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10.08.2022, Words by Billy Ward

Pioneer DJ hosts first 'Start From Scratch' event for DJs from underrepresented communities

"It makes me extremely proud to see this project become a reality and such a success..."

Pioneer DJ hosted its first Start From Scratch networking event on Sunday August 7 at London’s Boxpark Wembley. With over 200 registrations, the event in collaboration with On The Rise DJ Academy, provided attendees with a platform to learn new DJ skills and network while giving them the chance to progress their music careers.

This is not the first time the DJ equipment manufacturer has launched a workshop of this kind. Back in March, they announced a series of non-male workshops to celebrate International Women’s Day before putting on a similar set of classes for aspiring DJs and producers from the LGBTQI+ community towards the start of summer.

Launched in 2022, Start From Scratch is a new sub-brand by Pioneer DJ aimed at supporting those interested in DJing from underrepresented communities. Initially offering free-of-charge courses with accredited DJ schools, Pioneer DJ offers the chance to gain access to its equipment and training to become a DJ.

The workshops are also supported with Pioneer DJ sponsorship, whereby a select few will be able to complete a longer course with a DJ school, and ultimately the chance to play at a Pioneer DJ event. The most recent event at Boxpark Wembley showcased DJ sets from four women discovered in the Spring edition of the workshops.

Marketing Executive at Pioneer DJ, Will Dinsdale, commented: “As the project lead of Pioneer DJ’s Start from Scratch programme it makes me extremely proud to see this project become a reality and such a success. With Pioneer DJ being such a key player in the events and nightlife industry we’re always striving for gender parity, and this is an important way we can drive this agenda.

“It is essential that brands like ours takes pride and ownership of tackling equality in a fair, efficient, and rewarding way, bringing together like-minded people from these communities with a clear focus on DJing and music to help inspire a new generation of talent to help shape and change our industry as we know it.”

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