An enterprising university student has launched workshops to learn how to DJ. The skills are usually only taught through college HND courses. But Elaine Jappy has other ideas. The third year Commercial Music student at the University of the West of Scotland said: ‘The project is entitled ‘Everyone’s a DJ’. Each course will provide practical tutorial sessions on areas such as beat matching, scratching and using DJ software ‘Serato Scratch Live.’ I wanted something that allowed people to interact with music and take away practical skills. These workshops will give people who are not on HNDs, the chance to learn how to DJ.’
Tutors will include Derek Rollins, known as ‘DJ Dark D’. Derek has been DJing professionally since the age of 16. He has headlined Drum and Bass nights in Glasgow and Edinburgh as part of the ‘Pangea’ events held at Glasgow School of Art. He can also be seen frequently Djing in Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh.
The workshops will take place on the Saturday 17 and Saturday 24 of March at Berkeley 2 Studios, in Lancefield Street, Glasgow from 1pm till 5pm. For further information or to book a place see: www.everyonesadj.co.uk or call Elaine on 07597929309.
If you go down to the Richmond Park on Sunday 17 July, you’ll get a big surprise! Teddy Bears will be having a picnic, thanks to the Oatlands Community Resource Committee (OCRC). They’ll be with their young friends each of whom will have an accompanying adult. Everyone will tuck into their own packed lunch and go treasure hunting.
This is one event from a full summer programme organised by the new committee and part-time manager, Lisa Gillen, at OCRC. An even bigger event will be a Family Fund-raiser Fun Day on Sunday 14 August starting at 2pm.
Said Lisa: ‘There will be stalls selling all sorts of wonderful things, raffles, tombola, a bouncy castle, face painter, DJ, maybe some Hip Hop………..’
All money raised will go towards activities for local people at what used to be called the Blue Hut but that will change colour as soon as paint is obtained (donations welcome!!!) ‘This helps keep our wee centre open,’ said Lisa. ‘So please show your support and come along….it will be good fun for all.’ She also hinted that a VIP has been invited, but more about that when the VIP confirms…
A regular daily programme includes a Kids’ Club, a Meet and Greet tea and chat session for newcomers and to meet neighbours in this growing district, a Pensioners’ Club, Bingo, Supermarket bus and Zumba – which is so popular a second class is being considered. A college course starts on Monday 29 August covering computer skills, adult literacy and local history but places are limited so sign up quickly. And The Oatlands Press Gang of kids is about to produce their first, monthly, newsletter.
On Sunday 24 July OCRC will hold a sponsored walk around the ‘Ducksy’ in Richmond Park when everyone is invited to join in.
Come October school holidays the committee plans to have a play scheme in place with volunteers and those who plan to pursue a career in childcare. Anyone keen to train for this form of child care should contact Lisa at the OCRC, 8 Logan Gardens, Glasgow, G5 0HP. As a registered charity the organisation can provide all training and process the vital Enhanced Disclosure Certificates.
On the down side, the area still awaits the long promised shop, children’s play park and the critical re-vamp of the listed St Margaret’s church building as a community centre.