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Beats In School goes far beyond your average DJ competition: it's a huge kickstart to your career. You can win a year-long mentorship with one of the best record labels in the industry, as well as intensive guidance from Beatport’s partners, including Point Blank Music School and the Association for Electronic Music [AFEM].
Following a popular first round with Yousef's Circus Recordings, a new competition will launch every few months with a new elite record label. For phase two, we've joined forces with Anjunabeats, the trailblazing label owned and A&R'ed by trance icons Above & Beyond. Got what it takes to be the next big thing in the world of trance and progressive?
As a contestant, you will be required to demonstrate your skills across several key areas. Produce a track that fits the Anjunabeats style and include it in a DJ mix (up to a maximum of 60 minutes). Upload it to Mixcloud and promote on social media to build buzz on your entry. Make sure to clearly timestamp your track in the title of the mix, for example: Anjunabeats mix (track at 12:38). The label will select 20 entries for the next round, where you'll create a short video telling us who you are, the story of how you got here, and your production/studio setup.
For this round of Beats In School, we're partnering with Above & Beyond's Anjunabeats, one of electronic music's most lauded labels. As the winner, you will secure a comprehensive one-year mentorship program, including intensive support in DJing and production from the Anjunabeats family. The winner will also receive:
- Your choice of online course with the Point Blank Music School.
- Hands-on support from Beatport and its partners, including one-to-one guidance from leading artists and industry players. (In association with the AFEM.)
- Direct access to product specialists and equipment from hardware partners.
- Co-ordinated press and social media support, including monthly videos and coverage in Beatport’s pages of Future Music, Computer Music and Mixmag.
- Adam Audio monitor speakers, Urbanears headphones, iZotope audio plug-in software, Native Instruments Komplete, a Landr audio mastering subscription and a lifetime subscription to Roland Cloud.
This contest will be a year of development for the winner, with access to some of the newest and most coveted gear available. In addition to working with the latest kit, you will complete special assignments designed to help sharpen your skills. To bring you this one-of-a-kind education, we’ve paired up with heavyweight hardware partners including Serato, Roland, Pioneer DJ, Native Instruments and many more.
Anjunabeats - the label owned and A&R'ed by Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki of Above & Beyond - started in 2000 as an outlet for the trio’s own productions. It has since grown to include a global roster of electronic talent from the world of trance, progressive house and beyond, helping kick-start the careers of Mat Zo, Arty, Andrew Bayer, Super8 & Tab and many more.
Here’s what Anjunabeats is looking for in a Beats In School winner: “Musicality, melody, emotion, integrity and originality are just some of the things we look for when signing new music. Ultimately, we’re always looking for music that will move the scene forward and stand the test of time.”