PANAMA CITY — Music is essential to Bay County’s Almayehu Nigussie, who launched his DJ career through a simply found passion.
Nigussie spent his life traveling the world as an active-duty soldier with a passion for music. He landed in Panama City in 2019 — stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base — and continues making music beats and performing at local venues around Bay County.
Also known as Goosyloosy, adopting the stage name from his nickname “Goose,” Nigussie’s interest in music grew bigger than a hobby as he took on multiple stages, entertaining audiences as an electronic dance music ( DJ.
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“I’ve always wanted to live in Florida, and after moving here, I grew a love for the city and knew this was the place I wanted to be,” he said. “At that time, I did the music for fun, but I eventually knew I had to make my name known.”
Born in Ethiopia but raised in Dallas, Texas, Nigussie always spent his time learning about the art and styles behind the music and frequently created new beats while finding joy in that aspect. As a self-taught DJ, he grew up in a state of poverty.
Throughout the years he maintained the balance between a soldier and musician but often had to pass on opportunities because of the conflicting schedules. However, he navigated through ways to support a newly found career until he settled into a comfortable lifestyle in the military.
His musical career took off in Spokane, Washington, where he had the opportunity to fill in for an absent DJ while working as a security guard in a bar. Nigussie said that was the moment he knew music would be a part of him forever.
“That’s where I fell in love with the experience,” he said about his first performance in 2018. “I’m a big dreamer, and music is my No. 1, and the military follows right behind it.”
That was just the beginning for the rising EDM artist. Nigussie has opened shows for several top artists in the music industry, including Jack Harlow, 24KGoldn, Travis Porter, Waka Flocka Flame and Afroman. Many of his stage appearances were at Harpoon Harry’s Beach Bash Music Festival in 2021.
In addition, Nigussie landed on the lineup for the 2022 Thunder Beats Music Festival in Pensacola. However, the event was canceled.
Despite the cancellation, Nigussie said his passion for music will lead him to more opportunities.
“While performing, I like to read to the audience to see their emotions. It’s amazing to see the crowd’s support, and it just grows my passion even more,” he said. “Music is a big part of me, and without it, I don’t know where I’d be today.”
He expects to release his first single, “Wanted Now,” on all streaming platforms later this month and said he hopes the EDM community enjoys it. Nigussie said music is always playing in his head, and he is looking to growing his network and connecting with local and national musicians.