This week on Men in Power we have a very talented, award-winning, father, celebrities know him as the master on decks and you all know him as UK’s finest Top Dj.
I am pleased to have DJ Blighty as our men in Power of the week.
Congratulations on winning best Urban Dj of the year for Mixcloud.
How was it finding out you won best Dj or the year?
Thank you. It was unexpected, to be honest so I was very overwhelmed when I found out, I wouldn’t have got there without the support of my listener’s so I’m very grateful to them for their support.
You have over 10 million streams on Mixcloud and the number growing each day.
How do you know what songs to mix?
Haha, not quite reached the 10 Million milestones just yet, I’m hoping to get there before the end of the year though, think I’m closing in on 7 Million which is amazing. My song selection is my picks of current hits, new undiscovered artists & classics. There is no formula other than my musical ear which I had from a very young age, I have a natural ability to know which songs will mix nicely together which makes life easier.
Your mixtapes are always popping, How did you learn how to mix?
I taught myself at the tender age of 13, many tedious hours of trial & error, there weren’t any tutorials or how to’s back then, so years of practice & perseverance.
And have you considered holding masterclasses?
I haven’t, but it could be something to look at in the future.
So how did it all begin?
I’ve been obsessed with music since before I can remember, I started to take an interest in DJ-ing at the age of around 11/12 (Back when it wasn’t all that cool or popular) I begged for my first set of decks which I was fortunate to get for my 13th Birthday, started buying records with my pocket money & practicing. Many years later, here I am today.
• Where did the name come from?
That’s an easy one, my surname is Blight, my nickname in school was Blighty so choosing it as my DJ name just seemed like a no-brainer
•Well, that was very simple, I thought you might have had a story, like other djs do. Did the DJing, Production, Promoting come 1st?
DJ-ing for sure, in my opinion you shouldn’t start promoting your name as a DJ/Brand until you’re confident with your skills/ability.
• Which countries have you played/?
I’ve been fortunate enough to play all over the world, but my journey as an international DJ is only just starting to take off, literally lol. Up to now I’ve done New York City, Greek holiday islands such as Zante/Kavos aswel as plush holiday resorts such as Puerto Banus in Marbella. At present, Dubai, Japan & Italy are all in the pipeline which is very exciting.
• What was the first event you ever played at/?
A small VIP club in my hometown of Cardiff which was at the time one of the most talked about events in the city called Sugar & Spice which is still going strong to this day. It was from there I started to build up my presence in my hometown.
That’s pretty cool, heard Cardiff has great spots to hang out, What’s the best event you’ve played at?
• That’s a tough one to answer as I have so many incredible memories of events I’ve done throughout my career. My most memorable show to date would be a very close call between opening for J. Cole in Cardiff or playing to a sold out Proud at the O2 in London to over 3,000 people, the atmosphere was insane.
What was the first record you bought?
• Luniz – I Got 5 On It which is still one of my favourite Hip Hop tracks of all time.
Out of all the tunes you have, which one ‘never fails?’
• With the digital age of DJ-ing, I have around 20,000+ tracks with me when I play out. It depends on what sort of party I’m playing but I have a crate with at least 30/40 guaranteed to get out of jail cards.
What’s your favourite tune of all time?
• I would be here all day writing down names of songs & wouldn’t be able to pick one, there’s just too many.
True considering the amount of songs you have, When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
• I recently became a father for the first time so any chill time has now become a thing of the past haha. I wouldn’t change it for the world though.
Awww congratulations and she’s very adorable. Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?
• A young student posing to be a superstar dance DJ tricked me as I didn’t know what they looked like, that always stands out in my mind. Felt a bit stupid when the actual DJ turned up haha.
lool. Bless you, Other DJs you rate?
• Jazzy Jeff is the greatest of all time, in my opinion, I’ve had the honour of working with him a few times. Jaguar Skills who I work with regularly & is super talented. Tim Westwood is a legend who has always inspired me. Scottie B.
You have been a Dj for over 10 years, how do you keep yourself humble?
• To be honest I don’t know. But it’s something I’ve always done & will continue to do no matter how far my career takes me. I’ve seen ego ruin people & it’s ugly.
Where do you see your career if you were not a writer and DJ
• I would have loved to have been an architect as I love being creative but the maths was waaaay over my head.
Who is a person that you considered as a role model early in your life? How and why does this person impact your life?
My grandmother who was always the person who pushed me to work hard & chase my dreams. She taught me all the important morals & principles which I live by today & was the most positive person I’ve ever known.
How did you decide to pursue the career that you are working in today? What was a pivotal moment?
It’s been a dream since a very young age, that passion is still there & stronger than ever. I’ll keep chasing my goals until the fire goes’s out which I doubt after this long it ever will.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received
To never care what people think of you or what you do. There’s a lot of bitterness & negativity in the DJ world which I personally ignore.
What would you say to yourself when you were 18?
Work harder, sleepless
Do you ever sleep?
Not very much now I have my daughter, I used to manage a few hours a night though haha
What’s the last movie that made you laugh
Daddy’s Home 2
That is so cute would never have imagined Daddy’s home 2 would make you cry. Bless
When do you feel most creative?
I get random bursts of inspiration from various factors when I do it’s straight to the studio.
How do you see the scene 5 years from now?
• I really don’t know, it’s changed a lot in the past 5 years so time will tell
Is your family musical?
• Yes, I grew up around music. My mum was a singer & my dad was a DJ so it definitely runs in the family.
That’s pretty cool, have to research who your parents are now 😊
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
• I try to avoid them by staying calm & moving on is key. Like any professional performer, ignore it & carry on.
Finally, Any Advice for those who think Djing is easy cause I tried it out it isn’t. What would you say?
• It’s not as easy as it looks, however it’s easier to learn now than it was when I did. I actually do tutorials on my YouTube channel: DJ Blighty TV. Plug Plug 🙂
Great Plug, Well was great sitting down with you and was a pleasure knowing you and I can say you are very humble compared to the dj’s out here, congratulations on your bundle of joy.
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