Friday, 4 May 2012

THE SEARCH FOR AUSTRALIA’S NEXT BIG DJ



Thousands of young Australians have applied, to live out their dreams and swap their bedroom for the festival main stage.

2010 saw the conception of a revolutionary style of DJ competition.  Unlike anything to come before it, ‘YOUR SHOT’ offered young guys and girls from all over Sydney a shot at the big time - to become DJs, capable of playing at the best clubs and festivals all over Australia and the best part was - no DJ experience was necessary to enter.  Over 4,000 hopefuls applied in less than 2 weeks, with 72 contestants selected for the competition.  They received 6 weeks of full DJ training, and performed their very first set in front of sold out crowds at ‘The Greenwood Hotel.’ The result, one winner taking home a life changing prize, including a set at a major summer festival and so much more.



Now two years on, ‘YOUR SHOT’ has made an undeniable impact on the Australian club and dance scene, with sell out tours across Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane, over 500 contestants, amazing prizes and a long list of winners and past contestants (60%) who have scored residencies and gigs at some of the biggest nightclubs, events and festivals across Australia

In 2012 ‘YOUR SHOT once again heads across the east coast of Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane), and with it comes a prize that is BIGGER and BETTER than ever before!

So if you’re over 18 and want to be Australia’s next big DJ, register now at: http://www.yourshot.com.au
*Registration closes 12pm on Thursday 24th of May 2012

NO DJ EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
GUYS – GIRLS – FRIENDS - DUO’S - BEDROOM BANGERS  - ALL WELCOME

* The founders of ‘Your Shot’ will be available for media interviews.  See below for more info

Watch promo video here for ‘Your Shot’ 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7w-iwFHdJo

Watch the journey of ‘Your Shot’ (the past 2 years, in 3mins): http://vimeo.com/25344503
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Stereosonic, Boost Mobile, Skullcandy, Pioneer, Red Bull, Agwa, Alize, DJ Warehouse, Onelove Recordings, Channel [V] and inthemix present:

‘YOUR SHOT’

Combining all the suburbs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, ‘Your Shot’ will give 72 new contestants from each state the opportunity to get their shot.  Each contestant will receive a 6 week full DJ training course from DJ Warehouse and Spinhouse Academy – and will come together for a jam packed, two day event in each state. ‘YOUR SHOT’ will showcase some of the best headline and resident DJs from Australia, as well as the best in up-and-coming talent.  With around the clock sets from all DJ hopefuls as they compete for the grand title of ‘YOUR SHOT champion, they’ll also be competing for this:

Major prize package:

A DJ set at STEREOSONIC 2012 + VIP Tickets for friends
A DJ set at Paradise Club, Mykonos (plus flights and accommodation)
A DJ set at a major Red Bull event
Pioneer Pro DJ equipment
Skullcandy Prize Pack
Boost Mobile Prize Pack
1 Year Supply of Red Bull
Agwa Prize Pack
Alize Prize Pack
Red Bull Stunt plane ride
Inclusion on the onelove Recordings DJ promo list
Feature on inthemix.com.au



For more info, check out: http://www.yourshot.com.au

About the Founders of ‘Your Shot’

Steve Pillemer: After graduating from Macquarie University with a degree in Marketing, Steve went on to start his very own social photo networking website. After witnessing an overwhelming demand from young guys and girls desperate to become working DJs (but with no known avenues on how to become one), Steve left his business in 2010 (still operating today) with an idea on how to change the industry and thousands of young lives.

Marc Allardice: With over 10 years experience in the hospitality industry, 7 of which he spent as licensee of Sydney’s biggest teen institution - The Greenwood Hotel – Marc knows Gen Y like the back of his bar. In his time as licensee, Marc has helped mentor and develop some of Sydney’s (and now Australia’s) best DJ talent, and together with Steve, helped develop ‘Your Shot’ as a means of giving all those motivated DJ hopefuls who enter his hotel each week (with mix tapes in hand), an opportunity to get their foot in the door.

Sam Koratkov: For over 6 years, Sam has successfully managed some of Australia’s biggest and best clubs, DJ’s, events and festivals.

Upon Reflection

“DJ competitions have always focused on DJs with experience. That leaves out a huge market of young guys and girls - the same people that fill 50,000+ festivals all over Australia - who dream of becoming DJs. ‘Your Shot’ gives them the opportunity to learn the skills and become DJs capable of playing at clubs and festivals all over the country.

In our first year, we were knocked back time and time again by big corporate sponsors who claimed "Aussie kids didn't want to be DJs" and that we'd get no more than 50 registrations in one month. We believed in what we were doing and on a marketing budget of $380, pushed out our first promotion. In less than one week, we'd received over 1,300 applications online.

We've been running ‘Your Shot’ for less than 2 years, but it feels like we've been a part of the industry for years. While it’s amazing to see former contestants - previously without any DJ experience - earning an income and performing all over the country, that's not what really keeps us going. It’s the parents who write to us and tell us that their son or daughter had suffered from depression, or had never left the bedroom and is now happier and more confident than ever.

Unlike singers or dancers born with great voices or co-ordination, many of these kids aren't aware of the talent they have. We're just happy that we can help them realise it.”

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Bless'ed Are The Meek, a set on Flickr.
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Sydney Australia, A model showcases designs by Bless'ed Are The Meek day Five of Mercedes Benz Fashion week Australia, Spring Summer 2012/2013 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal
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New Generation- Mercedes - Benz Fashion Week

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Sydney Australia, A model showcases designs by The New Generation day Five of Mercedes Benz Fashion week Australia, Spring Summer 2012/2013 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal
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Akira- Mercedes - Benz Fashion Week

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Photo by Eva Rinaldi

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia today officially enjoyed day 4 in Sydney, Australia






Profiles...

Carl Kapp

Born in South Africa, Carl Kapp graduated in Clothing Design from the Natal Technikon in Durban in 1990. His first job as a pattern maker created an invaluable understanding of the importance of excellence in cut, innovative garment construction and finish, all vital elements of the CARL KAPP brand 15 years later. Worldwide experience included projects for Kenzo (Paris), Donna Karan (New York) and Design room (Milan).

An obsession with luxurious fabrics is apparent in each new collection – every garment is soft and tactile, seducing the customer into trying it on only to notice the perfect cut and detailing. Carl loves natural fibres like wool, silk, cotton and cashmere. Each collection is a juxtaposition of colour, texture and clever detailing; soft draping vs. structured tailoring is a play on masculine vs. feminine.

Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Rose Byrne, Rachael Taylor, Miranda Otto all talented beautiful women with CARL KAPP in their wardrobes. The first Carl Kapp store opened in Paddington, Sydney at the end of 2009.

An absolute inspiring creative space is the perfect environment to enjoy the full Carl Kapp experience. The ever-changing window displays have already become a tourist attraction in itself with a vast number of passersby stopping to admire the spectacular displays of colour. Each piece designed by Carl is made at the studio behind the shop, which allow us to exclusively offer made to order/made to measure services that cater to each individual customer’s needs, making shopping an unique and personal experience. Shoppers unanimously declare “its breath of fresh air in Sydney”. (Credit: MBFWA)












Christopher Esber

Recently anointed as the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival National Designer Award Winner, Christopher Esber continues to deliver the industry with his brand of ‘obsessive perfection’.

Esber’s creations embody a modernised take on feminine dressing through the marriage of textile and cut; continuously working alongside specialists with a concise vision to create unique fabrics and shapes, which have become Esber’s signature.

His presence at RAFW in both 2010 and 2011 was highly acclaimed with premium stockists including The Corner Shop, Diletton and Alice Euphemia snapping up the collection in minutes. The label’s first appearance, however, was via Sydney TAFE’s group show titled; 4boys, and where each designer was hand selected by industry stalwart, Nicholas Huxley. Also in 2012, Esber represented Australia at the G’Day USA ‘Australians in New York’ initiative as one of the 5 pre-eminent Australian brands. Esber has also been selected as a finalist of the 2012 Australian Wool Innovators, Woolmark Prize.

Esber enjoys strong media interest from leading Australian print titles including VOGUE, Harper’s BAZAAR (Credit: MBFWA)

*full details on the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia website.


Media Release

2012 AUSTRALIAN FASHION LAUREATE COLLETTE DINNIGAN

Sydney, Australia (May 3rd, 2012)

Initiated by the New South Wales Government and IMG Fashion, the 5th Annual Australian Fashion Laureate, presented by The Weekend Australian Magazine, was today awarded to Collette Dinnigan in recognition of her outstanding creative and intellectual achievement in the Australian fashion industry, and for her significant contribution to the growth, development and promotion of the Australian fashion industry.

“I’m delighted to acknowledge this year’s Australian Fashion Laureate, Collette Dinnigan, a true Australian fashion icon who has made an undeniable impact both here and around the world for over 20 years. On behalf of the NSW Government, congratulations Collette!” said Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner
South African born, New Zealand raised, Collette Dinnigan is an inspiration force in the Australian fashion industry and has been selected by a panel of industry peers as the deserved recipient of this prestigious award, in recognition of her ongoing commitment to the fashion industry.

Collette Dinnigan’s design journey began with her beautiful lingerie line in her flagship store in Paddington, Sydney, but in the blink of an eye she was presenting as the first Australian designer to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale du Pret-a-Porter des Couturiers et des Creatures de Mode to show on the prestigious Paris schedule. In 2008, Collette Dinnigan was also invited to join the Committee of the Chambre Syndicale.

In 2010 to mark 20years in business, collette by collette dinnigan was launched, a diffusion collection. Along with stores in Sydney, Melbourne and London and stockists in over 100 retailers globally Dinnigan is applauded as an inspiration being a prime contributor to Australian fashion, in both business and creative aspects on an International scale.

Previous recipients of the esteemed Laureate award have comprised Carla Zampatti, Akira Isogawa, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of Easton Pearson, all acclaimed designers and Simon Lock, Australian Fashion Week founder and industry identity.

The official presentation of the Jan Logan created trophy to Collette Dinnigan takes place on-site at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia tonight, in an exclusive invitation only event.

All official images will be available from Getty Images, official photographer of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.














Websites

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (Australia)

IMG Worldwide

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

Eva Rinaldi Photography

Mercedes - Benz Star Lounge

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Christopher Esber - Mercedes - Benz Fashion Week

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Sydney Australia, A model showcases designs by Christopher Esber day Four of Mercedes Benz Fashion week Australia, Spring Summer 2012/2013 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal
Photo by Eva Rinaldi