Picking up where our DJ program leaves off, our DJ II program focuses on teaching you what it takes to design and deliver a truly world class DJ performance.  

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Build Your Toolbelt

This isn't just a software class - you will learn how to use all the tools of the trade.
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Small Class Sizes

Get the most out of class by being up close with your instructor.
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1-on-1 Project Feedback

Work on your own tracks under the guidance of our acclaimed producers.

Alongside seasoned DJ veterans. learn the advanced techniques of the turntable, CDJ, and DJ mixer, as well as how to create custom playlists, sets, and routines.  Get in our amazing DJ booth and learn hands-on techniques of looping, sampling, doubles, offsets, chasing, using acapellas with the pros!

After completing this program, you'll be able to:

Run The Party

Using the industry-standard tools of the trade, you will be running the party, the club, or even the festival. We teach not only the tools, but the art and performance of the DJ set.

Collaborate and Engage

Slam Academy is a community. While in this class, you will meet your next great collaborative partner, someone to share the stage with, or even your new best friend.

Find Your Sound

Get ready to be exposed to more music than you ever thought was possible. When you come out of this class, you will have a deep understanding of the sound you are looking for, and how to get it.

Get Gigs

We aren't just focused on making the best tracks. We want you to be publishing and selling those tracks as well. Be ready to finish this program with everything you need to start working professionally.

This course uses turntables, CDJs, DJ mixers, and laptops with either Recordbox, Serato, Traktor, or Virtual DJ.  Ableton DJs are also welcome!

DJ II Curriculum

  • Week 1:

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    Mixing Techniques with DVS and CDJs. Learn and apply professional mixing techniques to your digital track library such as proper fader and EQ techniques for blending different styles of music, and applying effects within your mixer or DJ software to enhance transitions and blends.
  • Week 2:

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    Manipulate your songs with hands-on techniques of sampling and scratching. Sample sounds directly into your DVS system and create sequences and patterns to practice in your routine. Learn the cuts and transformers of classic DJs and integrate them into your set.
  • Week 3:

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    Create and manipulate patterns of loops and sequences by juggling and chasing your songs together. Evoke double drops and offsets in real-time to create new remixes of your own material on the fly. Extend your own mixes and tracks indefinitely by manipulating your music in the mix.
  • Week 4:

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    Arrange cue points in your library and organize those cue points into sequences and patterns. Create loops and loop rolls based on these cue points. Develop playlists of songs around these sequenced cue points, and build a routine that incorporates these elements.
  • Week 5:

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    Blend and remix various loops, acapellas, instrumentals, and other sound material into a collage that is unmistakably yours. Play with tones and samples in the same way that a jazz guitar player shreds. Create something new out of various, surprising elements, to keep your set fresh and exciting.
  • Week 6:

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    Finalize and play your routine with professional guidance and feedback on the big Slam soundsystem. Refine your performance before recording it and sharing it with the world. Learn how to use that mix as a tool to get connected and booked in your local DJ community.

Testimonals

  • For people like me, who care about creating amazing music more than just about anything else in their lives, Slam Academy is that secret sauce that you've always wanted, but never knew you needed. A place that people who truly want to become experts at music production can call home. Not only will you be given all the tools and techniques you need to make dope music, but you will be surrounded by so many like-minded individuals that you just can't help but get better.

  • I've learned a s***load from the videos on the website and the interactive sessions are great! I guess it would take me years of fiddling to find out some of the stuff - it's really helpful. You've touched on a lot of stuff where I get stuck in production, I feel this is gonna explode my workflow. Just wanted to say a million thanks, looking forward to the next class!

  • Bionik's [Instructor Stefon Taylor's] theories on creativity and songwriting have affected my work and I feel that I have "upgraded" as a musician because of them.  The other students in the class ranged from little studio knowledge to accomplished musician and I know everyone was able to connect, engage, and ultimately develop a solid mental concept for how to approach recording.

  • It has not only given me the skill to confidently use Ableton, along the way, my ears have been developing, I\'ve also learned about music theory, audio physics, synthesis, electronic music history and other mind-blowing subjects, and of course, I\'ve learned how music is produced with the highest quality standards. In just 6 months I got from feeling lost within the software to move around it like only I had seen pro\'s doing it.

  • I would like to express what a profoundly constructive, transformative force Slam Academy has been for my life to this point. Slam and its staff have provided me with the tools of the trade, several skilled pairs of guiding hands in the process of learning to use them, and myriad opportunities for creative exchange and collaboration. More fundamentally, you have shared your temple with me and given me a place to call home.

  • Slam Academy really made it real for me, and I wouldn't be there without the things you showed me...you really helped me step it up to the next level.  Just wanted you to know that I appreciate you and what you did for me.

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