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Daily Inspiration: Meet Michael Ayenu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Ayenu.

Hi Michael, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Right after senior high school in 1999, I decided to follow my passion. Music was everything to me. Luckily for me, I joined Soundmax Systems and had gigs almost every other weekend.

I learned on the jobs by showing up two hours to practice before show time. That is how I arranged my music and got better. I went from playing christening, engagements, weddings, funerals, stage events, private gigs, radio, and nightclubs.

I gave most of them out when I started working with the biggest artiste from Ghana about twelve (12) years ago. So I have been on road since 1999 till date.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, a lot of challenges especially coming from Africa. You can have the money to buy the right equipment but they were not easy to find like driving to the guitar center or any of these shops to buy them.

Disc jockeying wasn’t considered a job but a hobby. We weren’t taken seriously, this was the only job that you introduce yourself and the next question that follows is, apart from this, what else do you do. Doctors, Lawyers, Judges, etc. don’t get to be asked these questions.

Meanwhile, in other places, DJs are celebrated and selling out auditoriums like rock stars. We don’t get paid well like we will want to. In most cases, you get substitutes if you are not willing to drop your prices.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Covid has thought us a lot of things. Basically, I started appreciating life differently because I realized tomorrow is not promised. I was on road as usual for a gig and got locked down in Canada for 6 months.

First two months, I couldn’t even touch my door to go outside out of fear. I took new courses to upgrade my skills in events. I watched a lot of movies and series. Had enough time to plan a few events back home when restrictions were lifted. It thought me how streaming can do a lot of good for us, especially in the creative industry.

I think after two years of Covid, I believe people will enjoy shows more than they did years before. Still shedding off the weight I gain during the lockdown.

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