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Beatginnings finally a way to cut teeth in the local DJ scene

Thursday 16th, March 2017 / 16:36
By: Molly Randhawa

Beatginnings takes local artists from the bedroom to the booth. Photo by Chris Johnson

VANCOUVER – Over the past few years, Vancouver has been exposed to multiple events and initiatives dedicated to the rising popularity of electronic and underground music. Inspired by local music collectives like Groundwerk and Hideout, Beatginnings bridges the divide between the bedroom and the club by helping less-experienced musicians build confidence by performing live for crowds of people. While sharing their experiences getting booked in Vancouver, Sylva Sivz (Sivz) and Angelo Daniele (Palehock) came together after recognizing the need to create a space for beginner producers and DJs with little to no experience playing live shows.

Working to abolish the experience of getting booked for shows as exclusive for those who are more connected in the industry, Beatginnings makes it a priority to book artists that have never played in a club setting before. Together, the duo promotes local artists without favouritism as long as they submit their application on time. “[Beatginnings] wants to see people getting booked for their skill and production,” explains Daniele. “Not by how many people they can bring to the club. We make it a point not to book our pals and become exactly what we’re trying to embody in the industry. We listen to every submission to give everyone equal opportunity.”

Both Sivz and Daniele use the event to showcase the artistry and experimental side within electronic music and explore newcomers who are pushing boundaries outside of their scenes. “It provides a chill, friendly and just-right environment for producers to come test out their tracks and for DJs to gain confidence playing for a crowd,” says Daniele.

Having gained popularity quickly within the community, Sivz and Daniele want to keep their idea focused. “When we first started out we were worried about after we gave people gigs, what would be next? As cool as it is to be the Oprah of gigs, we wanted to be sure we were doing more,” Daniele explained. To combat their fear, the duo started facilitating music production workshops and cross-promoting their event with other electronic-based communities like Groundwerk. “We really want to be a voice [in the community],” he says. “Opportunities to work with others [organizations within the same space] are slowly arising and giving us plenty of ideas as we go.”

The Beatginnings first-timers’ edition takes place at the Anza Club on March 29

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