Jesus and education the best combination – Deejay Sticko
Ricardo Ellis is a disc jockey, widely known across the gospel fraternity as DeeJay Sticko.
The 26- year-old, who is lauded for his popular soca and reggae mixes, has been in the music business for over a decade and has since managed to secure a spot on the scene of many gospel events.
And though he is respected for his easy-going personality, Deejay Sticko told Family and Religion that he was not always a docile one.
"Growing up I was pushed aside because of my behaviour. My parents never wanted to deal with me, however they still tried. At age 12, my mother was even going to send me to a juvenile centre.
Growing up in the inner city I used to fight almost every day at school and in my community. I realized I was costing my parents a lot," he shared.
With a new outlook on life, Deejay Sticko explained that his family is now proud of his change in behaviour and how far he has come.
"I no longer do the things I used to. I am now able to share and encourage the youths in various communities that fighting, smoking or picking up the gun is not the way out. Jesus and education is the best combination one could have," he said.
Using music as his form of expression and ministry, Deejay Sticko plays for a popular radio station where, according to him, he is able to inspire a wide range of people.
"It was not music that saved me. Jesus saves but I must admit that music helps to keep me in line. I tend to play more soca at gospel events because it's what keeps the patrons alive plus it connects with me so deeply. Reggae music was my first love. It takes me to a place where no other music can take me," he said adding that whenever he plays at an event he tries to play a mix of music that will satisfy his audience, regardless of age.
According to him: "My goal is to spread good music all over the world. I don't aim to be the best: I aim to stand out. I don't want to just appear like I'm doing well or 'wining'. I actually want to do well.
I also want to show those who think that they can only party or enjoy songs with gun lyrics or curse words that that's not true. We can enjoy good and wholesome music, not only gospel but anything that which is good and clean for the entire family to listen to, both adult and child. I want to make that mark," he concluded.