We had the good fortune of connecting with DJ SWANZY and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DJ, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is probably one of the difficult task, or thing to do, the feeling of uncertain is what makes it hard. The What if factor is the thing that will drive you to make the decision or not. The one thing I learn about taking risk, is I always tell myself what do I have to lose, and why not, its either the decision gets made, I learn from it, or I would never in the world know what the outcome will be, so most of the time, when I personally take risks, I go for it, because I never know what it might lead to, not taking it at all and living in fear can also cost you a-lot.
In the beginning stages of my career I took a risk from moving from the Inland Empire to going to college in Ventura County, moving out of my comfort zone, and what I was used to, and building something out there, then moving to Los Angeles, and creating what I created so far with my brand. I wouldn’t have known and met the people I know now if I never took those risk.
It has tremendously helped my career, and now when I calculate my risk on doing something, it always makes sense, you either learn from it, or grow from it, nothing is ever an L. I believe life is all a lesson in a way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m A DJ / Producer, Artist, Entrepreneur born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. I think that’s a main key of my story, a Kid from Africa, just coming to America for the American Dream. I didn’t start DJ’ing till my sophomore year of high school, I started out with a Sony VAIO Laptop, and Virutal DJ, after my first party “The Barnyard” I fell in love with the Music. That party stamped everything for me, the energy, the vibes, It’s hard to explain ,but it was what made me fall in love with music and the rest was just history.
I think what set me apart from others, is the love I have for the music, my personality, that comes with it, and just me being myself. One thing I’m very proud and excited about is the journey, its been along journey and I’m proud of how far I have came and branded myself along the way. It was never easy, its never has been, but man there has been so many up’s and downs, but to have made it this far, Im truly proud and excited for what’s next and what’s in store.
Moving from the Inland Empire,(IE) to Ventura County to Los Angeles, has been a journey for the professional Career, a lot of networking a lot of movements, free gigs, but I would say it was all worth it and it paid off, and is still paying of. One thing I would say is always say true to yourself, align yourself with your goals, focus on your goals and keep pushing. I created a Brand for myself, a clothing brand as well, and more on the way.
One thing I want the world to known about my brand is that SwanzyLand, UnderratedSwan is that the feeling of getting to the next level and the journey of being underrated is a thrilling factor, and the work that comes with it day in and out proving to no-one but yourself is quite an adrenaline rush and if you are out here chasing your dream, just understand where you started, and find what drives you because being underrated can give you the fuel and the fire to reach your destination is all in the mindset of how you want to achieve those goals.
Know that nothing is this life is free or easy and that if you want something you would have to work for it. The work will speak for itself and the progess.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would probably be all over the city, the City of Los Angeles is so huge, but yet so small, I would take them out to all My DJ”s Gig, we would probably go to Yamashiro for some food, Javiers, Joey Woodland Hills, Disneyland, Dave and Busters, Go Hiking, Brunch At Fratelli’s on Melrose. It would be quite an adventure. In Los Angeles there is not a time where there is nothing to do the city is pretty much Alive, each and every single day.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Special Shoutout to everybody who has helped me along the way of my journey, they know who they are , but to mention a few names, Shoutout to Carlos, Twan, Joey, Vico, Jermaine, DJ Peso, Nitrane, Kaleb, JBooker, Lauren, My Playhouse Family, and all the people that show love and support to my brand, events and more. You guys are all appreciated
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