Wednesday, 1 August 2018

DJ Blinky set for Guinness World Record - DJ-ing for 16 days

Popularly addressed as Mr Non-Stop in the word of entertainment, CONFIDENCE ADOO KELVIN is a Nigerian born disc jockey, event manager, sound engineer and choreographer. Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Rivers State; DJ Blinky started his career some years ago after his high school. He has featured in many prominent events which has earned him several awards which indudes prestigious 'Man Of The Mix Award' and the 'Rivers  Science and Tech Idol Hunt 2010 Award'.

DJ Blinky is currently working on his EP music project to be released in August. It is also noteworthy that this would be his very first individual trial to break the Guinness World Record for longest DJing. In this interview with DMB, he has this to say except....

Can we meet you?

I go by the name Adoo Kelvin Confidence popularly known as DJ Blinky a.k.a, Non-stop.

I started from Port Harcourt, Rivers State. I started the DJ career from High School. I worked with couples of radio stations like Raypower, PTC FM, I also worked with some artistes like Wanconzy, Burna Boy. Basically, my career started from Port Harcourt but I knew I would definitely move to Lagos even when my family wasn't in support, i still head on.

In 2016, March, I moved to Lagos, where I stayed with a friend at Festac. From there, I told him I needed to pursue my dream that he should help since he's been in Lagos before me, that was how I started, there is a popular club at Festac then, 'Amigos', I played there and also there is a launch there called 'True ballers', that was where I met with 2Face's brother, he managed Rumors club in Festac. I told him that I'm a DJ who just came from Port Harcourt and that I would love to play in the club, which I did. But I wasn't satisfied with the Festac things, so I wanted to move from Festac to Island, I got a friend who just got signed to a record label.

I got to Island, the first club I played with was Club 'Entice', somewhere in Victoria Island. I played for a year(2016-2017). Along the line, I met a couple of people, couple of brands. I was later signed under one record label, BIG Music, I was the official DJ then even though, I didn't sign any agreement with them but I was with them for a year. Along the line, things didn't work out as expected so I moved again 'cause I'd already gotten some contacts, I started going for shows, I played at Hallyberry's concert among others. I got the club I'm playing for right now, 'Bayrock' at Fola Osibo. After that, I participated in the recent attempt by 207 DJs for the Guinness World Records for the Longest DJ Relay and I was the official DJ when Dancer 'Pinki Debbie' broke the World Record for the Longest Dance Marathon by an individual.

Meanwhile, I met Pinki Debby at that my friend's house before the event, so we became friends. After that, I told my manager that I would love to set up my own Guinness World Record too but I don't know how I would go about it. While he was out running the package, I kept on asking if he hadn't forgotten me and he said no, after some time I didn't hear anything again so I zeroed my mind and told God that 'Let thy will be done'. I was just doing my normal parole and all, then on the first of July, that was on a Sunday, I just woke up and got the call from him that they've approved the proposal and I told him to send me the guidelines.

What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?

First, I have to look at my audience, i have to know the kind of crowd I have because I call myself 'Mr Non-stop', Mr Non-stop is a new vibe mixed with the old vibe so I look at the crowd. During the week, I browse old and new music, if it is the older ones, i will definitely start with songs in 90s. It all depends on my crowd at that moment.

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?

It's good to know what the people want and when you give it to them, and they love it, then, you will be praised. Every time, it's a highlight; when you can express yourself and the people understand that, in another far away place, it's really fantastic. That's the best part of touring. I always look out for new music and the people before I go for an event, infact, I do play for some Indians here, I always look for top ten hot Indian songs. I just do my research generally.

What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?

I'm an entertainer generally but DJing has been my main thing. I feel excited doing it. Everything I do, I try to put more energy into it so it's not that difficult for me especially when you have passion for something. That's it.

How important is building a real relationship with the music you're playing for your own approach? There's so much music out there, is it even possible to build meaningful long-term relationships with a particular track or album?

I am a music lover, I know a music that is good whether it's well known or not, you know, there are lots of music I play in clubs that no one has ever played before, I play them not because they are not recognised but because they are good and people don't notice. I don't play what everybody plays, that's my own approach, if it is 2hrs I'm going to spend, I must use the time well and people must feel the vibe. No dulling moment. I learnt this from DJ Olu in Portharcout. 

Now that you are about to break Guinness World Record, how about your parent, are they happy about this?

I won't lie to you, my parents are late. My sisters are all married, I'm the youngest child of the family. I came from this family that doesn't really understand music, they don't understand the entertainment world so I'm the only one, even when I told them I wanted to come Lagos, they were like 'who are you going to stay with, who do you know in Lagos and all'. They don't know what is going on right now, except for their children who do follow me on Instagram.

After the whole event, I'm planning to go back there for a tour and then make them understand that this is what I'm doing now.

How do you relax?

I relax with the music. I'm a lover of music, anytime I want to relax, I plug my earpiece and listen to music. Currently, I'm working on my Epp music too which will drop soon. So that's that.

To follow him on Social Media, type @Deejay_blinky

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