soon became a passion as well. After about 3yrs, I did a music production program in Ohio, USA. I had offers to work for an international label in Atlanta but decided to move back in Nigeria instead.
The plan was to be a sound engineer and part time DJ and I got a great opportunity to do just that for an industry leading company sadly the company folded up and KnightHouse a record label and production company offered me a position as a road manager for their artists. This was a great experience for me because I got to see a lot of things I won’t have seating in the studio. I got to travel, go on tour, work in the studio with various artist and producers, got to meet a lot of people in the industry and in general learn a lot about the entertainment industry in Nigeria. All this time I was DJing part time.
DJing in Nigeria has its challenges because not everyone understands the importance or value of a good DJ but thankfully this attitude is improving. DJs are now becoming important entities and brands and have a much bigger stake in the industry thanks to the likes of DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Neptune and new school DJs such as Xclusive.”
To contact DJ Babus, Like his offical page on https://www.facebook.com/officialdjbabus?fref=ts