AN event designed for anyone interested in a career in the electronic music industry is to be held on February 27 and 28.

Hosted by Soma Records, it will include a focus on the effects of the pandemic on different sectors of the industry and what the future holds for it. Panellists include Glasgow DJ duo and techno icons Slam as well as rising DJ star of the European techno scene Cera Khin.

There will also be an electronic music production masterclass from world famous DJ, producer and Soma Records artist Rebekah.

In addition, global electronic music equipment and software giants Pioneer DJ will be hosting a masterclass on their latest DJ equipment. This will be followed by an exclusive interview with DJ and producer Nightwave.

A panel focusing on clubs, creatives, communities and mental health will be curated by Clubber2Clubber, a non-profit organisation promoting wellbeing in the clubbing community.

The panellists also include Scottish rapper, author and Bafta-nominated filmmaker Loki, aka Darren McGarvey, Juliette Duffy, founder of psychological artistic magazine Pysche, and a representative from Scottish harm reduction charity Crew. At the end of the virtual Soma Skool, UK based DJ and producer Manni Dee will be hosting a masterclass based around a breakdown of one of his own fast paced techno tracks.

To top the event off, Soma Records are giving ticket holders the chance to have their tracks receive feedback from the Soma A+R team.

“Events like Soma Skool not only bring people together but also inspire, educate and give everyone involved a little boost,” said Nightwave, otherwise known as Maya Medvesek. “It’s invaluable for the younger generation to meet well established people in the industry and be able to ask questions first-hand. Glasgow is one of the best cities in the world for electronic music and it’s events like this that keep it going.”

She said it had been an “extremely challenging time” for musicians.

“I don’t know anyone that hasn’t struggled. I tried to stay productive but it’s very difficult when there seems to be no ending or clarity with regards to us going back to work, so I prioritise self-care and keeping sane above everything else.”

Jamie Houston, music officer at Creative Scotland, said: “Soma Skool is playing a pivotal role in educating and inspiring Scotland’s future music innovators.”