U-PARTY resident DJs 2016

U-PARTY has just chosen the U-PARTY resident DJs for 2016. We’re very happy to congratulate Ray Squared, Tinks, and Theria on being chosen!

Ray Squared - U-PARTY resident DJ
Ray Squared – RISE DJ

Now that we’ve sat in on a discussion where an events company chooses the DJs they want to work with, we can tell you what they take into consideration.

Tinks  - U-PARTY resident DJ
Tinks – RISE DJ

Here’s what people look for in a DJ:
• Age/maturity – is the DJ handling the pressure of being famous and could they handle an increase in this fame and pressure without it interfering with their studies or personal life
• Brand – which DJs are starting to find a strong brand and do these brands align with the direction of the event company’s brand
• Attitude – which DJs have remained humble both with clients and adults but also amongst their peers. Which DJs are able to make mistakes and learn from them rather than make excuses for their sets. Which DJs were interested in feedback on their sets and take this feedback seriously and improve their sets.
• Reliability – which DJs would always be on time and be unlikely to cancel shortly before an event. Which DJs are well prepared and work hard.

Theria - U-PARTY resident DJ
Theria – RISE DJ

Do you think an events company would pick you based on the above criteria?

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Sibusiso (Breeze) Shezi

Lecturer

Breeze aka Zulu Bass King is a musician who brings years of experience in studio, on radio, and on the stage to Rise Academy.
He has had tracks played on major SA radio stations, multiple music nominations, and has performed at some of South Africa’s largest music events. He’s worked with a huge array of top artists such as Nasty C, Soweto Gospel Choir, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, just to mention a few.

He used to dance and play rugby competitively and loves to run fitness drills with our performance students to get them ready to pull off amazing stage routines.

CHAY COOK

DIGITAL

Chay is a Public Relations practitioner who manages all of the academy’s
communications. Her role combines an enthusiasm for social media, digital
marketing, and music.
She is also on hand to help students with their marketing and PR queries by
ensuring that her door is always open, and if students are lucky there might even be
some peppermint crisp tart up for grabs since her recipe is one of the best.

CHAY COOK

DIGITAL

Chay is a Public Relations practitioner who manages all of the academy’s
communications. Her role combines an enthusiasm for social media, digital
marketing, and music.
She is also on hand to help students with their marketing and PR queries by
ensuring that her door is always open, and if students are lucky there might even be
some peppermint crisp tart up for grabs since her recipe is one of the best.

JAMES VERKERK

LECTURER


James is a DJ who got his start at the age of 16. He brings his onstage energy and
enthusiasm for music to the Rise Academy classroom where he teaches students
everything they need to know about the art of DJing. He is a skilled sound engineer
with a background in recording, producing and mixing.
James also trained as a classical pianist and is an avid surfer.

CRAIG GREEN

CO-FOUNDER

With more than two decades of experience in event organising, planning and logistics, Craig knows the ins and outs of the music world. He brings an invaluable
network of industry contacts to the Rise Academy community.
In 1998, Craig began U-PARTY, an event production and management company assisting schools to raise funds through community events and socials. He holds a BComm degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a self- proclaimed lego aficionado.

SUE GREEN

CO-FOUNDER & MD

Sue brings her business acumen and passion for youth development to the academy, which she launched in 2015. She is a savvy consultant who is experienced in coordinating music events that attract young audiences.
Sue’s academic background in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) piqued her interest in business ethics — a subject she ended up teaching at UCT during the final year of her Honours degree. She also loves cats and practices Jiu-jitsu.