CHICAGO – During Smartbar’s Daphne showcase, an open to the public workshop will be taking place for female-identified people who are looking to learn the art of DJing.
Walking and Falling: A DJ Workshop and Mentor Program for Women-Identifying and Non-Binary Music Enthusiasts
Goals of the Walking and Falling Mentor program:
• complete an externship experience where they will receive instruction, mentorship, and support in DJing in a variety of formats
• receive ongoing support and mentorship beyond the externship experience; their host will be available for ongoing communication
• be provided with community support and networking opportunities in the Chicago dance music space
• take their experience back to their communities and “pay it forward” through mentorship, volunteering, advocacy efforts, etc
Participants in the Walking and Falling mentor program have already been selected and will be attending from Buffalo, New York, Columbus, Ohio, Los Angeles, California and Chicago. They will spend a week in Chicago working with volunteer DJs Ariel Zetina, Elly Schook (Kiddo), Jarvi Schneider (Jarvi) and Samantha Kern (Sassmouth) during the week of March 21-27th, learning basic skills with turntables, CDJs and laptop setups, beat matching and basics of mixing and EQing.
Walking and Falling will also host a free public introductory DJ workshop as part of the Daphne month of events at Smart Bar on March 25th from 7-930 PM. The event will be open to women-identifying and non binary music enthusiasts who are 18+ and who have an interest in DJing. Participants in the DJ Workshop Week and Mentor program will play a part in leading aspects of the public workshop and teaching their new found skills at several DJ stations that will be set up inside the venue.
‘Walking and Falling’ takes it’s name from a track title from pioneer electronic music artist Laurie Anderson’s album ‘Big Science’ and works well as a symbol for the type of learning philosophy necessary to grow as an artist- the tight rope balancing act between growing and failing and how beneficial ‘falling’ can be in the learning process.
FREE / 18+ / Doors: 6:30PM / Show: 7-9:30PM
$10 entry to Cassy, Honey Dijon, and Fortune for attendees
CHICAGO – Join us as we take in the knowledge of three of the midwests most prominent party-makers:
Fortune, a 12 year veteran of event production and promotion operating out of Milwaukee, discusses her experiences as a promoter, entrepreneur, and activist. Topics include her transition from the UK to the US, the workings of her production company, Apart music, the pros and cons of operating in a small market, challenges and advantages of being a woman in a predominantly male industry, juggling motherhood and entrepeneurship, as well as her most popular #SmallTimePromoterTips.
Sassmouth, a smartbar resident and long time-time DJ and party-maker with the NBFC crew, has decades of experience in the American underground. From picking the right venue to sourcing a soundsystem to simply getting the word out to the right people, Sass has experience in every aspect of event production and promotion – a woman with a wealth of knowledge to share.
Ariel Zetina is a fixture of the queer underground in Chicago. Between doing her Cubic Zirconia nights at smartbar and other various events around town at queer staples places like Berlin Night club, Ariel is part of a younger generation of event producers and promoters who are actively changing and pushing Chicago’s already forward-thinking queer nightlife.
FREE / 18+ / Doors: 8:00PM / Show: 8:30 PM-10 PM
Free before midnight with valid student ID
$12 Advance, $15 Before Midnight, $20 After
21 & Over / 10PM