July ‘13
Insight Interview

July ‘13
The Party Master
The Party Master


    


Mr. Amr Hosny has a lot of fun orchestrating and setting the vibe for some of the most livening and boisterous parties happening in Egypt today: here's an interview with the 'master of ceremonies' himself:

What do you love the most and least about your job?

People having a great time with that big smile on their faces - most / people smoking in the DJ booth - least


What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?

There's no such thing as 'failure'!! Just different road signs to follow and experience lessons.


Job: DJ/event management


How I got there:

By loving what I do and a lot of hard work.


My typical day:

Up at 9am, coffee, check out news of the world and my personal & business social media feeds, office for meeting clients, checking venues, equipment inventory, going through excel sheets. Office time depends on the amount of work. On some rainy days I have to deal with government related permits and license, family time, then finally quality self-indulging me- time at my garage with my classic cars.


My Go-To Work Look:

Well depends on the job! For office meetings: smart casual, gigs: relaxed and comfortable, weddings: formal.


Unexpected challenges:

Political instability, electric failures, an array of tastes in the same room at a party all wanting a good time, which is a professional challenge that I enjoy meeting.


A misconception:

It is not all about the party and the glam, while others are having their weekend I am working hard to ensure that they are having a good time.


My advice for breaking in (my career):

Talent, commitment, devotion, supportive family and of course plenty of patience.


Tell us more about what you do.

I started DJing at the age of 19 as a hobby then founded Creative Entertainment in 1999 to bridge the gap in the entertainment tactic between event management and corporate world by providing A-class creative service with zero mediocrity.


Where you are right now, has it been your dream since you were young or this is something you did not expect?

At some point yes, I always had a heart for music and I think it is a blessing to make a living out of something that you love.


What can you do in your career that no one else can do?

Read the crowd in a gig and meet the challenge (see previous answer)


Who has made the biggest impact on your career so far, and why?

My dad and wife, dad for introducing me to the world of music and showing me what diversity in music means. My wife for her support in a VERY harsh and sometimes unfair industry.


Tell us about a crazy/funny situation/obstacle that you had to face during your profession?

I couldn't say - the person concerned swore me to secrecy and I never break a promise


What are the top five things someone in your line of work should have in order to be successful? (Whether it's an object, personality, person etc.)

Rhythm, open mind musically, personable, professional, and their own equipment.


What is your personal mission statement?

It's not over until the DJ says it is.


Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I work on 3-year plans rather than 5-year plans so ask me in 2 years time.


Which super power would you like to have?

Time travel - so I can meet some of the greats from Mozart to Om Kulthoum, Abd El Halim to Louis Armstrong and Elvis.


What would you want your eulogy to say about you?

When we went to one of Amr's events we never wanted to rest in peace.