- Whats your full name
My full name is Timothy Mugao Nthiga.
2. How was your growing up and did it influence your career?
I grew up in Meru. From a young age, I realized that I loved music. Actually, my dad always tells me that I used to cry to be given the radio. But at that age, you just love the beats and you know nothing about Deejying. The urge to become a DJ started in high school. I went for an event where M.C. Philipo was on the mic and Dj Klash on the decks, that where my influence to be a deejay came along. However, I only started learning the art of Deejaying when I was a student at Kenyatta University. I took the course during one of the long holidays and I have never looked back ever since.
- How has the corona pandemic affected you as a deejay and what are the adjustments you have had to take?
The pandemic has really affected people in different ways. As a Deejay, all the gigs were cancelled due to the shutdown of clubs. I play mostly in clubs. This has resulted to zero income, which is really tough. I think what has made it easier to cope is understanding that this is something beyond my control. I now do live streams on my social media platforms. I have also started a chicken rearing project that I have always wanted to start for sometime now.
- Having done an online stream how was the experience and the challenges that came with it?
It was an amazing experience because it was my first time doing a live stream. I realized I could reach a bigger market online and grow my brand as well. Of course, it had it main challenges such as financial constraints. The best equipment’s to do a live stream are really expensive …but all in all I used what I had at the moment and incorporated help from friends as well. I am planning on doing another one soon.
- What’s your take about live streams license demand by KECOBO?
The truth is that deejays use music that is made by an artist (mostly). This gives the artist all the rights to the music. But then the deejay comes in as a major distributor or promoter of the music who is basically always on the ground. So I would propose that both artist and deejays sit down together and come up with an agreement. If artists see that deejays are doing them a great deal, then they should lift up the license and give free rights of the music to the deejays. If that is not working for the artists then they should give a license fee that is accommodative or affordable to all deejays whether upcoming or established.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years Deejay Glen will be a bigger brand than it is right now. Right now I have projects where I release new mixes at least on a monthly basis on my online platforms and distribute to Matatus through some agents based in the CBD. This has really helped in putting my work and brand out there. In five years, these efforts will have paid off hopefully. I am also hoping that I will have an entertainment company, a deejay school where I can train other deejays, a personal photographer and working towards having Deejay Glen a brand playing on mainstream radio station or a television channel.
7. Which is the most memorable event that you dejayed?
I have several. But I think the greatest one was the one I did a while in campus. It was an after party for a deejay competition targeting Djs in universities. I became the 2nd runners up in the competition. This event was also mind shifting for me, as a career in deejaying seemed feasible. It sort of boosted my confidence in my work and talent. This was really good for me psychologically.
- How important is branding to the growth of a deejays career?
Branding is important to every Deejay. The industry has really changed and grown competitive over the years. There are also a number of opportunities for people to work with powerful brands and corporates through endorsements. Personally, I strive to create a brand that has competitive advantage over other upcoming Djs – as that’s the category am in now. Also it’s proven in business that branding combined with great professionalism will give an upper edge in a competitive market. Branding nikama mji flani alafu ikona maua mingi mazuri.
- What’s your favorite song you don’t play?
I don’t think there is a favorite tune of mine I haven’t played because I feel I am among the most versatile deejay out there.
- How do you handle song request when playing in a nightclub?
I personally believe that as a Dj you should be very open and accommodating when it comes to requests. You should also never be rude to any person requesting a song whether they were rude to you or not. I also look at the song that has been requested if it’s the appropriate I will play it but if its not I will just politely look for a way to lay the guy of without offending anyone. And sometime it becomes a challenge sana.
- Advice to young up and coming Djs who look upon you as a role model?
I don’t think I have all that great knowledge but I would tell a younger deejay, make sure that you are choosing this career path out of passion and not because of what you see. Sometimes the journey gets really tough out here, the passion is what will keep you going during those tough times.
Secondly, try and be as different as you can, learn from people who are ahead of you but don’t copy paste- be authentic basically. Also try and read books that are related to business management and branding, that way you can improve your knowledge of running a business and managing yourself as a brand.
- Lastly how can clients reach you
Clients can reach deejay glen on all social media avenues
i.e. Instagram and twitter @deejayglenkenya and on Facebook like my page Dj Glen Kenya
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a direct phone number for clients with enquires +254727775538
Lastly check out my mixes www.mixcloud.com/djglenkenya/