Adam Wilmotis a professional DJ, presenter and entrepreneur. He is also well known for and as a Hip Hop and RnB. A passionate enthusiast for all types of music.
Adam, when did your passion for music begin?
I first discovered my passion for music when I was a member for the Wesley Methodist Church choir at just nine years of age. I dedicated many years of my youth to performing at the church; however, I didn’t always see myself singing traditional, religious hymns. In fact, it was during this time that I began to focus on one thing and one thing only – to become a DJ and radio presenter.
So, how did you break into the industry and how would you describe your early experiences?
In 1996, I got my first break and managed to nab a job with the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation. I spent seven years there and really learned to hone my skills and build my confidence. I served as an Announcer/DJ, where I helped out with public notices and news announcements. Furthermore, I was afforded the opportunity to conduct interviews and host several live talk shows on the station. Funny enough, my DJ name at this stage was actually DJ Wanda; however, I found that the name was quite popular and not as memorable for audiences. So recently, I decided to rebrand myself and haven’t looked back since!
It was during this time that I began to gain a bit of traction and popularity among audiences. I moved to another reputable station, SKYYDE Radio, where I was a DJ/Presenter and Production Assistant for nearly five years. My main roles included coordinating live talk shows, while also running various interviews and promoting our musicians. Additionally, I assisted the editors with daily programmes and on-air advertisements.
How do you think you do things differently to other musical entrepreneurs and DJs?
I like to think that I can have a positive impact on the community and assist those in need when I can. I think it’s important to give back when you have been fortunate enough to come upon success. During the civil war in Sierra Leone, I assisted with charity relief. I was involved in organising a Missing Person’s Helpline. Our aim was to help locate displaced individuals and reunite them with loved ones, as this often occurs in war time.
What have been some of your proudest DJ and music achievements?
Throughout my career, I have been incredibly lucky to have created various successful jingles and acclaimed voiceovers. Because of this, I am now a globally recognised DJ, performing in numerous clubs throughout the world. In fact, I have performed in many countries across Europe and in various prestigious clubs, particularly in London. I have performed at many acclaimed locations.
What do you do in your free time to maintain a balanced life?
I consider myself to be just a normal and approachable guy. I am dedicated to my family and spend a lot of my free time seeing the world. My close family, friends and myself often go on holidays together around the world, seeing various amazing landmarks and tourist attractions. When I’m not overseas or working, I like to relax and keep up to date with the world of sport. I love basketball, tennis and football – you’ll often find me glued to the television screen when Arsenal is playing.
What is your favourite part about the DJ scene and being a music entrepreneur?
I genuinely love all types of music and feel a certain sense of privilege in being able to be a part of something new. I am incredibly lucky that my talents have taken me all over the world and allowed me to perform at various private events and luxurious locations. I love performing at wedding ceremonies, graduation events and various private functions!
For those trying to break into the music arena, what would be your advice to them?
You have to love what you do in order to be able to get out of bed each day and put your best into everything you do. I have an excellent catalogue of music that consists of 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, Now Dance, Afrobeats, RnB, Hip-Hop and various other genres. My point is, I love music and I love being involved in the industry. If you love music as much as I do, there’s nothing holding you back.
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