The Lagos based disk jockey, in an exclusive interview with Hitvibz celebrity timeout (with the young and talented), also disclosed his biggest dream.
According to DJ Silent Toh bad, his dream is to perform at ‘One Musicfest‘ a recurring music festival held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Read the full interview……
Can we meet you please?
I am Bakare Ismaheel Taiwo better known as Dj Silent Toh Bad. Based in Suburb of Agege, Lagos State.
Why the name DJ Silent toh Bad?
The name DJ Silent is an acronym for “Sit, Listen and be ENTtertained” and the suffix “Toh Bad” was later added by my guest when I wowed them in an event and I was walked up to and said yes you are “Dj Silent” but your “Silent” is Bad so it became “Dj Silent Toh Bad”.
How did it all start for you. What inspired you to become a DJ?
It all started from an early stage for me. Before I know or come closer to anything called a Dj Setup, naturally if I listened to any music, I foresee or let’s say I basically know the kind of music that will come next after listening to a particular sound or song.
When I first discovered this, I thought in the future I will be an artist, a musician but Nah, that’s not my thing.
And where do you draw your inspiration from?
Anything special about him?
Besides being under his mentorship for some months, he made me realize Djing is beyond being on the wheels alone and he leads by example and we the young generations are learning a lot from his craft.
If you look around now, everyone wants to be a DJ, what makes you different and unique from others?
I think every one wanting to be a Dj this time around does not really bother me, because, way back when I started this journey, it was born out of passion and consistency with a lot of effort has brought me this far.
So if anyone is diving into this craft, I think time and effort will tell who will still be relevant in years to come
That means, the market is favourable for you?
Yes it is, but that does not mean everything will come very easy. I have to fight and work towards what is available for me to be great in this craft
What type of DJ are you? Hip hop, Afro, pop, blues, jazz?
I’m based on all genre of good music only, and as a Dj that has taste for good music. The satisfaction/entertainment of my fans and guest/audience is utmost in anything I do
What was the biggest challenge you faced starting up as a DJ?
The most of the challenges as a fast rising Dj is
1. Acquisition of Gadget. God!! With the current hike in price of everything day in day out, you have to be on your thinking cap always
2. Even when you manage to acquire lets say 50% of your gadgets, maintenance is waiting for you. God let you survive this stage (Angry face).
3. Lastly if you are now able to do the maintenance, clients that will patronize you will now be pricing your service with peanut amounts.
All in all, the three stage you can’t avoid but can only survive through it if you have a burning desire for this craft.
As a DJ, what night out has been the most memorable for you?
Basically, before I fully Indulge in being a full time Dj, I’m not a night out person. But night out has been great especially Friday night, that is our own Monday morning (Laughs) but of all the night out, club night out has been the most memorable for me
What is that one mistake you see some DJs make that you try so hard to avoid ?
Trying to be what you are not. What i mean is that just because you see a particular DJ did one thing and he was successful or good at it, then you go all out and trying to do the same thing the same way he does it. I’m not saying Its bad to take from other DJs skills but it’s wrong doing it the same way you see it.
Another thing I try to avoid that most DJs do is not practicing well enough and trying to do what you just practiced and not really perfect at it, because your audience are not interested in your Dj skills, hell no!!! They just want to dance and have fun (Laughs) that’s what they pay you for any way.
One year from now, five years from now, Where do you think you are headed?
A year from now I want to be known well with my craft and would have established my name across Nigeria 🇳🇬.
In five years time my craft to have influenced others not only in Djing alone but entertainment industry.
And also to have established and make my brand stand the test of time and giving back to the community as well.
If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?
I think it’s the era Olamide, Wizkid and Davido blew into lime light, should be around early 2010. That year was mad, pure music vibes, competition at its peak and rivalry make everything within that year memorable.
What is one genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
Name one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Olamide’s Eni Duro, that track hits me differently.
And one popular song that you can’t stand?
Sound Sultan’s Jagbajantise, I don’t understand the concept of that song till date (Angry face).
What do you think are the challenges DJs face in Nigeria?
I think majorly it’s acquisition of high priced instruments and non availability of body that guides and educates the young aspiring DJs about the business side of this craft.
So tell us, why do they love Djing?
Djing is a way I pass message across to my proposed audience and also expresses my talent as well.
How do you get your gigs?
Through recommendation from previous events, through promotion of my mixtapes and through prospective client, from Night clubs as well and mostly through online platforms.
And how long do you prepare before a gig?
I practice everyday, so when a gig comes I’m always ready.
How do you stay up to date with the latest music trends?
Through blogs, social media and Radio as well.
While performing, do you ever get a request? How do you handle such/feedbacks?
Yeah of course I do, if the request go inline with what’s currently being played I will accept it. But if it’s not, I will humbly tell whoever made the request that it’s not available at the moment.
Do you ever try to communicate to the audience through your vibe?
That’s one of my serving point. Because I’m there to entertain my audience and I have to make them feel among as well cos that’s the sauce of the whole paparazzi. I make sure I steal their attention with good vibes only.
What’s your strategy for getting a crowd going?
Dishing out songs that they can relate to, it’s a skills that I have mastered a lot because that’s what distinguishes you from others. My audience is my judge and I have to make them give me an awesome judgement and sweep them off their fit
What was the inspiration behind the monthly virtual DJ you started in 2020?
I think 2020 made everyone think deep and thoroughly, me inclusive. Because when the pandemic hits and everybody were at home, I sat down and think what next, no clubbing, event closed, no outdoor activities (Angry face) how do I connect with my audience and fans? then some thing came up in my mind where will everyone one be right now??
Online of course, then the idea of a virtual show pops up.. well, the rest falls in
How did you get involved with Raymist management company?
The journey with Raymist started after the release of my mixtape “Rep my Hood” back in 2020. They reached out, we shared ideas and realized we have same goal in common. Then the journey started
And how has it been working with Raymist?
It’s been really great and challenging as well mostly demanding but all in all success filled.
What festivals would you most like to play at?
What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?
The particular skill I will want DJs to brush up is ability to dish out good music and understand your audience appetite as well.
What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a DJ?
Your audience and fans accepting and appreciating your craft and ability to pass on your legacy to others as well
What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
Let your passion for this craft be more than your talent, and if can not handle criticism don’t even bother proceeding