How to DJ Course – from International DJ Andrew Pololos
Hey everyone 🙂
I’m introducing myself as Andrew Pololos, full time DJ and Producer. I’m here to share my love of music and DJing with you, and to hopefully inspire some of you to become great DJs.
Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to play in the world’s most beautiful venues such as:
• Nikki Beach, Porto Heli, Greece
• Carpe Diem Island, Hvar, Croatia
• Looloo, Mexico City
• La Santa, Leon, Mexico
• Hannah Sun Club, Acapulco, Mexico
• Dinsmoor, Acapulco, Mexico
• Akrotiri, Athens, Greece
• Highlander, Santorini, Greece
• Coco Maya, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
• Cavo Bianco, Ermioni, Greece
• Fort George, Vis, Croatia
• Hula Hula Beach Bar, Hvar, Croatia
• Vanilla Club, Split, Croatia
• Ivory, Wollongong, Australia
• Glasshouse, Wollongong, Australia
• Beachclub, Point-Calumet, Canada (DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs)
And as a resident DJ of New City Gas in Montreal, Canada (DJ Mag Top 100 Club), I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the bill with:
• Steve Angello
• Don Diablo
• Sonny Fodera
• Franky Rizardo
• Dada Life
• Sam Feldt
• Bob Sinclar
• Sultan + Sheppard
• Lost Frequencies
• DJ Mustard
• Fat Joe
and many more
In this online DJ course, you’ll learn the technicals and fundamentals of DJing at a professional level. Whether you want to learn how to DJ for fun, or mix at a professional level; we’ll cover principles from beginner to advanced levels. I’ll show you how to DJ using the latest USB technology (no laptop or controller required), and if you don’t have DJ equipment, you can still follow along.
In Section 2 of DJ School, we will change the way you listen to music forever. I’ll also show you where and how to get exclusive, new and high quality music online. You’ll also learn how to navigate Pioneer’s free Rekorbox computer software, and learn how to export music onto your USB keys for DJing,
In Section 3, you’ll learn the basic fundamentals of mixing 2 tracks together: Counting Beats, Beat Matching & Beat Syncing. We’ll analyze and breakdown our music visually, and prepare to mix on the DJ equipment.
In Section 4, we dissect the Pioneer CDJ Turntable and DJM Mixer. Most sound equipment looks complicated at first, but you will grasp every feature, function, fader, knob and button within minutes.
In Section 5, we will mix our first tracks together and officially knight you as a DJ!
In Section 6, you’ll learn advanced DJ and mixing skills. We’ll mashup tracks, power mix quickly, transition different styles and genres and go over different mixing techniques like scratching and cutting.
In Section 7, we’ll discuss the all important business side of DJing. Having DJ talent and mixing skills are great, but they are only a piece of the puzzle. To be a pro DJ, we’ll discuss professionalism, networking, the DJ code, respect and the way you carry yourself.
In Section 8, I’ll share some industry secrets and answer frequently asked questions like: How to send a proper email or demo? How to spin a proper opening set? How to build your brand & market yourself? How to release your music iIndependantly? How to get booked in a club? How to negotiate a club salary? And many more…
I’ll be with you every step of the way if you have any more questions as well.
Equipment and an open mind.
We'll discuss musical structure and the progression of music which will be the core concept of your DJing forever.
We'll go over the leading digital music stores and record pools to ensure you have awesome and exclusive high quality music.
We will analyze track structure and demonstrate playback, setting cues, creating playlists and exporting your music to USB for DJing.
Fundamentals of Mixing
We will visually demonstrate counting beats, beat matching and beat syncing. We will break down the 2 tracks we'll be mixing in the future lecture.
Walkthrough of the Turntables and Mixer
You'll learn about every knob, fader, feature and function on the infamous Pioneer CDJ Turntable and DJM Mixer.
Powering up, connecting wires, speakers and making sure the decks are communicating.
Channel gains, faders and master volume to play our track out loud.
Fader Styles, Crossfader and EQ modes.
Lows, Mids, Highs and the frequency spectrum.
Using Headphones and Cues.
FX and Filters.
The CDJ's functions, browsing and selecting tracks.
Mixing & Transitioning
We'll complete our first mix! We'll discuss beat matching and learn how to speed up/ slow down tracks to make them equal tempos.
We'll beat sync, count beats, focus on timing and study the CDJ's jog wheel.
We'll go over different ways to mix, like using volume faders, EQ knobs or the crossfader.
*Please note at 6:26 I said 'intro' but I meant 'outro'
In this section we'll learn how to mix like a superstar by mixing quickly and keeping the energy high in our DJ set.
The Business Side of DJing
Business Side Continued & Frequently Asked Questions
How to send a proper email or demo?
How to spin a proper opening set?
How to build your brand & market yourself?
How to release your music independently?
How to get booked in a club?