Adam Abu-Bakr Mukara also known as DJ Adams on City Radio 88.3FM plays Old Skool music weekly on Thursdays. He also freelances in nightclubs if need be and at parties if asked to do so.
Born on December 2nd, 1976, Adam was raised in Kenya. His passion for being a radio presenter is traced back to his childhood.
In an interview with The New Times, Dj Adams explains how he got involved with music.
“Being on radio is one of the things that make me happy. I’m living my dream. I always wanted to become a radio presenter and a very good one at that,” Dj Adams said.
His programme on radio is the Lunch Hour Jams aired weekly from 1:00 p.m till 3:00 p.m.
“Everyday I have specific music I play. On Thursdays, dubbed ‘Thirsty-day’, I play Old Skool music. Most people like Old Skool especially those from the age of 20 years and above,” Dj Adams explains.
He plays slow jams on Monday, African music on Tuesday, Wednesday is rock music and on Friday, he mixes up everything.
“In all my shows, I target people of 16 years and above because I know what kind of music they like. I have an archive of Old Skool music because I started playing it back in 1994 during my secondary school days. I have always loved Old Skool and that’s why I play it.”
“Old Skool reminds me of so many things especially childhood friends and the kind of life we led. The music of this generation is over computerized. I think the artists are running out of words or creativity. Today there is nothing that could make me miss last year’s song even if it was released in December,” the Dj Adam says.
He compared the latest music to tissue paper which after use has to be dumped.
“If I play something from Michael Bolton or Boyz 2 Men it brings back memories. This is why we still listen to Old Skool being played at parties and weddings because they re-create memories. Old Skool artists have inspiring messages in their music and they had great voices,” Dj Adams discloses.
He also adds that Old Skool artists were original and took their time when producing a song.
“Their touch is still felt in their songs. They never used computers and this left their voices real and appealing. It’s their creativity that fascinated me, making music my passion.
The 36-year-old Dj said that he does not sing but prefers getting involved in promotion of discipline that promotes music.
“I plan on starting a recording label but will continue being a Dj because I love it,” he emphasizes.
Regarding his role model in the music industry, he said: “Personally I never wanted to become like anyone. I just want to be me, but I would learn or get inspiration from someone but not want to become a copycat. I want to be unique and good at what I do. I have no problem if someone wants to be like me.”
In regards to the return of Old Skool fashion, he said that they were bound to re-surface, it was only a matter of time.
“Everything that is Old Skool has to return. As for fashion trends, they change with time but Old Skool is standard,” Dj Adams explains.
In relation to the price that comes with fame he said, “I can’t change my lifestyle because of fame. I would use my position to help people in need but I would not want them to know who I am. You don’t need to brag about things you do for people, like asking the media to follow you when offering charitable items. I would never do that. I keep a low profile. I like to be myself and not what people want me to be.”
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