MADE ON MONDAY’S LOVE FOR MALAWI URBAN MUSIC
Being a radio and club DJ working in the entertainment industry for a while, Joy “DJ Joy” Nathu or simply known as “Joy” envisioned the need to contribute something more than his daily job.
DJ Joy wanted to give back to the many talented Malawians who continually provide radio DJs with great music other than promoting music or artists from elsewhere hence the birth of “Made On Monday”.
But, how did “Made on Monday” concept come? Joy responds: “It is a program that aims at working with the best in the urban music circle by creating a platform that facilitates heavy interaction of artists and their designated fans” . In its inception, the show looked at getting the urban music lovers at a place where they can listen to new amazing urban music in Malawi.
“Furthermore, “Made On Monday” was created to allow artists have a chance to release music on a platform that has an already existing audience that loves and appreciate urban music.”
He adds: “By far, it needed both concerned parties; Artists and listeners to fully understand the concept of the radio show and we are grateful that a good chuck of our objectives have been met. I love to see how hungry the young artists are and always up to something new. I love this part about the show.”
The multi-award winning DJ then humbled himself in disclosing that the great moments of the show have been seeing young and fresh artists getting their material to the public and being appreciated for what they are, admitting, it’s the ever-growing audience that motivates us to continue doing the show.
On the other hand, Joy attributed the growth of “Made On Monday” to criticism.
He says: “Criticism bridges your thoughts and the flaws in the thought. All criticism is good. It all dwells down on the us on how best to work through all the criticism. When it comes we accept and see what can work, evaluate ourselves and see what is true from it. And that’s very important. There’s been several parts of the show that have been sharpened due to criticism.”
He then hailed the show, saying it gives him hope for a bright future.
“Before “Made On Monday”, I had worked for over 13 years as a radio host and DJ, there was rejection to opportunities, expectations and favor. It was part of the process of me growing and allowing myself to learn more about what I really wanted to pursue.
Since its inception , the “Made on Monday” concept met a lot of resistance and had so many mixed views from various people. It met a lot of knocks, but the bigger picture of being different and offering yourself whole heartedly made the journey worthwhile. We are a team of people that want to see something new each week, we want to be at a place where even criticism comes because the people care,” DJ Joy explained.
According to Joy, the show has given him the opportunity to interface with the many youths both in music and corporate world.
“The youth are a free spirited, they are eager to be what most of our people in our generation were afraid to try on. They are a force to reckon with, we shouldn’t be far from them,” he says.
Speaking of his career background, believe it or not but it has taken 13 years to build the “Made on Monday” empire.
“Few mistakes but we started taking baby steps and 13 years later “Made On Monday” came to tell the whole journey. So many lessons, dreams do not have to make sense as they are meant to be blurred sometimes but your instincts and resilience will always push you beyond the limits you thought you had. Learning is key, the ability to let yourself deliberately learn new things will always have you a step ahead each passing day,” Joy reveals.
Recalling his radio journey, he explains: “I would not say that when I was growing up I had “radio” in my mind but I was always fascinated by presentation and music, it always got me visualizing how I would handle anything to do with presenting full time. Slowly the fascination started growing with the establishment of more radios as before there was less variety because then we only had 1 radio station. I started off as a club DJ, played in so many clubs for a while until radio gave me a chance to fully exploit my fascination.
Joy adds: “My first day on radio was crazy. I was in the studio with great presenters and it was both a motivation and nerve cracking. These were people that I grew up listening to, now they are listening to me. But it was also a humbling experience and I handled it well.”
But again, Joy is not just a mere DJ, he also directs ceremonies in various events. How does he mix all the two? He explains: “Joy Nathu has 3 products: MC, the DJ and the radio host. The easier part comes in knowing that all the 3 are from the same family and being able to do it for over 15 years, it has allowed me to learn how to get the best of me in all 3 aspects.
“It puts food on my table hence I take more time and effort to learn how best I can get ahead. It changed from being a passion, it’s now a full time job and I need to constantly get myself trained and learn new things to be better. The market is there, people support but it all goes back to you in making sure you are not just enjoying a hobby but a profession that requires strict and ethical consideration. It requires a lot of investing financially and time to enhance the skills and professionalism.”
Nonetheless, with great power comes great responsibilities. Joy Nathu is a public figure. How does he handle himself? He explains: “I would lie to you if I say I know how to handle this but the most important part is to have a family that is your support system. It allows you to work hard knowing that it will always be there. It is the backbone of everything. One needs to be in an environment that will allow you to recreate and free your mind for new ideas and thoughts.”
Speaking of Joy’s success, no one can question his pedigree. DJ Joy has won Urban Music People (UMP) Radio personality of the year for four consecutive years. DJ Joy described it as an “honor” while attributing it to a push for more focus and hard work.
“Being recognized for what you do is grace and blissful. I feel the industry has created so much big and impactful radio personalities that are serving it, only time will dictate most of the stuff coming. There is no secret to anything, everything depends on oneself. Know yourself, understand yourself by being able to differentiate the weaknesses and the strengths, after this all is left is for oneself to prioritize on what’s more important in their lives and careers,” Joy humbly explained.
DJ Joy further advised upcoming DJs and Master of Ceremonies to be serious and follow protocol.
“I would not say about the first event, but one of the events that took everything out of me was the one I was asked to host at the state house in 2010. The state house events that have the President in attendance require a lot of protocol and this was taking every nerve of confidence and mounting pressure .
“But before we started, I remembered that this is what I wanted to be, it was my grace to receive at the highest level. Took to the stage and the rest is history. Am grateful, I would be lying if I say I know what makes me work through these events but am certain it is God’s grace that allows me to see through the need to learn and adapt. Great expectations to meet the various professional requirements is also key to progress in the media sector.I have had appraisals and have been both ways, they have molded me into who I am now,” DJ Joy narrates.