We had the good fortune of connecting with Sed Joseph and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sed, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started StageWing™ to fill a personal business need. I was booked to DJ a wedding out of town. I made a decision to fly with my DJ controller but was forced to check it instead of carrying it on the plane. When I arrived at my hotel, I noticed my luggage had been opened and inspected by TSA which somehow resulted in a damaged power cord. Immediately, panic began to set in – I had only a few hours until rehearsal. Unfortunately, I did not have a network of local DJs to call upon to bail me out, and the power cord was not easy to find at nearby popular electronics stores. After many online searches and phone calls, I finally got lucky and found a nearby “mom and pop” store that sold a generic version of the exact cord I needed. Having to go through hot moments of anxiety like these led me and a few DJ friends to the idea of creating a community of DJs who rent equipment to each other.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
StageWing™ is the first online DJ rental equipment platform between DJs. It’s an exclusive community where professional DJs can rent equipment from each other. Our renters reserve their favorite brands in wherever city and equipment owners earn extra money. Best of all, we created a time-saving convenience for our DJs, no more waiting in line at rental shops and backline companies. The first of its kind, we created StageWing™ to be a trusted community where DJs come together in the spirit of collaboration, not competition. We host local meetups in Atlanta and webinars in support of the profession and are constantly sharing tips, tricks, how to’s and deals from our partners.
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?
So… I would definitely prioritize restaurants before anything. I’m vegan so I love seeing the shock on my friend’s faces when they try vegan versions of their favorite dishes and fall in love with it. To start, I’d take them to Ms. Icey’s Kitchen & Bar in Decatur. Ms. Icey’s Kitchen has the best drinks and food – there’s something on the menu for everyone (but try the Cauliflower steak, seriously) and they feature super dope DJs. Next, take a trip to the West End to Viva La Vegan for the faux shrimp or fish po’boys. Their kale salad is the absolute best in the city. On the other days, we must visit Plant Based Pizzeria for the Georgia Peach Pizza and Go Vegan Grill for their breakfast, and tacos. Good Karma in Avondale Estates has the best coffee and apple fritters in the morning and to satisfy your sweet tooth – head over to Dulce Vegan, Southern Sweets, and Applebutter Bakery for THE BEST dairy and non-dairy baked goods.
Atlanta is the livest in the summer and fall months, from neighborhood festivals and One Music Fest, to parties like Chaka Khan Hacienda. CKH is a weekly inclusive summer party hosted by Ree De La Vega at 8arm and it’s definitely a vibe. I love spots where DJs can play whatever moves their crowd and not be pressured to only play what’s currently on the radio – CKH is one of those spots. ArticulateATL is one of my favorite yearly summer events not because I spin a set at the event but because it blends visual art, music, and community so well. Attendees also are able to interact and buy artwork directly from artists and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Youth Artist Program. Lastly, Atlanta is home to many Civil Rights Movement Organizers and so places like the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the King Center are great spaces to visit, educate yourself on social injustices and leave feeling inspired and motivated to make a positive impact on this planet.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Special shout out to my family and all the villagers who raised me; my partner and my friends who always show constant love and travel to see me at my gigs; and the talented and supportive metro ATL DJ community.