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FAQs

Do I need any knowledge or experience of DJing to enrol with Up2Scratch DJ Academy?

No experience necessary! We’ve designed our Beginner Mix course to cover all the essentials from the ground up - if you’re new to the world of DJing this is the place to start. 

 

For DJs already doing their thing, our Scratch and Beat Juggle courses can help you explore new areas and acquire new knowledge, plus our Individual Lessons can help refine and sharpen your existing skills.

 

Why should I choose Up2Scratch DJ Academy?

Good question… There are many options for those wishing to learn and develop their craft on the decks, including a wealth of resources for study online offered by some excellent tutors. So what are we doing differently? 

Our aim is to teach you the skills to teach yourself further. We want to help get you to those moments where it all makes sense, during your time working with us and well into the future. We teach specific techniques, tricks, combos and patterns, but our main focus is to create a strong understanding of the fundamental principles and the relationships between them - these theories and ideas apply from the basics right through to the highest level.

 

All lessons are one-to-one, 2 hours dedicated to learning and building your skills. We believe that being able to ask questions, dig deeper on areas of interest and discuss your own thoughts & ideas leads to a stronger understanding all round. We provide complete notes for each lesson, plus homework tasks and videos to help you keep working between sessions. Beyond this we’ve put together a collection of extensive guides and further reading material to help you get deep into the technical stuff.

 

Up2Scratch started life as a turntablism event, but we’re building close to 20 years of professional DJ experience. Our tuition is designed to be as rounded as possible, always aiming to be practical and useful.

 

What equipment do I need?

Having a setup to practice with is essential for our beginner courses. The importance of having your own equipment cannot be overstated, if you’re serious about DJing you can’t get by without. This can be anything from an entry level DJ controller to two turntables and a mixer.

 

We teach with controllers and turntables. We use a Pioneer DDJ FLX4, Technics 1210 turntables & Pioneer DJM S9 mixer, along with Serato DJ Pro, Rekordbox and good old fashioned vinyl.

 

For lessons at our studio space you will not need to bring equipment with you, but we would strongly recommend that you have access to a home setup for practice. We are happy to offer help and advice when you are purchasing DJ equipment, just drop us a line.

 

What time are lessons? When can I book?

We book lessons as standard over 2 timeslots per day Mon to Thurs, but please contact us if you have specific requirements.

  • 1 - 3pm

  • 4 - 6pm

 

Payment must be made in full before each lesson. Bookings can be rescheduled up to 24 hours in advance.


For any further questions, please get in touch via the Contact page.

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