Becoming DJ PapiChulo

Post date: 
Thursday, 26 October 2017
Vinyl records

Connect member Stewart McDougall has always had a passion for music and is keen to share his story on how he become DJ PapiChulo.

My name is Stewart and I am a 27-year-old DJ. My stage name is DJ PapiChulo. The name came about when I covered a DJ gig for a friend. I was wearing a T-shirt that said "I am your Papi" on the front and it gave me the inspiration for my stage name which, I think separates me from everyone else.
I have visual and physical difficulties, and as a result of that I had to go to Trelors School and College which specifically caters for people with physical difficulties. I was there between the ages of 11 and 19 and studied Arts and Media because I’ve always had a passion for music.
One day, the teachers said to me that I’d be good as a radio host. They said that I had a good voice and it didn’t matter about my eyesight or other ailments. I have restricted hand movements due to having cerebral palsy and tunnel vision but someone is always there to do the things that I can’t do due to my sight and dexterity.
I have now transitioned from doing radio shows to doing live DJing events. I have adapted the normal DJing equipment, which now allows me to comfortably perform independently in the dark. I can put my foot near the base speaker which allows me to feel the rhythm of the music.

I also feel that my visual difficulties aid me too because I cannot see the crowd, and this means that I never find myself getting nervous.

It also helps that my family are originally from Columbia and with my multi-cultural background it allows me to play all types of music from different countries. 
I have also done many charity events to help raise money for various charities ranging from Berkshire Vision, helping partially sighted people in Africa to the Dolphin Centre.
I enjoy doing all of these events as it shows that even with a disability you can still achieve what you want to and hopefully, encourage others to do the same.

Further information

If you would like to find out more about DJ Papichulo, please visit his Facebook page.

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