Hopes city DJ school will become an arts hub

Zeke Ugle and Luke Chan have just opened a Perth DJ school. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d404163
Zeke Ugle and Luke Chan have just opened a Perth DJ school. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d404163

Balcatta’s Zeke Ugle (26) and Luke Chan (23), of Mt Lawley, describe the scene as a ‘close knit community’ with audiences interested in listening to a variety of music.

‘The event nights over here are really good,’ Ugle said.

‘Perth has developed a different music direction in comparison to Sydney and Melbourne and that is why we feel like it is a lot more diverse and accepting of all types of music. The people here have a really positive attitude.’

The pair recently opened a DJ school, Lab Six, in an old 19-room converted house in Stirling Street.

The school is run from two rooms in the house, the rest of which is used for instrumental lessons and recording by Walther Music.

Walther Music co-founder Josh Hopkins said they wanted to make the property an arts hub in Perth, with a cafe opening at the rear of the property and the potential for an art gallery to also open.

Chan, aka Charlie Chan, who moved from Melbourne to Perth two years ago, said this was another example of collaboration between musicians in Perth.

‘People here really like music. There is no ego,’ he said.

Chan said the idea behind setting up the DJ school was to continue improving the electronic music scene.

‘What actually got us started was that we wanted to affect change. We want more people doing good DJing and learning how to do it properly,’ he said. We want to build a community of better DJs. In the end, you get a better music scene and it makes Perth better.’