The British DJ & MC Academy

Innovative workshops for young people and adults in urban London

About Us

The British DJ & MC Academy is a youth arts organisation based in North London.

Since we began our journey in 2008 we've had the pleasure of working with over 40,000 young people and adults across 20 London Boroughs, engaging, developing and influencing through the medium of music.

The academy was set up to address a clear shortfall in outreach programmes available for young people living in urban London.

What makes us unique is our ability to reach young people in their own social environment through our fully customised DJ vans.

These mobile music facilities enable us to take music to the streets, providing a positive gateway for young people in need of inspiration.


Music unquestionably connects people from all walks of life. The work we do continues to leverage this virtue, delivering programmes to some of the most deprived parts of our city.
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Meet the Team

  • Krissy Sims (DJ Trickles)
    Krissy Sims (DJ Trickles)
    Founder/Managing Director
  • Christian Odamtten
    Christian Odamtten
    Managing Director MD Records
  • Kenneth Barber
    Kenneth Barber
    Executive Director
  • Marie
    Marie
    Project Manager
  • Caroline
    Caroline
    Safe-Guarding Manager
  • Dwain Chambers
    Dwain Chambers
    Athlete/Mentor
  • Pembe
    Pembe
    Tutor
  • Jason J Beatz
    Jason J Beatz
    DJ Tutor/Producer
  • Pedro Prophesize
    Pedro Prophesize
    Mentor/MC
  • Brad Osman
    Brad Osman
    Mentor
  • Candice (C Cane)
    Candice (C Cane)
    MC Tutor/Songwriter/Producer
  • Ellen Blane
    Ellen Blane
    Musician/Songwriter
  • Monica Michael
    Monica Michael
    Patron/Rapper/Singer/Songwriter
  • Jason (Sharpey)
    Jason (Sharpey)
    Producer/Singer/Rapper
  • Dante
    Dante
    Beat Boxer
  • Dexplicit
    Dexplicit
    Producer/DJ
  • Ben Murphy (MC Mekar)
    Ben Murphy (MC Mekar)
    Rapper/Producer
  • Pablo
    Pablo
    Rapper/Producer
  • Keya Lake
    Keya Lake
    Songwriting and Singing Tutor
  • Kenny (MC Utter Once)
    Kenny (MC Utter Once)
    Rapper/Songwriter
  • Charmz
    Charmz
    Rapper/Songwriter
  • Emmanuel
    Emmanuel
    Tutor
  • LP
    LP
    MC Tutor
  • Bam Bam
    Bam Bam
    Beat Boxer
  • Jermaine (Junior Dangerous)
    Jermaine (Junior Dangerous)
    Sports Manager/Rapper/Singer
  • Omar
    Omar
    Producer
  • Oskar
    Oskar
    Volunteer/Guitarist
  • Kareem
    Kareem
    Producer/Bass Player
  • Ricardo
    Ricardo
    Volunteer/Saxophonist
  • Elbie
    Elbie
    DJ Volunteer
  • Gledion
    Gledion
    Drummer/Volunteer
  • Bonnie
    Bonnie
    Volunteer
  • Shantelle
    Shantelle
    Volunteer
  • Alan
    Alan
    Studio Assistant/Volunteer
  • Glen
    Glen
    A&R Manager

What People Say About Us

"Barnet Homes have worked with British DJ and MC Academy for over four years now and they have delivered on a number of successful events and projects. The young people that they have work with enjoy the interaction and opportunity to have real hands-on support to learn how to DJ, MC or write music. Great organisation with a real personalised family feel."
Charlie Kanareck, Early Intervention and Prevention Manager, Barnet Homes
"I just want to say a massive thank you for supporting the event, the DJ workshop got rave reviews."
Darren Smith, Football Development Officer, London FA
"The British DJ academy is an organisation that is very forward thinking and very driven by what the community wants in particular young people... it has a very good understanding of partnership work and is very happy to listen to new ideas... but most importantly it has a real passion for the arts and teaching young people how to be the best in this field."
Alkas Rahman, L&Q
"Just a few notes on the good work that you and your team have done on these estates with the youth"
Erhan Mestanoglu, Community Development Officer, Ascham Homes
"The academy has been a huge success, we have seen some real talent and potential in the young people who have taken part, as well as increased confidence and self-esteem. The academy has given them the chance to try something new and has equipped them with valuable skills..."
Jenny Newbold, Fundraising Officer, St Christopher's Fellowship

Recent News View All

May 11, 2016

Brand New Reality TV Show Auditioning Now

A brand new TV Show are now casting for people to take part. In particular they’re looking for young, outgoing and talkative students and those […]

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May 3, 2016

MTV Breaks is looking for you!

Have you got the skill, the talent and the passion to spin for thousands but just need someone to give you a break? Well now’s […]

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March 31, 2016

Kenneth Barber on BBC Radio 1’s playlist

Kenneth Barber, one of our amazing Academy artists who has been working hard for over 3 years, has just made it on BBC Radio 1’s […]

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