The workshop, at the Hermon Arts Center in Chapel Street, was led by Neil Perch of the Zion train, who had toured the world with his mix of reggae and dance music.
He led potential young arts through an introduction to the DJ mixer and the basic techniques of DJ-ing with two recording decks. They also looked at pre-monitoring and mixing from multiple audio sources.
Attendees, who were asked to bring along three pieces of vinyl of their choice, were also introduced to the use of a simple analog mixer, audio effects units, their functionality and their interrelationship.
Neil said: “The workshop aims to provide a good basic knowledge in a short period of time and we think it is ideal for anyone interested in playing and/or playing music and mixing music. live or pre-recorded – for teens and beyond.”
Originally formed in Oxford as a sound system in 1988 by Neil Perch and Ben Hamilton, Zion Train were pioneers of Dub/Dance and have been the undisputed leaders of the genre for over 25 years.
The group has always been involved in alternative and DIY culture as well as revolutionary Reggae music since its inception. Zion Train pioneered the practice of dynamic on-stage mixing incorporating vocalists and live instruments.
Zion Train has played over 3,000 shows, including 15 Glastonbury Festivals, and has traveled across Europe, the United States, South America, Africa, Japan and Australia.
The Saturday workshop was one of the musical events that were part of the Love Oswestry Festival.