DJing is a serious business for local competitors

DJing is a serious business for local competitors

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Your Shot competition started with a seven per cent female entry rate and this year it has grown up to a 37 per cent.

This year’s Your Shot DJ competition was your shot to win the chance to perform at leading international festivals.

This is the first time the competition was held in Perth and each year they receive thousands of entries more than the X factor or Australian Idol.

There were 11 local DJs from the City of Canning, Gosnells and Armadale that participated in the competition as Your Shot and wild cards contestants on the weekend.

Wild card competitors were contestants with more than six months of experience in the industry.

The Your Shot contestants were selected at registration days where they undertook interviews a matter of weeks ago when they had little to no DJ experience, but a serious passion for music.

Since registration days, the contestants undertook six weeks of training at The Academy with some of the industry’s elite DJs culminating in a 20-minute set on stage.

Your Shot contestant and Parkwood resident Kelvin Yap is a 24-year-old IT worker in the public sector that has been passionate about music for over seven years.

He decided to enter the competition without having any expectations, as he knew his music was going to be different from the other contestants.

His DJ alias is KLVN and his music style is trap-influenced underground bass music.

Even though he had never performed live in clubs and was stuck in his home studio for years he thought Your Shot competition was a great opportunity to get some real life experience.

“It was a good opportunity for people who never had experience in the industry and wanted to give it a try,” he said.

“ I received so much positive feedback from the judges and knowing that they liked my music, even though it was different from everybody else’s, made me really happy.”

Your Shot competition started in Sydney, went to Melbourne, then Brisbane and over to Perth.

Cooper Gleeson or DJ Glooper is a Southern River resident that only has eyes for music.

The 20-year-old said that the Your Shot competition was his very first experience in the industry and described the event as a lifetime experience.

“It was the best weekend of my life,” he said.

“I had a little taste and I want more.”

DJ Glooper is currently studying music production at TAFE and said the competition open the opportunity to collaborate with other contestants and music producers.

According to founder and director of Your Shot competition Steve Pillemer said the competition in Perth exceeded his expectations.

“There’s no other way to put it, Your Shot Perth was simply unbelievable,” he said.

“The level of skill and real talent was incredible and the passion for music was totally infectious.

“Perth seems to miss out on a lot of things and perhaps that’s what makes these young aspiring DJ’s so determined.

“One thing is for sure, there will be some successful careers to come from this year, next year and for many years to come.”

From the two-day competition on the weekend Your Shot announced the 2019 WA winners Andrew Cortez (Apollo), Your Shot 2019 Perth contestant winner, and Marcus Zschokke  (Chemical Slip), Wildcard division winner.