DJ Joeflex

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Don’t compete with anyone. You are your own competition.

Today, we are talking to DJ Joeflex, who will be breaking down for us the ABC’s of deejaying.

Who is DJ Joeflex?

I am Mungai Joseph, also known as DJ Joeflex, an all-round Deejay. I have been skillfully on the industry for 2 years and I play my music type depending on my audience.

You seem to be having quite a unique combi of your self-styled name, why did you choose two names?

Not really, I didn’t choose my names but rather, my pals in high school gave me the names. They’d call me Joe as a short form of my name, as an amateur Virtual DJ player. Flex was also my other name known as a rugby player for my school. So the two were merged and hence my artistic name.

Share with us your tag-line and how it came to be

I use, “The World’s Greatest”, which is a phrase that my dad would rehash to me. He’d advised me to be the greatest in whatever I did.

Any challenges you’ve encountered in the industry?

It is imperative as a DJ, to have own deejaying gear. Sometimes getting events or gigs is never that easy and so it puts a strain on one’s finances.

How about your highlights so far?

Well, there is a festival dubbed Kata Fest, and I was one of the DJ’s who played for the event last year, as an assistant to DJ Crème De La Crème.

My other breakthrough sometimes last year, is when I got a call from a client to play at his wedding, he had listened to me playing somewhere else, and I’d say that the feeling was great!

Since you’ve mentioned deejaying at weddings, kindly tell us, how important it is to prepare for a first gig

  • Meet the client and get to know their expectations so as to deliver
  • Have a written payment contract agreement to avoid falling prey to con-artists, which seems to be happening a lot lately
  • Offer an invoice and receipts for all your payments, if branded, the better

Does deejaying pay you?

Well, it sure pays to the level of branding and how you present yourself to your clients. Have your quotations ready and ensure your clienteles see value for their money.

DJ Joeflex, how do you reinvent yourself, what other skills do you have that compliment your decks skills?

I did a degree in communications and media technology, and so I’m a graphics designer. I do all my brandings.

What’s your take on how deejays ought to stay relevant in the industry amidst the influx of the new ones being trained on a daily basis? Any fears?

To be honest, we have a lot of deejays lately, and so it seems like this is the starting point of one’s career immediately after high school (similarly to how we’d learn computer packages in waiting for the “real” courses).

My concern then is how most of these deejays would offer their services at any price, below the acceptable minimum, in a bid to get an opportunity to practice. This makes it harder for the rest who know their worth and would want the pay to commensurate their expertise.

The deejaying career also has phases and the best way is to always re-invent oneself.

Kindly tell us more on who your mentors have been in this deejaying path. While at it, do you personally mentor other DJs, and where is that? Tell us more about it.

I enrolled at Genius Deejay School and was taught by one awesome guy, Dan Tha Deejay and none other than DJ Sadic. I’m grateful for the insight and skills they’ve impacted in my life.

Well, I do not have a specific person am working with but I also teach DJs at the same academy. I believe that helping others achieve their potential is a sure way of also growing in this industry. I give advice freely.

Any female DJ students that you train and what special encouragements do you give them?

Yes. I’ve had a couple of them that I encourage from time to time. The bottom line however is, it is much easier for female deejays to get gigs than it is for us men. Human race would always have a preference, rather love, for the rare things. And so a skilled lady would pull crowds easily.

It is to this effect that all female deejays should work at being better as there are countless opportunities for them.

What three things then would you advice these upcoming DJs?

  • Be patient and always learn. Learning is an ongoing process in this craft
  • Embrace every opportunity that comes your way. If you get to do gigs for free as a way of getting the exposure, go all the way. Paying seasons will come
  • Don’t compete with anyone, do your thing. You are your own competition

DJ Joeflex, have you ever been on radio or TV before? How were experiences?

I have been on radio twice and on TV once. Both of these encounters were okay as I was simply playing music and no talking. Evidently being on TV has been my best experience so far.

However, being on TV requires one to have a certain sense of decorum in that, as much as the cameras roll, there’s a live or still audience on the other end watching through these lenses. Therefore, one needs to:

  • Get to know the kind of show you’ll be playing at and its audience
  • Prepare adequately and play smartly as the airplay is limited. Wise music selection is key. Avoid playing lengthy songs
  • Be composed and give a shot at perfection since it’s your professionalism that carries the day

As you play different genres in your sets, do have a specific one that you love most above all else?

Well, I have two genres that I enjoy; hip-hop and Kenyan locals. I have vast knowledge of hip-hop, its beat structure and besides, I have a couple of friends who are Music Producers of this genre and hence my love for it

And where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I have utmost love for media and so am seeing myself as a fulltime TV deejay and having a radio show

How do you unwind after a tight schedule?

Sleeping does it for me and keeps me rejuvenated

Tell us, where can we your fans, get to interact with you or book for events?

I have the following social links

  • Twitter: @dj_joeflex
  • Facebook: DJ Joeflex
  • Instagram: @dj_joeflex
  • WordPress: itsdjjoeflex.wordpress.com – there’s a link to my mixes

Do you engage in any CSR activities?

I support some few street kids with food but am now talking to a group of friends /partners with whom collectively, we can reach out to many more children.

DJ Joeflex, what’s your parting shot as we conclude this exciting interview?

I am thankful to my fans, and the support they’ve given me. They build me in some way. I also wanna appreciate any person who has walked with me on my deejay journey!

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2 Responses to “DJ Joeflex

  • God bless you DJ Joeflex as you follow your dreams. Amen!

    • DJ Paula Kent
      2 years ago

      Yes I agree! Thanks Jay for being a regular visitor in my page. Bless up!

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