At SOS DJ our maximum class size is 4 people to ensure you learn the most important aspects of the craft in a hands-on-hardware environment.
Modern DJing requires an understanding of song structure, EQ and beat matching, plus familiarity with various types of hardware and software to ensure you have full control of your music in your set. Here we’ll cover each of these topics, plus a look at how to go about getting gigs.
Delivered by one of Australia's most experienced DJs, Mike Callander, in an intimate setting of only 1-4 students, SOS DJ sets out to simplify the process of DJing and ensure you're capable behind the decks no matter what the set-up. In doing so we use a combination of Pioneer hardware and software to best represent the set up most used by club DJs.
The course is suitable for beginners and/or those wanting to learn the fundamentals of DJing. This course is the perfect place to start if you're new to DJing, but depending on the experience of our students we can also cover more advanced techniques of hardware and software. Please contact the school if you have any specific needs or requirements.
Course content and features:
Understanding and simplifying electronic music song structure
Identifying and operating the basic functions of DJ hardware (including CDJ/Turntable and Mixer)
Beat-matching (the fundamental DJ skill)
Basic mixing (with EQ and faders) and music programming
Understanding the basic functions of DJ software (including Rekordbox)
Recording a demo and how to approach promoters for a gig.
Course objectives: by the end of this course you should be able to:
Identify elements of a song or track, including breaks and drops, intro and outro etc.
Operate DJ hardware and identify the features that are common to all
Beat-match between songs, and identify some mixing techniques for when beat matching is not possible
Use EQ and faders on a DJ mixer to blend between songs in a mix
Prepare cue points, loops and playlists for use in your sets
Record a demo and approach promoters for a gig
Each session commences with a group demonstration and discussion, followed by group work on our club-standard DJ consoles where you will practice set themes and techniques for DJing. Upon demonstrating your command of the necessary skills you will be further encouraged to add originality to your repertoire wherever possible.
Additional resources and materials:
All hardware and software is supplied, though we recommend students bring a storage device (eg. portable usb or firewire drive) to save and back up all work, and a pen and paper to take notes.
Assessment and feedback:
You will save successive work and will receive regular support, encouragement and feedback from your tutor. All students will be sent a School of Synthesis tote bag containing a t-shirt, sticker and certificate upon the successful completion of the course. At the conclusion of the course you will be invited to leave feedback and evaluate your experience, at which point we'll email you a link to a suite of exclusive sounds and various discount offers from the School and its partners to say 'thanks'!