Vijay Nair is an Indian businessman, who is known for being the founder of the indie music and artist management company Only Much Louder (OML). He made headlines on 28 September 2022 when he was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation for his connection to the Delhi Excise Policy scam case.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
There is not much information about his family. His elder brother, Ajay Nair, joined OML in 2010 as the CFO and later became its COO.
Nair started his career at 15 by doing marketing gigs for Procter & Gamble’s web portal Masti.com. He co-founded the artist and event management company Only Much Louder in 2002, along with Girish “Bobby” Talwar and Arjun S Ravi, in Mumbai. The company began informally in 2002 as an independent artist management venture by Nair and was officially incorporated by Talwar and Nair in 2006. The company has organised various music and comedy programmes like The Dewarists, MTV Sound Trippin, AIB Roast, and Stage42. When he started his business, he did not have many collaborators till 2007, but around 2006-2007, the business started growing digitally. Apart from organizing programmes, his company also runs its own ticketing and technology platform, Insider. in. Insider. in was acquired by PayTM in 2017.
He joined the AAP in 2014. Between 2018 and 2019, he used to plan the social media strategy, party events, and fundraising for the party. In 2019 he started managing the political campaign on his own. In 2020, he worked as a volunteer for the Aam Aadmi Party’s campaign for the Delhi Legislative Assembly Elections. He was responsible for managing social media accounts and planning party events while working for the AAP.
Stalking against Vijay
In 2017, he attracted controversy when a woman named Ketaki wrote disrespectful comments on every tweet made by Vijay. He was stalked by a woman from November 2015 to February 2016. Nair himself found out about the stalker with the help of his security personnel and filed an FIR against her. Another girl who worked in an entertainment company used to send e-mails tagging various journalists in which she wrote disgraceful things about Vijay. Later, he was stalked by a Delhi-based couple who used to stalk her during her events and later started stalking him through online platforms. Pinkvilla
He used to receive very threatening messages from various people saying that they would die if he didn’t meet them. In an interview, he talked about this and said,
Accused of sexual harassment
In 2018, Caravan magazine printed an article about Nair that said he had a toxic work environment for female employees. Nair was accused of sexual harassment when he was the CEO of OML. The report further stated,
He asked a woman to get into a bathtub with him and told another at 2 am that he needed a massage. He even sent explicit images—including one in which a man appeared to be ejaculating—to a woman, without her consent.” The Caravan
Arrested in connection to Delhi Excise Policy Scam
In 2022, when he was arrested by the CBI after being questioned for a few days. In reference to Nair, AAP talked about him and said,
- Before starting Only Much Louder in 2002, he used to work with ventures such as Procter & Gamble’s web portal Masti.com and Gigpad.com when he was fifteen years old.
- He dropped out of college at the age of eighteen and started managing leading Indian indie bands, including Pentagram, Zero, Pin Drop Violence, and others. He wanted to take a break and join college again, but after his business started to flourish, he did not go back to college.
- His family did not stop him from leaving the college because they thought that he was not wasting time sitting ideally at home, but was working hard on his business.
- In an interview, he said that he had no knowledge of music before starting the business. In an interview, he talked about this and said,
I started listening to bands when I was 15 or 16. Before international bands, I started listening to Indian bands. That’s how I got into it more seriously. For me, my journey has been about building a business and the love of doing that as opposed to just the love of music itself because music came in after I started the company. I wasn’t a major music connoisseur before that. I was a fan first in terms of what I was doing and I just wanted to work and get something done.”
- In 2016, he was on the list of Fortune India’s 40 under 40 which honours the most influential young leaders every year.