I had the opportunity to catch up with one of Ghana’s hottest Djs, John Papakow Abban who is known as Dj Shagy. The self-driven 28 year old Dj describes himself as fun, full of energy and a rare gem. He states that he has a Type A personality. Dj Shagy is based in Accra, Ghana and has 3 siblings.
His passion for Djing started in University, when he attended a couple of parties and was not feeling the music. He knew that could do so much better and next thing he started practicing on Virtual DJ and that was it. He studied Psychology in University and still states that he has a passion for it and if he was not doing Djing full time he would branch to either Psychology or Marketing. He would love to be a Sports Psychologist.
Dj Shagy mentions that the secret to being a good Dj is to make sure you stay consistent. It is important to make music your hobby so that you are introduced to different sounds, this will help you stay relevant. If you want to score gigs, it is vital that you know the right people who can help you pull the right strings. Ensure that you maintain that relationship to stay in their good books. He advises young people to remain young and free and to always remember that adulthood comes with unnecessary expectations and boundaries, you just have to take it one step at a time.
Describe how you feel when Djing for a crowd?
“Super excited and charged. It is all sorts of good vibes. It is like a sudden rush of dopamine in your brains. It is an awesome experience especially when the crowd is connecting with you”
Your top 5 favourite Instagram accounts?
Money, status and power? Put these in order of importance and give a reason why?
“Tough one but I will go with Status, Money and Power. Status comes with respect, and money moves things so with status and money you would wield power. Power is mostly associated with fear so for me it is status, money and power.”
What is the one quote you stand by?
“DON’T SWERVE GOD”.
DID YOU KNOW?
- He worked as an Assistant Brand Manager for Coca Cola in 2017
- He graduated with a First Class (Distinction) in Psychology
- He was part of a Dance Crew in High School, he would come up with choreography and mix songs for performances with a simple audio mixer called Acoustica
- He played handball and cricket in his freshman year for his hall of residence in University
- He loves hiking
WHERE TO KEEP UP WITH DJ SHAGY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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