Timo ODV meets Rise

Timo ODV meets Rise

Rise was lucky enough to have a private QnA with Timo ODV last Saturday. Some of our students went through to spend time with him backstage before one of his events.   Many of our students look up to Timo. Listening to how he set up and now runs his career gave them some insight into what they’re trying to achieve with their own careers.   Listening to how he works with labels, when he does and doesn’t take creative advice, how he gets through creative blocks, helps us to see how many different paths into the music industry there...

Oskido & Boiler Room

Oskido & Boiler Room

Rise was invited to an exclusive Boiler Room event, The True Music Forum.   We made our way with some of our students to a super trendy Jo’burg venue, Vicoria Yards.   The first speaker of the evening was none other than South African music legend, Oskido.   Normally when an artist is interviewed, it’s all about the music. Luckily for us, this particular interview was hard-hitting and explored the actual music industry with him.   Oskido navigated the industry in a completely novel way, breaking into it by himself rather than with the help of a label. His story...

The Rise Stage

The Rise Stage

We’ve had a dedicated Rise stage at some events this year. It’s been great practice for our DJ students and graduates. Nothing makes us prouder than watching them put what they’ve learnt into practice. Every time they perform, they learn so much more than they ever could in a classroom. Watching their improvement between events is just fantastic. Seeing how happy they make each crowd and how much enjoyment and life this stage brings to each event makes us never want to stop! We’d like to congratulate each Rise performer on their success on this stage. They’ve become so good...

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 3

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 3

We’ve had over a hundred Gr 9 students set up businesses since the start of the year. A term later, we’ve asked them what this workshop has taught them about entrepreneurship.   Being a small business owner teaches you that time really is of the essence. If you snooze you lose…   A fair number of the small businesses chose to institute an order system for their customers to purchase their products. They all learnt very quickly that if an order is placed (with payment due on delivery) and not delivered fairly promptly, customers lose interest and often change their...

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 2

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 2

We’ve had over a hundred Gr 9 students set up businesses since the start of the year. A term later, we’ve asked them what this workshop has taught them about entrepreneurship.   One answer was that they learnt to have a new perspective on failure.   It only took a few weeks for every small business to start facing some setbacks. Something unexpected happens and sometimes things just simply don’t go as planned.   Dealing with each setback, and problem solving the way to a new solution or business tactic, takes up most of the time spent on a new...

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 1

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 1

We’ve had over a hundred Gr 9 students set up businesses since the start of the year. A term later, we’ve asked them what this workshop has taught them about entrepreneurship.   Being a small business owner and going through all the struggles of getting an idea off the ground has given them some amazing insights.   The most common answer was that they learnt that building your own business isn’t easy. Entrepreneurship has been so glamourized by the success of trendy silicon start-ups that there’s now a common misconception that becoming an entrepreneur is easy and requires barely any...

2018 Classes

2018 Classes

2018’s Saturday classes have started and all our courses are running at full capacity. We’ve loved welcoming all our new students across the country and we’re enjoying the excitement and energy they’re bringing to class every Saturday.   We look forward to an incredible year and to watching a new set of talent grow throughout the year!    

Ivyson Tour at Wavehouse Durban

Ivyson Tour at Wavehouse Durban

We’re so proud of our students and mentors who performed at this incredible event. The Ivyson Tour was one of our highlights of 2017.   Nasty C is an outstanding artist and he proved this all over again by pulling off this event.   The event sold out, the crowd was amazing, and our Rise performers absolutely killed it. Teaching DJing in a classroom is one thing, watching our students DJ live is something completely different.   Two of our mentors performed and it reminded us that we really are lucky to have the best in the business coaching our...

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...