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Send Your Aspiring DJ to Camp Spin-Off

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Looking for a hip alternative to the average summer camp for your little rock star? Check out Camp Spin-Off, designed especially for aspiring DJ's! It's an arts and music camp all rolled into one.

DJ Tina T.
The camp is the brainchild of the super-spunky and totally talented DJ Tina T. She gathered some of the best DJ's in the nation and singlehandedly turned the average overnight camp into one of the most original getaways for youth interested in the art of DJ'ing. We sat down with Tina to talk about her inspiration and her involvement with Camp Spin-Off.

momlogic: Where did the idea for a DJ camp originate?

DJ TIna T: I grew up going to all different types of summer camps, and then when I was on tour DJ'ing for the Mountain Dew Action Sports tour, I started to learn about a camp that all the skateboarders and BMX riders went to. That was when I realized what the DJ community was missing -- a summer camp for DJ's! One of the biggest educational hurdles for our kids right now is the lack of funding in our schools for the arts.

ml: How do you think this camp will help supplement some of the music classes that are being canceled across the country?

TT: Through the help of our sponsors, we are able to give away over 25 free scholarships to camp for kids that cannot afford to attend but have a passion for music. This year, Skull Candy, Royal Elastics and DJ Hero were on board to make this happen, and we hope to grow each year and get involved with more and more schools. I think kids are realizing that there is so much more music out there now than the traditional instruments that are taught in class. Coming from eight years in orchestra playing the violin and then leaving it behind to pursue DJ'ing, I want to encourage and support all types of music programs.

ml: How did you get your start in DJ'ing?

TT: I came across turntables when I was 15 and my sister brought me over to her friends' house. I was bored, so he showed me a few things to get started, and then I pretty much never stopped since.

ml: You said that you would have LOVED to go to a camp like this as a teen. What elements do you think are drawing kids to this camp today?

TT: I think kids are drawn to this camp mostly because they have a passion for music and want to learn the basics of DJ'ing in a fun and safe environment. DJ'ing can be a very intimidating thing to get into, and at camp, we take all that pressure off and focus on having a fun summer-camp experience while learning at the same time. I also think that it is appealing to get away from home for a week and sleep over at a camp with cabinmates of the same age with the same interests. The skate park, zipline, swimming pool and climbing wall are also some of the outdoor activities that I think are an added bonus to camp.

ml: What do you think about such games as "DJ Hero," etc.? Do you think they are responsible for a new love of DJ'ing?

TT: I think "DJ Hero" can spark people's interest in learning how to DJ. Some might play it and move on to the next thing, but some might play and want to take the game to the next level. These video games are more than just a game when they are motivating kids to try new things. I am so excited that "DJ Hero" is supportive of Camp Spin-Off and has provided all their players with a chance to win a spot at camp!

ml: What life lessons can kids learn at Camp Spin-Off?

TT: Some of the best memories of my life were at summer camp. I want kids to leave camp and be able to say the same thing. Putting campers in an environment where they get to meet other DJ's, talk to them about their experiences and relate will provide them with a ton of knowledge firsthand that they won't find anywhere else. It's hard to say specifically what life lesson each camper will take from Camp Spin-Off, but I'm sure we will all walk away with stories to tell, lessons learned and memories to share.


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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Berenice October 12, 2010, 10:34 AM

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