Check it out! Got an article in the Glendale News Press. Many thanks to Mike Arvizu, Cheryl Guerrero, and of course, all attendees for making this possible!
In The Classroom: A positive spin
|Bill Blanco, left, and Loris Gharibian listen to instructor Arthur Galestian as he explains how to mix two songs during a DJ workshop at Hollywood Production Center in Glendale Sunday. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/News-Press)|
Deejay shows students the ropes during production center session.
By Michael J. Arvizu
Galestian fell in love with deejaying in the mid- to late ’90s.
“That’s kind of when I found out about deejaying as a means to put electronic music out there in an environment where people could appreciate it,” said Galestian, 28, who started deejaying at 19.
Galestian was the instructor at an all-day intensive deejaying seminar and workshop Sunday in an intimate setting at the Hollywood Production Center in Glendale. The seminar was presented by Five-Star Music store and school in Glendale.
“I think one thing that makes deejaying unique is that your work and play are mixed together,” Galestian said. “One thing that is going to separate a successful deejay is knowing when to separate those two.”
The seminar offered lessons in various aspects of deejaying, from equipment and techniques to marketing and self-promotion. An introduction to standard club gear, understanding the basic structure of dance music and creating an image were also covered.
“There’s an entire world in deejaying, from learning the craft itself to navigating the world of deejaying,” he said. “Deejays are really looked at as rock stars nowadays. There’s a lot that goes behind making that happen, beyond the deejaying.”
With two turntables, a mixer and powered speakers, Galestian began the course by showing how to create seamless mixing between tracks by adjusting the tempo so that the end of the first track matches the speed of the second track about to be played. Galestian went over the various technologies available, including state-of-the-art mixers and computer software.
“There is so much evolution with the technology that we are creating right now, that we’re taking it to another level,” said student Bill Blanco, 29, of West Covina. “I think that it’s a good opportunity to get involved, especially with the equipment, the technology and the knowledge to actually take it to a next level.”
Student deejay Loris Gharibian, 17, of Glendale, ended up selling some of his deejay equipment a few years ago after having no idea how to use it, adding with a laugh that he sold it “for cheap.”
He doesn’t regret the decision, he said, because he wants to be comfortable with the equipment he is using at gigs.
“[Music] is a way to express your feelings,” Gharibian said. “Music itself meditates you. It’s like a type of psychology.”