Following the success of last years music project at Haggerston’s Youth Inclusion Project, where we incorporated DJing supplier Stanton to help buy the site some industry leading equipment. This year we put together a 45 hour course that would help 10 young people from South Hackney gain 3 accredited units each to reinforce the skills learnt. After some valuable lessons from the previous year, the team were set to provide a course that offers more constructive activities for young people in the borough.
The program devised saw top UK 1Xtra Radio DJ, DJ B help open the course and incorporated him as a tool to engage and inspire the young people to make constructive life choices and learn new creative skills.
Needless to say the course had good uptake and the young people set about learning everything from setting up the turntables, to beat matching, mixing skills, scratching and even some basic beat juggling. Check the pics below and for any budding DJ’s in the making there is also some DJing tips listed on the blog to help improve your skills.
The grand finale finished at top local east London night club Herbal. Special thanks goes to the whole team there who accommodated us at short notice and helped make it a special event for all those that attended. Once again 1Xtra’s DJ B joined us again to go back to back with the young people to help create a memory to last for all those that finished the course.
18 qualifications were issued and we look forward to next years course where we hope to offer a similar program for south Hackney based young people.