December 18, 2014 / 0 Comments

Uk Hip-hop Artist Jehst visits our campus

Renowned UK hip-hop artist Jehst (otherwise known as Will) visited our campus for an intimate Q&A session and industry lecture with our Music Performance students. He began his career by co-finding his own production company YNR (Young ‘n’ Restless) while releasing “Premonitions”- his debut EP in 1999. Musically, Jehst tackles issues and topics raised when growing up in London which is evident when listening to any of his tracks.

During the talk, Jehst covered important points regarding working in the music industry and within a label including branding and representation highlighting what to do and what to avoid when approaching a record label. He described breaking through the music industry as a leap of faith stressing not to allow rejection to knock you back and to continue approaching various different labels and to constantly network with others in the same industry. His visit ended with live performances from our students who displayed amazing talent from singing, piano playing and rapping to receive advice and tips on performing from Jehst himself including projection of voice and pronunciation of lyrics.



December 17, 2014 / 0 Comments

St John’s Ambulance provide first aid training

On Monday 15th St John’s Ambulance team visited our campus to provide potentially life saving training to our learners. This session is part of a project run by St John’s called “RISE” which aims to teach young people about the dangers of knife and gun crime and what steps they can carry out to potentially save the life of a victim. Emma led the session by  focusing on gun and knife related injuries, CPR, bleeds, dealing with an emergency and how to use the DRABC action plan:


Are you, the casualty or others in danger?



Is the casualty conscious?



Clearing the airway

Opening the airway



Look out for movement of chest rising and falling

Listen out for breathing noises



Feel the carotid pulse (in the neck)

If no pulse is present, carry out CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) 


 “St John Ambulance believes that everyone should have access to first aid and we are dedicated to equipping as many people as possible with the skills to be the difference between life and death.”


Learners were able to practice resuscitation techniques using a dummy, completing each step of the action plan clearly. 

December 15, 2014 / 0 Comments

DV8 Training Shortlisted for Training Provider Of The Year


We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for  the “training provider of the year” award at the Times Educational Supplement’s annual FE awards. The announcement of the winners will be made at the awards and gala dinner, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in February 2015. 

“I was struck by the huge amount of enthusiasm and passion that DV8 training have for some of the most disadvantaged young people. Seeing an organisation grow from one room to this year providing education for over 400 people with the launch of the new academy, I am honoured to be part of that team and to have nominated DV8 for this award. I wish DV8 training the best of luck at the awards in february.” – Sacha Corcoran, principle at DV8 Academy

December 15, 2014 / 0 Comments

SoundSkool Play Loud Showcase

Have a look at what our SoundSkool students organised and performed at in June 2014. Play Loud was headlined by PAIGEY CAKEY, CLIXX and OSD.
If you live near Barnet in North London and are looking for a course in Artist Development or Music Production then get in contact with SoundSkool.
Still a few places left, to enquire or to enrol now:
Tel: 07539 538 850 OR  0208 440 8227
December 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

Music Production and Business students visit The Heavytrackerz

Our level 1 music production class visited The Heavytrackerz studio for the chance to learn how to  contextualise music and film while gaining an insight into the music industry. Ex MPB student and member of heavy trackers Rasi invited our current students for an in-studio session to gain industry experience while working on professional recording equipment and software. Rasi also gave us an insight into how The Heavytrackerz came about producing hit single “german whip” featuring Meridian Dan and explained about the success of crafting out Stormzy’s “Not That Deep” which led on to him winning “best grime artist” at the 2014 MOBO awards. 

“The visit to the studio was an amazing experience for our learners because they gained inside knowledge from an industry professional outside of DV8″- Bhumeet Kala-Lee (Music Production & Business Support Tutor)

December 11, 2014 / 0 Comments

First Run DV8 at the new DV8 Campus!

We kicked off December with Series 3 episode 1 of our Run DV8 show with 120 people in attendance which featured some incredible performances from students across DV8 training and DV8 Academy. Hosting the evening was Kofi Ankarah and Jacqui Bennett who is also the vocalist of our in-house staff band.

Jacqui performed two songs with inhouse band ( wishing on a star and never too much) joined by Ebony (student) who also performed with staff band. We also featured a special premier of doc brown “staring in the fridge” which was filmed at our DV8 Campus by our Media Students!

We also had a 15 minute set from Cynthia with Jessie J covers and Video games by Lana Del Rey as well as a Fashion show by our Level 2 Fashion students!

December 11, 2014 / 0 Comments

Industry Speaker: Caterina Schmitt

Fashion Designer and recent graduate from The London College of Fashion Caterina Schmitt paid our level one fashion students a visit for an industry lecture explaining the typical role of fashion as a career compared to fashion as a hobby. Caterina discussed desired skills and assets to become a designer and highlighted important points including networking, self-presentation, branding/promotion, market awareness, customer profiling and company ethos. Caterina encouraged our learners to secure an internship within a fashion brand in order to gain valuable knowledge and work experience working in a real life, fast paced company. Currently, Caterina is working on starting her own label “Kraken Fashion”.

You can find Caterina online here:

December 10, 2014 / 0 Comments

FTV course students film promotional video for FRP

Our Level two FTV course students were asked to film a promotional video for Waltham Forest Recycle Paint Centre in order to advertise and encourage the power of recycling within the borough. Forest Recycle Project is a social enterprise charity running for the past 25 years which develops innovative ways to involve communities in the minimisation of waste and to re-use resources to deliver social and environmental benefits.


“Our aim is to enable people to build confidence, reduce social exclusion, develop skills and experience and make a positive contribution to the environment and society. Also to allow people to save money through broadening access to good quality, affordable re-usable goods.”

Preparation for the shoot began by ensuring all appropriate equipment had been booked and signed out. The class were divided into two groups; one to film at the shop tucked behind Hoe Street in Walthamstow while the other group were sent to the paint warehouse in Leytonstone where the paint is sorted and priced before being delivered to the shop.


When filming, our students were asked to highlight specific points about the organisation including the environmental impact that FRP have as there are 330 million litres of paint sold each year, of which 50 million litres (the equivalent to 20 Olympic sized swimming pools) end up being incinerated at landfill sites. Last year FRP prevented 50,000 litres of paint from going to landfill saving 178 tonnes of CO2. Paint is not re-packaged in order to reduce wastage.


With recycling paints, FRP were able to save the individuals and community groups between £300 and £500 and provided savings of over £300,000 last year.  Volunteers at FRP provide job opportunities as they work closely with community payback and individuals with mental health issues.  All paint sold in the shop is surplus, meaning that it has been left over; not used before so the quality is just as good as that you buy from DIY stores.

FRP online:

Shop Address:

2c Bakers Avenue (tucked behind The Hornbeam Café which is located at 458 Hoe Street)
London E17 9AW

December 5, 2014 / 0 Comments

Industry Guests: Jack Peney and Toose

To celebrate the beginning of December we welcomed two hip-hop producers from YNR and LIFELONG records to our campus for a lecture/masterclass with our level 3 music production and business Students. The session began with a performance from Jack Peney and Toose Kreichgauer (also known as No Name) using a Native Instruments Maschine mixing various samples together to create a unique sound.


Jack Peney began making music around six years ago driven by his love of hip hop. What inspired him was the first chase and status album named “More Than A lot” when his mind was blown knowing that it was possible to produce such music on a laptop. He has been producing for six years now using mainly logic 9. As a project manager and studio engineer at YNR Records he produces mainly hip-hop but often switches up his style. YNR are responsible for UK Hip-hop artists such as Task Force and Jehst.

Toose Kreichgauer started producing ten years ago after watching a film called “Hustle & Flow” which inspired him to buy an acai mpc to begin sampling old records and playing around with different sounds. Now working as a producer and performer for Lifelong records Toose is endorsed by Native instruments and Toke clothing and has gigs lined up in Amsterdam Tenerife and Munich.