Ayebatonye Abrakasa on knowing your worth

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NAME

Ayebatonye Abrakasa

WHAT DO YOU DO?

DJ, work full time in a Community Engagement role, produce events on a freelance basis through "House of Ayebatonye" and sometimes write/blog for various publications

FAVOURITE BAND?

African Head Charge

FAVOURITE SONG?

Cariñito - Los hijos del sol

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FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Nina Simone, she was unapologetic about who she was and she was an incredible activist who played a pivotal role within the civil rights movement and used her status as a musician to fight for her people. I could only dream of causing such a significant impact through my creative work.

FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

I give myself a moment to breathe, re evaluate the situation and then try to find another way around whatever the obstacle is.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC.

I think I'm a hard worker, and I do have a strong work ethic most of the time. I believe in persevering which isn't always easy,  I've definitely had to deal with some situations that left me a little shattered but if I hadn't kept pushing on I wouldn't be where I am, and I definitely intend to keep growing in every sense of the word.

I also don't really believe in the idea of competing with other people. I am very much about competing against myself and constantly try to push myself to work harder so that I can reap the benefits of my own success, you gotta stan for yourself the hardest.

DO YOU HAVE RITUALS? WOULD YOU SHARE ONE WITH US?

One of my rituals for when I'm having an off day is watching my favourite subjects on YouTube. I have a penchant for watching chameleon videos on YouTube. It's a mix of nostalgia and hilarity for me , I used to have a beautiful chameleon named Ziggy and loved watching him walk. I would highly recommend watching "Chameleon Walking" video. I also enjoy watching Nigerian TV Shows like "Skinny girl in transit" because the mum on the show is soo funny!

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

If I could give any advice to my younger self it would be know your worth, and with this statement I am mainly referring to receiving fair pay as a freelancer/DJ (however it's statement that can be applied to everything).

When I was younger there were times I didn't ask for what I wanted or deserved because I was afraid of being told no. Nowadays I do ask for what I believe is fair (although I definitely still have moments when I'm afraid), I think a lot of people are afraid of rejection so they put up with more than they should. Honeys, please you can't pay your rent with exposure!

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO? 

Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Janet Mock, Gloria Wekker and Rihanna. 

Ayebatonye is teaching Mix It Up: Intermediate DJing on May 19 in Sydney as part of MusicNSW's and FBi radio's Women in Electronic Music Masterclasses details here. Like her on Facebook, follow on Instagram and follow her on Twitter.