MTV crashes - Young Derry DJs given a chance to shine

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It’s the dream that every budding young artist shares – stepping on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans and sharing the bill with some of the biggest international artists.

And this weekend the dream will become a reality for three budding local stars when they take to the MTV Crashes stage in Ebrington Square, supporting top dance acts Chase and Status, DJ Fresh and Sigma.

15-year-old DJ duo Callum Porter and Mark Kivelehan, and 22-year-old Erika Lauren, have the golden opportunity to play to a massive global audience through an initiative organised by Derry City Council in conjunction with MTV and local music organisation Bounce.

The three young talents will have the once in a lifetime chance to play their own material during the Club MTV DJ night on Saturday September 21.

10,000 tickets for the evening were snapped up in seconds and Director of Legacy with Derry City Council, Oonagh McGillion, said the event was the ultimate platform for emerging new talent.

“I would like to congratulate Erika, Callum and Mark on their selection for the event. As part of the Council’s Legacy programme for 2014, we have been actively identifying exciting new opportunities for young talent to bring their work to new audiences. And it really doesn’t get more impressive than this!

“I would like to thank MTV for offering this opportunity to share a stage with some of the biggest international DJs, who inspire and influence our young artists. I wish Callum, Mark and Erika, the very best of luck, and I look forward to watching their MTV debut on Saturday.”

MTV Event Manager Shiraz Baziko, said: “Even though MTV works with some of the biggest talent in the world, we do not forget that every artist or DJ has to start somewhere. “For that reason we have been really pleased to play a part in giving an aspiring DJ the opportunity to be part of the MTV experience in Derry-Londonderry.

“For the DJs Callum, Mark and Erika, we hope this acts as an inspiration and catalyst to go on and follow their dreams in music.”

Speaking on behalf of Bounce, Kwa Daniels said: “Bounce Education is proud to have played a part in developing these young DJs to the point that they are blazing their own trails and telling their own musical stories around the world.

“These three are a credit to the Bounce Junior DJ programme and their warm up sets on the MTV Crashes stage is a result of many years hard work. They are testament to our motto, ‘Make It Happen!’ They have certainly have - hence receiving this great opportunity to perform for MTV.”

Other aspiring young DJs will also have the opportunity to work with some leading industry names on Saturday afternoon at a special Club MTV DJ school event taking place in the Music City Video dome.

The event, which takes place on Saturday September 20 from 12noon – 4pm, is aimed at 12 to 18-year-olds interested in the art of DJing, rapping and production - and Club MTV DJs will be dropping in on the day to check out some of the material being produced.

For more information on the MTV DJ school event and to book a place go to mtv@derrycity.gov.uk