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Underground DJ Course

Underground DJ Course

Underground House and Techno DJ Course

Learn how to DJ underground Techno and House to a professional standard on our Underground DJ course. If you make the grade after assessment, and once things are back to normal, you will be invited to play at our night, which sees us in top venues including the Gallery at The Exchange nightclub in Downtown LA and . See footage in the video below. We are proud to say that every student so far has made the grade!

If you’re serious about House and Techno, and want to learn in groups of no more than four from a DJ plugged in to LA’s underground music scene, this fully comprehensive Underground DJ course for you. Our generously equipped DJ lab has every piece of industry standard equipment you’d see in respectable venues, including Pioneer Nexus decks with Rekordbox, Native Instruments Traktor with S8 controllers, Serato, and there’s even Technics 1200 vinyl decks for you to get to grips with. Learning how to DJ should be FUN – not frustrating!

This course is an EDM-free zone, and we have a separate EDM DJ course for fans of more commercial electronic music. Before we were fortunate enough to have the demand to run genre-specific DJ courses, our generic courses often resulted in instructors who could never be suitable for all the learners’ music tastes; you had to be lucky to get the right instructor. But now those issues are in the past, and we are thrilled to now be able to offer a fully comprehensive Underground DJ course where everyone is on the same page!

Please note that our club night is not always scheduled straight after your course, so if you’re coming to LA from out of town, please bear this in mind. If you can’t make our club night but wish to be in the lineup on a future date, we’ll make it happen.

101

Let’s Go

  • Equipment, set up, & ready to go
  • Mixer essentials
  • Beats & bars
  • Intro to beat matching

Arrangement of Underground Electronic Music

  • Pitch and identifying dissonance (known as clashing)
  • All about tune structure and why you need to know about it
  • Where to mix in and out

Building a Set

  • Tips on track choice
  • Tempo
  • Set order
  • Mix points

FX

  • Introduction to common FX
  • EQ
  • All about filtering
  • FX in the mix dos and don’ts

Our Extensive Pro Hardware & Software

  • Pioneer CDJ Nexus
  • Rekordbox
  • Traktor S4 and S8
  • Rane Serato Scratch
  • Technics SL-1210 vinyl turntables
  • Mixed In Key

201

Your Set

  • Fine tuning your set
  • Body language behind the decks
  • Mixing acapellas

Advanced Mixing & Digital Tricks

  • Sampling and triggering
  • All about delay and reverb in the mix
  • Looping and making your own mash-ups on the fly
  • Impact mixing with levels and FX

Advanced Set Building & Ad-libbing

  • Out-of-the-box song choice
  • Tempo change tips
  • Music programming, set times
  • Reading a crowd and having a ‘plan b’

Preparing For Your Show

  • Preparing your set
  • Recording your set
  • Marketing and promoting your gig

After Your Show at The Exchange

  • Marketing tips
  • How to get more gigs
  • EPK tips
  • Developing your sound

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    Testimonials

    The course was really great. The teachers were really helpful and knowledgable. Getting to practice within the class definitely helps, and the constructive feedback is so valuable. I really enjoyed this course and look forward to possibly taking a production course.

    Cory Gomez

    I had a small size class so I get a lot of hands-on experience. Also, my instructor is very experienced and knowledgable and he was able to teach us a lot of tips for getting into the industry.

    Tian Qiu

    The fact that you are grouped with people interested in the same kind of music is great. After taking this class I feel completely ready to go from being a bedroom DJ to playing out in front of large crowds.

    Garrett Richardson

    Great hands-on training to get you feeling confident about performing

    Alyse Ferrar

    Not only was the class very enjoyable but it also was very informative and comprehensive.

    Andres Monsalve

    Garnish is no nonsense and straight to the point. Top notch education!

    Amvision

    Josh is very good at making his students feel comfortable. He teaches in a way that is easy to understand and also makes his lessons very fun. My overall experience in this class was great. I feel very lucky to have gotten him as my mentor. I've learned so much more with him than I could have learned on my own, and I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of this one week course. Thank you!

    Christine Lee

    It's a great program, you get to learn a lot within the days. The instructor was very patient and made the whole process of learning very easy for us. Glad i signed up.

    Zdenka Valentova

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