RISE Tutor Interview – DJ Stallion

RISE Tutor Interview – DJ Stallion

This week we are going to get to know the RISE tutors a little better. Starting with the one and only DJ Stallion! How long have you been DJing for? 7 years What was one of your favorite gigs? One of my favorite gigs was playing at Nicci Beach for the first time as it is one of the best clubs in the country and I felt so alive and happy playing there! What, in your opinion, makes a good DJ? A good DJ is somebody who can read a crowd and can get everyone to dance and remember what...

Entrepreneurship with Sacred Heart’s Gr 8s

Entrepreneurship with Sacred Heart’s Gr 8s

RISE Academy was privileged to spend Wondrous Wednesdays with Sacred Heart’s Gr 8s this term. We ran an Entrepreneurship workshop with them and are confident that the students now have a real-world understanding of what it means to start and run their own business. Here is what our journey looked like. We started out by exploring some creative idea generating techniques. We then put these ideas to the test to see if they’d be viable to pursue as small businesses this term. The students chose business partners and pitched their concepts in groups to the rest of the grade, or...

Press Release: 10 October 2017

Press Release: 10 October 2017

Celebrating the importance of non-traditional, entrepreneurship education for the youth – a re-cap of 2017   2017 has been another successful year of building new careers and small businesses with our young students across three cities in SA.   Although building entrepreneurship is a national agenda, so far there has been a failure to make entrepreneurship exciting and appealing for the youth to learn about. We’re in our third year of changing this and can now say with confidence that we’ve cracked the code.   We have immersed ourselves in youth culture and we encourage teens start with a passion...

Benjy Mudie

Benjy Mudie

We were so lucky to have had a South African music industry icon, Benjy Mudie, take a guest lecture for us. For the few who don’t already know who he is, you can check out his bio on 702’s site. Our music production students are still talking about this class.   Like we always say, it’s one thing to learn a skill, it’s another thing entirely to take that skill to market. Our students are learning all the intricacies of South Africa’s music industry.   Benjy walked them through contracts with record labels. Young artists often struggle to know who...

Another reason why our Music Production students get the best head-start

Another reason why our Music Production students get the best head-start

Our Music Production students had Ryan Hill as a guest lecturer for two classes.   Ryan is a managing director of Universal Music Publishing South Africa.   It’s not enough to teach someone how to create incredible music. That’s just the beginning. They need to know what laws they have to comply with, how they are allowed to publish their music to the public, and most importantly how they can make money from publishing their music.   Ryan walked our students through how the industry works and it blew our minds. Like any profession, there is so much that has...

Entrepreneurship Workshop

Entrepreneurship Workshop

We’re two weeks into an incredible entrepreneurship workshop that we’re running with Sacred Heart College.   We’ve explored how things that we’re passionate about can turn into catalysts for great careers.   We had a dancer who has opened three of her own studios come and talk us through her career. A mechanical engineer tuned model, turned stylist, turned artist sharing his journey. A professional DJ, and a young entrepreneur who built his career out of networking and socializing.   It’s great having our perspective on entrepreneurship turned upside down. It’s not boring or to be associated only with suits...

RISE DJ Interview – PK Venkes

RISE DJ Interview – PK Venkes

Tell us more about why you chose your DJ name. The name PK Venkes originates from the fact that I am a Pastor’s Kid (that’s what PK stands for) and Venkes is a nickname I was given as a child and it has grown with me. What genre/s do you play? I play house and Hip Hop, by house I mean local house, African sounds. What made you want to be a DJ? Back when I was in primary I used to play the piano, I have always had a passion for music that’s why I started playing piano. But...

There’s only one way to learn how to be professional

There’s only one way to learn how to be professional

There’s only one way to learn how to be professional. As much theory as we give our students, how to invoice a client, what your email address should be… it doesn’t become real until you put in some real-life experience.   For example, our DJ students hand in perfect invoices. This only takes them half-way to where they need to be. We have our students booked for real events by professional agencies. Only when they’re requested to send an invoice for an actual event do they learn how to put together everything they’ve learnt about being professional.   When they...

Sketchy Bongo –  Exclusive QnA with RISE

Sketchy Bongo – Exclusive QnA with RISE

One of South Africa’s trendiest music producers, Sketchy Bongo, had a private QnA with RISE. As a DJ and producer who has become a household name, he is an idol for many of our students. He sat down with us to share what he’s learnt about SA’s music industry. Our highlight was his insight into marketing. Before social media artist relied on labels and agencies to promote them. Now, artists can market and promote themselves independently off their own social media. Using this tool correctly is critical. We were also so impressed with how humble he is. It’s good to...

RISE DJ Interview – PHODII

RISE DJ Interview – PHODII

Tell us more about why you chose your DJ name, PHODII. I wanted a short and simple, but memorable name so I chose PHODII because it’s a shortened version of my name and many people already know me by that name. What genre/s do you play? I usually play local South African house music with a fusion of tribal and deep house sounds from all around Africa. I just love showing love to all the different elements of music that existed before the world shifted to electronic music. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m a fan of electro but it isn’t...