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My Tech: Maya Jama

Flight of fancy: Jama wishes she had wings PICTURE: REX

The DJ and presenter, 24, talks about when she was catfished and how to take selfies

How do you listen to music?

I mostly play everything off my iPhone. I’m using the 7 Plus — I haven’t upgraded yet and I should. I use a Beats speaker and Sonos at home. I usually buy songs off Apple Music but Spotify is good for playlists. As a DJ I should collect vinyl but I’m not that kind of DJ.

You presented The Circle, where dating contestants created fake online identities. Have you had anyone do that to you?

My friend told me this boy had seen a picture of me and fancied me. We started talking on MSN but he’d never go on webcam. After a couple of months the conversation died down. Fast forward four years and I saw him at an event. I said, ‘We used to speak on MSN.’ He said we hadn’t and there were loads of fake profiles using his pictures. I realised it was my friend pretending to be him. I was 15 at the time and it all appeared quite innocent.

Essentials: Beats speaker, Sonos (below) and GHD hairdryer (bottom)

Who are your favourite people to follow on social media?

Chrissy Teigen — she’s funny and cute and makes fun of herself. Will Smith has an amazing Instagram — there’s a story behind every video or picture he posts.

How do you build up Instagram followers?

It’s completely changed with the new algorithm. In the past, you could post in the evenings when most people were on it but now it puts the most recent posts from the profiles you look at the most at the top of your feed. You see a lot of people complaining they don’t get as much interaction. Quality pictures and funny things always get a good response.

What’s your top selfie advice?

Use natural light. Most people look better when you hold the camera above your face and look up.

Do you use any beauty gadgets?

I’ve got an epilator. I can’t live without my GHD hair dryer and straighteners. They don’t rip your hair out, they heat up quickly and turn themselves off if you leave them on.

What’s your podcast, When Life Gives You Melons, about?

It’s aimed at females and by females. We discuss topics we come across in our everyday life like love, relationships, money, holidays and work. This is the second series and they’ve both been top five in the iTunes chart.

And your TV show Don’t Hate The Playaz? It’s like a hip-hop comedy panel game, isn’t it?

Me and Lady Leshurr head two teams, joined by regulars Darren Harriott and London Hughes and special guests to battle it out in front of a live audience.

If you could invent any gadget, what would it do?

It would be wings you could attach to your back like a rucksack and then fly to other countries. You don’t need to book ahead for a plane, just get up and go.

Don’t Hate The Playaz is on ITV2 on Thursday at 9pm