DJ Masterclass

Based around the industry-standard Pioneer CDJ, our DJ courses have been designed to give you a real education in how to mix House, Tech House and Techno.

This comprehensive course is the complete DJ tutorial, taking students through to advanced levels of DJing, able to master complex technical aspects as well as being adept at a range of sets, from warm up slots to closing.

  • Small class sizes
  • Individual DJ station
  • Use of facilities at Toolroom HQ to practise throughout 3 month course
  • Each student will graduate by performing in Toolroom Academy Live room, with their session filmed
  • Get feedback from Toolroom resident DJs & build connections
  • Each student receives a USB loaded with NEW Toolroom releases
  • Each student receives a free EVERMIX box to record their DJ sets

Course Curriculum

The course starts from a foundation of teaching you how to beatmatch using your ears (not just push a sync button) and students will have the choice of using vinyl, if they prefer, or getting to grips with the industry-standard Pioneer CDJ-2000.

Once you’ve learnt the principles of beats, bars and phrasing, drop mixing and beat-matching you’ll then be introduced to using EQ, FX, loops and Hot Cues in the mix. You’ll also learn how to incorporate harmonic mixing using Mixed In Key and Rekordbox, both of which are used by renowned DJs around the world.

The course will also show you the difference between programming a warm-up or main set, to club and festival sets and how to adapt. You’ll have the foundation to build upon to create your own sound & style, and we’ll also show you how to promote yourself and gain exposure.

There are a raft of special features with the DJ Masterclass course. Students graduate the course by performing in the Toolroom Academy Live room, and their session is filmed and professionally edited. There are opportunities for our best students to play at our London residency at Egg.


  • Equipment Set Up & Functions
  • Introduction to CDJs
  • How to Cue/Playback
  • Introduction to Drop Mixing
  • Introduction to Beat Matching
  • Bars, Beats & Phrasing
  • Tempo & BPM
  • Pitch Shifting & Master Tempo
  • Faders, Cossfaders & Gains
  • Establishing Genres
  • Mixing various styles
  • EQ Settings
  • Introduction to Rekordbox
  • Introduction to Evermix
  • Recording a Demo
  • Editing a Demo with Ableton
  • Performing your Set
  • How to play a warm-up set
  • How to adapt your set
  • EQ & FX techniques in the mix
  • Smoove mixing techniques
  • Understanding musical phrasing
  • Using External & Internal FX
  • Mixing Acappellas
  • How To Build a Set
  • Looping on the fly
  • Using Hot Cues<
  • Introduction to Mixed In Key
  • Harmonic Mixing
  • DJ Tricks & Techniques
  • How to Promote Yourself
  • Playing a Live Set
  • 1-2-1 Tutor Feedback & Advice


The course will be taught in the Toolroom label headquarters, in our bespoke DJ Academy room. Each student will have their own DJ station, which includes 2 x Pioneer CJD-2000 NXS2 and a Pioneer DJM-900 NXS2.


Toolroom HQ is based in Maidstone, Kent, approximately 1 hour from central London.


1 day or 2 evenings per week (12 weeks).

Take the next step

We’ll be in contact to discuss the syllabus and your DJing ambitions, plus info on start dates & pricing.

Please send us a message using the form below, and someone from the Toolroom Academy will get back to you within 24 hours.

Give us a call – (+44)01622 673676

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