Students learn DJ skills

18:24, Jul 11 2012
DJ workshop
Tama Lahina, 14, tries his skills under the eye of workshop presenter Christopher Mixxwell.

Experienced professionals were on hand at Palmerston North's Youth Space to introduce the future generation of DJs.

Stanley Pedigree and Christopher Mixxwell, as they call themselves on stage, have been disc jockeys for 15 years.

About 15 people filled YouthSpace's upstairs room to listen to the entertainers at yesterday's "Learn to DJ'' school holiday event.

The self-taught pair wanted to give the audience the introduction to the industry they never had.

Mixxwell, who also works for Trackside TV, told of  moonlighting as a DJ, starting from experimenting with gear in his bedroom as a child.

He talked about what DJs are, what they do and how to operate the equipment.

The audience was then invited to sample the equipment.

Tama Lahina, 14, enjoyed learning from experienced people, describing the duo as ``people that know lots of stuff about it''.

He hopes to break into the industry one day.

"I wanna try make some mean beats,'' he said.

Pedigree, also a hairdresser, said the most important part of performing was playing what the audience wanted to hear.


Manawatu Standard