This week we feature one of the top female reggae deejay in Kenya conquering the Deejaying and the entire entertainment industry. We get personal with Dj Dimsey as she lays bare the highs and lows of being a female reggae deejay in the country
FULL NAMES : Doreen Mutheu
WHEN DID YOU START YOUR DEEJAYING CAREER? Professionally 2017
ANYONE IN PARTICULAR WHO PUSHED YOU AS AN UPCOMING DJ? I would say I was self Driven, I always had a passion for music but being unable to sing nor dance 'haha', I decided to join a Dj academy and do what I love, the rest is history.
- HOW DID YOU END UP WORKING WITH MUZIKAL SHERIFF AT RASYTLE REPUBLIK? Well before I even joined a Dj Academy I was a very big fan of Rastyle ,never missed any of their shows so when I finally became a Dj I approached Muzikal Sheriff for a job and to be honest it takes more than just being a dj to be part of Rastyle Crew it took me a year to join the sound, but within that period I never gave up I started doing my own random gigs including TV and Radio shows .Then one fine day i got a call from Sheriff saying he has seen what he wanted to see am now ready to be one of them I should start work immediately. And here we are
WHY REGGAE MUSIC?
I love reggae because its musically simple and that's the beauty about it, started listening to reggae at a young age and since then it's been part of me.
LOWEST MOMENTS YOU’VE EVER HAD IN THE COURSE OF DEEJAYING?
I don't think I have any so far so good and am grateful for that.
WHICH IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EVENTS THAT YOU HAVE DEEJAYED? Everton Blender's concert and also Duane Stephenson Featuring Da'ville
- WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FACING FEMALE DEEJAYS IN KENYA ESPECIALLY THOSE IN DOING REGGAE MUSIC? Being a female Reggae dj to be honest is not easy, people tend to underestimate your ability ,this has happened to me so many times. Sometimes even booking a gig is very hard because the owner of the club is not even sure if you will deliver to his expectations simply because you are a lady which is very disheartening, this should stop its high time they give the girl child an opportunity to shine, some of the female djs are way skilled than these male djs and they are giving them a run for their money
HOW HAS BEEN THE RECEPTION OF FEMALE REGGAE DEEJAYS IN AN INDUSTRY DOMINATED BY MEN? So far so good the reception at least is way better compared to how it was a couple of years ago, people have now come to accept that a female dj can perform as well as a male dj sometimes even better which is good on our part.
DO YOU HANDLE YOUR CRITICS?
Like they say if you don't have criticism in whatever you are doing then you are not growing, there was a time all these critics used to get to my head and to be honest it almost brought me down, but with the help of my friends and family they made me realize not everyone will like you or what you do so since then if it's constructive criticism i take it to account but if it's just someone throwing shades I might as well give it a deaf ear and it has worked perfectly for me.
YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR IN THE DEEJAYING INDUSTRY?
For those 3 years that i have been in the game i have achieved quit a lot first of all got a job at Rastyle Republik which is one of the biggest reggae sound in Kenya today, been on big stages before, secured good contracts for gigs, had an opportunity to play on almost all the radio/TV stations that have reggae shows therefore selling and growing my bran
THERE ARE VERY FEW FEMALE DEEJAYING DOING REGGAE MUSIC IN KENYA.WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO YOUNG UP AND COMING FEMALE DJS WHO LOOK UPON YOU AS A ROLE MODEL?
Just do you, be you, if you have a passion for anything go for it work towards it and don't let anyone tell you that you can't be what you want to be. ITS ALL IN THE MINDSET.