To commence the New Year, the British DJ & MC Academy have set up a Star Student of the Week page to showcase our most excelled, distinguished and outstanding students who’ve participated in our courses. This week we have chosen Matthew Vrioni-White aka Smurf.
“Smurf joined the Academy back in 2008, one of the first students in Enfield Island Village. Smurf is one of the most dedicated young artists we have worked with. He has the drive of a successful person because he is always pushing the boundaries and successfully excelling!! Smurf not only records tracks and performs, but also designs his own brand of T-shirts! We are so proud of him and we will continue to support Smurf in his career!”
Lady MC, Co-Founder
Why did you enrol with the British DJ & MC Academy and how did you hear about us?
“At the time when I enrolled with the academy (going back about 3years now), I knew I enjoyed listening to music and had even tried writing a few lyrics. It was at my local youth club and the chance come up and I thought why not.”
What Course did you participate in with the British DJ & MC Academy?
“The course I did was an accredited MC-ing course.”
What do you feel you have learnt and gained from accomplishing the course?
“through the academy I discovered I had a talent haha and I think that’s the most important lesson of all and in regards to gaining, I have gained a lot. In the last 3 years a lot has happened I have done big performances such as Hackney Empire and got the chance to work with lots of fantastic people such as Coldsteps, Miss Melody and have built up a strong set of contacts and most of all I got to work with Kerry (Lady MC) and Krissy (DJ Trickles) as they have been the biggest help I could have ever asked for.”
What have you achieved personally by participating in the course?
“Well like I said the course I participated in was a while back but the fact is I feel with The British DJ and MC Academy is that they are very unique, in which most academys will just run the course for 6 weeks and then you will never hear from them again. The British DJ & MC Academy has stayed in contact with me for 3 years and there has been times when I’m stuck with music or even just stuck in general and have known that I can ring Krissy (DJ Trickles) or Kerry (Lady MC) whenever and I think that’s very important and shows dedication.”
Did you pick up any good advice or industry tips?
“Yes I picked up a lot of good and useful advice and tips while on my course and was tutored by Nutty P and MC Angel and they were very respectful towards me and very warm hearted. Even now years later I still talk to them, so they must have done something right? But many tips I was given and still am being given and hopefully one day when I’m an adult I can share my tips with other young people.”
How do you feel you have developed since doing the course? And has it opened any avenues for you in the industry or helped you on your way?
“Wow! Well since the course I have done lots of things. I have had a lot of industry interest, met big artists, done many performances, built a strong fan base and strong contact list. I am currently under promotion but like at the moment with my music I am coming out of the stage as a beginner and now my music is serious to me and my music is getting a minimum of 1,000 hits on youtube so hopefully in a few years you may see me about. I will never forget where it all began at the British DJ and MC Aacademy.”