DJ gets into the mix at first council-run dance party

12 Apr, 2010 06:27 PM

HIS first visit to an under-18s dance party led Jake Ribarovski to become a DJ.
When the Blakehurst High School student saw a DJ perform almost two years ago, he became set on picking up the skills.
“There was just a great vibe around the DJ and everyone was drawn to the music,” Mr Ribarovski said.
“As soon as I saw him, I knew that’s what I wanted to do, no matter how long it would take.”
Learning the basics through online videos, the self-taught DJ, now 17, described his style as a mix of hard and house music.
“My friends have been a big support and even let me DJ at their parties,” Mr Ribarovski said.
“I’m always practicing in my room with my own set, which can sometimes get on my parents nerves, but they support me 100 per cent.”
Mr Ribarovski will put his skills to the test when he performs at his first under-18s dance party at Hurstville Entertainment Centre this Friday.
Hurzi Mix is being run by Hurstville Council, as part of 2010 Youth Week celebrations, and will be a chance for students aged 12-18 to enjoy a night of films, dance and DJs.A mix of young artists will perform, including a dance group from Georges River College.
“It’s going to be my first show in front of a large crowd,” Mr Ribarovski.”This is what I love to do and I’m just excited to show everyone what I can do.”
The council came up with the idea of holding its first under-18s dance party after speaking with Hurstville youth who said they wanted something different to the usual band events.
Details: Hurzi Mix, Marana Auditorium, Hurstville Entertainment Centre; 6pm to 10pm, this Friday. Tickets are $10 plus booking fee from Moshtix or Westfield Hurstville Supre. The event is strictly free of alcohol and drugs.

Watch me learn how to DJ with Jake Ribarovski here.

Home page shot of the Leader website with my story displayed on the banner.