Hard Rock Hotel London and the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, have unveiled the victor of their nationwide search to discover Britain’s next big DJ star.
As part of their commitment to support budding talent and champion health and wellbeing through the power of music, Nordoff Robbins and Hard Rock Hotel London launched a national competition to encourage aspiring DJs to make beats behind bedroom doors and upload their own music mix to the Bedroom 2 Dancefloor website – Bedroom2Dancefloor.com. The most popular musical pieces were then judged by an expert panel of electronic aficionados, who then selected the top five finalists to be put forward for the people’s choice.
Winning the competition after going head-to-head with five finalists in a public vote, Connor Scott from Birmingham spoke about the inspiration behind their mix.
“Winning the bedroom to dancefloor competition has opened up so many opportunities for me. I’ve always wanted to work in big music events – seeing how a DJ can change the hype of a crowd and the whole experience of an event or even a night out, made realise that is what I wanted to be. Playing to different crowds, meeting new people, travelling and being able to work with and make music is what I love most.
Music is very important to me, and Nordoff Robbins are a charity that I think is doing amazing work. Music has had a massive benefit on my own mental health and I’ve seen how it can give someone who maybe can’t speak or communicate easily, an outlet”
The winner was crowned champion from the five finalists who were judged and selected by an expert panel of electronic dance music’s (EDM) best in the business. The judges included world-famous DJs and industry experts across club land, labels, music schools, equipment and media. The esteemed panel of experts included:
- Sister Blissfrom Faithless
- Happy Days for Everyone, Brandon Block
- BBC 6 Music, Chris Hawkins
- Ministry of Sound, George Thomas
- DJ Mag, Carl Loben
- Point Blank Music School, Rob Cowan
- Sentric, Mark Lawrence
- Toolroom, Stuart Knight
- Native Instruments, David Eserin
The winner received a host of prizes including:
- A two-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel London in a Rock Royalty Suite
- The chance to perform live at one of Nordoff Robbins events
- A slot on Soho Radio
- S4 DJ controller by Native Instruments
- Online DJ course with Point Blank Music School
Following the new Hard Rock Hotel London recently opening on 30th April 2019, the competition unveils the new long-term partnership with Nordoff Robbins as the hotel’s official charity partner through Hard Rock’s charitable foundation, Hard Rock Heals, with guests and locals alike offered the chance to support Nordoff Robbins through a variety of fundraising initiatives within the hotel.
Founded in 1959, Nordoff Robbins offers those with life-limiting illnesses, physical disabilities or emotional challenges life-changing music therapy through its dedicated open access centres and over 200 partner organisations. With the announcement of this new partnership, Hard Rock Hotel London will join musical royalty such as Sir Paul McCartney, Sting, Barry Gibb and Dame Shirley Bassey, who have supported the charity over the years.
With approximately 900 stylish suites and rooms, Hard Rock Hotel London will serve as a landmark within the London landscape, as well as a permanent home to celebrate the heritage of the musical and cultural legends that have previously stayed at the iconic Marble Arch location, including Bob Dylan, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix and Diana Ross.