Last night at Amoeba San Francisco, Amoeba's DJ series Mandala & DJ Quest presented a very special Mandala with a DJ Project set!
The DJ Project featured youth DJs from Horizons Unlimited and the Quest School of DJ Arts. The DJ Project is run out of Horizons, and is a safe place for at-risk youth to gain arts education as well as the empoyment and entrepreneurial skills they need to jump start music-related careers. Among other things, they learn about small business management, event production, audio production, DJing, breakdancing and community service.
With a set up of 6 turntables, countless mixers and laptops, the eight youth DJs tore up the stage with their 15-20 minute sets. The DJs played a good mix of Hip-Hop, Top 40, Classic Rock, and R&B, but there was also dancing, live Hip-Hop, and there were two MCs that kept the energy alive in between sets, and gave shout outs to all the performers.
This event was presented more as a showcase then a typical DJ set or in-store performance. These kids have been working so hard throughout the last few months honing their skills, and this was their opportunity to shine and show off their mad talent on the wheels of steel! It was a pleasure to work with this organization and see that our future generations still/will have an appreciation for tangible music, and that spinning vinyl is still an art form. Music education is the key to keeping arts alive for everyone and these students are well on their way to bright futures!