On being a music geek
Music has been an overarching theme of my life and my identity. When I was young, my mum encouraged me to play piano, and I took drum lessons for four or five years, but I definitely enjoyed listening to music and learning about it rather than playing it myself. When I was a kid watching TV, it would always be music channels; and once I found out that I could use the internet to find music, I’d be on there constantly collecting songs. Any sort of allowance that I was given by my parents, I saved up to buy music.
At one point, I just fell into a hip-hop obsession where I had to know every song from the late ’70s on – I needed to know all the credits front to back, and the backstories behind albums. I DJ now, too, so I’m always on the lookout for new music to play – I stay up-to-date with the latest album drops, I read about music and I watch music documentaries.
On taking control of his career
After high school, I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to do. One of my teachers said, “Your best grades are in maths. Why don’t you pursue that?” So I studied statistics at uni. But the whole time, I questioned if it was something I was really passionate about. After uni, a lot of people from my year went into finance, so I just ended up there, too. It was a very corporate environment, and I knew quite early on that it wasn’t really for me – I wasn’t comfortable wearing a suit and tie every day and dealing with people that are just in it for the money.
Going into finance certainly wasn’t a well-thought-out choice for me – it was more like, ‘What’s the most logical step after this, and after this, and after this?’ That’s why I’m so happy I found DICE, because that was definitely one of the first times that I really asked myself, ‘What am I passionate about, and what do I want in life?’ Somehow all the elements just came together.