Passion wreaks, passion builds. Martin D’Souza or better known as DJ Martin is one of the most sought after DJs in Bangalore. The pent up passion in Martin plagued him until it created an enormous craving to go after what his heart truly desired. DJing came after Martin quit his regular job. His previous jobs included stints in globally renowned advertising companies like Kieon, Ogilvy & Mather, Lowe Lintas; jobs which would give any parent the confidence to hope for a ‘regular’ and a well satisfied life for their child. But, this unsatisfied desire of Martin’s couldn’t stay hidden for long, and finally arose. Martin describes how it happened, “At a friend’s birthday party I met someone who had heard me sing at a Karaoke bar and asked if I wanted to host a Karaoke event. I took the leap of faith and became a Karaoke Jockey.” And that was the first spark that got him fired up to take a different and unconventional career route.
Any profession can be a roller-coaster ride, nonetheless one’s passion and dedication can help in making it enjoyable and fulfilling.”
A few years after that fateful day, Martin went to a school to learn all the necessary skills to become a DJ. Martin is also a KJ (Karaoke Jockey), and says, “Both professions bring me close to music and entertainment, which drives me and keep me going.” The man of after-hours had to deal with roadblocks not unusual in any profession, especially one that is in the entertainment sector. “But,” says the DJ, “the passion for it helped me hold on and not give up. Any profession can be a roller-coaster ride, nonetheless one’s passion and dedication can help in making it enjoyable and fulfilling.” These tough times hit harder when you no longer have your regular income to fall back on. Digressing to a more fulfilling profession affected Martin’s finances in a similar manner.
Opportunities come in the most unexpected ways. BeamitLive, an enterprise that Martin is a partner of, live streams a wide array of events on internet channels. This venture is the brainchild of his friend and business partner Gaurav Bora. Martin says, “He was live streaming one of my gigs one day. We talked and got along quite well and started working together on BeamitLive along with another partner.”
In spite of the ups and downs, passion brings out the best in someone. Never give up on your dream – one shouldn’t regret not giving it your best shot.”
DJing is not the only thing that keeps this musician on his toes. Freelance writing of scripts for corporate audiovisuals, ad films and documentaries, jingles, and articles forms another outlet for Martin’s creativity.
Living through the emotions of the people is DJ Martin, and he expresses his love for music, saying, “As an artist I love seeing people react to my music and I thoroughly enjoy soaking in various kinds and genres of music, be it on the dance floor or just at home!”
Taking bigger steps, Martin has been learning and working on producing his own music, and hopes to get the tracks out to the public soon. Apart from this, he has been experimenting with multiple elements of music, and trying to combine them all in a live set-up, to offer the audience dynamic music entities at every gig. Martin’s life is hectic but fulfilling; with a weekly schedule that goes something like this: DJ and Karaoke host every Wednesday at Love Shack, Thursdays at Happy Brew, and Sunday at Loft 38. Martin says, “Apart from these, the gigs on Fridays and Saturdays are at various other venues across Bangalore. My gigs also lead me to travel quite often to other cities.”
Working towards a greater goal, while being self-satisfied should be one’s aim. Martin D’Souza who lives to tell the tale of a better life, when one follows their dream, says, “If something drives you, go for it. In spite of the ups and downs, passion brings out the best in someone. Never give up on your dream – one shouldn’t regret not giving it your best shot.”
Living a bold decision and living it well is Martin D’Souza a.k.a DJ Martin.