BURN Residency - How it works?

30 January 2017

The world’s biggest DJ competition, BURN Residency 2017, seeks out the best-undiscovered talent from across the globe. BURN Residency offers undiscovered DJ talent the opportunity of a lifetime, a career jump-start that puts them onstage in a European city as well as a 5 weeks Residency in electronic music mecca, Ibiza. The crowned winner will receive a €100,000 contract – a direct investment into their new career as an emerging DJ. Each stage of the competition will be judged by a panel of industry experts and international DJs. BURN Residency has seen guest mentors and judges such as Carl Cox, Pete Tong, John Digweed, Maceo Plex, Steve Lawler, Luciano and Jamie Jones invest their time into the competition and offer candidates tips and tricks on how to build a successful DJ career.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, follow these steps:

Upload your mix to your Mixcloud account, using the artwork provided HERE and use the title: BURN RESIDENCY 2017 – YOUR DJ NAME

The mix you will need to upload to enter the competition must be between 20:00 and 45:00 minutes long. Pack as much into that window of opportunity as possible. Stay true to what you do.

Complete the entry form and submit your mix via the Enter Competition tab.

The final stage of application is promoting your mix… it’s time to get networking. The more popular your uploaded mix proves to be the more likely you’ll be shortlisted by the judges - favourites and plays account for everything. To be in with a chance to go through to the next round your mix needs to gain 30 favourites.  Our expert panel of judges will then shortlist their favourite entries by seeking out the kind of qualities that showcase creative flare, commercial viability, originality and a distinctive signature sound.

Citizens of countries and cities, no matter how far-flung, are all encouraged to get involved in the BURN Residency competition. If you can’t find your home country on our list of locations, then you will be competing for the ‘wildcard’ slot. Check our full terms and conditions here.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Cannot be signed to a management company

18 years old or older (at the time of application) 

Ability to speak and understand the English language

Computer skills

Owned mix 20:00-45:00 minutes long 

Production/sound engineering skills will be highly beneficial for applicants.

 

APPLYING: UPLOADING A DJ MIX & COLLECTING FAVOURITES

You will only get one chance at submitting your mix, so ensure it's your best self-sampled or produced sounds into the correct length: 20 to 45 minutes.

Once uploaded and registered, Mixcloud’s technical team will validate the length of each mix. Make sure the set you submit fully represents your best efforts. If you change your mind, your attempts to delete or re-upload alternative mixes will result in you being disqualified from the running.

Next, you must begin promoting your submission to ensure you garner as many favourites and listens as possible. So, spread the word to get over 30 favourites to be in with a chance to get through to the next round.

Saturday 1st April is the deadline for uploading mixes, the most popular mixes will be shortlisted and the critiquing will commence. This evaluation phase of the competition will involve a jury who rank mixes by the top 20% of DJs who have collected the largest number of listens and favourites on Mixcloud

Again, if you break the rules and go off-piste by purchasing Facebook likes from fake accounts, you will be disqualified from the competition.

 

MIX-OFFS & BOOTCAMP

Once we have collated all the mixes, our expert DJ jury will evaluate the mixes and will pick winners for the top five DJs per country, based on each competitor’s abilities on deck.

The top five DJs from each country, as selected by the elite central jury, will be invited to a live mix off event. Finer details can vary by country, so be sure to keep yourself updated on locations and timings as the competition heats up.

The contenders will be narrowed down to a short-listed 26 candidates – 1 mix-off winner from each country, plus any wildcards.

They’ll then participate in the first stage of boot camp – a four day test where only 16 will continue on to the next phase – a gig in a European city.

The 16 DJs will then travel to a European city, where they’ll get to perform at a BURN supported event. BE-AT.tv will live stream each event allowing contestants sets to be watched by thousands of people from all around the globe.

Next, the lucky 16 DJs will be flown to Ibiza to spend up to 7 days at the second stage of the BURN Residency ‘Boot camp’ in the world’s dance music capital, Ibiza. During this time, the competitors will attend lectures, workshops, DJ master classes and will undertake numerous production and performance challenges.

During boot camp budding DJs will be personally mentored by a string of BURN ambassadors, helping them improve and understand their craft professionally. This is a unique opportunity to grow and potentially win this competition.

ANNOUNCING THE 3 FINALISTS

The day of reckoning lands on the final day of the DJ boot camp. After a fun-fuelled, sun-drenched few days experiencing what life is like as a DJ, we will announce the three finalists. The trio will be continuing on to the clubs to play 5-week residencies. Once the closing parties are all played out and the sun finally sets on the summer of 2017, one DJ will be appointed the winner of BURN Residency, landing the grand prize of €100,000 to invest in their music career.

THE WINNER

To ensure our BURN Residency winner remains on point, a one-year contract with a management company is on offer.

 

FAQs

We welcome anyone with talent, personality and the ability to understand small print. Simply upload your mix using our straightforward tool. The judging panel is broad-minded with expansive philosophies on electronica.

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can create your Mixcloud account here, upload your mix here, and enter the competition here.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

You must upload an original mix which you have solely created. It must be no shorter than 20 minutes in length or no longer than 45 minutes in length.

HOW OLD SHOULD I BE?

You must be 18 years old or over to apply for this competition.

WHO CAN ENTER?

This is an open invitation to every DJ on the planet. No matter how far-flung your small farming village may be, you can represent your roots with pride. If you can’t find the country of your location, select the wildcard entry.

WHO WILL JUDGE THE SUBMISSIONS?

A panel of industry experts, BURN ambassadors and world renowned DJs.

WHEN WILL RESIDENCY BOOTCAMP TAKE PLACE?

Clear your schedule and book out holiday from your day job - from May 22 to May 26, 2017 you could be coming to Ibiza. If you end up being one of the final 16 and then the final three, you’ll need to be prepared to return to the island, dates will be confirmed later in the competition.

CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I AM FROM X COUNTRY?

All you wildcards entrants out there unite and prepare to break out from your isolated ends. Think of the BURN Residency as your metaphorical VIP season ticket to Fabric. Our standards are high.

WHAT IS THE PRIZE?

The winning prize is a €100,000 euro contract – an investment into your DJ career. This will all be yours alongside landing the title as our 2017 champion, a reputation that will then precede you.

WHAT IF I GO OVER THE 45 MINUTES OR UNDER THE 20 MINUTES ALLOWANCE?

We strictly only accept mixes between 20:00 and 45:00 minutes in their entirety. Anything above or below will disqualify you from the competition. Be creative with everything other than your timings.

DOES IT MATTER WHAT GENRE OF MUSIC I CHOOSE TO PLAY IN MY MIX?

The audience needs to remain key to the set you hone. Be as original and irrelevant as you want, but remember this is a genre-specific competition, exclusively tailored to electronic judges and dance music fans. 

WHO WILL BE LISTENING AND JUDGING THE MIXES FROM EACH COUNTRY?

The central judging team, including the head mentor, BURN ambassadors and many industry leaders.

CAN I SUBMIT A LIVE PERFORMANCE MIX FOR THIS COMPETITION?

The mix should be created specifically for the BURN Residency competition and any interfering background noises should be kept to a bare minimum to ensure sound quality is at its very best. Live performances have proved seriously popular in the past. The key is to record the set from your laptop as opposed to within a crowded environment to cancel out any noise pollution. 

CAN I USE MY OWN PRODUCTIONS IN MY MIX?

Sell yourself as much as you can throughout your uploaded mix. Self-produced sounds are very welcomed and add to the level of skills we can attribute to your profile. 

CAN I USE LIVE INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS?

Yes, we do not limit you in this area, but please ensure all the recordings are clear. You can you use vocals, field recordings, samples, and self-produced sounds.  

WHAT IF I'M BELOW THE AGE OF 18, CAN I STILL TAKE PART IN THIS COMPETITION?

No, you cannot enter the competition if you are below the age of 18 years old. All information is validated and checked thoroughly against all of our terms and conditions which can be found HERE.

CAN I ENTER THE COMPETITION AS PART OF A PAIR OR A GROUP?

No, you cannot enter the competition as part of a pair or a group. You must be a solo artist and performer.

CAN I ENTER MORE THAN ONE MIX?

No, you must not enter more than one mix. If you do try and play this game, your mix will be removed from your profile and this will lead to disqualification.

WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE ‘MIX-OFF’ EVENTS?

Keep April 12th - May 1st, 2017 open and available for the Mix-Off events.

CAN I VOTE FOR MYSELF?

No, you must not vote for yourself. This will lead to disqualification.