DJ Venum, born Venmak Agboola, is a Nigerian disk jockey, music producer and creative artist.
He began his career as a professional DJ in 2014 and achieved international recognition in 2018 after he completed an attempt to set a world record for the longest marathon DJ set. The event, which lasted for 18 days, took place in Akure, southwestern Nigeria and pulled an audience of over 300,000.
His major genres include Afrobeats and House Music.
Where are you right now? Describe your surrounds. What do you see? What do you hear? What can you smell?
I’m standing outside staring at the sunrise, the morning breeze fills my nostrils with smells from the highway, mild moisture and a taint of the sweat that drenches my chest, fresh from my morning run. My ears tingle as they adjust to the sounds of the outdoors. They had been drowned in one of my favourite workout mixes for one nonstop hour.
If you could name this mix, what would you call it?
What do you imagine people doing as they listen to this mix?
I imagine mental trips to as many different eras, localities, genres and memories as all the individual sounds in the mix represent.
What’s your favourite self-isolation snack?
Groundnuts, cashew nuts or any kind of snack that allows you to consume small bits of large quantities over a long period of time
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Starboy by The Weeknd
You wake in the last movie you watched as one of the characters. What movie is it, and what which character are you?
John Boyega’s ‘Jake Pentecost’ in Pacific Rim:Uprising
What 3 songs would you play to instantly lift your mood?
7 years by Lukas Graham, Lucid Dreams by Juice WRLD and Ginger Me by Bella Shmurda
Describe 2020 with an album. What album is it and why.
Stormzy’s ‘Gang Signs and Prayers’. Stormzy tells his stories of growth from where he was to where he is now and shares in them the countless growth pains, the blessings he’s received on the way and ends the beautiful project with a prayer from his mother. Deep down, I appreciate the connection he made with growth in career and family’s appreciation. It’s one of the biggest.
Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg
Haba – Blaqbonez
I Can – Nas
Ja Ara E – Burna Boy
Hello Africa Riddim – Sarz
Taki Taki – DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B
Bad influence – Omah Lay
Atenshan – Blinky Bill
Something Different – Adekunle Gold
Can’t Believe (Afrobeats Remix) – Kranium featuring DJ Tunez & Mutay
Mad – Sarz & Wurld
In My Bed – Rotimi featuring Wale
Don’t Rush – Young T & Bugsey featuring Headie One
Tempted to Touch – Kelvin Little
Mi Gente (Remix) – J Balvin & Willy William featuring Beyoncé
Go! – DJ Zinhle & DJ Duda featuring Lucille Slade
Good Morning Riddim – Sarz
Good Kush and Alcohol – Lil Wayne featuring Drake & Future