Disc jockeys are a staple of bars and parties. Though they don't technically make their own music, they mix and remix music for dance parties and bars. Disc jockeys are also paid quite well, professional or non-professional. As a member of the radio and music businesses, radio jockeys and disc jockeys in general are paid employees with benefits and sometimes have press clearance although this is not a universal fact. Disc jockeys usually have tools at their disposal, their mixers, their discs and their sound systems. A disc jockey may or may not have formal training, although there are some schools which can give you training in many genres and styles of mixing, remixing and crowd service.
If you want to become a disc jockey and would like to start somewhere for formal training, these schools can help you be a good DJ Mixer or radio jockey.
- Fame DJ School - Unlike radio disc jockeys, which are stationary and only need to worry about the music played, mobile disc jockeys have other roles in a party like sound engineering and sometimes even being the master of ceremonies. Mobile disc jockeys are also, well, mobile. They tend to move from one place to another that needs them. Fame DJ School teaches you how to become a good mobile DJ with online training in music mixing and talking to crowds. They'll also show you basic sound engineering so you can troubleshoot while playing. Of course, all equipment is yours. They also sell a 5 DVD collection for beginners. These include Emcee Skills, Disc Karaoke, Equipment, and Music Knowledge. Visit their Web site at famedjschool.com for more information, pricing and schedules of their online lessons.
- Dubspot - One of the most prestigious DJ schools around, Dubspot has a certification from Ableton, a music software company in Berlin. Their branch in New York offers hands on experience in being a DJ mixer with their state-of-the-art equipment. They have a course of twenty-four weeks with three eight-week modules. Where they split it into five categories of Basic, Intermediate, Refinement, Hands-on and Master. They also have a special training session for DJing with videos. Dubspot caters to most people on the east coast with their center in New York. You can go visit their Web page at dubspot.com for information on the prices and schedules.
- Scratch DJ Academy - Scratch DJ Academy has centers in Miami, Los Angeles, and New York, arguably the three centers of DJ music in the U.S. They serve both Music Production and DJ courses. They claim to be the world's first DJ school and they have, undoubtedly, quite an extensive curriculum. Learning how to DJ at the Scratch DJ Academy is a 28 core course affair where they teach you everything from basic DJing to mashups and mixing. Every course is a six-week program where they teach you how to DJ with the best the school has to offer. Led by Rob Swift, Theodore and Beverly Bond, all of whom are well versed in the art of DJing, you'll surely learn a lot from them, even if you just take the beginner courses. Their Web site is at scratch.com where you can get more information on the courses and phone numbers of their offices in these three areas.
Like most musical arts, DeeJaying can be both natural and learned. However, like most jobs, training never really hurt anyone and may in fact help you get a better paying job.