Colin Bodden, or DJ Royal as he is better known these days, has quite a story to tell about how he ended up being the entertainment for a nation of calypso lovers.
In the world of the disc jockey, things can happen rather quickly and a person can be catapulted into the spotlight at the drop of a dime.
“I was really a Hip Hop DJ by heart, but I have always played everything and take pride in being versatile,” notes the disc jockey, whose career went into overdrive after being selected as the DJ to spin Calypso on radio each and every Sunday.
He said it was easy for him to feel at home playing Calypso music on the airwaves because he has always been exposed to the genre while growing up.
“I only started Djing in seriously in 2009 and at first it was a hobby and then I wanted to play in clubs, which I did. This naturally led me to want more and I eventually wanted to try out radio, which I did,” says DJ Royal, his confidence exuding a matter of fact quality that no doubt has assisted him on his journey.
The young entertainer has been with dms Broadcasting for three months as the DJ on the Sunday afternoon Calypso show. He admits that he was not doing too shabbily for only having been in the business for some three years, starting out at the Rooftop and moving on to tailored Thursdays at the Limestone Ironshore Lounge.
In 10 years, DJ Royal said he hopes to be in radio full time and become more involved in the entertainment industry.
When discussing his style and what he wanted to communicate to listeners of his show, he said, “I try to incorporate hype, sound effects and things like that to make people feel like they are at an actual function or event like Pirates Week or Batabano.”
Look out for DJ Royal on Hot 104.1FM on Sundays to catch your favourite Calypso grooves being shot through the airwaves.