DJ Smurf has graduated from clashing with cassettes during his school days to becoming a household name. While many consider that a positive move, DJ Smurf is on the move again as he prepares himself for yet another challenge. The IRIE FM disc jock whose radio shows includes Mix to the Max (10am - 2pm on Saturdays) - Night Beat (11pm - 3am on Mondays). Smurf also occasionally fills in on prime time Saturday whenever he is requested to do so.
Smurf, whose real name is Errol Stewart, describes himself as a family man, who is married and labels himself a proud father.
While Smurf undoubtedly enjoys his stint on the radio, he was quick to point out that nothing makes him feel better than playing in front of a live audience. “When I am playing out to a live audience I can see how people react to the music. When I am in the studio I have to imagine that I am playing for a live audience,” DJ Smurf outlined in a recent interview with OutAroad.com
DJ Smurf has been playing music from the late ‘80s but realized that it was means of earning an income a decade later. “It was in 98-99 that I realized that money could be made and then I began looking at it as a career choice,” he said.
Smurf has now began a venture on what he describes as more of a personal challenge. He has conquered several aspects of the music and is now looking at making his name as a top class producer.
“I have just started producing. Is a thing I have always wanted to do. I have reached a certain level in terms of playing the music. I would say that I have mastered it and now want a new challenge, and that is now to make it,” Smurf said with a smile emanating from his face.
“It is not because everybody is doing it why I am doing it. I took the time out to learn about the music and have gained interest. I have a different hearing after I started developing as a producer. It wasn’t money that drives me to start producing, it is about taking on a new challenge,” DJ Smurf reasoned.
For deejay Smurf, a man who has been through the whole nine yards in music, this is indeed another challenge. Gone are the days when he use to carry boxes, play without pay, etc. Now DJ Smurf has established himself amongst the likes of Colin Hines, Kurt Riley, and Liquid, who he brand as disc jocks who play for the people, rather than to highlight themselves.
His new challenge is to be in the same league of the big names in producing. The palette of selectors Smurf admire are Dave Kelly for his longevity and high standard, Don Corleone for revolutionizing the music and keeping it current, and Delly Ranx for being hardworking and possessing a ‘futuristic eye’.
Though new to the scene as a producer Smurf has already impacted the musical arena with the Carrot Oil Rhythm, which has sixteen tracks and features some top class artistes including Delly Ranx, Anthony B, Vybz Kartel, and others.
As for the producing aspect of the music, this is DJ Smurf’s desire: “I would like to see my music cross over and become a household hit like Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me.”
DJ Smurf no longer plays anybody sound system, and enjoys working with young artistes, he now play strictly for the people and has now embarked on a journey to make music for the people.
Already Smurf is wrapping up his second project as a producer. The top class radio disc jock has not yet given the rhythm a title, but from the looks of things, one can start guessing that it is going to surpass his first effort.
DJ Smurf is by no means a selfish person and as such, he is always looking to endorse talent.
“I am now trying to give some youths strength and enjoy the effort of artistes such as Delly Ranx, Konshens, and Bramma. I do work with Natural Bridge, Chimney Records, and also Hype TV,” DJ Smurf pointed out.
With such a busy schedule and being a dedicated family man DJ Smurf will now have to dig deeper to manage his already busy schedule and continue the marvelous work he has been doing as a fresh producer.