Royal DJ Academy: Week 3; final two days!


We got to practice our battle sets in Wall club but the teachers were not present. Both Cornelia’s and Karolis sets were laden with quite heavy house, so I purposely chose to start mine with R&B and reggaeton. My plan was to appeal to the ladies in the crowd and then increase the tempo to finally finish off with a banging club tune called tsunami. We practiced well! All of us nailed our sets.

After practice we went for food at Alli Istoria, a Greek place we have been to a few times. I had to try their hummus but unfortunately it wasn’t as good as La Casa’s. No where close to be honest. We headed back to the hotel. I watched an episode of game of thrones and Karolis took a nap.

la casa

About 00:00 we went to the bar street to get tickets to Paradiso. Our head teacher Simon Kallin was warming up 01:00 – 03:00 before the international producer and DJ Otto Knows was set to play as the main gig. I wore a white linen suit, a red bow tie and a leopard print hat. Ha ha, pimp daddy on the loose.


I also brought my camera and my fat Canon f.28 70-200 mm L-series lens. It was a smart move, since I was approached by another photographer who offered me photo jobs in Rhodes for next summer. Will see where that goes..

Simon did a good job getting the crowd ready for Otto Knows! It was a really fun night and I took a taxi back to the hotel with Karolis at 04.30.


We woke up and headed for Pepe’s where the pre party gathering was for the pool party. All of us were a bit nervous about playing our DJ Battle! But we still wanted to do it. When we got to the pool party, our teachers told us to have a few drinks and relax so that we were not so nervous. I had two glasses of vodka with ice – perfect! I was in a super good mood. The sun was shining and everybody was partying! It was fantastic. After a few games, it was finally our turn to go on stage! Karolis was up first. He played his set almost to perfection! I wanted to go after him. The display was really difficult to see in the sunlight but I still managed quite well! I used hot queues, echo mix, cut mix and beat matching. I’m happy with the way my set turned out, but unfortunately the crowd was slightly too drunk to appreciate the reggaeton & RnB songs that my set started with. Cornelia was next and she played well! Her songs were perfect for the very drunk crowd: heavy house. Her mixing was not her best and she made a few mistakes, but she still managed to win the DJ battle! Congratulations to her. I think I would have had a very good chance of winning if the battle had occurred closer to the beginning of the party when people were not that wasted.

After the pool party, we went back to the hotel to pack. And at 20.00 we met the teachers for a final dinner at Sand cocktail & sushi bar! I had the same thing as the last time I was there: a large sushi combo of 20 pieces. Fantastic! And a frozen mango drink, and a blueberry mojito. Couldn’t ask for a better finish! After dinner, me, Oscar and Karolis went to the bar street to have a few good bye shots. At Wall club, he suggested that we also took a balloon of laughing gas. I breathed heavily into mine and temporarily passed out. I don’t remember it but apparently I fell of my chair and hit my shoulder on a ledge. Fortunately nothing broke but I have a massive bruise and a cut to prove it ha ha.


After saying good bye to Oscar, we headed to catch a cab to the airport. So long Greece. See you again soon I hope 🙂

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