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...

Grit – the magic ingredient

Grit – the magic ingredient

We recently had a class with our music production students where we discussed how we could motivate ourselves to complete difficult tasks and challenges.   Learning to produce music is a little like learning a language. It starts off feeling impossible, then you start to learn the basics and things feel a little clearer, then just as you really get into it, you suddenly realize that you still can’t hold a conversation with someone who is fluent.   Learning to be a great producer comes with a cycle of ups and downs, so we discussed how we can get ourselves...

Graduation

Graduation

We recently had a graduation ceremony for our 2016 Jo’burg students and we couldn’t be prouder.   They pursued disciplines as varied and unusual as DJing, Music Production, Modelling and TV Presenting.   It was lovely seeing how they each had family and friends there to support their journey as well as their goals.   In SA’s troubling economic times we need entrepreneurs more than ever. It was a privilege to have each RISE student graduating with a full set of entrepreneurial skills.   We’re proud of every graduate. Our economy may have been downgraded to junk investment status, but...

NocturnalRixx – Learning business skills through my passion

NocturnalRixx – Learning business skills through my passion

Attending Rise Academy has been one of the most inspiring events in my life as it has taught me a lot with regards to marketing skills and how to grow my business.   I started at Rise Academy in the begging of 2016 with the DJ & Business course, I really enjoyed both as I learnt a lot from them. The DJ side of the course was amazing as I was lucky enough to have DJ Voltrex tutor me. The business side of the course was very exciting as it helped me with growing my personal brand (NocturnalRixx), taught me...

RISE DJ Interview – T-RAW

RISE DJ Interview – T-RAW

What made you choose that for a DJ name? It’s a play-on to my second name, Tiro. It also let’s people know the kind of music I play which is really embracing, energetic, crazy and…. RAW.   What made you want to be a DJ? I got inspired to be a DJ when I saw artists like Skrillex doing their own thing when the world was hooked on a standard genre.   What is your ultimate DJ dream gig? My ultimate dream gig is to play on every Ultra Music Festival main stage worldwide. From the main event in Miami...

Leadership for entrepreneurs

Leadership for entrepreneurs

Leadership is an incredibly important skill to develop as an entrepreneur. No-one runs a multi-million one man show, so every entrepreneur is essentially aspiring to leading a team who helps them to achieve their business goals. We’re taught to think of leadership as having authority and being in charge, but Simon Sinek (marketing consultant, author, and business speaker) raises a really important question about this sort of leadership. Would you consider the average school principal as having authority or as being a leader? If they have authority, you do as they say because you have to. Usually some sort of...