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Phoenix Lights presents the 4rd annual Phoenix Lights First Encounters DJ Competition. Compete to win an opening slot at Phoenix Lights Music Festival 2020 featuring Alesso, Afrojack, Seven Lions and many many more!

Proceeds to benefit ChildHelp. 

PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL COMPETITION RULES! GOOD LUCK!

1. Must not have played any 2018 or 2019 Relentless Beats show as support to a headliner, hence the title “First Encounters”.  (18+)

2. Please record a demo set and upload to your SoundCloud or MixCloud account. The set needs to be at least 30 minutes long and feature your style of music. In other words, don’t submit a trance set and play dubstep during your performance. The mix does not need to be exclusive for the competition, but the fresher the better  Name this set “Phoenix Lights First Encounters 2020” so we can find it easily.

3. Please fill out this form with all relevant information: https://forms.gle/TsCxVbTaKFidpkPZ7

4. All submissions must be in by 11:59PM on Sunday, February 9, 2020.  10 applicants will be selected by the Relentless Beats team to compete along with 2 Wild Cards to fill any no-shows.

5. To ensure equal crowds and fair time slots for everyone, slots will be drawn at random by the competitors at 8:30PM before the doors are open for the show.  If you are not checked in by 8:50PM you will forfeit your slot and it will go to one of the wild cards.  Check this page or the facebook event page for updates. We’ll also email your instructions. You will get a 15-minute timeslot. There are no timeslot changes allowed so if you do not show up for your slot once you draw it, you forfeit it. So make sure you are available on this date for the full show time before entering competition.

6. All DJs will need to arrive at AURA by 8:30PM to check in and encouraged to support the other DJs throughout the competition.

7. Winner of opening Phoenix Lights time slot will be announced at the end of the show.

COMPETITION FORMAT
You can perform on any equipment or software you want provided that it will work with the AURA DJ Booth limitations. The DJ Booth will have 2 PIONEER CDJ 2000 Nexus 2 and a DJM 900 NXS2 mixer ready to go. NO pulling equipment. There are two open lines on the mixer and approximately 16in of space for additional equipment on either side of the CDJs. You may use the CDJs or one open area of the booth& one open channel on the mixer. You cannot use both the open channels or both open areas. An RCA will be provided and hooked to the mixer. Your set time will be timed to the minute so make sure you prepare for a solid 15 minute set. We will cut you off if you run over. Don’t worry we will be there to give you notice on time. You must be an adult (18+) to compete. All forms of electronic music are accepted.

SUPPORT REQUIREMENT
You will be provide a promo code for $5 guestlist and you must have at least 20 people redeem your code and actually show up to support your performance. This is the minimal requirement to qualify for the prizes. Our ticket system will keep track of the codes redeemed and the guests that show up. DJs, big and small, put a lot of effort into promoting themselves. If you take the Phoenix Lights stage, we want someone who pushes himself or herself as an artist. We have a theory; if you don’t have people who believe in and support your music, we probably won’t either.

JUDGING
Judging will be based on the following categories:

Technical Judging: Difficulty of Performance, Phrasing, Musicality, Use Of Technology, and Ease of Setup

Interactive Judging: Track Selection, DJ Booth Presence, Crowd Interaction/Response.
If you bring a big crowd, it will help with the crowd response.

PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL
We will design a flyer for each competitor for your promotional use. Please promote your performance. Again, crowd interaction is a key factor.

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AURA Nightclub

411 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ, 85003

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