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I gave up my job to be a full time DJ – DJ Paulo

DJ Paulo is considered by many to be one of the first true young superstar DJ’s. DJ Paulo is also known as one of the most versatile DJs currently on the scene. Whether he playing alongside Dee Jays such as DJ Mic Smith, DJ Vyrusky and DJ Black, DJ Paulo feels comfortable adapting to each situation.

DJ Paulo not only defines the superstar DJ, he is a talent that has so much more to give in a world that constantly changes.

As a DJ, DJ Paulo honed his skills at Accra’s most popular clubs such as Hot Gossip, Plot 7 and Fire Fly.

DJ Paulo has remixed and produced over 100 releases for artists including Choir Master, Fresh Prince (4×4), Eazzy, SP Kofi Sarpong, Akwaboah, Dem Tinz, Stay Jay, IWAM, Paa Kwasi, Kwamz & Flava, and more.

DJ Paulo was nominated for his first award in 2015 as a DISCOVERY DJ OF THE YEAR. He was nominated again the following year and lost out to Dumsorlogy (DJ X) as MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR.

DJ Paulo made his solo debut in 2014 with the release of ‘The Hiplife Shakers’ through his own label Paul O Records.

It all started some 20 years ago when DJ Paulo, then working in a bar. “So it means I was around music a lot and then I decided it was time to stop dreaming about becoming a DJ and actually become one”, he said.

Caught in the age-old conundrum of not being able to get gigs without experience, he just bought some decks and started telling people he was a DJ whiles he practiced home.

His bluff was called when his first booking came in – a private party at Trassaco.

“I already had the equipment but didn’t know how to use it, so I went to a shop and pretended I was going to buy some decks if they showed me how to use them”, he said.

“I went home and practiced and practiced, and then I’d go home during lunch breaks from work, whenever I got a spare second, and practice some more until I could do it and was ready for that first gig.”

That debut went perfectly, plus he managed to take two friends along – and it looked like he was a natural. Before long, word had spread and DJ Paulo was playing parties all over East Legon, Airport City, Spintex and in many of the now-closed clubs.

“Clubs around Osu have always been at the forefront of club music,” he says, “whether disco, house, techno, electro, whatever. They’re the best nights out I’ve ever had.”

Having finally quit his job to a full-time DJ, DJ Paulo’s next challenge to conquer was making his own music.

“Again, it was something I always wanted to do, but I needed to understand what I was looking at. I couldn’t go into a studio blind and embarrass myself,” he says. “I needed to work out how a track was formed, where certain things should go and how to actually put it together.”

“I’m not amazingly skilled as a musician, that’s not where my talent lies,” he admits, “so I needed to find someone who was, who could facilitate all these amazing ideas I was having.”

Those people came in the shape of renowned producers Spooky, Riddim Boss, and Ball J who have collaborated with DJ Paulo on a number of tracks.

“They’re my main dudes,” he says, “and with them, I’ve built a bank of sounds I like. I sometimes feel like a puppet master with them.”

DJ Paulo’s now sitting on a catalogue of more than 50 tracks, with many more ready to go.

DJ Paulo has teamed up with some massive artists such as, Quabina MP, Kojo Dein, Deon Boakye, Guru, Ephraim Musiq to name a few.

Keep up to date with DJ Paulo’s up and coming releases by following his on Twitter and Instagram.

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