Earlier this year, Pete Tong launched his Pete Tong DJ Academy (PTDJA), an online learning portal for prospective selectors of all levels to get fully versed in the art of DJing. Anyone taking up the course will receive tutorials, tricks, tips and industry know how from some of the best tutors in the industry.
The one-to-one, on-demand video tutorials are led by a group of mentors including Tong, academy co-founder Carl Cox, Nicole Moudaber, Jamie Jones, TSHA and MAT Academy artists The ReLOUD. They cover all aspects of DJing from the technical to the business side.
Designed to be an ever-evolving experience, the newest and most exciting addition is the launch of the Future Talent Awards: a specially designed scheme and event to showcase the best pupils that come through the course.
The Future Talent Awards work with each mentor nominating a selection of their top students, who will then go on to make it into the final draw. From there, the winner will be announced at a prestigious event hosted at Dalt Vila, during next year’s IMS (International Music Summit) in Ibiza. Aside from the winner, each mentor will also have their own personal award for their star talent under the PTDJA programme.
Future Talent Awards will seek to celebrate the most promising upcoming DJ from around the world; awarding 10 applicants the tools and resources to hone their skills and reach a global audience. Applications will open in January 2023 where DJs will be invited to submit a mix. In April 2023, Pete Tong DJ Academy mentors (Pete Tong, Carl Cox, Nicole Moudaber, Jamie Jones, and TSHA) will pick their favourite mixes to move forward in the process.
In May, the winners will be flown to IMS in Ibiza and announced as part of the 2023 summit. To cap it all off, a grand prize winner will play a set at Dalt Villa. In addition to the above, the student who takes the grand prize spot will also be featured in the UK and US editions of DJ Mag and also on djmag.com. The other finalists will also be given the opportunity to play events, appear on radio, and have access to exclusive discounts and benefits in association with the Academy’s official partners, which include Defected and IMS.
"The aim of this project is to give back to the future generations of DJs and to provide a platform for the best to shine and to get the spotlight they deserve," Tong said. "I always felt we must preserve the art of DJing and give the new generation the chance to join the global circuit for their DJ skills. That's why I've created the academy and, more specifically, this Future Talent Awards project."
Find out more about the Pete Tong DJ Academy and Future Talent Awards here.