Artist Spotlight: DJOB1

What is your name?

My full name is Oboerhiri Emofovwah but my stage name is DJ OB1 aka The African Jedi aka NYC’s Prince of Afro Beat

Tell us a bit about yourself/background?

I was born in Queens New York but grew up in Nigeria. I’m from the Urhobo ethnic group that resides in Delta State Nigeria. I recently completed my studies in environmental science at York College (CUNY). I enjoy listening to and creating music. Overall I’d describe myself as a humble and hungry individual.

When did you start doing this (art/music/production/design etc.)?

I started Djng in 2007, which was my sophomore year in high school. I was always into music back in Nigeria so I’m glad I discovered Djing as a way to manipulate music and unknowingly became an entrepreneur. Being a DJ has a lot of ups as well as downs but overall I’d say I’ve had a successful DJ career.

How was the reaction/feedback from those around you (family/friends)?

For the most part my family was very supportive of me being a DJ especially my mother. She invested in me financially. Prior to me getting my driver’s license my mother would actually take days off from work to help me get to my events. I truly appreciate her for all she’s done for me and my career as a DJ.

What inspires your art?

The joy on people’s faces when I’m djing, especially when they hear their favorite song in the club gives me goosebumps. Sometimes your energy just syncs with the audience and you get to take them on a journey through music selection it’s a rollercoaster of emotions. When I’m djing I draw inspiration from conversations I have with my DJ friends and partygoers prior to my sets. I have certain DJ friends and associates where we discuss music for hours and I leave learning something new or looking at music from a different perspective.

What is your favorite piece and why?

I’ll rephrase this question as “What’s one of my favorite albums”. One of my favorite albums to listen to is 2face Idibia’s debut solo album “face to face” it was an amazing body of work. I remember buying the album for 100 naira. That album was amazing!

Who would you like to work with /who inspires you/ which artist do you admire?

The DJ’s that inspire me are DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Black Coffee, DJ Black Out, and DJ Tunez. They’ve all stamped their mark in various unique ways and I’ve learned a lot from them. I’d like to work with DJ Black Coffee one day.

Future Plans?

I plan to continue Djing and help develop the skills and talents of other upcoming DJs. I have other things I plan to do but I’m not ready to disclose them just yet.

What advice do you have for anybody out there who wants to be an artist like you?

My advice would be to practice the craft frequently make sure your skills are sharp the DJ game is very competitive. Also work on branding yourself and always have things like business cards and mix tapes to give to people. Network with promoters and other DJs. Above all be humble, hardworking and patient your time will come!

Instagram: @dj_obi1
Soundcloud: The African Jedi