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So, we didn’t jump straight onto the decks, we did a lot of theory first. The first session we actually got to know each other, what genre of music we liked, what were our favorite parties and DJ’s etc. Then for the next 2 -3 sessions we were learning about music and how it’s made up. Not just dance music either, all types of music. This was absolutely necessary as when we started to practice playing out, this knowledge really came into play and it’s vital that you know it especially if you are considering production as well. We also went through DJ software such as Rekordbox and Mixed In Key and how they can enhance your DJ set, plus basics like organizing music and actually using Rekordbox, too.
I mentioned at the beginning of this that I ran a music blog, so I was posting a lot of my progress (in video form) with the Academy online on my social channels. At the end of the course we were provided with software like RekordBox, Mixed In Key and an Evermix recording device so I took the opportunity the record an hour set, putting in everything I had learnt on the course and posted it online.
Doing so I was picked up by ABODE and invited to play as a warm up DJ at all of their Summer garden parties in Summer 2017 at London’s Studio 338. I got a really positive reaction from the crowd which ABODE could see so they offered me to play a peak time slot at the final garden party where I got to play to a crowd of 2,000 people (an extremely wobbly leg moment!) it was without doubt one of the most overwhelming things I have ever done.
Since then I have played for Toolroom and their Toolroom Live! parties, I have been invited to play my first international gig in Amsterdam and have continued to play with ABODE for all their winter parties including Halloween and NYE. To start off 2018 I’ve been offered a set at The Arch in Brighton, my hometown, and that is the club where I found dance music (when it was Digital) so that is going to really mean a lot to me to play there. I’m also now looking into production so 2018 is going to be a great year for me.
If I’m being completely honest here, I wouldn’t know, this is the first education I have taken in dance music. But one thing I will say is that I knew these education programs existed but I never went through with them because I was never really sure they were right. When I saw what the Toolroom Academy had to offer, who was teaching me and the heritage of the brand – it was a no brainer really.
Well it definitely has a special place in my heart now! The team at Toolroom really helped me find my confidence and the Academy has allowed me to start doing something that I could have only dreamed of just a year ago. Ultimately I went from my bedroom to playing in front of 2000 people – in a little over 6 months.
After the course the relationship didn’t just stop, either. I have formed a great friendship with all of the team and they are continuing to help and answer any questions that I have today and will do into the future too, I’m sure. I cannot recommend this course enough to anyone looking to make a break in this extremely competitive industry. As long as you’re willing to put the work in and have a real passion in what you are trying to achieve, the Toolroom Academy is for you.