Betiku Oluwatobi Austin (a.k.a DJ Turbo D), is the official DJ of Mavin Record label artiste, Korede Bello. he speaks on the present state of the label and proffers solution to the regulation of music. Excerpts:
You are the official DJ for Mavin artiste, Korede Bello. How did you get this offer?
I would say fate made this a reality. I didn’t have any relationship with Mavin management not to talk of having a connection with Korede Bello. On a fateful day, I got a call from a friend, who informed me that a record label wanted to recruit DJs and that I should come around. It was when I got there that I found out it was Mavin records. I was amazed; because that was the first time I would meet Don Jazzy. The experience was fun. I was eventually assigned to Korede Bello as his official DJ and we have been good since then. The relationship has been awesome. He is an interesting artiste to work with. I am glad to be part of the Mavin family.
But the much-rated record label has kept a low profile lately as it is yet to deliver a hit song like in previous years? What could be responsible to this?
I am not in the best position to respond to this, but I can tell you that the house has been doing great works and not relenting on its oars to build on its legacy in the industry. There are hit songs that will again storm the airwaves.
As a Korede bello’s official Dj, do you take part in his music production?
Yes, as I said earlier, it is one big family. We work together for a common goal. I also, work with his manager, Casper of Caspertament. We always discuss and deliberate on a common goal and the result has been interesting.
How has it been working with Korede Bello?
He is very humble. We blend together. In fact, age is not a barrier and my experience working with him has been a good one. At present, we are working on something. We have recorded three songs, one produced by Altims, which would be dropped soon. We are just trying to put finishing touches to it. Initially, I was taking my time on how to go about thing, but I think time is right now and I’m ready to face that music. Let me see how it feels like to drop a single.
How did you discover you have the talent for disc jockey?
It started with dancing; I used to dance with a group called Assigned in 2002. From there, I started having passion for mixing songs at parties, because I was the social director. Then I had to bring Dj for every event. Along the line, I decided to try it, precisely in 2003. I started mixing songs fully at my area, Agege, Abulegba, as well as organising shows. From there, I was opportune to be on shows and radio. It has been great and I thank God that I was able to push my career to a meaningful stage. Though, it has not been easy, it is really tasking.
With your experience as a radio DJ, do you think there is a similarity between radio and disc jockey?
For me, I have been in radio all my life, but I have had a feel of club, as well as I have played in street carnivals. I think the only difference is that of the radio is regulated. There are rules and regulations guiding what goes on air by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Not all songs go on air.
Would you say that the NBC is doing enough, especially with the fact that lewd songs still find their way to public?
I think the body still has a lot to do to regulate what the industry is impacting on the society, especially through music. They need to act fast and stand on their policies. I discovered that many of our artistes these days are all trying to find hits regardless of the effect their songs have on the society.
So, I don’t blame anybody singing anything, neither do I don’t blame NBC. My take is that everybody should just do good music that will impact lives positively.
How have you been able to help up-and-coming artistes?
I’ve had artistes come to me for supports and I have been able to do my quota to contribute to their careers. Though, some of them don’t come back to appreciate when they eventually have their breakthrough, it is normal anyway.
You have been n this game for one decade. What has been your staying power?
I’m still learning and up-and-coming. I won’t say I’m prefect. Though it has been great, thanks to God, because it is not easy trying to merge DJ, radio and school. Back then, I would leave school from LASU to Eko FM. It was really tasking then. But when I graduated from LASU was fulfilled and thanked God for accomplishing that goal, which gave me a relief to concentrate on my passion; the DJ work.
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