My name is Olcay Ertek but you can call me Jai.
I was a student at Cecil Hills High School from 2003 - 2008 where I completed my Higher School Certificate. I'm writing this in the hope that it will inspire new students to pursue their dreams, just as I did.
During my time at Cecil Hills High School, I learned to produce electronic dance music (starting at the age of 15 when I was in Year 9). In March 2010, not long after I graduated, I was offered a record deal and agreement from a label in the Netherlands called "Fusion Records"- some of you may know my colleagues from there (DJ Zany, Donkey Rollers, etc). From there I was introduced to some of the biggest names in electronic music such as Avicii. I then changed labels and joined one of my best friends (Cody Black) at a record label called 'WE R Records' which is run by Brennan Heart.
It was at this point that I decided to form a duo with a very good friend of mine, Elie Abwi, and we formed the group "Toneshifterz" and even released vinyls and albums worldwide. Upon moving to the Netherlands, we had bookings in nearly every country in Europe, USA and Canada every week within the first year. Needless to say, my dreams were coming true before my eyes.
I produced music for Afrojack, Sunny Marleen and of course my own aliases. I performed at Defqon 1 Australia. I also performed on the mainstage of Defqon 1 Netherlands in 2012 to 40,000 people. I performed at Tomorrowland and countless other very popular festivals around Europe (HardBass 2013 Team Yellow) which had about 32,000 people in attendance and Decibal 2013 which had about 30,000 people. I never in a million years thought I would showcase my own music for that many people but hey, it happened,
I moved back to Australia in January 2014 and continued to perform here. As of November 2019, I will be returning to Europe to continue with my career. I thought it was impossible to live my dream and I'm sure a lot of you feel the same way. If I could do it, anyone of you could too.
I'll leave you guys with this:
Impossible is unacceptable. Chase your dreams and don't give up. Do NOT wait until it is too late. So, start making moves and think about what the future could hold for you.
On a final note, I would not be doing what I am today if it weren't for attending Cecil Hills High School.
I wish you all the best in your study, exams and in your future endeavours.
Olcay Ertek (Class of 2008)