Whoever said it was impossible to be laid-back, down to earth and shy, and still be a radio deejay? Well, Scott le Roc could prove them wrong. Notwithstanding his introverted personality, Scott is yet bent on further making his mark within the deejaying fraternity.
After a school trip to the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, as an Alexandra student, something sparked Scott’s interest in deejaying, leading him to a world he had never thought before he would be a part of.
“I am a very quiet guy who no one would probably believe to be a radio deejay. I always thought I would be a politician, or something like that.
“I was strictly into the books; was a little bit of a nerd . . . but then I discovered music and the turntables; and the rest is history.
“I never quite decided that I wanted to be a deejay. I think Jude The Dude was still on 98.1 when we toured the station, and when I saw him playing around with the stuff in the studio, I said I liked that. And he was telling us all about mass com at BCC and what not. So I decided I would try to get in and I got in; came to Hott for an internship, and I got a job.
Scott has not looked back after being offered work at the station. He has been a radio personality for the last five years, and to him it comes easy now.
“To me, it’s not that different from any other job. I plan my day, I come to work, try to execute what I plan, go back home, and do it all over again.”
But this is not to say Scott does not try improving on his job.
“I want to be the best at what I do. That is what drives me each day. I want to keep getting better. I listen to people like Carol Toppin, Maurice Norville and Ronnie Clarke when I get a chance . . . . They have been in it so long, they just flow! That’s something that I’m working on personally. I listen to BBC Radio 1 a lot as well to get tips,” the 30-year-old said.
And Scott would be quick to tell you that “I am definitely not a bashment deejay”; but he does not see himself as any lesser of a deejay.
“I guess I am what a deejay’s supposed to be. I can play anything; but I wouldn’t put myself in one specific category. I like playing music a bit more than announcing . . . but that’s not to say announcing is not close to my heart too.
“It never gets boring. You never know what is going to happen; what is going to come up; if the song is going to stop in the middle and you have to find something to say,” Scott added.
And if he wasn’t a deejay, the field he would prefer to be in would come as a shock to most.
“I still would like to do electrical engineering. That was the plan when I first got to Hott: be a freelancer for a bit, save some money and then go do it; but then I realized you don’t really make that much money in radio; so I put it on hold for a bit,” he said.
And while he admitted that he had stepped away from actual deejaying for a while, he said that he was now earnestly working to get back into it and make himself more marketable with the help of his manager Sharlene Browne.
“. . . When I’m on air, I’m not really on the deck a lot, because I have a deejay. But that’s something I’m working on. I actually just bought some equipment, because I had sold all of [what I had previously]. With the help of my manager, I’m trying to get my image out there some more, because I’m a really quiet guy.
“I was never into the ‘I am Scott le Roc thing’, but I realize that’s very important now in these times. I am also looking to do some touring and some international acts. Developing stronger relationships with deejays abroad,” the Converse ambassador said.
Apart from deejaying, Scott, who is also a part of the Digicel family, said he intended to launching his own voice-over company –– iRoc Media –– in the near future.
“I already do a lot of commercials and ads. I just haven’t officially launch [the company]; but I will do it very soon,” the down to earth deejay says.