DJing or “spinning” as it is now known has become an integral part of the entertainment industry in any part of the world. Ibiza, Cancun and some other party hotspots in the world pay huge sums of money to these entertainers to acquire their services.
Although the art of professional DJing is still somewhat new in Ghana, industry players and stakeholders are taking giant steps to recognise and incentivise some DJs who standout in the areas they find themselves. The Rush Ghana DJ Awards is one such awards scheme which has come to recognise the DJs who are making the difference is the industry.
The entertainment industry in the Upper West Region has come a long way but one can argue that it is still relatively young and still has a long way to go; but one DJ who has made a name for himself as one the regions finest DJs and has about 12 years of professional DJing under his belt is Derry Gee. Otherwise known as mix-master Derry, he has DJ’ed far and wide; beyond the Upper West Region, going as far as the Upper East Region to showcase his skill at the Upper East Music Awards in 2015, the Bawku Gmnta Nursing Training’s entertainment programs and playing at arguably one of the biggest nightclub in the Upper East Region; the Sultry Nightclub. Right here in his home Derry Gee has also DJ’ed at previous editions of the Wa Poly SRC week celebrations, Radio Progress’ Music Awards and recently the UDS SRC week celebration among others.
Outside the entertainment circles; Derry Gee whose real name is Derrick Gandaah is a teacher by profession having trained at the Jahan Teacher Training School in Wa. Having completed the Kaleo Secondary Technical School as the entertainment prefect, Derry Gee revealed that he has always had passion for music and started out as a sound engineer, something he still does when he has the time. Answering whether he work as a DJ and radio presenter affects his work as a trained teacher, Derry Gee said that he has time for both, since both are things he has passion for.
Mix-master Derry Gee started his career as a professional DJ at Radio Fitz now known as Ultimate Radio in 2005. He then moved to Sungmaale for a year as their drive time host and then went off to W FM for about 7 months. He disclosed that things didn’t work out well at W FM so he resigned and was later called back to Sungmaale FM where he is currently the head of entertainment and also the head of programs. Derry Gee is the host of “Kambuu Ride” the drive time on Sungmaale and also the host for the station’s flagship entertainment show “Youth Touch.”
Derry Gee although having admitted that the entertainment industry has moved in the right direction, lamented that some people do not give DJs the due regard and remuneration when the work for them. Derry Gee who learnt most of the tricks of his trade on Youtube; stated that he has always admired DJ Black and DJ Slim. He disclosed that DJ Slim has always been there for him and still helps him out when he can. Derry expressed optimism that in the next 5 years he would have built a bigger and better brand which will cross the boundaries of the three regions of the North.
In his closing statement, Derry Gee expressed absolute confidence that he will win the Best DJ of the year for the Upper West Region in the Rush Ghana DJ Awards but also wished the other contestants the very best. The mix-master advised young DJs to have passion for what they do and do it well as it will take them where they want to be.
Written by: Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith
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