CCSS hosts 4th Annual Teen Splash
For the fourth year running, the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS) prepares to host its annual teen DJ competition, Teen Splash. The show is very much anticipated among the teens and this year’s show has been dubbed Teen Splash 2K14 - The DJ Spin-Off Colours Edition.
The event is made possible through the CCSS Ball Committee (CBC Promotions) in collaboration with Transworld Entertainment, and is an opportunity for teen DJs around Saint Lucia to showcase their talent. We spoke to teacher at the CCSS, Michael Peterkin, on what can be expected at the show which takes place on Friday December 12 at the National Cultural Centre.
“The age range we are looking at is 13 to 19 and the event is open to all teens around the country. In terms of criteria, we are trying to follow deejaying principles so out of 90 points we will be looking at genres of music, the ability to mix, skills and tricks including scratching and pull-ups, the use of mic to get appropriate crowd response, and, of course, crowd response. So we have these five categories and this year we’ve added another element called fan base. A DJ is not a DJ without a fan base. What we’ve done is we’ve placed the photos of the different DJs on the official event page on Facebook and we’re getting the DJs to encourage their fans to “like” their picture. The DJ who has the most “likes” on the event page will gain a bonus of ten points. So the DJs are now forced to promote themselves,” Peterkin explained.
Peterkin, along with the other organizers, hopes to raise as many funds as possible to assist with different school projects, one of which is the refurbishment of the CCSS sick room as well as hosting the annual graduation ball.
“We are even more excited this year because the reigning Heineken Green Synergy Champion, DJ Mad X, is also a two time champion at Teen Splash and also the defending champion as he won the competition in 2011 and 2013. He has taken part in all of the first three editions of the competition and has been very consistent by winning in 2011, grabbing the first runner-up prize in 2012 and winning again in 2013. So this augurs very well for the competition and obviously the show has helped DJ Mad X to get where he is right now. Mad X is now 19 so he will be looking to defend his title in his final year,” said Peterkin enthusiastically.
“I find myself sharing two roles as the Chairman of the CCSS Ball Committee and also the general manager of Transworld Entertainment, and what Transworld has done is to come on board and make this event a lot more marketable and exciting. We would like to thank our sponsors for this year and over the years who have made this event a reality including The STAR.”
“For this year we have on board: Diamonds International, Blazing 99.3 FM, The Cell, Wassup Magazine, Yo Magazine, Mayers Printing, and Blue Arc Construction. Also DBS has always been there for us, and The Cell will offer top-ups and door prizes and different gifts as we are in the Christmas season. The show starts at 3pm. It should be very competitive and we are encouraging all teens to come out to the National Cultural Centre dressed in the colours of the national flag in commemoration of National Day which is the day after. A lucky teen wearing the national colours will win a prize.
Entertainment will also be provided by Bossla, Chester, the two-time Green Synergy Champion, Selector Twist and DJ Litchie. Tickets are on sale for $30 and will cost $35 at the gate.
Defending Teen Splash and reigning Green Synergy champ:
DJ Mad X.