September 2016 Competition Winner!
For our last event of 2016 we decided to try something a little different!
The idea was simple – we wanted to give something back to our residents, a chance to enjoy themselves behind the decks and showcase their talents. No headline artists graced the decks for this night, just our Residents and some pretty amazing up & coming artists who were invited down as guests.
We were also keen to unearth some new talent, so decided the best way to do this was in the form of a DJ competition. Here at TL we want to give people the opportunity to showcase their talent, whether they are known or not. We recognise that there are so many good DJ’s coming onto the scene, or who have been around for a while, but rarely get the opportunity to play to a crowd.
The competition was open to all genres and the winner would get the opportunity to play an hour set in room 2. We received over 20 mixes & the quality was fantastic. The judging was based on 3 categories: mixing skills, track selection & musical flow. After much debate the winner was chosen:
Ashley is a 28-year-old trance DJ from Chesterfield who kicked off his DJ dream 3 years ago. His influences include Bryan Kearney, Aly & Fila, Liam Wilson & Will Atkinson and his vision is to play to a jam packed club & show the crowd what he can do!
He’s recently joined forces with Nubreed Digital as a resident as well as playing at the legendary OTR beach party. As well as this, he played alongside one of his heroes at a charity event he organised: Liam Wilson. (Who he says is one of the nicest guys in the scene at the moment!).
We asked Ashley to tell us why he entered the TL competition & how he felt about winning, this is what Ashley had to say:
‘I entered the Trancelation competition because as I’m still new to the scene, and refuse to lick arse for gigs, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to showcase my skills. I sent a mix in and luckily enough I was chosen as the winner!
It felt absolutely amazing to win the competition, not just because I’d secured another top gig, but until I entered the competition I never really believed in myself. Then when I won it gave me a huge confidence boost and I thought I’m just going to do this and enjoy it.
The gig itself I feel went phenomenal well and the room filled really quickly when I went on. People were coming up from the main room to have a look and sticking around for my set. The support was fantastic! It gave me such a buzz!
The hospitality and kindness of the whole team at TL was brilliant. They really made the experience for me & I felt really looked after and very welcome. It made the long drive definitely worth it. I can’t wait to go back there to play, hopefully next time in the main room!’
We certainly enjoyed having Ashley join us in Bristol. We all agree he is a great talent and his dynamism and passion when he is behind the decks is infectious! Although he only started Djing 3 years ago his mixing ability and maturity behind the decks was obvious plus his hunger to entertain was awesome to watch!
We will definitely be watching his career unfold and would love to have him back in the near future.