The last Varcity Piknik 5 edition went down without a hitch as we had the one and only MC Payas. You may know his from the Free Bobi Wine concert that was held at PAWA 254. We got to speak to him about he got into the art of being an MC:
What’s your stage name?
I go by the name of Payas Oluoch Kariuki (O.K).
That sounds like your official name, if yes why did you chose to work with your official name?
No, it’s not my official name but it’s the official stage name I gave myself. Payas stands for Persist And You Will Always Succeed. Oluoch Kariuki is who I have grown to be, a human guided by love with no boundaries.
How long have you been emceeing?
I have been doing this since 2013, but professionally I would say two years.
What inspired you to be an emcee?
I get inspirations from almost everything and for different reasons. Generally, I would say life inspired me.
At what age did you realize emceeing was what you wanted to pursue?
I would say from right from a very young age you know the primary school.
Tell us about your first experience on stage, were you nervous?
Pretty much, and to be honest I still get nervous every time I get on stage up-to today.
Do you take emceeing as a career or it’s all about the passion?
For me, its passion turned to career.
How did your close ones react when you first told them you wanted to pursue emceeing?
At first, it was hard to convince them because they didn’t see it a career but at the end of the day, you define your vision and failure begins when you let people do it for you.
Any major gigs you have performed in?
I have been privileged to host Nakuru Fest1, a Bobi Wine Concert, Poetry after Lunch and Kienyeji Festival just to mention but a few.
Any challenges you have faced so far?
Yes, the first challenge I would say was convincing my close ones that I wasn’t mad or something you know choosing art as a choice of career. The second challenge was putting my brand out there and making the world realize it’s worth. The third was putting my brand in the job market.
How do you go about the challenges?
First, I just had to accept that challenges are there and I have to face them. Aside from that I do research and get advice from fellow creatives and above all, I involve God in my work. He is the number one artist.
Any Kenyan emcees you would love to share the stage with in the future?
Yes, that would be Jalang’o, Cindy Ogana and any other emcees that would be ready to work with me.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Expect nothing but pure art. Payas O.K will always make your events lit.
What can you tell other aspiring emcees?
Always remember the event is not about you but about the EVENT.
How can your fans reach you?
Facebook: @Payas Oluoch Kariuki
Twitter : @Payas_OK