Mix Nights is a non-profit initiative working with women and female-identifying peoples in Bristol and beyond to develop DJ skills in an encouraging, safe and welcoming environment.
Mix Nights is a nine week course, consisting of eight sessions of two hour evening classes, where our DJ mentors teach the basics of mixing on either vinyl or CDJs. Each course culminates with a showcase event at a local venue, where the students are given the opportunity to play their first DJ set in public. Classes are designed for absolute beginners, or those who have some basic skills but want some extra support and help building confidence. Intake per term is limited to just 8 students, making it a comfortable space in which to work and learn. Courses are for women and female-identifying peoples aged 18 and over. Applications for courses are sent out to those on the Mix Nights mailing list and posted on Mix Nights social networks - sign up by clicking the button below to receive news on our future courses.
Course graduates are encouraged to take part in the Showcase night which occurs at the end of each course. These currently take place at The Love inn, a popular yet intimate Bristol venue in the Stokes Croft area. Students are given the opportunity to take to the decks and put into practise what they’ve learned, performing a 30 minute debut DJ set to the public. Despite a few nerves amongst the students, Showcase nights are always really fun and it’s a thrill to see how far they have progressed and grown in confidence. We invite local promoters to attend these nights and students have gone on to be booked at clubs and festivals such as Motion, Glastonbury, Love Saves The Day and many more. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for info of upcoming Showcase events.
In an effort to help build a community for women interested in DJing, Mix Nights intermittently host ‘Open Decks’ sessions, which act as a drop-in for those wishing to know more about the course or who want to have a go on some vinyl decks and as a social occasion for past graduates to gather. Open Decks are usually held in Idle Hands record shop, which we allows folks peruse and purchase records in an informal and welcoming environment. Open Decks events have also taken place at Phonica in London and at M-Shed in Bristol. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for info of upcoming Open Decks events.
Mix Nights has a bi-monthly slot on Bristol internet station, Noods Radio. We split our 1 hour show in half and offer past course graduates the opportunity to play a 30 minute mix either live on the radio or pre-recorded. Past shows are archived on our Mixcloud page.
To further build the Mix Nights community and to encourage some continuity for those wishing to take their newfound DJ skills further, Mix Nights holds a monthly residency at The Christmas Steps, taking place on the last Friday of every month. These events act as a ‘next step’ for course graduates who have continued to DJ and are looking for more experience of playing out. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for info of upcoming events.
“Learning from confident, capable women was inspiring. Being with other women on a small course meant you got to know each other quickly and learn in a fun, non-judgemental environment”
“Being only women created a really friendly and welcoming environment and I feel like I learnt a lot more as a result of that”
“Solidarity, mutual support, comfortable and fun atmosphere”
“It was an incredibly positive and supportive environment and I felt there was no pressure and you could properly enjoy the experience without being judged”
“I was surprised at how much was achieved in only eight weeks. The teaching was very supportive and clear. I don’t know how else I would have got into this without this course!”
Mix Nights graduates have been spotted by promoters and gone on to play events such as Love Saves The Day, Glastonbury and Shindig Weekender. Two course graduates are now official residents at Motion super club.
Mix Nights has received coverage in a variety of publications such as Crack Magazine and Stamp The Wax.
Red Bull Music recently caught up with some past graduates of the course in this online feature.
Mix Nights graduates have been invited to speak on and contribute guest mixes for Rinse FM, BBC Radio 1, Worldwide FM, 10Twenty and Balamii Radio.
Many course graduates now run their own club nights in Bristol and beyond, such as Booty Bass, ITT and Pretty Pretty Good
BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour recently did a 10-minute feature about Mix Nights. Listen here.