If you’re familiar with the blog, you know that I started a Black-owned business directory in 2020 to amplify Black voices and entrepreneurship in our community. It’s been so amazing to watch this list grow with so many incredible businesses. To celebrate Black History Month, I want to go a step further and get to know a few of the business owners listed in the directory. Check back weekly to learn about someone new!
AA DJs was put on my radar because someone tagged them in the Black-Owned Business directory and then I had the opportunity to listen to their set last summer for a few nights at Stone City Ales and I spent my whole meal bopping my head and shrugging my shoulders. Ayanda and his team bring great energy to the space. They also produce a really great photo booth! Find out a little more about AA DJs.
When and why did you start AA DJs?
AA DJs got started in May 2017, because one of my best friends and I saw a need for a new approach to the experience couples got from DJs at weddings. We felt the client experience, overall visual presentation, and music style could be updated and refreshed to better suit the needs of people getting married these days.
The community. We both grew up in Kingston, and it’s always been home for us. What better place to start a business than somewhere surrounded by your friends and family, inside of a city that has so many great small businesses to draw inspiration from? #YGKLove haha.
What has it been like growing your business here?
Growing AA DJs in Kingston over the last four years has been an interesting and exciting journey. We’ve been able to meet a lot of great local businesses, and individuals, that have helped reach new people, unlocked new opportunities, and have helped us get more people dancing! We’ve been fortunate not to face too many barriers in growing our business, other than COVID.
Advice to aspiring business owners?
My advice to anyone starting a new business, or anyone who’s started a business already, don’t worry about everything being perfect right at the beginning! Get your product or your service ready enough that you can actually sell the product or perform the service, get feedback on it, and keep making improvements as you go.
Keep up with AA DJs on Facebook, Instagram, their website.