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Learn how to become a great DJ and be the life of the party!

Being a DJ is more than pressing buttons. We will teach you the skills of DJing and how to become a great party host!
David Truong
14,694 students enrolled
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Set up & troubleshoot DJ equipment, Perform and mix songs to an audience, Perform advanced mixing techniques

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Ever wanted to be a DJ but thought it looked too complicated? Are you a self taught DJ but would like to improve your DJing skills?

Then this course is made for you! We'll cover all aspects of DJing, from the basics of setting up, which cables to use, and how to troubleshoot your gear, to basic mixing, beat matching, and more advanced techniques like telegraphing.

There's nearly 2 hours of comprehensive video content.


Welcome to the course!

Awesome! Glad you're here!

Welcome to the course!

Contact me anytime: david@djinstitute.co

A message from Corin (Karboncopy) and David James (Griffin Alliance)

Corin (half of the production duo Karboncopy) is a DJ with releases under the labels: Ministry of Sound and One Love, tells you why you should take this course.

Also David James, founder of Griffin Alliance and DJ for 20+ years gives his support for the course.

Setting up your gig: The Tripods

The Tripods and how to set them up

We talk about the tripod, how to set them up safely, and what heights are appropriate for certain dance floors.

Tripods sidenote

This is a quick side note about speaker and tripod positioning for different room sets.

Setting up your gig: The Cables

The Cables (RCA, XLR, IEC)

This video explains the difference between 'input' and 'output', as well as what each cable is used for and why they are important.

Knowing which cable goes where and why is very important in a DJ setup.

Setting up your gig: The Speakers


In this video, we describe the industry standard speaker - the Mackie SR450.

We explain what each button means, how to set them up, and a basic overview of how they work.

Speakers sidenote

On the back of Mackie speakers, you'll noticed there are a few more buttons, lights, and sockets. In this video we explain what each one is for and how to take advantage of them.

Setting up your gig: DJ Mixer and DJ Decks

DJ Mixer and Decks

In this video, we explain the purpose of the DJ mixer and DJ decks. We also explain how to set them up properly and get them ready to be used.

In Depth: The CDJs

The CDJs

In this video, we talk in depth about the CDJs and their core functions - master tempo, auto cue, tempo slider, the jog wheel, and the track selection controls.

We'll focus on the lower end CDJ100, the industry standard CDJ1000, and the more recent CDJ900.

In Depth: The Mixer

The Mixers

In this video, we'll go in depth with the mixer and its functions - channel selection control, master channel control, headphone control, and controlling gains and volumes.

We'll focus on the basic DJM300 and then industry standard DJM600. Once you know how to use both of these mixers, you'll know how to use any other mixer.

Mixer sidenote

Playing your first track

Playing your first track

You're finally ready to play your first track. Make sure you have completed all the previous videos as they contain fundamental information for you to get the most value from this course.

We'll explain how to set the 'trim' or 'heat' of a track, cue the track, and perform a simple fade in mix.

Playing your first track sidenote

Troubleshooting your gear

Fault Checking

In this video, I'll explain how to fault check in any scenario by using the technique: "follow the signal".

We'll also have some exercises for you to try and think about at the end of the video. The answers to the exercises will be in the next video.

Fault Checking Solutions

Packing Up

Packing up & Tieing

In this video, we talk about packing up your gear and why it is important to tie your cables properly.

We'll also show you how to tie your cables properly to keep them lasting longer and for quicker setup times.

Mixing Techniques

Advanced Mixing Introduction

An introduction to wave forms and getting ready for the rest of the course.

Mixing: Beat matching

Beat matching part 1

In this video, we go through the basics of beatmatching, what it means, and how to do it using the 'extremes' method.

Beat matching part 2

In part 2 of the Beatmatching video, we complete the 'extremes' exercise and show you a few more examples.

We also talk about mono-split mixing in your headphones, and why you definitely want to learn beatmatching with mono-split.

Beat matching sidenote

Mixing: Basic Phrasing

Basic Phrasing

In this video, we learn about song structure, bars, phrases, and how to utilise phrasing to your advantage while DJing.

Basic Phrasing sidenote

Mixing: Your first cross mix

Your first cross mix

In this video, we combine all our knowledge we've learnt so far and demonstrate how to perform your first cross mix with beat matched songs, on the correct phrase.

Advanced Mixing: Advanced Phrasing

Advanced Phrasing

In this video, we demonstrate advanced phrasing and show you how to take advantage of a song's structure in your mixes.

Advanced Mixing: Sampling


In this video, we explain what is sampling, how to do it, and why you would want to use it.

Advanced Mixing: Telegraphing


In this video, we teach you what it means to telegraph and why you should take advantage of it in your advanced mixing.

Advanced Mixing: EQing


In this video, we show you what the EQs are for, why you need to use them, and when to use them.

We also show you how to take advantage of the EQs in your mixing, sampling, and telegraphing mixes.

Advanced Mixing: Your first advanced mix

Your first advanced mix

In this video, we demonstrate all the techniques in the course. We show you how to set up your track, beatmatch, telegraph, and other mixing techniques to enhance your performance.

How to get your first gigs

How to get your first gigs

In this comprehensive final video, we discuss the next steps to get your first live gig.

We discuss the Path of a DJ, where to look for work, how to charge, and the next steps you should take in your DJ career.

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