Wilson Wanzusi, 31, aka DJ Wil, the ‘Smooth Spinner’, is the young man at Capital radio who stepped into the shoes of Uganda’s longest-serving DJ on FM radio – Alex Ndawula.
DJ Wil hosts the popular ‘Dance Force’ show on Capital FM. Quick Talk had a chat with him.
Wil, why do they call you the ‘Smooth Spinner’?
Actually they don’t call me, but I call myself the ‘Smooth Spinner’ because I mix songs smoothly one after the other and I’m smooth with the ladies [Eh. Well, go on, blow that trumpet!]
Hahaha… Smooth with the ladies; aren’t you married?
No, I’m not married yet. [Emphasis: yet. There is still hope.]
What are the qualities of this ideal woman you are yet to marry?
The qualities of my ideal woman are very simple: be funny, hardworking and, most of all, understanding to both of us.
DJ Alex Ndawula’s shoes are so big, man! How are you stepping in?
Frankly, I am not trying to step into Alex Ndawula’s shoes. I’m trying to create my own path and legacy on a platform he created and managed successfully all these years.
Has deejaying always been your dream?
My dream has always been radio broadcast. The deejaying part came in when I realised my extensive love for music could be translated into excess fun when the right songs are mixed smoothly. Plus, I didn’t love how a lot of Ugandan deejays played songs in the different bars and nightclubs.
What didn’t you like?
What I didn’t like about Ugandan DJs ranges from timekeeping, to arrogance, inability to research on the various genres of music across the world and, most of all, lack of preparation before the gig.
How did you get introduced to deejaying?
Well, there was this moment when a former colleague and I were talking about the Ugandan music scene and how a lot of good music was being incorporated in playlists and we both felt there was a need for musical exposure. So, I picked up a laptop, downloaded virtual deejay and started practicing mixing songs.
Who is your mentor in the industry?
Honestly? I don’t have a mentor in the deejaying industry.
Eh! Okay, tell me something about your childhood.
Well, I was born and raised in Kampala. So, you can call me city-born. I grew up around Makerere and Old Kampala.
Any profound childhood memories?
Hahaha …..that’s a tricky one because I have so many of them and spoilt for choice on which ones to pick. [Sounds to Quick Talk like this was a stubborn child…] But I remember being a kid around age seven or eight and playing with father’s Kenwood radio and spoiling the cassette slots and getting a serious [beating]. But the love to know more about radio slowly grew into me as I approached my teenage years.
Which schools did you attend?
I went to Buganda Road primary school, City Parents for lower education and then East High School Ntinda for both O and A-level. Thereafter I completed my bachelor’s degree in Commerce, majoring in Marketing at Makerere University.
If you were to be marooned on a desert island, what is the one thing you would ask to be left with?
My iPod because I eat, sleep and breathe music.