This week’s Mdundo DJ Stories features talented disc jockey DJ Maf Dee. In the quite engaging Q&A session, DJ Maf Dee shares his story and gives us more insight into his life, journey, and what he aims to accomplish in his DJ career.
Read through his replies to the questions below: –
Question: Hi DJ, please tell us about yourself.
DJ Maf Dee: I’m Moses Bitrus Bugama, aka DJ Maf Dee. I was born in Kaduna and brought up in Jos Plateau state.
Question: Tell us about your journey and how did you start DJing?
DJ Maf Dee: My Journey as a DJ was quite stressful. I started Learning how to DJ in 2013 when I was still in secondary school, class JSS3. By then, I did not have a laptop and I was using my friend’s Laptop to learn. From there, I picked up some things, and he also taught me how to mix but not 100%. I would say he taught me about 40% of how to DJ. As time went on, I found someone who had the complete instruments for djing then I started working with him. Big shoutout to DJ Crowzy for putting me along the line for good 8years. I was humble and calm to learn everything in time during my stay with him. I labored hard to get my first laptop which was not easy for me to get the money for a good one week.
Before I bought a laptop, I rented one before I could go play at my gigs because I had clients on the ground who always gave me outside gigs. I would always have issues with my dad because he didn’t like me staying out late. I would normally come back home from 11 pm to 12 am, and no one supported me then except my mom who stood by me up to where I am today. I keep pushing hard every day, hoping that God will do it one day and it will become another story tell.
Question: Why did you choose DJing as your professional career?
DJ Maf Dee: I chose to DJ as a career and my lifetime job because I love seeing people happy while I play, and one thing that inspires me the more is when people are always vibing and dancing with me when I play good music.
Question: What was your struggle while starting, and what are you currently facing as challenges
DJ Maf Dee: My struggle while starting was not having an instrument of my own. I rented to be able to play my gigs. Now the only challenge I’m facing is to get a better connection so that I will be exposed more to the world outside because I know not many people know DJ Maf Dee.
Question: Do you think that the DJ world is a men’s world?
DJ Maf Dee: Not only for men only but also for females.
Question: How do you balance your life as a professional DJ, family, and your studies?
DJ Maf Dee: To get a better connection, with bookings from different people, I will get enough income to take care of my family and my studies.
Question: Which big concert do you dream of playing?
DJ Maf Dee: I dream of playing at Davido’s concert.
Question: Where do you feel most comfortable? In the studio or on stage?
DJ Maf Dee: On the stage facing the crowd.
Question: How do you stay up-to-date with the latest music trends?
DJ Maf Dee: I’m always online to check on updates and what’s going on in the music industry. We have a lot of trending music today, and Asake is the man leading in that.
Question: Are there any DJs on or off the scene that you look up to or inspire you?
DJ Maf Dee: DJ Consequence and DJ Kaywise
Question: Which Naija artist will you like to play for and why?
DJ Maf Dee: Davido and the reasons are that Davido, he’s a legend and his music inspires so many people today. When you go through his lyrics you will find out more.
Question: How do you feel mixing Afrobeat songs, compared to mixing foreign songs
DJ Maf Dee: I feel more comfortable mixing Afrobeats than foreign songs because Afrobeats is the best and is now becoming a global phenomenon. Big shoutout to those producing Afrobeats today.
Question: What advice would you give to your past self and those who want to take up djing as a career?
DJ Maf Dee: The advice I will give to them is to continue pushing hard. Nothing good comes easy, and one day they will be surprised by where they will find themselves.
Lastly, a big shoutout to Mdundo Nigeria for contributing to my DJ Career today. I am looking forward to more.