I was an intern for years before I got a radio show —Do2dtun
Hypeman and Radio Personality Oladotun Kayode AKA Do2dtun Tells BABATUNDE TUGBOBO about his career and other issues
How has your broadcasting journey begun?
For me, the broadcast was no accident. I majored in mass communication while in college and have always loved radio and television as my dad always made me watch popular shows at the time such as food basketand Rooster crow at dawn, I then knew many broadcasters such as Jimmy Abu, Razak Lawal, Yinka Craig and Frank Oliseh. But then becoming a broadcaster was difficult. I was a trainee for a long time. I used to label compact discs and slept on the floor at night. That’s how I climbed the ladder. It took me a while though. I started out on the night show and worked my way up to daytime radio.
What motivated your decision to create the dance group called “Xtreme”?
Dancing was my first love. It was in a school that I understood that entertainment was so limited. People were so in love with their books, and I loved dancing ever since I was in high school. I told myself that I wanted to have a dance group, in which I would bring my stereo to school every day, put it in an open space and dance. That’s how I formed the dance group and people started joining. The band had a guy called Don Flex, who is currently a choreographer with P-Square.
Did you imagine the band would be as big as it eventually became?
In fact, it was just for fun. But, we started to see that we had prospects. However, we never really got past school. The only thing was that the group members became individual stars. Everyone started making music videos. I worked with DJ Zeez on the song, Nor even; and D’banj on Why me. I was also in a few other videos. We all had individual strength, but we never got past school.
How will you compare the music industry then and now?
It’s very different now. Let’s take dance as an example. When I was dancing, it was exciting work. Nobody wanted to be paid but they wanted to have dancers. It was not a respected profession as it is now. The musicians have talent but the dancers deploy a lot of energy to achieve each movement. That’s why today a music video is almost incomplete without a dance clip. There are a lot of songs that have gone far simply because they added a dance routine to it. You can imagine what dancing is like now. People live off it now.
You left the dance group Xtreme to join Ignite. What motivated your decision to leave the band?
I left because I wanted to enter the mainstream. At that time, Ruggedman was someone who enjoyed dancing. We had people like P-Square, who also embraced dance. As far as I’m concerned, they actually marketed the profession, although Daddy Showkey and Baba Fryo did a good job before that time. Ignite was a mainstream dance group growing at that time, and that’s why I joined them.
It took you three years as an intern before the opportunity arose for you to host a radio show. How have these three years of waiting been for you?
It was three years of endless darkness and hope. I never really thought I was going to make it. I’ve been through a lot to get to where I am. But, I just wanted to get into the system and I persevered.
Your nickname is the “energy gad”. Where does your energy come from?
My energy is given by God. I was a very active child. I can have a conversation with someone for three hours without getting tired.
How did you feel when the opportunity finally presented itself?
I felt like I had waited too long for it, so the excitement was when I was considered doing daytime radio. Before that, I was on the night show doing a show called Straight Talk, where I was talking to people about suicide. I used to talk to people who had bad marriages and relationships; as well as people who are depressed and suffer from insomnia. Imagine being on the radio for five hours at night. It was fun! It was more about helping others dream while realizing my own. But, at the end of the day, my goal was that I wanted to be on the radio during the day.
You have anchored many shows and concerts. Which was the most difficult for you?
The hardest part was an event I did that the person didn’t like. I had to bow down for the lady in front of her children. Everyone at the salon loved it, but she didn’t, and because she was the boss, she didn’t book me in for the following year.
Which show/concert was the most memorable for you?
My most memorable concerts are all star trek concerts I gave.
What does music represent for you?
For me, music is life. It is a wheel of change. It changes the dispensation and the minds of the people.
You recently became a voting member of the Grammys. What does this mean to you?
This is the absolute crown I need as a person. I feel like I helped grow afrobeats in Nigeria, that was the crown I needed. It allows me to have a better relationship with other people in the same space. It opens my mind to do whatever I can. I’m glad it’s happening now, after all my hard work over the years.
How will this Grammy membership affect your brand and, by extension, the music industry?
He will grow. I am not a member for one year but for five years. This means that Nigeria is also part of the global music conversation. This will give many young people and people in my company the opportunity to project themselves beyond who they are.
What sets you apart from others in your profession?
First, my energy. Second, my track record; and third, my resilience. I’ve been here almost two decades and I’m still going strong.
How do you relax?
I spend time with my children when I have the chance.
Do you cook?
I don’t cook but I like to try new things. I’m not a bad cook; but I’m not a great cook either.
What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is black.