District 8 Academy is a day-long series of electronic music workshops and discussions presented by District 8 & Elevator Program and taking place on Friday 18th November from 9am to 5pm at The Sugar Club.
Rather than focus on how to DJ or produce, the talks and presentations will focus on the career and industry topics like:
- DJing / Beyond The Booth
- Record Labels / The Business Of Music
- Agents & Management / Keeping The Ship Afloat While Building It
- Marketing & Design / Your Shopfront
- Promoters. / The Engines Of The Industry
- Event Production & Management / The Backbone Of Great Shows
- Music Production / The Art Of Music Production
Tickets are on sale priced at €39.50 plus fees for the early bird rate.
See more at the website, and here’s the blurb.
Over the past decade – we’ve seen the creative talent this country has produced through the avenues of dance music and events. The aim is to help younger people find a substantial footing within the industry and wider scene. This will be a one-day discussion lead event. We want to use our platform to discuss different industry areas openly and shed light on possible industry opportunities.
This can hopefully give people a deeper understanding and feel for the possibilities within dance music and the music industry. We want people to consider careers and development aligning with their dreams. We want to take the experience we have accumulated over the years and pass it on in the hope that younger people can find a stable path to follow.
Far too many people get lost along the way. Over the day, we won’t be teaching you how to beat mix, but we will discuss what it means to be a DJ in today’s world. We won’t be teaching you production techniques, but we will discuss what part production plays in an artist’s journey. We will have follow-on materials and courses that will be more specific. Still, this inaugural District 8 Academy event will be a more general look at the scene and industry in Ireland and we can hopefully provide some general guidance to people.
We will also be discussing topics like diversity and mental health at the very core of the industry.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.