DJ Shiru: King of the Remix

There’s one DJ in Uganda that’s been famed as a remix king. He’s famous for lending dancehall rhythms to even dancehall beats giving them a much wider appeal with the masses. He could easily turn a lazy sounding song in to a dancehall favorite by applying some groovy dancehall magic to it. Stop the guessing it’s none other than DJ Shiru who’s for the past four years or so managed to win a cult following from both fans and recording artists. He’s one of Uganda’s pioneer video mixing VJ’s that enable discotheque fans to dance to what they can watch.  Sitting at his shop number 10 on the first flow of Zainabu Aziz building along Wilson road, he looks quite busy and this you can tell from the queues of music collectors, recording artists or fans seeking his services. He style perhaps also explains his taste in fashion. He’s fond of neat denim jeans and urban designer T-shirts and trainers. Music Uganda caught up with the famous DJ Shiru who’s just returned from the United Kingdom where he’d gone for a couple of djing escapades.

Music Uganda: Shiru what’s up? Tell us about your UK escapades.
DJ Shiru: Man, UK was fun. I was basically playing in a couple of clubs. And music diehards loved it there. I played in clubs like; Club Volts, Moonlight, Kabira, Eastside club and the famous ministry of sound were I played alongside world famous disc jockeys like Tim Westwood and Chris Gold Fingure. I also met maxi priest over there.

MU: By the way what artists have you been listening to lately?
Shiru:  I’ve been listening to guys like Movado, Beres Hammond and a host of Local artists.

Mu: And who are you favourite artists anyway?
Shiru: I Love Chameleon, Bebe Cool, Bobi Wine, Ragga Dee, Ngoni, Micheal Ross, Irene Namubiru, Juliana, Mesach Semakula, Ronald Mayinja and all upcoming artists I love them all.

MU: What do you plan for the festive season?
Shiru: I Plan to push out a Non stop DVD mix volume one for my fans. I am also planning a wicked DJ country tour for all my fans.

Shiru mixing at a recent Nokia N91 launch

MU: What kind of reception did you receive in the UK?
Shiru: Man it was crazy. I didn’t know I had a big fan base over there. It was impressive. I keep receiving requests of returning there.

MU; Is it true you’re also an entrepreneur?
Shiru: Oh yes. I run Shirumatic productions. Which deals in doing video mixes, Audio remixes Video library and artist promotions. I also have a music production studio in the pipe line and a clothing label called Shirumatic. Did I also mention that I host the most powerful Saturday night dance show on Dembe 90.4 fm called the Dance party show from 7 till midnight and I am enjoying each bit of it.

MU: What’s your Dress code like?
Shiru: It depends on the occasion but I like being casual.

MU: Favorite drink?
Shiru:  Passion Juice.

MU: What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Shiru:  Pray.

MU: Besides djing, what do you do in your free time?
Shiru: I do artist’s remixes because one needs time to do them. I am also planning to start up a DJ school because of the demand for the art.

MU: By the way who inspired you into Djing?
Shiru: My brother DJ Rota.

MU: And what inspires you daily?
Shiru: My family.

MU: You are a role model to many youth today. What message can you put out to them?
Shiru: Never give up and there’s no gain without pain.

You can contact DJ Shiru through www.djshiru.piczo.com /shirupro@yahoo.com

Dj Shiru; About his UK experience and the future. By Tha Puzzle

DJ Shiru is a veteran Ugandan Dj ,who’s been pursuing quite an ambitious career in Uganda. He’s sense of style stands out as well as his taste for great music. He recently returned from the UK where he’s been invited to play. Truly yours Tha’ Puzzle recently caught up with him even amidst his busy schedule for an interview.

Dj Shiru releases video mixes volume 2 by Isaac Ssejjombwe.

East Africa’s number one Disk spinner Shiru has released Volume 2 of his long waited video mixes. This time round, volume two has only East African jams unlike volume
one that had a variety of mixes. Volume two is now out in all stores around Kampala but will soon hit Kenya and Tanzania streets As soon as possible. Shiru has proven that he’s a force to reckon with when it comes to spinning discs by making superb remixes for all kinds of music ranging from reggeton, reggae, dancehall, genge, Kidandali, and many more. He is also one DJ who has been there, seen it and done it all within the shortest time possible. You can catch the Legend at club silk and once in a while at club Volts in London England.

For orders and more details about this volume contact him on 256075-2-578-495 or Email address shirupro@yahoo.com You can also visit his website at  www.djshiru.com