We had the good fortune of connecting with Mehul Mistry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mehul, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was a college student and was given the opportunity to DJ a party because they were not able to find someone in time and knew I had a large collection of music. I took the opportunity and It lead me to meeting the owner of the restaurant where the event was held and he wanted to hire me to DJ their New Years Eve party that year and I agreed. That pretty much opened the doors to more events mostly all coming from people who were at one event and needed me for their own event. Word of mouth is such a powerful thing when it comes to helping a business grow. I still rely on word of mouth referrals and am happy with where it’s gotten my business today. I had no business knowledge and needed help to get an LLC and things in order but once it was all set up the ride has been a ton of fun. I have worked full time in construction for several years but have been in and out of jobs, so this business has been the only constant in my life for more than a decade now. That business mindset has also helped me launch couple other businesses on my own, which I am very proud to have achieved.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Disc Jockey, a drummer, an interior designer and some more all wrapped into a single body and mind. Being a DJ is a weekend job and all the other things are my weekday jobs and passions. I feel that everything I do as a business owner is not considered a job to me as it’s all a passion project and fun for me. I have worked jobs that are 40 hours a week and those truly felt like a job but this almost never does. It does take long hours to get started and finding the right people to team up with all while doing it the right way but it’s all very rewarding in the end. It is almost never hard starting your own business and brand but that’s when it’s challenging and makes everything else after fun and rewarding. There will be weeks, months, and sometimes even a year that does not go as planned but you have to keep grinding and trusting that things will work out for the best in the end as long as you keep at it. 2020 was a bad year for most business owners and people in the event industry had It really hard because all the events were being postponed to 2021 and further. I took that year to launch another business and study for my realtor license. So, I went from a single business owner to 2 or 3 businesses. My websites are www.djmistry.com and www.4walldesigns.com and I am in the process of getting my AZ Real Estate License in the near future.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I consider myself a big time foodie and trip planner so this would be perfect for a friend to come visit me for a few days and leave it all up to me to plan the days events and meals. Let’s say this is post-pandemic days and everything is open as it used to be and this is kind of how I would do the week. I would start by making a trip up to Sedona for just the day and seeing the tourist spots there and making sure to stop by Tamaliza Market for the best Tamales ever! The next day would begin with a brunch at a spot in Scottsdale, likely at Hash Kitchen or Breakfast Kitchen Bar. There would be a stop at the OdySea Aquarium and the Talking Stick Resort, followed by TopGolf. Then some more food in old town Scottsdale and drinks afterwards. I don’t know the order of the things but some of my favorite food spots I have been to in Scottsdale and Phoenix are: Dicks Hideaway, Ghost Ranch, The Parlor, The Nook, Rusty’s Taco, Cocina Madrigal, Taco Guild, and several others. There are also so many I have yet to go to but plan to stop by once things are more normal. I would definitely take a hike up camelback mountain and stop by some of the gorgeous resorts we have in AZ. Some of my favorites are Phoenician, Mountain Shadows, JW Desert Ridge, and the Omni Resort. The garden behind the Phoenician is a great spot to go to see some Arizona landscaping tucked at the base of Camelback mountain.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family would be the first to thank because they supported me in doing this while I was still in school and helped me buy the first ever DJ mixer I ever used. They always referred me to people that needed a DJ for their events and helped me grow my clientele. My wife would be the biggest supporter ever since she became a part of it because of the times I have had to be gone on weekends to “work” all the events I have booked throughout the year. I don’t booked events every weekend for the reason to be with her and family but she’s always there to make sure I am ready for the events and sometimes even comes to help with set up and support.
Instagram: thedjmistry & 4walldesigns
Facebook: Jhakaas Entertainment LLC & 4 Wall Designs
Yelp: DJ Mistry & Jhakaas Entertainment & 4 Wall Designs
Other: food blog page on Instagram – @mistryflavors