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Music internship allows students to DJ during school and earn credits

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Music internship allows students to DJ during school and earn credits

Andy Soto, 18, mixes music outside Fountain Hall during a DJ set on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Soto is in the music program at Moorpark College, and claims he started mixing music in middle school. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Andy Soto, 18, mixes music outside Fountain Hall during a DJ set on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Soto is in the music program at Moorpark College, and claims he started mixing music in middle school. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Andy Soto, 18, mixes music outside Fountain Hall during a DJ set on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Soto is in the music program at Moorpark College, and claims he started mixing music in middle school. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Andy Soto, 18, mixes music outside Fountain Hall during a DJ set on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Soto is in the music program at Moorpark College, and claims he started mixing music in middle school. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Emily Ledesma

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Musically inclined students now have the chance to play live music on campus and earn course credit.

Students interested in the internship must be enrolled in MUS M80, Internship in Music, a one unit credit course that requires 60 hours of live music planned on campus.

After successfully completing the internship and each required course, students will receive their Music Tech Certificate and be more prepared for the music industry.

Although the majority of performers are interested in electronic music and DJ’ing, a variety of genres can be played.

“You don’t need to be a DJ,” Nathan Bowen said, director of the program. Bowen urged students with music as their major, and those interested, in enrolling in the certificate program and the internship.

Nineteen units are needed to complete the program and students curious about the internship must complete 60 hours of both classroom time and performance time, spread between the two.

Classroom time includes collaborating with others enrolled in the program.

Carter Kanes, 21, is an aspiring DJ in the Ventura County and a second year student at Moorpark College. Kanes was instantly attracted to DJ’ing after attending his first festival. Electronic music is a huge passion of Kanes that he hopes to transform into a career.

“I’ve always had love for music [and after] going to festival after festival and seeing DJ’s, that just seems like the coolest thing ever,” Kanes said. “And me and my friends [thought], we can do that.”

Kanes decided to run with his interest in electronic dance music and has played at variety events. After enrolling in the music program at Moorpark College, he discovered the music internship.

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Andy Soto, 18, manipulates his DJ equipment during a set in front of Fountain Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 26 on Raider Walk. Soto hopes to transition into a music production career after his time at Moorpark College. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

When asked about what he has been performing at Moorpark, Carter Kanes said: “I [play] house music, a little bit of rap, 70’s music, some vibey music. .. Nothing that’s offensive on the ears… I can pull up at school and have no fear of messing up.”

There are several interning DJ’s on campus that switch off to play music on Tuesday’s and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of Fountain Hall.

Andy Soto, 18, is a first year student at Moorpark College with the goal to be a music producer. Since he was 10-years-old, Soto has loved electronic house music. Like Kanes, he hopes to make a career out of it.

Soto is also enrolled in the Music Technology Certificate program. He plans to attend Icon Collective, a Los Angeles production school, after receiving his certificate of achievement. According to Soto, he has been producing music for about four to five years and enjoys making every aspect of the song.

“From the stuff you can’t hear to the stuff you can hear,” Soto said. “I can see how the song is created in my head and I could visualize pretty much everything on.”

Soto performs by the name “Dreamix” having showcased his music at Rancho Campana High School, Rock City Studios, and most recently Moorpark College.

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Andy Soto, 18, mixes music during a DJ set in front of Fountain Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 26 on Raider Walk. Soto plans to continue his passion for music after his time at Moorpark College. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Soto puts together his own sets a week or two before a performance, but for sets on campus, it usually takes him about two days. Soto expressed that when he performs, his acts are meticulously planned.

Although Soto personally prefers to create his own dubstep or listen to heavier music, he performs hip-hop on campus so “people can get into it.”

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Andy Soto, 18, a first year student at Moorpark College, DJs in front of Fountain Hall on Raider Walk on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Soto is in the music program at Moorpark College, hoping to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Music Technology. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

The Music Internship class not only allows student DJ’s to play their music on campus, but the program is currently putting together a showcase performance for all DJ’s in the class according to Nathan Bowen.

Bowen urged Moorpark College students to come out and listen to the showcase and follow the Music Tech Program on social media.

The showcase will be held at the Performing Arts Center on April 6 with a show at 12 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Both Kanes and Soto will be performing.

For more information on the Music Technology Certificate, email Professor Nathan Bowen at [email protected] or check out the Moorpark College Music Tech link

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Emily Ledesma, Staff writer
Emily Ledesma is a nursing and journalism student and a staff writer for the Student Voice. Along with curiosity, an open mind and a notebook, she is excited to learn as much as she can and hopefully become a great reporter and addition to the team.
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One Response to “Music internship allows students to DJ during school and earn credits”

  1. Ruby on March 6th, 2019 3 p.03.

    Love this article. I had no idea that Moorpark college offered this opportunity for students. Keep up the great work Emily ledesma

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