Wanna be a DJ? Fly to Phuket

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So you’re a wannabe turntablist travelling to Thailand? Alexandra Karplus lets London’s DJ Kensho be her guide to mixing, blending, cutting and scratching

First published on 6 Jul 2010. Updated on 7 Aug 2010.

How did you end up in Phuket?
I first came to Phuket the year I graduated from uni. My wife and I fell in love with the island so I went for some job interviews. I was lucky and got a job at the local newspaper, Phuket Gazette, as a TV reporter and video editor while I waited for my DJ equipment to arrive from the UK.

When did you start DJing?
I started as a professional around 1996. Before that I had two or three years’ practice in my bedroom. My first residency was at a place in south-east London called The Sun Rooms.

What kind of people typically show up to your classes?
So far the youngest student I’ve had was a 12-year-old French girl and the oldest was an American in his fifties. All students successfully mix three tracks in one session and do a bit of scratch with some tips and tricks. I have met people from all over the world through these classes; one guest from Singapore actually booked into the hotel specifically because of our DJ school.

So what would be a good reason for a traveller to come and check out your classes?
There are many reasons to come and have a go at being a DJ. Firstly, if it’s a rainy day this would be the perfect opportunity to still have fun without the beach. And, if parents want to relax without the kids, why not drop them off with me for an hour? It’s focused towards people who are curious about what DJing is all about.

What are three songs you would include in an album dedicated to Phuket?
‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’ by Incognito; ‘Another Day in Paradise’ by Phil Collins; and ‘Underwater Love’ by Smoke City.

Indigo Pearl, Nai Yang Beach and National Park (+66 (0) 7632 7006, www.indigo-pearl.com). THB1,400++ (S$60) for a 60-minute session; three-day course THB3,600++ (S$153), includes a recorded mix of the session. Classes are available for all ages and are taught Mon-Fri; book 24 hours before the class you wish to attend. Find out more about DJ Kensho at www.djkensho.com.

This story first appeared as 'Learn something new…DJ classes' (Jul 2010).

By Alexandra Karplus
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