She was dubbed Nigeria's youngest DJ after releasing her first Afrobeat mixtape, 'Party Vibes,' to the delight of her fans in June.
She has also performed at a number of events in Lagos and elsewhere in Nigeria. In this interview, DJIrish and her father, who also serves as her manager, discuss her music career, education, and future goals.
How did you become a Deejay?
DJ IRISH: I have been learning to be a DJ for over a year. I learned how to mix music from DJ Biggy.
He is an excellent DJ, but he is extremely overweight. Late last year, I began playing professionally.
I have a special love for music, and the ability to mix and spice up your party makes me very happy. I've been doing music for a year. I've performed at a variety of venues and events.
I've also travelled to many Nigerian states to perform music. And the response has been incredible.
PT: What motivates you?
DJ IRISH: As I previously stated, I enjoy music. I enjoy making music. I've enjoyed listening to music since I was a baby. I also enjoy it when the music is excellent, and I enjoy trying new things.
What most inspired me was listening to DJs play music on my birthdays. Every year, my parents celebrate my siblings and my birthdays, and there is always a DJ playing music for us. I like how the DJs play, and it has inspired me. DJ Cuppy, DJ Nana, and other DJs inspire me as well.
PT: What were your parents’ reactions to this?
DJ IRISH: My parents are completely supportive of my decision to become a DJ. My parents, in fact, are my biggest supporters. They've been there for me since the beginning, and I appreciate it.
PT: Do you attend school? What impact does this have on education?
DJ IRISH: I go to school, yes. I go to school, but balancing school and being a DJ is difficult. However, I am still the best in my class and have five school awards. They are for Arts, Science, and the Spelling Bee, respectively. I strive to be the best at whatever I do, no matter how difficult it is. I aspire to be the best DJ in the world very soon.
PT: Do you want to be a DJ in the future, or do you have other goals?
Yes, DJ IRISH. In the future, I would like to be a DJ as well as a medical doctor. Those are my two fantasies. I want to finish my education, study medicine at university, and eventually become a medical doctor while also DJing on the side — Dj Irish; She is the youngest Disc jockey (Deejay) in the world at the moment.
PT: How much money does this earn you?
DJ IRISH: It's not much right now, but it's enough to support myself and my team.
PT: What are some of the difficulties you face?
DJ IRISH: It's not difficult for me because I love what I do. The only thing I can call a challenge right now is juggling DJ work and schoolwork. Because they are both important to me, I try to balance them so that neither suffers.
Another issue is that sometimes when I mount the stage, my hands do not reach my set due to my height, so I have to climb something before performing.
PT: What was the largest stage you've ever performed on?
DJ IRISH: I've played in so many shows that I can't pick a favourite. I've performed in Lagos, Asaba, Awka, and other cities. I'm not sure which is the biggest, but they're all fantastic shows.
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