DMI Feature Friday – Kailey Mathis

This week’s DMI “Feature Friday” takes a look into the life of a dedicated senior, Kailey Mathis. Kailey is one of our audio engineering students here at the DMI. Kailey was asked a series of questions to see how her final year of college is going. KMathis

  1. Question: How is your senior year going?“My senior year is going great. It’s going by SUPER fast. I literally feel like I just enrolled to be a student here at DSU and now my time here is coming to an end. Now I know what everyone was talking about when they said enjoy your time in college, because it goes by quickly and then you are out in the “real world.”
  2. Question: What are you working on this semester?“The biggest project I am currently working on is the recording of my first EP. It will feature 5 or 6 original songs and will hopefully be available to the public in December. When you play a CD in your car or stream a song, you never really think about how much time, money, and energy goes into the making of that CD and all of its contents. This has definitely been a fun project and a great learning experience. I am very excited to share my songs with everyone!”
  3. Question: What do you like to do when you aren’t making music?“With school keeping me so busy, I suppose I’ve become accustomed to always doing something, so during my time away from school and music, I entertain myself with many different hobbies. Whenever I have the time, I like to go on weekend trips to the beach, where my family and I go scuba diving. I have always loved the ocean and have been fascinated with all of the beautiful life within – it is truly a sight to behold. I enjoy painting with watercolors and attempting to recreate Bob Ross paintings with my grandmother. I also enjoy ceramics and making different styles of pottery both functional and decorative. I love making special ceramic pieces that are customized for each person in some way, giving the pottery to that person as a random gift, and watching their faces light up with joy. When I am tired of doing all of those things, I like to just curl up on the couch with a warm blanket and watch Netflix.”Keep up with Kailey and be on the look out for her first EP.

Like Kailey, all of our students are working hard to finish their projects as the semester is coming to an end. Stay tuned for more!


DMI Feature Friday – Libby Switzer

To kick off our series, “Feature Friday”, DMI is featuring freshman student Libby Switzer.  Libby is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, and is an Entertainment Industry Studies major. She is a member of the classic rock band, DeltaRoX, and is also a member of the the Delta State University Tennis Team. We asked Libby a series of questions to get her personal thoughts about her college experience thus far.

Libby Switzer
Libby Switzer
  1. Question: Is college what you expected it to be?

“College is definitely not what I expected it to be.  Within the first couple weeks, so much changed for me.  I’ve learned to be more responsible and keep my room clean without my mom telling me I can’t go out.  Ha!  I recently joined the tennis team which is not something that I was planning on doing when I first arrived a couple months ago.  I have a job with the DMI Mobile Lab: Healing with a Groove program where I get the privilege of teaching middle-high school students about music/songwriting.”

  1. Question: If you could change one thing about college what would it be?

“The only thing I would change about my college experience would be putting more hours in the day.  I really am enjoying college as a whole, my classes are good, I have great friends, I’m playing tennis, I’m making music, I wouldn’t change any of that!  I think I would just like a little more time for a 30-minute nap here and there.”

  1. Question: What is your favorite thing about DSU?

“My favorite thing about Delta State is how small and sort of tight knit the community is. Everything feels very somewhat simple and laid out for me right now, which will more than likely change, but it’s good for now. “

We are so proud to have students like Libby as a part of the Delta Music Institute. Libby hopes to become a successful songwriter and start touring either with a cover band or performing her original music. She has already started thinking ahead of how she can give back to her hometown. “After all the fun is over, I wouldn’t mind moving back down to Gulfport and start a program teaching young people a base of what I am learning in the DMI.  I think it is important for kids to know that this is an option for their future!”

Well played, Libby:)



Festivals, conferences, and…..mid-terms!

It is finally starting to feel like fall, which means school and our students are in full swing. On top of their school work, our students have been busy with music festivals, conferences, and so much more. The last weekend in September several DMI entertainment industry majors worked on staff as stage hands for the fifth annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville, MS.  Senior Brittany McGee was the primary production assistant for the entire festival. Brittany commented, “This was a huge opportunity for students to get hands on learning experience about what it takes to put on a concert. I was well pleased with our DMI students and how they represented our program. It was definitely a weekend we will never forget.” DMI_MMMF crew 2017

On October 1-3, 2017 The International Conference on the Blues, hosted by Delta State University, was held at GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi. The Blues Conference consists of three days of intense academic and scholarly activity and music. This year’s conference had a dual focus on John Lee Hooker and Alan Lomax. DMI students, faculty, and staff contributed to the conference with performances and tech support.

The 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ celebration at Delta State took place October 6-7 and featured all three of our DMI Bands, along with a special performance by DSU President Bill LaForge. DMI bands Ol’ Skool Revue, DeltaRoX, and B4Y2K were also featured at the 35th  annual Octoberfest in downtown Cleveland on October 14.

Can you say BUSY?? Mid-terms are this week, so here’s hoping all of our students are prepped and ready to show what they’ve learned at the halfway point. After we all come up for air, we’ll be back with another blog post from the Delta Music Institute. Rock on!


Upcoming Events:

Hot Tamale Festival: October 21, 2017 (Ol Skool Revue) Greenville, MS

DSU Homecoming: November 11, 2017 (Ol Skool Revue, DeltaRoX, B4Y2K)


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