Decksaver makes protective covers for a vast range of musical equipment. They are a company that doesn’t court the glamourous side of the dance music industry but their products are an essential element for DJs, producers, studios, and venues. They have grown from a niche enterprise into a company that holds its own space within the industry with their range of products.
DJ Mag Tech caught up with company founder Mustafa El-Etriby to find out more.
How did Decksaver come about?
“We launched in 2008 — at the time I was a bedroom DJ who occasionally played at club-nights with mates. I was into DJ culture but had just majored in Design Engineering — my day job was as an engineer at Vacform Group, a plastics company in Leeds that has been going for over fifty years.
“I came up with the idea after the platter broke on one of my CDJ-1000s, which were top of the range at the time — so the first cover I designed was for that, just as a test really to see if there was any demand. We trialed several prototypes and decided that the smoked/clear look was the way forward for Decksaver — a 100% clear cover doesn’t look cool, lacks the class and slick look.
“After the success of that cover, we quickly moved onto the 12-inch mixer cover — initially designed for DJM-800 and XONE:62, but it fits loads of different mixers now.
“The covers were met enthusiastically by clubs like Digital, Mint Club, Ministry Of Sound and Fabric — we were urged to broaden the range by both the DJ and wider dance music community. It was one of those products people didn’t know they needed but once they had couldn’t live without.”