DJ Crash Course

£747

Overview

Whether you already dabble or are musically challenged, this DJ crash course will get you up to speed and on stage fast!

Requirements

No prior DJing or music knowledge required.

1-2-1 Tuition

Lessons are all taught one-on-one from our Birmingham and Oxford studios. You'll never be in a group, and you can learn at your own pace.

Flexible Scheduling

There are four two-hour lessons that you can book any day of the week at any of our studios. All equipment is provided and lesson times are 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm or 8pm, once booked you can reschedule when needed.

Graduates Get Benefits

In partnership with LSA our graduates get gigs at numerous clubs including Ministry of Sound, 02 Academy and Egg LDN, regional events in Birmingham and Oxford and DJ opportunities at festivals including SW4, Arcadia and Elrow Town. Not to mention DJ gigs on our annual Ibiza tour and all benefits exclusive to DJ Gym and LSA. Graduates also receive LSA certification and join our growing community of DJs and producers.

Rated #1

DJ Gym has 100+ 5 star reviews, celebrity alumni and accolades from across the industry. Our tutors are practicing DJs with extensive experience in the music industry.

Accredited By LSA

DJ Gym is accredited by LSA, the UK's number 1 DJ & Music Production academy based in London.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to use Rekordbox & mix harmonically
  • How to use the industry standard decks & the jog wheel
  • How to use the mixer and blend your tracks together with the EQs
  • All about phrasing, track structures and the timing of your mixes
  • How to use the Beat & Color FX
  • How to switch between DJs at gigs and how to mix into other genres
  • How to use the Hot Cue functions & Vinyl mode
  • All about the Technic 1210 turntables & how to use them
  • How to pitch-shift on CDJs & on Vinyl
  • About specialist mixing techniques and how to plan your first live set

Equipment & Software

You'll start learning on industry standard DJ equipment including the Pioneer CDJ 2000 Nexus and DJM mixer set up used in the majority of clubs alongside Rekordbox and Mixed In Key. Then you'll continue by learning how to use the Technics Turntables in addition to refining your skills on the Pioneer CDJ 2000 Nexus and DJM mixer. If you want to take it a bit further, you can also start learning how to use Allen & Heath mixers, the new Pioneer DJS 1000, Korg or Acai controllers.

01

Preparing Your Set

Learn all about the different formats and how to download and organise your music library. Learn how to organise playlists in Rekordbox and set cue points.

02

Harmonic Mixing

Learn how to analyse the key of your tracks using Mixed In Key and how to plan and mix harmonically.

03

Getting Started

Learn about the industry standard Pioneer DJ decks and mixer. Get your hands on the controls and load your tracks.

04

Beatmatching

Get to grips with cueing up your record and beatmatching by ear. Use the Jog wheel, monitors and headphones to lock in the perfect mix.

05

Seamless Mixing

Learn how to blend your mix seamlessly with the channel faders and the EQs.

06

Phrasing

Learn all about the phrasing structure of your tracks and how they are produced to be mixed together. Practice mixing your tracks on the phrase.

07

Impact Mixing

Learn how to create more impactful mixes using your EQ’s alongside your musical phrasing. Broaden your mixing abilities and be able to mix quicker, with more accuracy.

08

Filters & FX

Learn how to use the Filter and other Color FX to make your transitions even smoother.

09

Prepare You First Recording

Prepare your playlist on Rekordbox for your first recording while making use of the advanced functions of the program.

10

Improve Your Mix

Recap your previous lessons and improve on your basics with more in-depth mentorship and one-to-one mixing with your tutor.

11

Record Your First Mix

Learn how to plan and record your first mix with your tutor by your side.

12

Advanced Rekordbox

Learn how to use all the advanced features of Rekordbox including the Hot Cues and Loops. You’ll also be shown how to fix difficult beatgrids.

13

Setup, Warmup & Recap

Be tested on setting up your decks and mixer and complete your warm up exercises. Recap your previous module and make sure you’ve ticked everything off.

14

Beat FX

Learn how to use all the Beat FX, the best ways to use them with your chosen style of music and how to use them to make mix transitions even smoother.

15

Loops & Loop Rolls

Learn how to create loops and perform various loop tricks in the mix.

16

Vinyl Mode

Learn how to use Vinyl mode on the CDJ so you can make use of the platter while performing some dramatic tricks.

17

How It Works In A Club

Learn how to transition between DJ’s in a club, how to mix into their music and how to avoid all the common problems you may encounter when playing out.

18

Setup, Warmup & Recap

Be tested on setting up your decks and mixer and complete your warm up exercises. We’ll continue to coach you while incorporating the Beat FX, Loops and Vinyl Mode.

19

Cut Like A Pro

Learn how to add some theatre to your movements and how to cut like a pro. We’ll teach you all the common cutting routines and focus on those suitable for your genre of music.

20

Advanced Cutting

We’ll show you how to spice up your more complicated mix routines with the FX, combing your cuts with FX like Echo and Reverb for an even more attention grabbing mix.

21

Switch Between DJs

We’ll now test you on your ability to deal with common issues when switching between DJs in a club including using the linked USBs, different genres of music and the general settings of your equipment.

22

Setup, Warmup & Recap

Be tested on setting up your decks and mixer and complete your warm up exercises. We’ll continue to coach you while incorporating your new cutting skills into the mix.

23

Hot Cues

Learn how to use the Hot Cues for various mix tricks including skipping from one part of the song to the next and drumming in a new rhythm.

24

Acapella Mixing

Learn how to use Acapella in your mix, integrating a whole vocal or just chopping it up into smaller samples with the Hot Cues.

25

Know Your Decks Inside Out

Go through every single button and function of the CDJs and Mixer with your tutor. We’ll make sure that you know everything!

26

Switch Between DJs

We’ll now test you again on your ability to deal with common issues when switching between DJs in a club including using the linked USBs, different genres of music and the general settings of your equipment.

27

Warmup & Coaching

Complete your warm up exercises. We’ll continue to coach you while incorporating your new Hot Cue and Acappella skills into the mix.

28

Recording A Creative Mix

Record your mix to showcase all your new skills and then go through a final report with your tutor to see what areas you may need to improve on and which areas you excel at.

29

Your First Gig

Plan for your first gig with DJ Gym. Start by preparing your set on Rekordbox with your tutors advice. Make sure you’re ready for DJ set the dancefloor on fire.

30

Advanced Testing

Ace the setup test and impress your tutor with all your skills you need to make a flawless transition in the club.

31

Advanced Beat Matching Challenge

Learn all about the theory of pitch shifting and how to beatmatch by ear with no tempo displayed on the screen.

32

Learn To DJ On Vinyl

Learn all about the famous Technic 1210 turntables, how to set them up and how to cue your records and mix them in.

33

Advanced Testing

Ace the setup test and impress your tutor with all your skills you need to make a flawless transition in the club.

34

Pitch Shifting Practical CDJ

Recap your pitch shifting skills and improve on your accuracy. Build up your speed until you can mix between multiple tracks with no BPM displayed.

35

Pitch Shifting Practice Vinyl

Learn how to apply your pitch shifting skills to your vinyl mixing. Build up your speed until you can mix between multiple records by ear.

36

Gig Preparation

Continue to work on your set list for your first LSA gig while your tutor coaches you with back to back mixing.

37

Pitch Shifting Practice

Practice mixing your set with no screen or technical aides making sure you can mix confidently by ear.

38

Multideck Mixing

Accept the challenge and mix with CDJs and Vinyl together, see if you can mix three or even four tracks at the same time!

39

Gig Preparation

Continue to work on your set list for your first LSA gig while your tutor coaches you with back to back mixing.

40

Final Tests

Make sure you are club ready while your tutor shows you all the most common pitfalls that can happen to newbie DJs during a live gig.

41

Gig Preparation

Continue to work on your set list for your first LSA gig. You may even record the mix if you have time.

42

Final Checks

Go through you course checklist with your tutor, fill in any gaps and receive your course report. Your certificate will then automatically be issued.

43

Join The Family

Join the DJ Gym Alumni Facebook Group and apply to all the DJ gigs we organise at various venues including, Ministry of Sound, Edd LDN, 02 Academy Brixton and more including the annual DJ Gym Ibiza Tour.

1-2-1 Tuition

  • Choose Your Lesson Times
  • Choose Your Tutor
  • Availability 7 Days A Week

Save Money

  • Courses From Only £249
  • Discounts On DJ Equipment
  • Practice In The Studio

DJ Gigs

  • DJ At Ministry Of Sound
  • DJ On Our Ibiza Tour
  • Get Regular DJ Gigs

Certification

  • LSA Accredited Courses
  • Certificate Of Graduation
  • Join Our Community
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Patrycja Sokołowska

"I want to say huge thank you to the DJ Gym tutors! I came from Poland and it was totally worth coming. It was really helpful, full of knowledge and an amazing experience. I took only a basic course, but I'll be back in Birmingham to take the next 2 courses. Thank you guys once again, you helped me a lot. See u soon xxx"

Joanna Hamer

"I’m so glad I went with DJ Gym to learn how to DJ. I was a complete beginner and knew nothing about it before starting so I was a little nervous. Paul is a great tutor, we always have a laugh and he makes you feel relaxed in the lessons. I booked my intermediate course with him as soon as I finished my beginner course. I will definitely be recommending DJ Gym to friends!"

Victor Gonzalez

"I was a first time DJ and wanted to explore music. DJ Gym provided me with the tools I needed to hit the decks in future. The teaching quality is good, friendly and very pleasant. Also, having the choice of visiting different studio locations with different tutors is phenomenal. The prices are extremely fair and the equipment they use to teach on is cutting edge. I'd highly recommend DJ Gym."

Miguel Sousa

"During one week I took all of DJ Gym's courses, and I must say I'm very happy with the final result. I learnt so much about DJing and Music Production! I definitely recommend both courses. Ben was one of my tutors, and without any doubt was one of the best, for the knowledge he shared, motivation shown during all lessons and the availability to listen to what the student really wants to achieve!"

Chris Mundy

"I had no DJ experience previous to doing the DJ Gym course and I was a bit apprehensive before starting. I've just finished the intermediate course and I really enjoyed it. All my lessons were with tutors in Birmingham. They were great and put me at ease from the outset teaching in an engaging and hands on way. The kit you learn on is professional grade and they cater for a wide variety of genres. I'd totally recommend it."

Tom Surr

"DJ Gym is second to none for learning how to DJ. I've tried other courses elsewhere but DJ Gym is the only one I'd recommend. I've just completed all 3 DJ courses and have gone from being a total novice to feeling completely confident as a DJ. The one-to-one tuition by enthusiastic, friendly and professional DJ tutors makes the whole learning experience easy and enjoyable!"

Nigel Evelyn-White

"DJ Gym are absolutely brilliant. Their attention to detail and passion to pass on knowledge is just what all aspiring DJs need. During my lessons at DJ Gym I had as much time as I needed to get to grips with all the controls before moving on to more complex things, like planning sets to ensure that all details would be perfect. As for DJ Gym staff, I was very impressed with their professionalism, prompt responses and attention to detail. DJ Gym is where you need to go if you want to learn from the best."

Bruna Pacheco

"I’m so glad that I went with DJ Gym to learn how to DJ, I was a complete beginner and knew nothing about it before starting so I was a little nervous. Great tutors, we always had a laugh and I felt totally relaxed in the lessons. I booked my intermediate course in Birmingham as soon as I finished my beginner course. I will definitely be recommending DJ Gym to my friends!"

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