Over the years loads of our Liveschool family have gained recognition from entering competitions. People like Ninajirachi, Donatachi and Montaigne have all had great results in prestigious comps from Triple J’s Unearthed High all the way to Eurovision! Entering a competition can put you in the running for everything from big cash prizes to production gear to festival slots.
There are so many benefits to entering a competition and its not all about the big prize. Sure it’s nice to win big, but like many things in life, entering a competition is more about the journey than the destination. Even if you don’t feel 100% ready to put your tracks out there to the public, getting involved in a competition can be a great learning experience.
LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN
A very common format for competitions is the Remix Competition. One of the best things about this format is that you can have a chance to see how a big name producer makes their tracks. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn analysing a project file or stems from a seasoned producer!
WORKING UNDER PRESSURE
Having a hard deadline can be great for your motivation! Often find yourself tweaking that snare sound for days on end? With a deadline around the corner you need to move fast. Committing to a decision and moving on is a great recipe for getting tracks finished.
CONNECT TO THE COMMUNITY
Sites like Metapop make it possible for you to view and comment on other people’s entries. Hear something you like? Reach out and leave a comment. Building relationships with other producers online is a massive part of building a strong career.
And while we did say it’s not ALL about winning – it turns out we have a few winners in our midst! Some of our Liveschool fam have been given a serious boost at the start of their careers through success in competitions.
- The Nights won a Rufus Du Sol remix competition through Unearthed and are now signed to Ultra Music
- Matthew Panopolous took out top prize in a jingle writing competiton for Pizza Hut, winning $10,000 which has enabled him to quit his day-job and setup his own music business.
- Gabriel Espinosa, one of our favourite rising graduates took out the Your Shot DJ competition which put him on the radar as one to watch – he’s since released his excellent debut EP.
- Luunes won the Unearthed competition to play This That festival alongside some of Australia’s biggest names including Alison Wonderland, Winston Surfshirt and The Presets.
- Steve Robinson took out the Beatport Producer Challenge, snagging himself thousands of dollars worth of prizes, plus a big push across Beatport’s massive social platforms.
RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. WHAT CAN I ENTER NOW?
If all this talk of competitions has got you ready to break out the drum rack then you’re in luck! There are two great comps running right now that you can get involved with:
Kučka Remix Comp | Deadline 9 July 2021
Liveschool trainer Kucka’s has a remix comp live on Metapop right now! Kucka released her debut LP recently to critical acclaim, so if you’re looking to get stuck in straight away, this is a great one. There’s prizes from Native Instruments and you get to check out how one of our favourite producers crafts her tracks.
Special note for Liveschool students and Alumni – a teams collab session remixing Kučka, Ninajirachi and Made In Paris is on Saturday 26 June (info and RSVP here)
Wombats Remix Comp | Deadline 9 July 2021
Superstar Indie band The Wombats have put their song “Method To The Madness” up for remix treatment, over on Skiomusic
Beatport Producer Challenge | Deadline 15 July 2021
If you have a stack of original tracks burning a hole in your hard drive, do like our guy Steve Robinson did and get involved with the Beatport Producer Challenge for a shot at a massive prize pool.
Triple J’s “Unearthed High” | Deadline 25 July 2021
If you’re a high school student in Australia making music, this could be your big break. Liveschool trainer Ninajirachi moved into a music career straight after high school, due in-part to her Triple J Unearthed High entry.
Things like this are going on all around you, so keep your eyes peeled on social media and your favourite music platforms for the next competition – you might be surprised at what you get out of it!