Jan de Waal better known as DJ Jan is a club DJ and sound engineer, and a presenter on Energy 100 FM, who isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers and has won plenty of fans by playing the hottest dance music. This 40-year-old will make anyone who listens to his show fall in love with dance music.
Born in Namibia, Jan grow up in South Africa after his father was transferred to come and work here. Inspired by Derek ‘The Bandit’ from 5fm, the love of radio started to grow for DJ Jan and he never looked back. DJ Jan makes sure Africans have a super good weekend as he entertains listeners with super music, interviews and all-round animation. His music mixes have featured three times on DJ Fresh’s afternoon drive-time show, Ultimix at Six, twice on 94.7 Highveld Stereo and twice again on 94.5 Kfm.
His musical journey started in 2002 when Epic Magazine offered him a bursary to study DJing. His next big break came when he returned to Namibia. A resident DJ at Radio Energy, he was soon approached by the programme manager to present a music show. “My proudest moment so far is becoming a radio DJ. I never thought in my life I would become one,” he says.
DJ Jan is a professional host on Radio Energy in Namibia, every Saturday night between 8 and 12. On his radio show he has worked with the likes of Dino Bravo, Revolution, Master Ziggy, Ralf Gum, DJ Euphonik and many more. “In the future I would really like to work with Black Motion, Infinite Boys and Heavy K,” says Jan.
He has held down some residencies at night clubs in South Africa and Namibia, including Jacqueline’s, Barrumba, Atlantis and Club 84. It is very difficult to break into entertainment because everyone wants to be a DJ these days, according to Jan. “My advice to upcoming DJs is to never give up on your dreams because without a dream you are nothing. And keep on practising every single day, no matter how good you are and always stay focused, be passionate about it and do not let your dream run away,” he adds.
His secret of success is determination, hard work, focus and passion about what he does. “My plan is to produce my own music, to see my show grow in terms of listenership and to play alongside the best DJs in the world like Avicci, David Guetta and many more. I always live by my motto: simply to be the best and give all of my best in whatever I do.”
What makes DJ Jan popular with listeners of his radio show is his interaction with his audience and playing the music people want to hear. He is enjoying every second, minute and hour he spends on his radio show. Fans tune in religiously every weekend to listen. No doubt about it – this talented presenter is taking music lovers by storm.
He is not well known in Africa but DJ Jan is making his mark in clubs and on broadcast media. “My plan for this year is to get my show to global heights as we are working towards a podcast radio show. At the end of the day, the show won’t only play on Energy 100 FM, but will be played across the world,” he says.
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