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Young DJ busy as business booming

High school DJ plays for Rihanna, Bruno Mars

SARAH ARGYLE
Last updated 05:00 08/04/2014
Joshua Strand
Sarah Argyle
SPIN DOCTOR: Joshua Strand is just starting to scratch the surface as a lighting, DJ and business star.
Bruno Mars
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STAR TREATMENT: Bruno Mars in concert at Vector Arena, Auckland.

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While other 16-year-olds juggle homework Joshua Strand is busy with his business and attracting the attention of superstars.

The Rangitoto College student and owner of SubZero DJ Services is making a name for himself in the DJ and lighting world.

His big break came when fresh new talent was sought to DJ at the Rihanna and Bruno Mars VIP parties.

Thanks to a client's recommendation Joshua got the callup.

He says playing for an hour before such big acts was a real highlight.

At intermediate school Joshua dabbled in show lighting for school performances and quickly realised he had a passion in the area.

Teaming lighting with DJing turned out to be a recipe for success and so SubZero DJ Services was born. That was four years ago and today the Pinehill resident is in hot demand and booked up most weekends. His first gig was for Auckland Council as a DJ for the Disabilities Disco.

"They were so happy with the result they doubled my pay and hired me for a second event." Joshua says lighting is where his real passion lies and he hopes to make it a career out of it.

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