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