TUTORS MC Relentless (left) and DJ Dsypher (right) give hip hop artist Flow (centre) DJ tips at a workshop offering guidance on positive lyrics.
They joined more than 25 teenagers from Homsey at the British DJ and MC Academy’s mobile music studio in Campsbourne Road, Hornsey, as part of a project organised by Circle 33 Housing Trust to improve the life chances of young people.
Academy member DJ Trickles said: “Some are amazing but not all teenagers have got positive lyrical content, so we give them training.”
The academy aims to take the glamour out of drugs and gangs by explaining the consequences – prison and even death.
Oman, 16, who lives in Hornsey, said: “The academy is a great institution. It could be used to pull youths away from crime.”
The 12 best will take a course in radio presenting, positive lyric-writing and MCing, and they may get to play at the Notting Hill Carnival in August.
DJ Trickles said: “We choose people who are really dedicated but need a bit of guidance.”
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More than 25 young people from Hornsey have experienced what it feels like to be a DJ or MC for a day and discovered new talents as The British DJ & MC Academy’s mobile unit stopped at Campsbourne Road over the Easter holidays.
The two events were organised by Circle 33 Housing Trust in partnership with L&Q, Metropolitan Housing and Family Mosaic.
The events took place at Campsbourne Road, which is in the centre of a large social housing estate. During the sessions, the experienced and passionate crew from The British DJ & MC Academy was on hand to give the local residents of all ages the opportunity to try out their DJing, MCing, lyric writing and mixing talents in their mobile unit called The Bass Station.
Omari, 16, said: “I think the DJ & MC Academy is a great institution which allows young people to have an opportunity to! do things which the community does not provide. The DJ & MC Academy could be used as a distraction to pull youths away from crime. They effected my life by allowing me to get the message across about the black youth crime & justice system.”
DJ Trickles, who has been with The British DJ & MC Academy since the beginning, added: “We are the fastest growing youth arts organisation in London and the team is pioneering a new movement by channeling music through developing and promoting young talent, as well as helping young people to build confidence and to gain credibility. The event was a great success, everybody got really engaged had a good time.”
The events are part of an ongoing 12-week project and are organised by Circle 33 Housing Trust as part of a larger programme of learning and leisure opportunities to enhance the Life Chances of young people in the area.
Sussan Rassoulie, Community Development Partnership Manager for Circle 33, said: “We! know from our work with young people that many of them are interested in finding out more about a career in music, so are bringing the experts to them so they can have a go and find out more.
“We are very pleased with how everyone got together and involved. We are now hoping to raise funds to enable a number of the young people to take part in a recognised accredited course that can form part of their educational achievements.”
The academy have been re-commissioned by Enfield Youth Service to continue the great work in the Bass Station and will be delivering workshops EVERYDAY between 4-6pm on Kettering & Lychet Estates in Enfield. Starting on 9th November 2009 until January 2010! Dont miss out!!
Bass Station is going live in 2 weeks – a converted DJ & MC Unit visiting all the estates in Enfield. Click here if you live in Enfield and want the Bass Station to visit your estate, Learn to DJ & MC with all the best professional equipment and established artist’s on the Scene.
Thanks to the YOFE for helping us get the vehicle on the road. You can click here to fill out an application form (only available to Enfield Youths at present).