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Saturday 20 December 2014

DJ Arcade: Schoolboy Micky Hopkins nets global audience for his grooves

Schoolboy Micky Hopkins has become a regular dance music DJ on the internet station Groovebox
Schoolboy Micky Hopkins has become a regular dance music DJ on the internet station Groovebox

Meet Micky Hopkins (14), aka DJ Arcade, who is catching attention with his radio shows on internet station Groovebox and to his Soundcloud account.

The Enniskillen teenager's music has been downloaded and played all over the world, from Singapore and Colombia to Canada, India and Iran to name a few.

The Erne Integrated College year 10 pupil is now a regular on Groovebox, broadcasting every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-7pm and on a Sunday from 11am-1pm.

It all started with a basic DJ programme on his laptop, but at Christmas it was time to get his own decks, amp, speakers and other equipment.

Micky, the oldest of four siblings, told the Belfast Telegraph he loves how dance music makes him feel and his "cool" hobby gets a big thumbs-up from his friends and classmates.

"I really like music without vocals," he said. "I like electro house best. I definitely would like music to be my career."

Micky's mum Joanne said her son's work was heard by Groovebox station owner Tony Martin and things have progressed from there.

"He has gained respect from all the other DJs on the station for being so young and talented," she said. "He has been asked to go over to England to play a nightclub for the radio roadshow.

"In the future his dream is to play Tommorrowland and nightclubs in Ibiza."

In the meantime, Micky will be DJing at his local youth club Valentine's disco.

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