Wanna be the world’s next top EDM superstar? Just let Tiësto and Your Shot show the way. They are launching a new DJ talent show, streaming on Vevo and sponsored by 7UP, open to any aspiring jock over the age of 18 who resides in the United States. And apparently, "you don’t need any DJ experience whatsoever,” the official website explains, because "we’ll teach you everything you need!"
The steps to seizing Your Shot and becoming a certified party pro are simple. Register via yourshotusa.com/register as a solo act, or if you’re more of a Daft Punk type, "you can even enter with a buddy so you’re not alone!” Then those who get chosen as contestants will undergo "two three-hour training sessions each week for four weeks” before testing “your newfound DJ skills” with “your first-ever 30-minute DJ set in front of a packed nightclub.” And thus, one will emerge as the most epic, bro — and that winner will “fly to Las Vegas to perform with the world’s biggest DJ, Tiësto,” as well as “perform your very own set at Ultra Music Festival in Miami."
For the past six years, Your Shot has actually been giving the same kinds of opportunities to wannabe EDMers in the Land Down Under. Launched in 2010 by upstart nightlife businessman Steve Pillemer, the DJ competition began in Sydney before expanding to Melbourne, then Brisbane, and now the United States.
The new 10-part U.S. web series is set to follow 30 DJs and duos on their quest to play Vegas and fist-pump atop Ultra 2016’s 7UP-sponsored Stage 7. The talent search started in Los Angeles and it might eventually stretch to other parts of the country. Once all of the contestants have been picked, the party starts! By which, we actually mean the competition.
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“The various rounds will include comprehensive DJ training at the Your Shot Training Academy in Los Angeles and a Los Angeles showcase event before a packed crowed and panel of judges including Tiësto,” Your Shot’s organizers explain. “The top six finalists will go to Las Vegas to participate in a week of intensive DJ challenges and mentoring with Tiësto and other notable DJs, resulting with one Your Shot contestant winning the title and taking to the stage to open for Tiësto, who has been fundamental in helping to launch the careers of some of the world’s best-known DJs including Hardwell, Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens, to name a few.”
So... never even touched a mixer? Or fiddled with Ableton? Well, this is Your Shot.
We doubt you’ll be the next Tiësto, bro. But playing Ultra 2016 looks good on any DJ’s CV.