Today we’d like to introduce you to Makhtar Fall.
Makhtar, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am from Senegal West African. I am a Dj, and right now, working towards being a professional DJ. My interest in djing started around 2004 after seeing one particular DJ in Senegal. His name was Dj Makhtar, and he was such a talented DJ. Back then, internet was not given, and all I had was a desktop and a software called Mix Vibes Pro. I had to beat match everything by ear and actually type the pitch adjustment number. I can tell you that, it is still helping me to this day. But that journey was actually cut short. And to be honest I wasn’t taking it seriously even though people told me I was good at it.
From where I am from, anything considered entertainment or sports are not really taken seriously by parents. I came to the USA in 2005 at 18, barely spoke English and went straight to College in Baltimore. Towson University to be exact majoring in computer science. At that time music was not really an interest. Basketball was it. I still did a couple of college parties, taking that old big computer and big screen lol embarrassing…. But to sum it up, I stopped djing in 2008 when my son was born. Joined the US. Army and its was only during a trip to Baltimore in December 2017 new year eve to be exact that the love and passion of djing grew back. My friend who is a Dj producer in Baltimore, DJ Taf, asked me to open the party for him because the opener DJ did not show up. He gave me a 5minute crash course on what is a controller, how to use it, showed me how to use Serato DJ, gave me his laptop and said good luck. That night I knew Djing is what I really love doing and that is my passion.
Retired from the army in 2018, I decided to pursue my degree in cybersecurity and at the same time DJ. I moved back to Salt lake city UT and started djing in some of the hottest venues in Salt lake city. I was miserable in school and fell into a deep depression. Failed all my classes and decided that it was time that I do what I want to do and not what people want me to do. If today I am giving myself 100% every day trying to perfect my craft, it is because of one DJ. He showed me a different world of djing, and I always look up to him, DJ Puffy. Because of Dj Puffy, I am at Musicians Institute getting more knowledge and learning new skills set as I write this story.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road is never smooth. Even though I haven’t been in the industry constantly for that long, I can already see the struggle. From People criticizing you, to financial issues, to even relationship issues. I expect the road to be tougher, more time consuming, maybe more financial struggles, I really do not know what, but it takes a strong-minded, goal-oriented determined person, to go through that road.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a DJ based in Salt lake city, but really I am based wherever the client needs me. I am a multi genres DJ, and that sets me apart from the competition. I play hip hop, Afrobeats, Dancehall, some Latin music, etc. Being able to headline some of the hottest parties in salt lake city, in less than one year after coming back in the game is one of my proudest accomplishment so far.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I’ve really never had any interest in music. I was more of a scholar. I was and still, am really shy. I was always hanging with older people trying to learn from them. I was more interested by science and computers. It was not until around 16, when I started playing basketball, that my interest in music started.
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