DJ Program Chair Charles Chemery (lt), David Ontiveros (rt)
The 2017 President’s Award DJ Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute DJ Program student: David Ontiveros. The Bakersfield, CA native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of his seven years of mixing experience and skills in Electronic Dance Music (EDM) particularly Deep House and Dub Step genres.
Describing his reasons for coming to MI, David states, “I chose MI because I enjoyed meeting the instructor at open house and felt that the instructors have a lot of experience and knowledge to offer. I am excited to learn how to mix on vinyl, which will help me to become a better DJ. I like how the halls are buzzing with different types of musicians and you can feel the love of music all around the school.”
While at MI, he will focus on “mastering the skills of mixing, learning the history behind it, learning the basics of Ableton and production and creating an original song.”
He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals and aspirations to “become a world reknown DJ and Producer. I have a dream of getting signed by Owsla. I’d like to travel the world and play at a variety of festivals and clubs.”
Everyone at MI would like to congratulate David on winning this prestigious award.
Special thanks to MI’s longtime owner Histake Shibuya for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like David with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.