One of my most gratifying experiences is when I organized and participated in a deejay event for cancer. I have now been a professional deejay for the past ten years. However, I have been a deejay for as long as I can remember or let me say for as long as I could listen to music. My music enthusiasm started too early in my life that I cannot accurately give the timeline. I know that there is a difference between listening to music and nodding your head or appreciating the lyrics. But my case is different, I was not only a fan of music, I was a critic.
I can remember as a very young boy I could be infuriated by the selection of songs in a radio station. I was always sensitive to how the deejay or whoever was mixing the music at the studio chose the music, organized the music flow or even introduced the song. Later I followed my dream and by the time I was in high school I was an acclaimed ‘mixer’. Anyway, I really enjoy my work but last year I more than enjoyed, I relished my work.
A random thought
The idea of charity deejay event came to me as a random thought in a very unlikely place. I had met with some of my fellow deejays to discuss work-related matters in a certain restaurant. Later we went for drinks and as I sat listening to the deejay mix, one of my colleagues commented that the deejay at the club was performing too poorly.
I started criticizing his performance from a professional pint of view and then I paused. I thought back to how I came to be one of the best deejays in the industry and I thought it was not just fate, I was blessed. On that cue, I told my friends that we needed to do something for the community to appreciate what we had achieved. One of my colleagues laughed and jokingly suggested maybe we should organize a free gig. And that was that, we were going to do not only one but many gigs for free, to support a community cause. Which one? They asked with their mouths and eyes. And then I knew it, we were going to deejay for cancer.
After a considerable amount of poring over ideas, I decided that we should organize deejay competitions in various cities throughout the month of November to coincide with the November annual event for cancer. We invited all other professional deejays and they were more than willing to participate in this cause. And to make it formal and more humorous, all performers were required to grow mustaches except for the ladies of course. We organized three weekly competitions in different cities with the final showdown occurring in the final weekend of November.
The events were overbooked considering the names featured were among the most prominent in the industry. Additionally, musicians, comedians and other entertainers joined our cause and the turnout was overwhelming. All the proceeds from the concerts were donated to a cancer foundation including the cash prizes awarded to the winners. We also benefited immensely from the goodwill act and publicity and many people lauded our charity event. Following the success of this event, we have decided to hold the deejay competitions every year on November to assist in fighting this malady called cancer.