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Art Collective –Interview
We chat to the North West DJ who is currently developing young artists at Liverpool’s Mode Training
J Olabean is one of the most innovative and creative DJ’s to emerge from Liverpool. His talents have taken him from DJing and promoting club events, to music production and artist management. He has also hosted Liverpools Sony award wining premier Black Music show on Juice FM, Topnotch.
“I started off as a bedroom DJ”, says Ola. “I was doing a lot of mixes and bit of production from home. Then I met a guy called DJ Kofi, who introduced me to DJ Mixing Championships, and convinced me to enter. I won the North West and Regional heats, then went on to the UK championships and became runner up to the UK champion. I realised it was something I really wanted to do, so kept entering competitions and from there was getting bookings in the UK and Europe”. Ola went on to make a name for himself in the
music industry as top RnB/ Hip Hop producer and song writer, with production credits for the likes of Destinys Child, Mariah Carey, Ashanti, Ja Rule and Atomic Kitten. Olabean is currently working and developing new artists, giving young people a start in the music industry through Mode Training in Liverpool. Mode provides apprenticeships and industry recognised training for students, businesses and schools, in subjects such as barbering and hairdressing, performance skills, management and customer services. Currently, Ola and his students are busy working towards the student event of the year, when Training Plus Merseyside joins forces with Mode for a hair show on the 19th of March at The Dome Grand Central Hall. Mode students who are currently studying performance skills and music technology will use the show as an
opportunity to demonstrate their musical brillince. Mode hairdressing and barbering students will also be creating a spectacular coiffure, with themes based upon Pirouette, Moulin Rouge, Burlesque and Cirque. “When I found out more about the college it got me thinking that this is something I would like to put more of my time into - developing young people that have talent and taking it to the next level”, explains Ola. “I plan to develop a mini record label with artists, producers, singers, writers and engineers all trained up in house and learning the whole process of producing and releasing something. I love meeting new people I can relate to. I come from the same place as all these young people. I can help them to avoid some of the problems I came across and can tell them my story.” For more information on Mode Training visit www.modetraining.co.uk