Celebrity DJ Aktive has toured with scores of major hip-hop acts over the years: Kanye West, Common, Jennifer Hudson, Nas – he’s DJ’d for them all. But Aktive, who is now opening Janet Jackson’s world tour, said his new boss has been the best of the bunch. “My favorite client to work with, I will say, is Janet Jackson,” the DJ told BOSSIP. “She’s just so consistent and so on it. Watching her is inspiring. Just to be around that greatness. I would say she’s the best artist I’ve ever worked for and I’ve ever looked up to.”
Aktive scored the gig of a lifetime over the summer after a colleague called him and asked him to fly out to audition for Jackson, who’d seen his work. He spun for her, and the rest is history.
“I kind of grew up on Janet Jackson,” he said. “She’s very nice. She’s very humble. I never thought I’d be DJing for her. To be on stage with her is such a blessing.” Concertgoers heading to Jackson’s world tour, which kicked off Aug. 31, are in for a real treat, according to Aktive, who promised Jackson would deliver. “It’s a lot of dancing,” Aktive said. “I will say this: she’s doing all her hits. Every hit she has, she’s doing it.”
Jackson’s show is the latest tour gig DJ Aktive has taken on since hitting the DJ circuit in his native Philadelphia back in the 1990s. But not the most bizarre – Aktive reserved that for the time he DJ’d during Musiq Soulchild’s performance with a booty-showing Jamie Foxx.
“A known artist (Foxx) came out and he had his butt cheeks out,” he said. “He had on jeans and had the butt cheeks cut out. He just came out and rocked with Musiq. It was just a weird time. I was so into mixing, I looked up and I’m like, ‘Woah!!’”