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Arts / New DJ showcase at Mareel

FIVE budding DJs who have learned the ropes over a series of six workshops will showcase their new skills this weekend.

They will perform short sets at the cafe bar in Mareel on Saturday night (18 November) from 9pm, with free entry.

The five have been receiving once-a-week lessons on the basics of DJing from Lyall Halcrow.

The ‘introduction to DJing’ initiative has been run through local creative charity The Bop Shop, which Halcrow also chairs.

Most of the participants had never used DJ controllers prior to the course starting – and all have never performed a set live to the public.

Kristen Downing, who is one of those taking part, said the course has gone “really well” and added:

“I’ve progressed a lot over the last six weeks and it been awesome to meet people with similar interests which is something my social anxiety generally prohibits.

“I’m a little nervous for Saturday but also excited because I’ve never really performed in that context before. Mostly I’m just keeping my fingers crossed I don’t trainwreck all my mixes!”

Halcrow, who has racked up around two decades of experience behind the decks, said the new DJs have been “absolutely fantastic”.

“It’s amazing how much they have taken on board and come on since starting out a few weeks ago,” he added.

“They all have their own individual tastes so expect a wide range of genres from afro inspired beats to tech-house to drum and bass.

“It’s been great having the support of the Bop Shop and Shetland Arts putting this together. Get down early and help support these budding DJs.”

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