Johannesburg-based youth radio station UJFM 95.4 is giving up-and-coming DJs a chance to shine in a new DJing competition dubbed Can You Rock A Party.
Supported by music company Pure Platinum Music, the competition boasts a host of exciting prizes, including R25000 worth of DJ gear, free publicity, and the opportunity to feature on a much-awaited album.
The competition, which is open to DJs from all walks of life, kicked off this past Monday and will run until 20 May 2011. To enter, would-be contenders are required to email UJFM at firstname.lastname@example.org, confirming their participation.
In the preliminary stages, contestants will be given audio samples to create 20-minute DJ sets “that can make people dance”. Pure Platinum Music’s Laverne De Jager says, “DJs are encouraged to mix locally made music supplied by the Pure Platinum Music family into a 20-minute set that will be played on radio and voted on by listeners every day for just over 22 days.”
DJs can submit their finished mixes before 25 April via email or online at www.soundcloud.com. Between 25 April and 20 May UJFM listeners will vote for their favorite DJs through Facebook, twitter, UJFM’s sms line (34954) and website (www.ujfm.co.za).
On 27 May the top eight finalists will then battle it out at Roxy’s in Johannesburg. De Jager says contestants will be judged according to the atmosphere they present on the dance floor, originality, beat matching, song selection and innovativeness with UJFM 95.4 jingles and Jae songs.
The judging panel includes talented DJ Wiz, MIO representative and UJFM DJ’s. The winner will walk away with R25 000 worth of Re-loop DJ equipment and the opportunity to feature on the new album by talented artist Kerzia. The mix will also be featured on Pure Platinum Music’s website, UJFM’s website and many other places.
De Jager says Can You Rock A Party will be held annually, in line with UJFM’s efforts to promote up-and-coming talent.
At least 3 local songs allocated must be used in the mix – you decide which ones are suitable
Acapellas must not be distorted – voices must be heard
Mixes must me sent together with clearly labeled profiles
All mixes must be your own – immediate disqualification will occur if they are not
No vulgarity – ensure the mixes are radio friendly
Each mix must not be longer than 20 minutes
The station will take a maximum of 3 mixes per DJ- any more will be excluded from the competition
All finalists must be present at the finale in order to qualify – a live performance is mandatory
Submissions close on the 25th of April – no more submissions will be accepted after this date
The winners are chosen by the audience and judges – the decision is final and will not be reviewed once announced
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