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Where can I study to become a DJ

Acquiring DJing skills usually requires a lot of time for training. At first glance, it may seem very difficult. People try it, and at first, they think it’s really hard and it will take them many years to learn beatmatching and how to use the equalizer. But think of driving a car (drivers won’t understand): you’re trying to shift gears and watch the road at the same time, your brain starts to get nervous and you don’t succeed. But after a few hours, you are much more confident in driving. The same will happen with the ability to work with equipment. Today, we’re going to tell you about the best ways to learn to DJ.


Video lessons on YouTube

Of course, to start learning, you need to have DJ equipment. In this article, we won’t review controllers and other devices, as we’ve already written about them in our blog, so we recommend reading those articles in addition. Now we will focus on training.

So, you already have the equipment, so what are your next steps? Today, there are many courses and master classes available for free on YouTube, which are often even better than some paid ones in terms of the quality of the material. Take a few hours and find a channel that appeals to you and make sure that the presenter is clear about the information.

Then, the level of skill will depend on your persistence and the amount of time you spend practicing.

Some of you may still ask: “What if I don’t have the equipment and can’t afford to spend money on it right now?” We would like to tell you that many famous artists started their careers without any equipment. But they had a great desire to learn. For example, Arys (Anatolii Vered, CEO of I am Ghost Producer) also started his Dj career without his own equipment, but he met colleagues who had been doing this craft for a long time and arranged to rent decks from them to learn how to mix tracks.

You can also contact a local club and arrange to practice at a time when there are no visitors, and after a while, you will play music for free on a regular evening. Think about where equipment is available in the vicinity and try to negotiate how you can use it.


Courses for DJs on educational platforms

There are also paid classes, which have the advantage of additional feedback from a tutor who will help you correct your mistakes and continue to do the tasks correctly, and learn effectively. This is a really good way to go if you’re a complete beginner and don’t have a mentor nearby to point out your mistakes and answer your questions. In addition, some courses may offer a bonus: after graduation, the best students are invited to play music in a club or on the radio. This is a great opportunity to take the first steps in your DJ career.


Personal mentor

The ideal option is to have a professional DJ work with you personally, or at least someone who already knows how to work with the equipment and can show you everything and answer your questions.

Of course, if you go to a professional, it may cost money, but it’s the best way if you want to learn quickly and effectively.

By the way, your DJ friend can become a mentor if you have one in your circle. Again, most DJs have learned either by themselves or from their friends. So it’s one of the classic ways to learn skills.


What education is needed to become a DJ?

Some people think that the DJ profession requires a musical education. We would like to say that this is not entirely true. As a rule, music education is required if you are planning a career as a professional musician, where you need to know all the science of music, learn music notation, and much more.

DJing involves only some basic concepts, such as a sense of rhythm, ear training, and an understanding of keys and harmony. Don’t be intimidated by these terms, because in simple terms, these things are quite clear and it doesn’t take much time to learn how to use them. This is the answer you’ll get from almost every DJ who initially thought it was a high science.

The sense of rhythm and beatmatching will organically become your skill gradually as you practice and spend hours on this process. There is no need to learn the keys, there is a certain rule in the table, which you will only need to see once to understand how it works and you will not have any questions in the future. Today, there are programs available that automatically show the key of tracks, so you don’t even need to learn this. Over time, when your hearing is trained, you will be able to hear that two tracks sound in the same key or in different keys. This is necessary to ensure that they are harmoniously combined, otherwise, tracks of different keys will not sound attractive enough when you play, that is, not harmonious. Don’t worry, everything will come naturally and you will work with it automatically.

Of course, if you have a musical education, you will be able to master some things quickly, and if you start writing your own electronic music over time, you will have every chance to create harmonious, properly constructed music tracks that will work magic on the dance floor.

We hope that we have dispelled some of the myths about training for beginner DJs. So don’t be intimidated or deterred by unclear terms and lack of education, equipment, or the necessary contacts. Today we live in a world of opportunities, so everyone has a chance to make their way to the big stage. It all depends on a strong desire, perseverance, and love of music. The rest is a matter of time and a bit of luck that comes to the brave.