The Rise Stage
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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...

Ivyson Tour at Wavehouse Durban
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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...

RISE Tutor Interview – DJ Stallion
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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...

RISE DJ Interview – PK Venkes
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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...

Sketchy Bongo –  Exclusive QnA with RISE
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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...

RISE DJ Interview – PHODII
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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...

RISE DJ Interview – CRKLYN
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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...

RISE DJ Interview – SoulK
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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...

RISE DJ Interview – AKRYLICS
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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...

NocturnalRixx – Learning business skills through my passion
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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...