Reindeer Records, creators of the Rock-Off and Off-Ramp competitions, are launching another competition, this one for young DJs across Maine.

The Reindeer Spin-Off is an opportunity for young DJs, younger than age 21, to show their creative deejay skills and stage personality while being able to rock a crowd with some great music.

The Spin-Off will kick off with a summer pilot series at Club Texas in Auburn. Showcase dates are Sundays, July 22 and 29, with the finals set for Sunday, Aug. 19. Additional showcase dates are possible, depending on demand.

Each showcase will feature as many as eight artists who will be evaluated by a celebrity panel who will apply the same criteria used in similar events in major cities nationwide — music, technique, image, stage presence and audience appeal.

The Spin-Off is designed to raise money and awareness for Reindeer’s Alternative Music Program (RAMP) and its efforts to create and implement an accredited music program for Maine’s alternative education students. Deadline for interested DJs to sign up is Sunday, June 10.  For more information, contact Reindeer at 857-9002 or; or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or