Forget the pomp and circumstance and drop the beat
If you’ve been living under a rock, you may not be aware that electronic music is becoming one of the most pervasive genres of the 21st century. You can’t kick a neon platform heel without hitting a new dance night in Boston. For those that are truly serious about joining the business, The Mmmmaven Project just released its first string of graduates into the world, via a show at Middlesex where students presented what they had learned to a packed and enthusiastic audience.
Jenn Hammers, a recent graduate of the “DJ 101” class, had no experience spinning and was merely curious:
“I read about what [the founders] were doing in the Globe one Sunday and I thought, I have to look into this,”
she said. For her, it was less about becoming the next Bassnectar and more about discovering the corners of this pervasive music scene. “I’m focused on identifying a need [in the scene] that my musical interests can fulfill. I like a laid-back scene where I can play a variety of music and challenge myself to put together a set of music over a variety of genres … I’m currently researching country music and trying to figure out how to bring that new experience to Boston.”
Dustin Labbe (DJ name Kidd Drunkadelic), a recent graduate of the more advanced “DJ 102,” had begun making a name for himself spinning in Boston prior to taking the class, but wanted a more foundational knowledge of the genre.
“I wanted a formal teaching of what it was I was doing and I also wanted a launching point,” he said. “I felt like the guys at Mmmmaven were the right guys to know and I truly wanted to take my skills to the next level.”
So what does someone who already has the equipment and a set of skills get out of formal training? “One of the things I learned was mixing in key,” said Labbe. “It’s something simple to think about when it comes to music, but I guess I had never overly considered it while spinning.” He added that his experience in “DJ 102” has already started opening doors, like an offer to record a Podcast and attach himself to other Mmmmaven-run events. “You can’t ask for more immediate results than that,” he said.
“That’s one thing they really preach here: gigs and exposure. Once I’m touring the country, a huge thank you will be in order to these guys, for sure.”
All the recent grads who spoke to the Dig said they felt invigorated by their DJ degrees, like they’d been given a new lease on the electronic music scene in Boston. Their individual projects are in the works, so keep an eye out for Mmmmaven grads spinning at a dance night near you.
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