All hands on the decks. Meet Martin Kimani, 23, the founder and CEO of Nairobi’s Duo Deejays Company that was started three years ago as a casual hobby. It is safe to say that for generations, deejaying in Kenya has never gained the respect to be called one’s career. However, the duo deejays have proven the contrary and consider their line of work to be their number one hustle. What shocked me as I interviewed martin was the fact that the company is actually a legitimate. Yap! It’s legit! This 23-year-old does not believe in mediocre work and this drove him to registering his company at Sheria House last year.
Undoubtedly, this daring move earned him major respect in the game and people even took him more seriously. Deejay TouchDown is his stage name and when asked where this name came from he giggled and said, “Because I am that good…ask around and you will see.” Anyone who has known Martin for a while can attest to the fact that his innocent façade can fool you to thinking that he is just an ordinary white collar geek working a 9-5 job somewhere.
This led to the question about where this passion started. The response was quite interesting. “I had an ardent passion for music since I joined high school and I started selling other DJs mixtapes to my fellow students since I had all the latest jams. I was always listening to them and that is how I eventually fell in love with the art. I started slowly with virtual deejay and in my final year of high school I was the ‘school deejay’ (in quotes because there were no decks, my delivery tools were the school radio, music CDs and the remote) Not to blow my own horn but, I transformed the school entertainment to my loyal fans. After high school, I trained with a DJ friend who had already established himself in the industry, mastered the art and now here I am.”
Humility is Martin’s forte since I had to probe for more and more details about his career path. Well, my probing proved useful because it got him to confess that he has not only mastered the art of deejaying but he also is a quantity surveying graduate from UON. Martin is most definitely a young visionary. Why? Well for starters, because he has two careers at 23 and to add on to that he tells me that he plans to add 5 more onto that list. I had to take a pause when he mentioned that and he commented, “[Tweet “…the average billionaire has at least 7 different hustles, I am not even halfway through.”]”
If you plan to forget anything from this article please remember just that quote from Martin Kimani himself. Just like any business, he faces challenges such as balancing his school work and his deejaying which led to him losing on some deals. He also adds that some of the people he associated with in the past made him take three paces back and one pace forward which should never be the case and lastly, the loss of his equipment to local thieves which made him almost lose hope in the business.
This interview was very innovative because he kept on throwing relevant quotes here and there. I got to say, he is a wise businessman. So his final advice to the youth is to [Tweet “attempt to master all the trades you possibly could get your hands on”] they could possibly get their hands on. As for martin, his hands are most definitely [Tweet “on the decks”].
Originally posted 2015-06-17 22:12:41.