‘DJs are richer than most artistes’ Dj shabsy
Kiss Daniel’s official DJ, popularly known as DJ Shabzy, made a declaration that DJs are richer than most artistes in Nigeria since they tend save more than artistes. Artistes, on the other hand, spend huge chunks of their fortunes in living flamboyant lifestyles to their future detriment. DJ Shabzy who also Dj-ed for former G-Worldwide label mate Sugarboy, who recently launched his debut album, ‘Believe’ at a concert held at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, told Showtime in an exclusive interview that unlik income, Nigerian artistes spend extravagantly to maintain their identity and status but DJs have no reason to do so therefore living more wisely than the artists. He believed that DJs live a simple lifestyle unlike artistes. In Dj Shabzy’s words, “As a matter of fact, when you talk about the revenue in the music industry, DJs get to save much more than the artistes. I’m not talking about the A’list artistes now, I’m talking about the average artistes that are known. I can tell you that DJs probably earn much more and save more than the artistes because DJs get to go for shows back to back. Our standard of living is less to what the artistes will have to live on. Artistes want to change clothes every minute but DJs don’t really have reasons to go into that kind of lifestyle, because we have the name out there but less is to the identity, so it saves us much than the artistes. We are doing better than them, I’m not top notch, but I’m doing fine.” He stated that artistes in Music Industry try to outdo each other in a bid to retain their relevance. It’s a shark tank there . He told Showtime that in his experience in the music industry, some artistes personally pay people to pirate their own songs just to spin a web of controversy that will promote it. controversy that will promote it. He said, “One thing I think artistes in Nigeria are doing that is not so cool and needs to be addressed, is going to the extent of paying people to pirate their own songs all in the name of promotion.” Artistes should allow their works speak for themselves instead of looking for shortcuts, he maintained in finality.