Artist Spotlight

Saint Evo

From: Kenya and resident of Kajiado County

Music genre: Specializes in Afro House and House music in all its forms

What do you do in the music industry?

I am a DJ/Producer.  My first love was music production. The whole idea of translating feelings into sound has always awed me. So when I finally had an opportunity to explore it, I did not hesitate.  On the other hand, being a DJ allows me to share my musical narratives with a live audience. In such a space and time, the symbiotic consumption of energies becomes a spiritual experience. When the two (DJ/Producer) are in one…well… then there is much fun to be had!

How did you get into music?

I was in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, enrolled for a degree in Business Administration.  Seeing that I already had a musical disposition, it was not long before the musical “cancer” became malignant and one semester later I had already dropped out. The following days and months would see me knocking on doors to get DJing gigs. During this period, my brother gave me a laptop and once I made my acquaintance with a buddy called Fruity Loops, I never looked back.

Where do you usually play and where have you played before (including festivals)?

Nowadays I hardly play at all. Reason being, I have been shafted a lot when it comes to fees. Once a promoter paid me with a bottle of cheap gin and a smile.

In another instance, a high profile company renegaded on my fee after they had booked me for an elite after party. At this event, the client spent over $30,000 on décor inter alia and felt no guilt exploiting my talent. That is the day I decided that I would rather spend more time producing music than gigging.  However, if a promoter meets my terms, I will gig.

I have gigged at Sauti za Busara Festival (Zanzibar), Doa Doa Festival (Uganda), Wilder Festival (Kenya) and in several clubs within Pietermaritzburg (South Africa), Stone Town (Zanzibar), Nairobi (Kenya) and Johannesburg (South Africa).

What are you working on?

I have various musical works that I am working on at the moment or that I have completed and will soon be released. Some of these musical works are for example tracks I’ve collaborated with the talented Over12 (Portugal) titled “EDEN” and another with Freddy Da Stupid (Mozambique) and Tina Ardor (Kenya) titled “MWENE NYAGA” as well as several remixes.

Where can people find your music: My music can be found on most digital music stores such as Traxsource, iTunes, Spotify, Beatport, Bandcamp, Deezer, Soundcloud, YouTube and many others. You can access all the above sources through this link

What advice would you give to anyone trying to make it in the music industry?

  1. Cultivate copious amounts of patience: In this industry, patience is the currency that keeps one sane
  2. Don’t trust every Tom, Dick and Harry: Some characters have ulterior motives as to why they would like to work with you or be your friend. Choose your friends and acquaintances wisely as a poor choice will come back to haunt you one day. For me, this principle should be a cornerstone for anyone who desires a fruitful career in this industry.
  3. Legal and due diligence: Never engage or commit to projects/gigs in the absence of legal paperwork outlining terms, conditions and expectations.I have learned the hard way, banking excruciating lessons along the way
  4. Have a manager: Sometimes as a musical creature one can suffer from bouts of “self blindness”, whereby they fail to note flaws in the way they do things or in the things that they fail to do. Other times one is unable to make sound decisions and having a manager can be a game changer.

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