Fun road to world of pop music

YOUNGSTERS nowadays may be big pop fans, but they know very little about what goes into producing some of the best music and what it really takes to start a career in the industry.

Through the Summer Music Camp, to be organised by Hit Radio on July 23 and July 24, youngsters can get an insight into the real pop world and understand what it is all about and how the music is created.

''This is a healthy, informative and a highly entertaining activity organised for the youths. Details about career opportunities in this field are also given during the camp,'' said Mr Keyman Key Lok-man, producer of Hit Radio.

This is the third time the annual event is being held at the Sai Kung Po Leung Kuk Holiday Camp.

A variety of activities has been organised in the form of seminars on topics such as music production and promotion; a quiz to test participants' knowledge about the pop world; and a concert by local stars.

''This concert will be different from what we normally have. Singers will share their feelings about the pop scene with the campers,'' Mr Key said. ''Besides, campers will also be encouraged to ask questions.


''I hope the participants can realise that to create good music you have to have a strong sense of co-operation and teamwork.'' Mr Davis Kwan Wai-kwong, Assistant Project Director (China) of Hit Radio, said: ''I frequently receive calls from youngsters, telling me that they really want to know more about pop music.'' He hoped the summer camp, would answer most of the youngsters' queries.

''Campers can have a closer contact with singers, DJs and people from the pop scene and will have a clearer picture of how the musicians function behind the stage,'' Mr Kwan said.

Hit Radio assistant producer Edmond Poon Siu-chung said the response to the camp had been very encouraging.

There are only 1,000 places available. Of these, 600 places - 300 for day campers and the other 300 for overnight campers - are reserved for students, while the remaining 400 places will go to music fans aged 25 or below.


''Due to limited places, we will choose 30 schools out of all the applications,'' Mr Poon said. ''About 19 students and one teacher from each school will be invited.'' Students interested in the camp should contact their schools as the deadline for application is Saturday.

Those who do not want to apply through schools should contact Hit Radio directly and write, in a few words, why they want to join the camp. They should also submit a recent photo along with their application.


''These applicants will only be allowed to take part in the concert to be held on the first day of the camp,'' he said.