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...

RISE DJ Interview – CRKLYN

RISE DJ Interview – CRKLYN

Tell us more about why you chose your DJ name. My DJ name was more of an accident. Because I study at the University of Pretoria (TUKS), I drive through Brooklyn every day and so I played a game where I tried to manipulate street names and area names to find something that I liked and after a while I took Brooklyn and added a little darker element to it and voila, CRKLYN (pronounced Crooklyn) was formed. What genre/s do you play? My genres include Deep House, Tech House, Electro House and the newest (my ultimate favourite) genre to hit...

Mark Stent in Class

Mark Stent in Class

Mark Stent designed our Music Production course. We’ve always believed that there is no substitute for learning from the best.   Mark came through as a guest lecturer last weekend and hosted an open QnA session with our students.   It’s inspiring to understand someone’s journey to success. It’s even more inspiring to see how humble they are, and that a good attitude gets you far. Mark is a role model and our students will always be inspired by his amazing attitude and advice.   We can’t wait to have him back in class next year!   <3 Sue

RISE DJ Interview – SoulK

RISE DJ Interview – SoulK

Tell us more about why you chose your DJ name SoulK. I chose my DJ name because of the type of music I play and mainly because my type of music hits the soul.   What genre/s do you play? I play deep house.   What made you want to be a DJ? I became a DJ because many of my friends love it when I play music.   What is your ultimate DJ dream gig? I would love to play at Ultra or Tomorrowland.   Other than DJing what else do you like to do? When I’m not DJing...

RISE DJ Interview – AKRYLICS

RISE DJ Interview – AKRYLICS

Tell us more about why you chose your DJ name – AKRYLICS: I liked the sound of it, very dark and mysterious name with a mixture of a very deep meaning. It also has an energetic feel to it. What genre/s do you play? Deep house, EDM & Progressive, Bass line (UK), Techno What made you want to be a DJ? My dad saw me one day playing his old record player and he saw that I had a very good ear for certain sounds and switches in the songs and it lead me to DJing. What is your ultimate...