The final eighteen Burn Studios Residency contestants have spent the last two weeks in an intensive bootcamp stationed on Ibiza. The bootcamp, comprised of master classes from the mentors, technical lectures, and several other challenges including opportunities to perform, offers three winners residencies at white isle hotspots. The first three mentors — Fatboy Slim, Solomun, and Joe Goddard — each taught the contestants something different ranging from how to create a killer mix and offering production guidance, to the importance of image and sneak peeks at new music. The second trio of mentors, which includes Avicii, Maceo Plex, and Steve Lawler brought with them their own set of tricks.
Upon his arrival to Ibiza Avicii unwrapped a surprise for two contestants who were invited to perform alongside the star at an exclusive Burn Yard event — part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Budapest. Fire Flowerz and Yamato were chosen as the winners of this prize and both expressed excitement. “We’re totally overwhelmed to have been chosen to perform with Avicii in such an exciting environment and in front of such a huge crowd, it’s incredible.” said Fire Flowerz.
In addition to mentoring contestants in the studio, Avicii also gave contestants an exclusive sneak peak of his debut artist album, due out later this year.
Burn Studios Residency gives up-and-coming talent the unique opportunity to build their skills under the watchful eye of an established artist, all while competing for one of three coveted residency spots at a top Ibiza club over the summer. Avicii joins Joe Goddard aka Hot Chip, Fatboy Slim, Maceo Plex, Solomun and Steve Lawler on the competition’s already impressive roster of mentors. With thousands of hopeful DJs from over 90 countries having already applied for a chance t0 win and only four days until the deadline, this announcement should only serve to amp up the already high stakes.
Avicii has expressed excitement about the opportunity.
“When my manager Ash approached me with this opportunity I got so excited to be able to help nurture and guide the next wave of international electronic music talent together with burn. burnstudios Residency provides a fantastic opportunity, not just to the Residents but to all the finalists who will join me and the other producers and DJs at Bootcamp,” he says.
Read more about the competition and find out how to enter here.
The Burn Studios Residency isn’t your run of the mill DJ competition. The stakes are high, the lessons are valuable, and the talent is real. Applicants participate in a mix-off from which 18 prospective winners are chosen. These lucky 18 are flown to the IMS in Ibiza where they will mingle with industry players, participate in a hands-on bootcamp, and be mentored by the creme-de-la-creme — Steve Lawler, Solomun, and Maceo Plex, respectively. Thousands of DJs enter for a chance to win one of three year-long residency spots in Ibiza. Selected winners will not only gain experience, but are also afforded a monthly salary and island accommodations.
In order to enter, all you need to do is a submit a maximum 20 minute mix featuring at least one track from the current Beatport Top 100 before March 18th. Submit your mixes here. Click below the break to check out the official announcement video of the competition.