Nineteen-year-old student and aspiring DJ from SAE Byron, Karime Baylis, has won a spot at a national DJ Academy in Brisbane. Only 90 were chosen from more than 3,000 applicants. This was quite a testament to Karime’s talent and the skills he’s learnt at SAE.
Can you tell me what you love most about DJ work?
I love the fact that you can take two audio sources, blend them together seamlessly and send it out to the crowd to enjoy.
What is the kind of music that you like playing?
I love playing dubstep, trap, drum and bass but I also enjoy playing house!
How has SAE helped you achieve your dream?
SAE honoured me with a scholarship to study a Diploma in EMP this year, which has helped me to understand the music industry and understand the structure of a track – which can also help when blending tracks together as a DJ. I love producing my own music as it is a great escape into a creative vortex and is extremely satisfying.
How has being a DJ changed your life?
Being a DJ has opened up so many great opportunities for me, most recently being chosen as a contestant out of thousands of entrants in the national Your Shot DJ Competition.
It has also helped to cement what I want to do and has helped me gain confidence and create awesome networks and lifelong friendships.
You really look like you get into it when you are up there. What does it feel like to have all those people dancing to the music you are putting out there for them?
I love getting into it and giving back to the crowd. It is an incredible feeling knowing that people are loving what I have created for them – it’s a huge rush!
What’s next for you?
I am DJing at a local Rivers Pulse Youth Event in Nesbitt Park, Lismore, on Saturday 12 August, 11am–4pm, and apart from that I am working on my first EP!
If you’re interested in studying audio, film, 3D animation, games or graphic design, SAE Byron is throwing open the doors to their state-of-the-art campus for an OPEN DAY! It’s all happening Saturday 5 August, 11am–3pm. Speak to their experienced team, tour the campus, attend an info session and take part in a series of interactive demonstrations using their high-end equipment and amazing facilities. Saturday 11am–3pm.
Visit sae.edu.au or more information.