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More Female DJ’s Needed?

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Wellington’s music industry is wide open for females to come in and clean up, the director of New Zealand’s first DJ course says.

Shan Chng-Rawiri, who started the Certificate in DJ Music at Whitireia nine years ago, says this is the first year he has not had a female in the class.

“Having girls, even just in the class, learning and stuff . . . they come to the table with a completely different mindset” he says.

When there are females in the course, he says they tend to come out on top.

Debbie Hunt, a 2009 graduate of the course, has been working in clubs all over Wellington since she finished at the top of her class.

Going by alias “DJ Debbie D“, the 30-year-old says she is one of only a few female DJs in the city.

“I don’t think many females have given it any thought. There are a lot of guys in the industry.”

She does not find her gender to be a disadvantage; in fact, she says, it is a drawcard to be one of few women DJing in Wellington.

“My main skill is I know what people want, when they want it. I can’t explain it, it’s female intuition.”

Chng-Rawiri says the clubbing industry, which caters mostly to women, would benefit from having more female DJs.

From what I can see, they bring a lot more soul and they know what the girls likeChng-Rawiri says.

He started the Certificate in DJ Music at Whitireia because he wanted to “capture the growing industry and put some standards in place”.

“There are so many people out there wanting to DJ now.”

It is the first DJ course in the world with tertiary credits.

Chng-Rawiri wants to see more women in the industry.

“The industry definitely needs more females. Especially a country like New Zealand [and] a city like Wellington, the industry is wide open for the right female DJs to come in, take over and show some of these guys what’s up.”

Hunt would also like to see more women getting involved.

“It really is the best feeling in the world when you are doing it, when you are in control of the crowd. You are the reason people are in that club. You can’t really beat that.”

 

Future Music Festival in 2013 Line-Up, Dates and more+

From its humble beginnings back in 2006 at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse, Future Music Festival has morphed into a colossal beast of an event, touring the country in March. This over 18years old event is set to pop off, with the line up already announced and tickets are now for sale. Tickets for the event can be found on Moshtix website here^, just click the city event you wish to attend and click purchase.

Where  & When:

Saturday 2nd March 2013 Brisbane– Doomben Racecourse – Hampden St Ascot QLD 4007  Australia

Sunday 3rd March 2013 Perth (Labour Day Long Weekend)– Arena Joondalup – Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027 Australia

Saturday 9th March 2013 Sydney – Randwish Racerouse – Gate 1, Alison Rd Randwick NSW 2031 Australia

Sunday 10th March 2013 Melbourne – Flemington Racecourse – 448 Epsom Road, Flemington Victoria 303 Australia

Monday 11th March 2013 Adelaide – Bonython Park – Port Rd Thebarton SA 5031 Australia

^ Note: moshtix are not selling for the Perth festival at this time

LINEUP
THE PRODIGY – THE STONE ROSES
Special Guest PSY (Gangnam Style)
Bloc Party – Dizzee Rascal – Azealia Banks – Rita Ora
Boys Noize (Live debut) – Hardwell – The Temper Trap – FUN.
Madeon – Rudimental – Ellie Goulding – Steve Aoki
Gypsy & The Cat – A-Trak (Live)
Kill The Noize – Feed Me (Live) – Zeds Dead
DJ Fresh – Nervo – Zane Lowe – Borgore
The Stafford Brothers & Timmy Trumpet – Tenzin – Bombs Away

COCOON HEROES
 feat Sven V th – Richie Hawtin
Ricardo Villalobos – Seth Troxler – Magda

WAKE YOUR MIND feat Cosmic Gate feat Emma Hewitt
W&W – tyDi – Andy Moor – Super8 & Tab – Ben Gold
+ MUCH MORE!!

If you and your friends are heading to the event let us know by leaving a comment! We like to know who you are looking forward to see at Future Music Festival and which event you are actually attending! Thanks guys and we will see you all there!