EXCLUSIVE: Flint Deejay on his journey to the top deck


Flint Deejay

When he started out in 2013, little did he imagine that he will be among Nairobi’smost accomplished disc jockeys. Flint Deejay has grown to be the city’s goto DJs for parties.

From his first gig at Parklands Sports Club, Flint has cemented his place in city’s showbiz circles with regulars how in various nightspots. He, however, has an almost weekly presence at The Rabbit Holenight club in Industrial Area.

We caught up with Flint Deejay and this is what he had to say about his deejaying journey.

When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences? What music and/or sound that drew you to it?
I started Deejaying back in 2013 and I looked up to DJ Kaytrixx, DJ Kym and Simple Simon.

For most DJs, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you? Was there any particular DJ you emulated?
Not really but I kept learning every day out from different exposures

What were some of the main challenges and goals when starting out as a DJ and how have they changed over time?
The main challenge was acceptance in the industry but over time and consistency, things changed positively.

What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing music, that makes it interesting for you?
Nothing gets me going more like music

How would you define the job and describe the influence of the DJ on the entertainment scene?
They play a big role in the entertainment sector without DJs, reach and spread of music would not be possible.

What was your first set-up as DJ like?
Simple lol. Stanton T52B, Behringer mixer and a Serato box

How and for what reasons has your set-up evolved over the years and what are currently some of the most important pieces of gear for you?
Deejaying has evolved over the years with different gears coming and going but for a set-up, I would go for Pioneer PLX1000 and DJM-S9.

Do you rely on technology much while mixing or you prefer doing most of it by yourself?
I prefer doing it more by my self gets me and the crowd involved

Could you take us through a day in your life, from a possible morning routine through to your work?
It’s just like any other office day, wake up do you go to work and back home

Let’s say you have a gig coming up tonight. What does your approach look like – from selecting the material and preparing for, opening and then building a set?
I would go for a smooth but entertaining set for a start and get the crowd involved at a later stage

Can you describe your state of mind during a DJ set? How do you deal with distractions like unwanted attention from fans and random requests?
A smile on the face does it all.

What are some of the considerations that go into deciding which track to play next?
Before and after selecting a track I frequently check on the crowd’s involvement, from dancing, nodding their heads or more.

How does Flint Deejay deal with feedback from the audience?
Always positive even if its a negative feedback keep learning from it

What are the most satisfying conclusions to a set?
A non-interrupted set

What are your final words and probably advice to upcoming Deejays in Kenya…

Respect the hustle, give it all you have and it will bear fruits eventually.

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