Issue 05: DJ Firestarr - Life before and after the pandemic
CREATIVE DIR. & PHOTOGRAPHER: DANIEL OLUBANJO | STYLIST: MICHAEL CHIBUEZE |
SET DESIGN: HANNAH GOSAIN | INTERVIEW: NISHA LANDA
A sit down with DJ Firestarr
DJ Firestarr, a staple name in the UK Rap and Hip Hop scene. From touring with Giggs to having his own Spotify podcast, his perseverance has constantly brought him success. He talks about his journey so far and how he has stayed motivated to achieve his notable accomplishments.
How has the past year been for you?.
"The past 18 months. Musically a lot of great things have happened but in my personal life, I lost my mum last year so everything else is second to that. So, I've just been trying to find my way, trying to keep it moving and stay focused on music."
When did you start DJing and was that something you always wanted to do?
"Started DJing nearly 20 years ago, so I'm deep in the game."...
..."I was buying vinyl and before you know it, I'm playing little sets at the club in my friend's slot because he was putting me on... We were just getting all the names and that's where I started, I was playing there every weekend in the regular, I finally started to get paid and then it continued from there"
What’s next for Firestarr?
"It’s always hard to predict what’s next, things just evolve and happen, sometimes even from your previous work. Even things from the GRM gala to interviewing Usain Bolt, they weren’t planned, they just happened. Now we done that Bolt interview and the catalogue is deep of like 50 global stars, we want to approach more musicians, sports athletes, footballers; I want to keep doing that. Of course, the plan is to be heavy in the clubs and planning more parties and brunches."
I decided that I want to learn how to DJ. So, I saved £1000 from my Saturday job which took ages... and I bought the best equipment, because I didn’t want any mediocre s**t."