For 65 of Kenya’s hopeful deejays gathered at CITAM Valley Road on Wednesday, three minutes in front of experienced judges would either result in an explosive career take off…or not.
Every one of them would play their set as if their lives depended on it. In a sense, it did: The judges’ nod would earn them a spot at Gifted DJs academy- an operation designed to find Kenya’s newest turntable talent over the next four highly engaging weeks.
The auditions come after a two-week submission window which saw 235 applications sent in via Watsapp. Those that met the cut were reviewed by a panel comprised of Kenya’s top spin masters: DJ Krowbar, DJ GeeGee and DJ Sadic.
“All the contestants had shown promise, but today, we were looking for an extra factor in each of the contestants,” explains DJ Krowbar. “Some of the key things we were looking for include creativity in set choice, execution and interaction with the audience. A Gifted DJ, apart from having talent and good character, is a natural entertainer.”
At the end of the auditions, 18 put of 53 contestants were admitted into the Gifted DJs academy with each judge picking six trainees whom they would mentor before the elimination rounds. The principal chose a wild card who was assigned to DJ Krowbar, bringing the total number of students to 19.
The 2015 Gifted DJ winner will take home a Cdj 2000 Nexer digital turn table, a Rane mixer, slots in five Safaricom events and a fully customised website.
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