Interview With Female DJ Sensation, DJ Lo – By Alexander Thandi Ubani
Tell us about Dj Lo.
My name is Cleopatra Amartey, I am a DJ and I go by the stage name DJ Lo. I am in my twenties, Ghanaian and grew up in Lagos.
What was your childhood like?
It was fun like every childhood.
You are one of the very few female Disk Jockeys (DJ) in the industry?
Sure. EDM is my specialty. But, I play a lot of AfroHouse/Afrobeat/Dance as well.
Can you talk about your educational background?
I attended Queens College, Yaba Lagos and later went to Lagos State School of Nursing and Midwifrey. I am a nurse by profession.
How did you become a DJ?
Well, music has always been a fundamental part of me. I used to think I was going to become a rapper till I realized that path isn’t for everyone. Then this passion was discovered. Now, it is a more creative way to express the music I love.
What have you done to grow more in the art so to say?
I am always open to learning new things. There is no such thing as too much knowledge. So I try to learn new techniques through various online platforms and from some mentors.
As a DJ, have you played in any show yet?
Yes. For the greater part of 2014, I played at Blak Lounge/Sand Bar Elegushi on a regular basis. I also played at the last TPL. I also recently played at the Afro POP Party.
To be a DJ is serious business, how have you coped in the industry?
Learning everyday helped me and is still helping me cope. More so, being new to the industry, it all about understanding how the particular industry operates in a given country.
What challenges do DJs face?
We face different challenges such as late bookings to impromptu cancellation of shows and many others.
Why did you choose this particular calling?
I would say this calling chose me. It has been a part of me. So it’s hard to think of it as me choosing this calling.
What projects are you working on?
Well, there are lots of projects presently on ground. But for the purpose of privacy, I cannot disclose their particular names. But, I can assure you that they would be explosive pieces coming very soon.
It must be a bit challenging to be a female DJ in the industry?
In the world we live in, it is challenging as a female to survive in a male dominated field. I’m working to make a difference. That’s why I focus on originality and sticking true to what I believe in. For me, that is enough to boost my excellence.
Who is your favorite Nigerian Artiste?
My all time favorite, now and forever would be Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Who is your role model?
My role models because they are definitely more than one. I have Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Louie Zamperini.
What is your twitter and Instagram handle?
What would you consider as your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is to have gotten to this stage I am in as a female with lots of restriction around me. To have been able to successfully combine two opposing careers and master them both, that to me is great.
Define your fashion style?
My fashion sense is basically me just being original and retro when possible i.e. being an 80’s kid. Just real like that.
Do you like clubbing and partying?
Lol. Clubbing and Partying? Cleo is quiet shy and reserved. But Lo is more the open type. So I’d say a little in between the two.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Ok. In five years, God willing, I see myself being the best DJ to come out of Africa.