Second Student DJ Showcase comes to Moorpark College


Carter Kanes creates some beats during the DJ performance on Raider Walk, on Thursday, Oct. 24. Kanes will be performing at the DJ Showcase on Friday, Oct. 25. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Emily Ledesma

On Friday, Oct. 25, the Music Technology Program at Moorpark College will be hosting the second Student DJ Showcase of the year. The electronic music event will be highlighting 15 student performers, DJs and music producers over the course of two shows.

Many of the performers are either DJ’s currently enrolled at Moorpark College or alumni. The showcase will be displaying various genres of music such as hardstyle, lo-fi and noise art.

Nathan Bowen, 41, director of music technology, is the driving force behind the DJ Showcase. In order to schedule a performance in Moorpark College’s Performing Arts Center, events must be planned a year in advance.

“It’s been in the works for quite a while,” stated Bowen. “We have a great group of students who are fast becoming friends and supporting each other. They want to promote the show and each other.”

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Bailey Dodson, left, and Carter Kanes simultaneously mix music during the DJ performance on Thursday, Oct. 24, on Raider Walk. Both Dodson and Kanes plan to perform at the DJ Showcase on Friday, Oct. 25. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Bowen praised the students participating in the upcoming showcase and was very excited for the public to witness all of the hard work.

“People don’t recognize there’s a lot of talent here [at Moorpark] and people are making music that sounds really great,” said Bowen.

One-third of the DJ’s are returning musicians from the first showcase held at the college in April.

Carter Kanes, 21, is a repeat performer for the event and will be playing a 20-minute tech house set.

“I’m excited for performing in front of people and hopefully I’ll get some good reactions,” expressed Kanes. “There’s definitely more buzz and more support [this semester].”

Attendees can not only expect a diverse musical lineup, but a Visual Jockey, or VJ, will be providing and coordinating live visuals for all performances.

The Associated Students of Moorpark College will sponsor the DJ Showcase this semester and be giving away raffle tickets to all guests.

There will be door prizes such as iTunes and Spotify gift cards, and t-shirts up for grabs.

ASMC will also be gifting a Novation Launchpad Mini to the top performers in each show that receive the greatest applause. The Launchpad will give the winner a jump-start in the their instrument collection and musical performances.

“They’re giving away a Launchpad for anyone who gets the biggest applause at the end of the show. It gives us a little motivation and incentive,” stated Kanes.

The matinee performance will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the evening program will be at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets purchased online will be given a 20% discount. Adults are $12 and students and faculty will be $8.

All ticket sales will go towards funding the PAC. In return, money raised will be invested in more musical and theatrical events.

For more information on the Student DJ Showcase follow the Music Technology Program on Instagram @mcmusictech.

For more information on ticket sales or the venue, call the Moorpark College Box Office at 805-378-1485.