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Spinning records at Spain’s first state-funded electronic music school

Valladolid, Spain, Mar 1 (EFE).- Young people from a small town in central Spain are spending their afternoons spinning records and mixing tunes at the country’s first publicly funded electronic music school.

The “Who is in da school” project came about when DJ María Arias decided to focus all of her time on her passion and in June launched the electronic music school in Simancas, a town with a population of around 5,200 people in the province of Valladolid.

The sessions take place at the town’s community center and students gather around a mixing desk, control surfaces, microphones, headphones and a laptop to broadcast the compositions live on the radio.

“Electronic music also requires preparation,” says Arias.

The DJ explains how she prepares “sessions featuring around one hundred tracks” for the class and then only ends up “using 30.”

“Everything here has its harmony and is based on a mathematical formula,” the DJ adds.

Arias, who began mixing her own tracks as a teenager over 15 years ago, says there is “a great lack of knowledge” when it comes to electronic music.

“Many people think that everything is crappy ‘techno’ and that DJs play for people wearing fluoro shirts in Ibiza while high.”

“Electronic music is much more than that. I hate drugs and I am reclaiming that this type of music also serves to help people,” Arias adds.

One of the aims of the project is to boost the confidence of young people through electronic music.

The young DJ duo Anthua and Furonx tell Efe how in less than a year their life has been “revolutionized” and that through the project they have found a drive and motivation that they did not have before.

“What I like the most is getting up there and making people enjoy my music. It’s a rush that I can’t describe,” Anthua, 12, says excitedly. EFE


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