Hello Russ & Matt! Thanks for having us! Let’s start from scratch… what made you get into the manufacturing of DJ & audio related products in the first place?
Russ and I met at the age of 11, when attending the same secondary school and have been scheming ever since. We went on to work together in our twenties and vowed to do it again someday. This happened in late 2016 when I floated my DJ desk concept to Russ over a beer. Russ being in a senior role in a renowned Royal Warrant holding bespoke joinery and fit out company we immediately saw the potential and sprang into action. We spent most of 2017, evolving the idea and prototyping, until late 2017 early 2018 we had finalised a design and created our first modular DJ desk, with an array of options.
Matt, you are a DJ with a long career…Who were the first artists that inspired your creativity?
I was lucky enough to play alongside several well-known DJs in the early 90s such as John Digweed, Grooverider, Pete Tong and more. My early influences come from a wide variety of sources. From my musical mentor and late father Bryan Clover to prolific hip hop and house music artists.
Russell you come from another angle, working with a high end joinery company. What made you particularly want to get into this venture?
As Matt mentioned earlier, we were keen to work together as we get things done and have fun along the way. Matt had the initial idea and I could see the potential in it and with Matt’s experience over decades in the industry I was convinced this solution solved many issues DJs currently face with cabling, sound and the presentation of their equipment. I have been able to apply my expertise in high end joinery to bring the concept to fruition.
We normally ask our guests for this section to tell us which was the first and last machines bought… In your case I’m not going to ask you this directly, but what has been the last project that you got involved with that has really meant a challenge for Idokodo’s offer?
Usually we supply DJ desks direct to DJs as a standalone piece of equipment that fits a space. We are currently developing a bespoke solution for Defected Records in London working alongside a refurbishment company. This is a little more in depth than our standard sale however with Russ’ experience in refurbishment fit outs this has been relatively straight forward and we look forward to our desk featuring in their upcoming live streams.
Let’s talk about the team. Who’s who at idokodo?
Russ and I run the show, make the tea, handle the sales, manage the website and oversee the joiners and finishers. We are a small entity with global ambitions.