Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer
NIGEL DIXON, more popularly known as DJ Niney, although having the choice to pursue a career in business or sports, made the choice of living his passion as a disc jockey.
Dixon, who hails from Mandeville, developed a love for music because his relatives operated a sound system, which was based at home.
"I started playing the sound system from I was 12 years old, and when I was 16 years old, I saved my money and bought records," Dixon told The Gleaner. "I used to play music on the sound system called Pioneer."
Dixon was also a talented footballer and played in the daCosta Cup competition for Spalding High School.
After leaving high school, he enrolled at Knox Community College where he majored in business management.
"Music was just calling me," he related. "I love football and also the business area, but the desire to pursue a career in music as a selector was just overwhelming. I enjoyed playing music, so I took that path."
Dixon was recruited as a selector on Top Secret sound from Old Harbour and later went to work on one of the top sounds in Jamaica, Stone Love. This was significant, he said, because it was not easy for a selector from the 'country' to get a break on a sound system with a reputation like Stone Love's.
Dixon recounted how this happended: "I was playing on Top Secret sound at a dance where Stone Love was playing. One of their selectors, named Diamond, liked how I played, took my number, and spoke to the boss (Winston 'Weepow' Powell) for me. Shortly after, Diamond called and said I could come in."
After spending a year with Stone Love, Dixon - with a strong business outlook - decided to launch his career as an independent selector.
"I saw where you made more money playing on your own. I have good promotional skills, so I am good at promoting myself," he explained.
At present, DJ Niney is one of the most sought-after selectors in Manchester who is contracted to play at most of the top events.
Commenting on what has contributed to his success, he said: "It's self-motivation and perseverance. I just never want to give up. You have some negative people who always want to tell me that I can't get better than how I am, so I always wanted to prove them wrong, so I am always fighting myself to be better."
Regarding his strength as a selector, he said, "I try to entertain the crowd, and I think I am good at reading the crowd to see know what music to play to make them move."
Dixon's career recently got a big boost when he was contracted by Red Stripe as one of its resident disc jockeys for promotions.
"They were recruiting people from the 14 parishes, and I was recommended, so they called me in, and I was contracted," he said. "It is great so far. We have Guiness Invasion and Heineken Happy Hour, among other promotions. I play mostly in the western part of the island. It has been a really great experience so far."