DJ on a mis­sion

Central Leader - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Big plans: Frankie Smith, left, and Joshua Webb have or­gan­ised a fundraiser and memo­rial event for the vic­tims of the Evile fam­ily.

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