During my recent trip to Bangkok for shows, I missed the first 2 lessons from Pioneer DJ AsiaCentre. I caught up with my friend, 2 time Red Bull 3Style National Champion for Thailand DJ Bomber Selecta to get some foundation lessons on DJing, mixing and blending. I met him at Kreatah DJ Skool to learn! I learned so much from this incredibly skilled selecta, but most of all I was inspired by his love for music and deep understanding of setting the vibe. Scroll to the video below to see why I'm such a fan!
I highly recommend Kreatah DJ Skool to anyone visiting Thailand and thinking of learning to DJ, and check out "follow" Kreatah Skool sensei DJ Bomber Selecta for more Hiphop + Reggae mashup vibes!
Kreatah DJ Skool: www.facebook.com/kreatahdjskool
DJ Bomber Selecta: www.facebook.com/djbomberselecta
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I have been chosen to be a part of Pioneer Singapore's MIX US HAPPY DJ contest, which engages 30 contestants that have no prior DJ'ing experience. Why would a rapper and song writer like me want to learn to DJ?
1. Learn a new perspective: Often when I write a song in the studio, I make the producer dance with me. If we can bounce to it, the song is good. If we don't feel it - back to the drawing board. To DJ and see what moves people or what makes them beeline to the bar is an real-time understanding of what hits the right notes. Learning new forms of expression gives us a new perspective to discover new facets of our own art.
2. I made a living in music and stopped listening to music: I focus on the projects I have to write, or the projects of my circle of friends but I have almost completely stopped listening to mainstream and worse...I've stopped digging and seeking audio gems. Rappers yap! DJs listen... I want some yin to my yang.
3. To understand Singaporean taste: I've been a bit of a fish out of water since returning to the place of my birth. The music of choice here seems to be easy listening remixes of hit songs or EDM in large doses of "Ready for the Drop?" and "Let's get free!". Hiphop is seen as a totally different genre from Reggae and Dancehall is almost exclusively for dancers. Instead of criticizing what I don't understand, I would like to meet the other 29 DJ hopefuls, have conversations, learn why they select the music they do, and hopefully showcase some HIphop + Reggae mashups on my end!
I've got to come up with a DJ name... what do you think would be a good name for me?
Always freedom capitalist (I capitalize on freedom to learn, love and live), wish me luck everyone! One Love.