DJ on a mission
A reality TV quest has become a personal charity mission for a young Mt Albert DJ.
When he was selected to be part of Work for Money, an MTV show following the search for DJ PMoney’s next apprentice, Frankie Smith never thought it would lead him to organise a large scale fundraising event.
Frankie made it to the final three contestants, who were given the challenge of making a profit from $200.
Though he didn’t win the competition, his idea – a fundraising concert for the Evile family children killed in a fire earlier this year – took on a life of its own.
Having secured advertising from MaiFM and thousands of dollars worth of pledges from contacts in the music industry, Frankie, aka DJ Taktix, says it made sense to see the event through.
“I thought even if this doesn’t make the cut for the show, I’m going to do it anyway.”
After a month of networking, tomorrow he will stage the free concert, featuring top acts including DJ Sirvere and Smashproof.
Frankie says he first had the idea for the fund raiser in January, just after the tragic deaths of the four children in the south Auckland house fire.
“I’m really pleased that I had the opportunity to do this for a really good cause.”
Frankie says when he came up against his main challenge – trying to find a cheap venue – friend Joshua Webb stepped in.
A rap artist, Joshua was planning his own event to be held at Botany Town Centre.
When Frankie approached him they decided to combine their knowledge of the music industry and use the free venue.
A bucket collection will be raising money through donations at the concert tomorrow with all proceeds going straight to the Evile family.
The show is at Botany Town Centre, on the corner of Ti Rakau and Te Irirangi Drive from 5pm to 9pm.
Big plans: Frankie Smith, left, and Joshua Webb have organised a fundraiser and memorial event for the victims of the Evile family.