SEM Mix of the Month
SEM’s Mix of the Month highlights some of the DJs from the School of Electronic Music.
Each month we’ll be sharing a new mix from SEM students past and present with music spanning a variety of genres.
Aspiring DJ and Producer Yaz AAhmed currently studying at SEM Manchester, originally from Stockport.
I first started DJ’ing when I was about 16 when, I bought a Numark mix track pro and self-taught myself the basics of DJ’ing. I was always the ‘DJ’ at high school parties, choosing the music and getting everyone up dancing. I have been looking up to many DJs, including Hannah Wants, Patrick Topping and Manchester’s Mason Collective, and been driven by their success to try to make it a career of my own.
‘I wanted to make my passion for music into a career and so booked myself onto the DJ course at SEM Manchester.’
22 year old aspiring DJ from Manchester, Deacon Healey spins genres ranging from house, tech-house, disco and experimenting with different sounds to see what works together.
“My main goal is to make music people can connect with in the same way that I do. Attending SEM gave me the opportunity to play a mix live in front of an audience, which really gave me a taste of what it’s like when people hear my music for the first time.”
Purveyor of deep, infectious dance grooves – it’s Adam de Hoogh! Growing up on his father’s eclectic combination of soul music & West Coast American with his own love for house, disco & hip-hop, Adam ended up with quite a mixed spectrum of musical influences. 30 years later and this translates into sets of soulful and ethereal backdrops, brooding basslines, and occasional vocal hooks… all on top of a pronounced foot-shuffling disco beat.
Having studied at SEM to enhance his DJ skills, this has given him an elevated level of technical proficiency.
“For me, it’s all about mood and a deep, hypnotic groove… playing those tracks that get you tapping your feet and nodding your head without you realising it, regardless of genre, tempo, style, or release date. “
Manchester-based SEM alumni ‘Charpring’ has been flying through the ranks since she graduated from our Complete DJ Course.
In the space of a year Charpring she’s gone from not knowing how to DJ, to DJing most weekends in bars and events all over Manchester.
Now moving on to the music production side of the industry, we are excited to see what’s to come from this fast-rising star.
Mark submitted a mix which we hosted in April 2019, but he’s come back with another solid one so it’s time to feature him again!
Manchester-born Mark Morris has a massive passion for music. He’s been mixing for over 18 years and is aspiring techno producer.
Monopoly Phonic is one of the founders and resident DJs of Girls Night Out, a new hyper pop party playing experimental, niche and iconic pop music.
Monopoly’s Girls Night Out sets mix PC Music and Internet bops with pop fan favourites and forgotten deep cuts.
Sandy Astley has an amazing story. She became interested in dance music at the age of 46, after bringing her son to an open day at the School of Electronic Music. Her Son, Mitch Astley, signed up for our Ableton Live Course and Fast Track DJ Course. He then started DJing and producing as one half of Attollo (whose release ‘Free (Gay & Happy) ft Justine Riddoch‘ features in the mix).
Ben Lockwood-Layton is a DJ/Producer whose main genres are techno, house, EDM, Trance and Deep House. You can follow Ben on Soundcloud here.
His influences include artists such as Laidback Luke and Deadmau5. His production focuses more on Techno as well as trance, film scores and progressive house.
March’s Mix of the Month comes from HUGO MANSION.
Hugo Mansion’s musical influences are broad and expansive. He’s a versatile DJ playing everything from RnB, Grime, House to Bassline. Expect a cross-genre set including a range of styles and tempos. Productions inspired by Jave, Don Diablo, Gorgon City and a range of artists spanning the genres.
February’s 2019 Mix of the Month comes from EKKINZ.
The North West based DJ and Producer structures his mixes with a classy selection of dark and vibey bass music. Expect to hear weighty productions fusing elements of dub, techno, breakbeats and more.
Ekkinz has been playing raves as part of the outdoor party scene since 2014 and more recently supported the likes of High Contrast and Dynamite MC at the Highest Point festival official after party. He was also invited to play a 2hr influences set on Limbo radio Mcr, showcasing his ability to mix genres like Garage and Dubstep all the way through to Footwork and Minimal Dnb. Ekkinz also played the Jungle Sale at Beatherder Festival 2018.
Our final SEM Mix of the Month of 2018 comes from DJ Hamish Gilbert. Hamish is a DJ living in Manchester playing techno and house music.
He takes his inspiration from many DJss, including Carl Cox, Jon Rundell, Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens amongst others.
August’s Mix of the Month comes from DJ alumnus Moltonic.
His influences vary from deep and chilled beats to the hottest tech house rhythms and basslines. After producing a remix for the industrial/rock band Hypnotic, he’s now working on some tracks for his first EP due in 2018.
May’s Mix of the Month comes from SOMNIA.
After diving into the Psytrance scene in the Netherlands, Gimi aka Somnia became interested in electronic music production and DJing. He later studied electronic music production and took DJ lessons from DJ Mark One at SEM during his stay in the UK.
March’s Mix of the Month comes from SEM student Liohness.
Recently she’s been ripping up the dancefloor in Manchester at local club night 10th Dimension and last year she warmed up for Submorphics, a key player in the Drum & Bass scene.
Our first Mix of The Month comes from head lecturer Tom from 2 Billion Beats.
Tom is a prolific ghost-producer running a professional studio, and part of the successful electronic band 2 Billion Beats, with well over 25+ releases.