Today, January 8 is the birthday of DJ Mingle.
Mingle is flipping the script on us and presenting us with a birthday gift, instead of the other way. He put together a collection of some of his favourite songs in 2017.
The mix is titled ‘The Sound For The Living: Birthday Mix.‘
The songs on the mix range from Afrobeats to Hiphop to Dancehall. Songs by Kranium, Ty Dollar $ign, WizKid, Jason Derulo, Wretch 32, Giggs, DJ Khaled and more are featured.
Catch him on Live From the Capital every Friday between 6 and 8pm, and on ‘Young, Wild and Free’ on Saturdays and Sundays between 2 and 5pm on Your Music PlayStation, Live 91.9 FM.
Stream the birthday mix below.
DJ Mingle’s thought process is one that keeps him winning. With a five-year working experience, some people tend to develop a ‘I’ve made it’ mindset not Mingle.
He constantly makes an effort to get better at his craft by reaching out to colleague DJs asking questions which would probably be deemed basic: ‘which headphones works best for a particular purpose?’, ‘how does a particular mixer operates?’ or ‘how a ‘trick’ was done’.
“I sometimes become annoying because I want to know everything there is to know about the art. The trick to being a good DJ is simply learning from others so I do my best to learn everything I can from anyone I can.” explains the LIVE FM DJ.
He started out in the DJing world playing for his friends with the VLC App. In 2011, whilst in University, he realized that he was passionate about the craft and decided to hone his skills by learning from colleague DJs on campus.
Realizing he had gotten better at the craft through hours of practice, he decided to play at events both on and off campus.
Mingle got his professional break in 2014 when he won a DJ competition organized by Y FM who needed a DJ for its tertiary radio show. He emerged winner beating competition from 20 other potential candidates.
In February 2015, he won ‘Best Campus DJ’ at the 2015 Ghana DJ Awards, an awards scheme which rewards DJs for their work during the year in review. The award got him exposure, and along came gigs to play at top-rated events in the country.
He joined EIB Network’s urban radio unit, LIVE FM thereafter. He is currently the official DJ for ‘Live From The Capital’ a Friday evening show on the station hosted by AJ Sarpong.
He also DJs for Young, Wild and Free, the tertiary-themed show on the Adabraka-based station which broadcasts on weekends with hosts, Jason El-Agha and Regina Van Helvert.
The program won ‘Most Influential Radio Tertiary Program’ at the 2016 Ghana Tertiary Awards.
Working with LIVE FM, Mingle says challenges him to strive for excellence in every assigned task and “this has built my personal ambitions to also strive for excellence in my personal life.”
He is not restricting himself to DJing only, Mingle wants to expand his craft to include Radio presenting, music production and song writing.
Planet X(2014), Tidal Rave (2015 & 2016), X Concert (Cape Coast, 2015), Ghana Meets Naija 2016 and Official After Party for Ghana Music Awards are some of the prestigious events Mingle has played at.
DJ Mingle was born Daniel Kpakpo Mingle. His initial moniker was DJ Kpakpo which he later changed to DJ Mingle because “his last name sounded like a nickname and was easy to stick with.”
He is a product of Okuapemman Secondary School and University of Cape Coast with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Connect with him on Social Media: Facebook – DJ Mingle, Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat – @iamdjmingle