The tenth story on our Mdundo DJ Stories shines the light on Samuel Bulus Tsok popularly known as DJ Cisse.
He shares how he started from cassettes and DVDs to becoming a professional DJ and now one of Jos’s finest disc jockeys.
Below is how the chat with our correspondent went: –
Hi DJ, please tell us about yourself.
My name is Samuel Bulus Tsok. My stage name is DJ Cisse from Jos, Plateau state.
Tell us about your journey and how did you start DJing?
I started playing music when I was little at house parties. Mostly at the neighbours’ house with cassettes and DVDs. I started djing when Rythm 93.7 FM came to Jos I think around 2007/2008. Listening to great DJs like SunnyJeff, DJ Emmy, and DJ Steeno inspired me. I officially started djing in 2009/2010.
Why did you choose to be a DJ as your professional career?
The art of djing is beyond music. I love to share my music experience with my audience and to make them feel the vibe from a different aspect even if the listener can’t dance but his or her head must vibe to the music.
What was your struggle while starting, and what are you currently facing as challenges?
My struggles as a DJ getting music were a lot challenging when I started. My parents never supported the idea but I had to be stubborn to reach my current stage. In my current stage, the struggle is financial, getting my own equipment to reduce the rental cost.
Do you think that the DJ world has given women adequate representation?
I think female DJs get attention especially when they play well.
How do you balance your life as a professional DJ, your family and your study?
Currently, I have to take my steps slowly to balance school and family and also to sensitize my parents that not every DJ is a bad person as they see it.
Which big concert do you dream of playing at?
Hustle and bustle, block part, capitol block party, any events that I can gain from and build my brand.
Where do you feel most comfortable? In the studio or on stage?
I can do both studio and stage, but I will go with the stage. I love to see my crowd reacting to what I play.
How do you stay up to date with the latest music trends?
At the end of every week, I visit some sites and blogs, and also social media platforms like IG, TikTok and Facebook.
Are there any DJs on or off the scene that you look up to or who inspires you?
Yes, the likes of DJ Purfy, Spinal, Neptune, consequences and others.
Which Naija artist will you like to play for and why?
Burna Boy, Asake, Fireboy, and Rema all have the party vibe and rhythm.
How do you feel mixing Afrobeats tunes, compared to mixing foreign songs
Easy and confident, but I also play other genres without hitches.
What advice would you give to your past self, and those who want to take up DJing as a career?
Stay focused and aim for the best, djing is beyond playing music, one needs more practice and courage. Djing is psychological.