DJ MASTERCLASS COURSE
Based around the industry-standard Pioneer CDJ, our DJ courses have been designed to give you a real education in how to mix House, Tech House and Techno.
This comprehensive course is the complete DJ tutorial, taking students through to advanced levels of DJing, able to master complex technical aspects as well as being adept at a range of sets, from warm up slots to closing.
Is starts from a foundation of teaching you how to beatmatch using your ears (not just push a sync button) and students will have the choice of using vinyl, if they prefer, or getting to grips with the industry-standard Pioneer CDJ-2000.
Once you’ve learnt the principles of beats, bars and phrasing, drop mixing and beat-matching you’ll then be introduced to using EQ, FX, loops and Hot Cues in the mix. You’ll also learn how to incorporate harmonic mixing using Mixed In Key and Rekordbox, both of which are used by renowned DJs around the world.
The course will also show you the difference between programming a warm-up or main set, to club and festival sets and how to adapt. You’ll have the foundation to build upon to create your own sound & style, and we’ll also show you how to promote yourself and gain exposure.
There are a raft of special features with the DJ Masterclass course. Students graduate the course by performing in the Toolroom Academy Live room, and their session is filmed and professionally edited. There are opportunities for our best students to play at our London residency at Egg. Each student receives a free EVERMIX box to record their sets, exclusive Toolroom Academy merchandise, a number of large discounts from our partners Pioneer and Native Instruments, a USB loaded with new Toolroom releases and the opportunity to come and practise at Toolroom HQ at any point throughout the 3 month course.
The course will be tailor-made to suit each individual, as class numbers will be limited to a maximum of 5 people, with constant 1-2-1 attention from the tutor.
- Equipment Set Up & Functions
- Introduction to CDJs
- How to Cue/Playback
- Introduction to Drop Mixing
- Introduction to Beat Matching
- Bars, Beats & Phrasing
- Tempo & BPM
- Pitch Shifting & Master Tempo
- Faders, Cossfaders & Gains
- Establishing Genres
- Mixing various styles
- EQ Settings
- Introduction to Rekordbox
- Introduction to Evermix
- Recording a Demo
- Editing a Demo with Ableton
- Performing your Set
- How to play a warm-up set
- How to adapt your set
- EQ & FX techniques in the mix
- Smoove mixing techniques
- Understanding musical phrasing
- Using External & Internal FX
- Mixing Acappellas
- How To Build a Set
- Looping on the fly
- Using Hot Cues
- Introduction to Mixed In Key
- Harmonic Mixing
- DJ Tricks & Techniques
- How to Promote Yourself
- Playing a Live Set
- 1-2-1 Tutor Feedback & Advice
- Each student receives a USB loaded with NEW Toolroom releases
- Each student receives a free EVERMIX box to record their DJ sets
- Use of facilities at Toolroom HQ to practise throughout 3 month course
- Exclusive Toolroom Academy merchandise
- Class sizes of 5
- Individual DJ station
- Each student will graduate by performing in Toolroom Academy Live room, with their session filmed
- Get feedback from Toolroom resident DJs & build connections
- Opportunities to play at Toolroom Live, Egg London
MEET THE TUTOR
The course will be taught by international DJ & producer Seamus Haji. With 30 years’ DJ experience, Seamus has played some of the biggest clubs and festivals in the world, and has twice performed the hallowed Radio 1 Essential Mix for Pete Tong. Initially known for playing long sets mixing vinyl on 3 turntables, it was these skills that led to Pioneer making Seamus an official ambassador at the turn of the millennium when they launched the revolutionary CDJ-1000. His DJ experience is backed up by a long career as an acclaimed A&R, having worked for legendary labels Slip N’ Slide, Defected, Strictly Rhythm and Ministry of Sound. Make no mistake – you’ll be learning from a man who is armed with a wealth of REAL knowledge and experience.
The course will be taught in the Toolroom label headquarters, in our bespoke DJ Academy room. Each student will have their own DJ station, which includes 2 x Pioneer CJD-2000 NXS2 and a Pioneer DJM-900 NXS2.
Toolroom HQ is based in Maidstone, Kent, approximately 1 hour from central London.
1 day or 2 evenings per week (12 weeks)
NEXT AVAILABLE DATES
June Start Evenings (6.30pm-9.30pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Teaching Dates: Tuesday 6 June + Thursday 8 June, Tuesday 13 June + Thursday 15 June, Tuesday 20 June + Thursday 22 June, Tuesday 27 June + Thursday 29 June, Tuesday 4 July + Thursday 6 July, Tuesday 11 July + Thursday 13 July, Tuesday 18 July + Thursday 20 July, Tuesday 25 July + Thursday 27 July, Tuesday 1 August + Thursday 3 August, Tuesday 8 August + Thursday 10 August.
June Start Days (11am-6pm, Tuesdays)
Teaching Dates: Tuesday 6 June, Tuesday 13 June, Tuesday 20 June, Tuesday 27 June, Tuesday 4 July, Tuesday 11 July, Tuesday 18 July, Tuesday 25 July, Tuesday 1 August, Tuesday 8 August.
Any questions? Drop us an email, and someone from the Toolroom Academy will reply within 24 hours.