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How to have a better DJing practice session in the studio

 

 

You may have heard that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. We’re certainly not saying that you should lock yourself in the dj studio for the next 10,000 hours, but it’s without a doubt that solid practice is needed to progress and improve. 

 

Deliberate and mindful practice can really help you to achieve your goals thus always try to plan, prepare and monitor your performance for greater and quicker improvement. To break it down: 

 

  • Analyse. Identify one part of your DJing that needs improvement, e.g. beat matching, set building or mixing of tracks.
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  • Practice. Try to focus on the part that you want to improve.
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  • Evaluate your progress.
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  • Repeat it all again.
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  • Some tips to improve your DJing practice session: 

     

  • Cover the bpm counter on the Pioneer CDJ's screens to improve your beat matching skills. That way you will have no choice but to beat match by ear. After all, the mission is to hear and feel the music, not see it.
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  • Record your DJjing sessions so you can listen back for things to improve on. Our Zoom h5 recorder is always available.
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  • Try different equipment. If you are used to play using Pioneer mixer, mix it up and use a different kind. We have an Allen Heath Xone92 mixer available in the DJ studio which you can request.
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  • Add a third Pioneer CDJ deck to your set up to perfect your skill even further.
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  • Bring a friend and have a b2b session. It's always a lot of fun to collaborate and a b2b is a great way to learn from and inspire one other.
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  • If you do not have the equipment at home or your neighbours are simply not that into the music - we’ve got your back! Our DJ Studio is available for hire on an hourly basis, 7 days per week where you can put it all into practice and enjoy the powerful bass of our KRK Rokit 10 speakers. 

     

    We offer discounts on hire fees for all current and previous Become a DJ students. Hire is available from one hour up to a full-day and is chargeable by the hour, at £15 p/h non-students, £10 p/h to our past or current students. A member of our team will always be around to assist you should you need help.

     

     

    Available DJ equipment:

     

    4 x Pioneer CDJs 2000nexus 

    2 x Pioneer DJM900 mixer 

    2 x Technics 1210's turntables 

    1 x Allen & Heath Xone92 mixer

    1 x Zoom H5 recorder

     

    Each studio is fitted out with Rokit KRK 10 monitors.

     

    Book it online: https://www.becomeadj.co.uk/dj_practice 

    Posted on 14 Jul 2018

    Best Vinyl Shops in London for DJs

     

    Our beloved London certainly deserves to be on the list of the best cities to go shopping for vinyls. Even though most of the people turn to ordering their music online, nothing can beat the feeling of going to a shop for some crate digging and being able to find some unknown and rare sounds. There are dozens of record shops spread across the capital covering every genre you can imagine, but we are going to focus on the best electronic music stores.

     
  • Phonica Records


  • Location: 51 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7LZ


    Founded back in 2003, Phonica Records quickly established itself as the go to store for electronic music. The shop on Poland street stocks plenty of house, techno and various other sub-genres in between.

    The store has 8 listening stations which you can use to be more informed of your selections. Most of the new releases have a write up accompanying it that is about a paragraph or so, consisting of a description of the artist and music that might give you a better idea of what the album is about. Phonica  are also known for their infamous in-store events, from open decks nights to artists like Ellen Allien, Bicep, Roman Flügel, Daniel Avery for their new album launches. It's not a tourist spot, but it is a place to browse and people-watch and snoop.


     

    Rough Trade East

     

    Location: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL

     

    Rough Trade is a group of independent record shops in the UK and the US. The first Rough Trade shop was opened back in 1976 in Ladbroke Grove. Now they have 5 stores: Rough Trade East (London), Rough Trade West (London), Bristol, Nottingham and NYC.

    Rough Trade East, is located in the former Truman's Brewery in a courtyard off Brick Lane and puts on free music gigs on a high-spec stage, allowing for an audience of 200. The shop sells some chart titles, music from bands without distribution deals and a quarter of the merchandise is vinyl. Every item, vinyl and CD, has a written description to encourage browsing and discovery. What is more, their electronic music catalog is pretty impressive! The shop has a fair trade Café and a 'snug' area with iMacs, sofas and desks. This shop is particularly great if you have time to spend while purchasing items and also want to grab a drink, network and meet like minded people and see your favourite artists in a small and intimate gigs.

     

     

    Kristina Records

    Location: 44 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XJ

    One of the capital’s best looking record shops, Kristina is nestled in the heart of Dalston and serves a more experimental fare than most other spots. Great selection of genres - centred around House & Techno but reaching much further into the leftfield. This record store has a great cataloging system, the minimally clustered shelves and refined racks allow you to pin point exactly what sound and style of music you’re after. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and are always happy to get you to discover something new and share their passion.

     

    Rye Wax 

    Location: The CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST

    Rye Wax is located in the basement of Bussey Building, devoted to media in its physical form: vinyls, comics, prints, books, magazines and more. Enter the store through a small door that’s almost hidden in an alley and you will descent to a basement where you are welcomed by a bar, cafe that shares the space with the record store. The store has a great selection of all stripes and shares of new and second hand electronic music. Very relaxed atmosphere in the day and evening with a regularly hosted djs or live music. Always an eclectic mix of music being played, which adds to the independent spirit. One of the best records shops to spend vinylaxing!

      

    Posted on 20 Apr 2018
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