Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. DJ Tina T
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:41:03
DJ Tina T holds down her Friday night residency at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. She seamlessly merges her underground hip-hop background with the fast pace of mainstream pop, mixing that has rocked crowds all over the world. So she is the queen of the night life.
But DJ Tina T is also the proud founder of Camp Spin Off, a one-of-a kind summer camp for young teens, where they go to turn their curiosities and dreams of learning to DJ into reality. Tina plays an integral role at the camp as mentor and role model for these kids. And all those reasons combined are why we invited her into a Take Aim session. She's an inspiration, and damn talented, to boot.
Read on to learn about this Red Bull lover and to see what her summer camp has to offer. If you want to be a DJ when you grow up and are dead set on that as a career, better ask your parents to send you to this camp, since it could alter the course of your life if you dream of spinning! It'll help you lay the foundation for that path. What a brilliant endeavor.
If you were not doing music, you would be...
An event planner, Music Marketing or maybe working for Red Bull. That was always my dream job in college.
Any non-music hobbies/talents/skills?
Foot Bag aka Hacky Sac, cake decorating, balloon art and working on my 1968 VW Baja Bug.
Tell us about your work with Camp Spin Off -- can you take us through the "program" and what kids learn there?
I started Camp Spin Off three years ago. It's a traditional sleep-away summer camp for kids ages 13-17 who want to learn how to DJ and produce music. The camp is one week out of the year and we stay in cabins with camp counselors who are all DJ's, there are guest DJ's all week that do showcases, share stories and speak as well.
There are three main classes that everyone rotates through each day:
1) DJ Class:
This is taught by The Scratch DJ Academy. Here they are using turntables and vinyl records, learning the basics of music theory, counting, mixing and scratching.
2) Traktor Kontrol S2:
This is taught by Native Instruments instructors. They learn how to DJ using an all in one controller with digital interface on their laptops.
3) Remixing and Production:
This is taught by DJ Serafin and each class makes a custom produced track during the week. They also record a music video to go along with it!
Why is DJ/dance music at the height of its popularity right now?
I'm not positive that it is at its "height" right now. Hard to say where things will go. It's definitely blown up and become more commercial, but it still has a lot of room to grow. I would contribute its commercial popularity to recording artists who are collaborating with DJs and producers like Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Diplo and more.
Your top 3 influences?
DJ's: DJ AM, Mix Master Mike and DJ Craze.
Would you go to Tina T's summer camp? It sounds fucking amazing to us!
Check out more info at www.djtinat.com.
Check out more info on Camp Spin Off at www.campspinoff.com.