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The DJ Myth

Why is it that some people assume becoming a DJ is as straightforward as confusing a glamour model? Something about the profession seems to give off the impression of a bunch of chancers who wanted the rock and roll lifestyle but couldn’t be bothered to learn an instrument. This is an attitude we come across a lot at BecomeADJ, with many people surprised at how much hard work, rehearsal time and access to top equipment is necessary in order to master the artform.


We’ve probably all had that friend who tells you that he or she is an aspiring DJ and will do the music for any parties you’re having; then they bring along a laptop to the event, open up their ITunes account and just start playing you some of their favourite tracks. If this was all there was to it, we’d all be millionaires by now! Unfortunately, being a truly talented and creative DJ requires a great deal more work, and more importantly, the actual opportunity to develop your skills in the first place. Sadly, this is something many potentially gifted hopefuls simply don’t have.



Part of the problem is having access to rehearsal space. It doesn’t matter how awesome, exciting or moving your music is, the neighbours will still be reporting you for noise pollution when you’re dropping some sick beats at 2am and little Tommy next door has school first thing in the morning. And even if you live next door to Erol Alkan, not everyone outside of the morbidly affluent has space for a studio full of state of the art DJ equipment. 


Then there’s the money issue. It’s not just Stradivarius violins, which cost an arm and a leg – and probably any other body parts you’re willing to part with. The sort of standard equipment kit you find in clubs costs over £5000, the sort of money you won’t be finding down the back of any sofas outside of Chelsea anytime soon.


Of course there are some alternatives; decent controllers and cheap decks are out there, and can be useful for preparing sets and seeing how tracks flow together in a mix. But what happens when you get your first set at a club, and suddenly you’re faced with the real deal? Not only can you not plug in your controller to play, but you’ve also not had the opportunity to train your technique and impress others with you mixing. You’re in serious danger of being the biggest embarrassment to the DJ profession since Tony Blackburn went on Celebrity Mastermind.



Uniquely, BecomeADJ has stepped up to the mark to try and rectify these problems. We have a great studio layout filled with the latest equipment, including a Pioneer CDJ 2000, a DJM 850, A Technics 1210 MK 5, Push and a Native Instruments Machine. This studio space can be hired out by anyone for anything from one hour to a whole day, during which time they can try out the kit, perfect their technique and record demo mixes. Discount rates are available for our own students, but we keep prices as low as we can and have flexible booking hours and easy payment option.Please visit



This is filling a much-needed gap in the DJ landscape, and will hopefully play a pivotal role in fostering a new generation of superbly talented artists who disprove the myth that becoming a DJ is as easy as 1,2,3. 


Posted on 15 May 2018

Become A DJ – Make Your First Steps To Becoming A DJ Today

At Become A DJ we know what it takes to get started as a DJ and we’re experts at inspiring and educating others to take the necessary steps needed to begin what will become your new passion. DJing is without a doubt one of the most rewarding hobbies or even career paths you can imagine, and with the right support from the right people, you really can give your life a new direction within music. There is nothing more rewarding than playing music you love to people who want to hear it and being able to manipulate and deliver it in any way that your creativity desires. 

Some people never even get as far as touching a set of Pioneer CDJs, but those that do - never look back! There is a magic in DJing that is hard to find anywhere else, so if you’ve spent nights in clubs and bars amazed by the atmosphere created by your favourite DJs and wanted to taste that feeling for yourself – Become A DJ is fast becoming one of the go to sources for those wanting to get hands on with the DJing world.



Why use a professional DJ school?


For many, DJing begins in the bedroom of a friend on a pair usually sub-standard belt-driven turntables, mixing with a mixer that’s been passed down from DJ to DJ for 20 odd years. Coming into our DJ school will put you face to face with the technology that you’re going to be using should you get those all important first bookings in clubs and bars out in the real world. Setups around the world’s bars and clubs are relatively consistent, so skip the L-plates and get right onto the kit that the DJ world actually relies on.



There’s nothing wrong with learning on old and cheap gear, but if we’re honest, you’re not going to walk into a club in the UK and be faced with a set of old turntables from the 80s anymore! At Become A DJ, we use the tools that the industry has decided are standard. There’s no denying these setups are expensive if you’re starting out, but we offer rates that wont break the bank, giving you hands on experience with the right tools for the job.



Much like anything else with a long learning curve, your journey will be made easier by guidance from well-informed and experienced tutors. Become A DJ tutors know their pitch faders from their cross faders and have spent several years honing their skills behind the decks. Walking up to a modern Pioneer DJ setup for the first time is much like walking into an aircraft cockpit – there’s a lot of buttons and sliders flashing at you, but if you don’t know what they all do – the results can be devastating! With dedicated hands on tuition from Become A DJ, you can expect to ride the learning curve in the fastest and most effective way possible.
Get in touch with a member of team from Become A DJ today and we’ll be happy to talk in detail about what we can offer to meet your personal DJ needs.



Posted on 15 May 2018
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