Touring DJ: DJ I

Touring DJ: DJ II

Touring DJ: Ableton Live

Touring DJ: Music Industry

Many people’s first experience with music is at a concert or music festival.  The impact that leaves behind is oftentimes unforgettable.  The feeling of sharing the world’s greatest tunes with a sea of smiling faces can evoke euphoria on a level that is easily attainable with the right amount of technical training.  Slam Academy is founded by, and ran by, master level DJs who have thousands of hours of live performance and DJ experience.  Get your hands on your favorite tracks and learn to master the DJ techniques of Hip Hop, House, Techno, Drum and Bass, Jazz and Funk, and more!

3 Month Program

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Start with the history of DJing and dive right into beat matching, mixing, and scratching on the real Technics 1200s. Once the class is rocking the decks, hands-on every day, we move to CDJs and Native Instrument’s Traktor.  These are the digital alternatives to turntables, and what everyone in the real world of DJing is using.

Kyle Goodrich (Kyle King) teaches Slam Academy’s DJ I Program, with guest instruction from Jimmy Cavanaugh (DJ Adatrak). Reaching almost two decades as a DJ, Kyle’s selections draw from his experience, and his desire to weave new music with the classics, and always leave the dancefloor blissful and exhausted. Kyle was hooked from the start and his passion for music truly shows.

Software Requirements: None

Enrollment limit: 10 students

DJ I Level 1: Turntables, Beatmatching, and Mixing with EQ

In the first level of the DJ I program, we will begin by learning the history of DJing and where it all began. We will learn together, how turntable-ism was first used, and how it has evolved today. We will observe classic DJ techniques, and get a feel for the fundamental tools used in the DJ booth. Each student will get a hands-on feel for the analog turntable, DJ mixer, and prepare for dropping their first beat. We will explore the various beat structures of popular genres, and learn the ins and outs of mixing tunes together and why.
We will look deeper at what it means to be a DJ as someone who performs when they play. We will explore ways to choose certain kinds of tracks for certain kinds of audiences, and to set the tone and handle the energy of the room accordingly. We will learn how matching beats by tempo and songs by key can help us assemble more cohesive sets, and how to use these tools to ensure that the story we are telling is clear to our audience.

DJ I Level 2: CDJs, Controllers, and Software

We will be focusing our efforts on “hands-on” time in the booth. Preparing for our first sets, each student will have time working the turntables with the instructor’s guidance, preparing their tracks and getting a feel for beat matching and really touching the music. Once everyone can lay down a short set of beat matched material, keeping things flowing, we finish our time with the vinyl turntable and look to the digital age of CDJs and Traktor.
Playing a set for a dance floor on “club” style equipment in the 21st century means using Pioneer CDJs. Spend these weeks in the Slam DJ booth with the Pioneer Nexus CDJs and Mixer, learning the interface and having fun. Link the players to your flash drive, set cue points, beat match, mix your tunes in key or even transpose them if they aren’t! Sync your tunes here to spend even more time tweaking filters, setting loops, or applying effects on the DJ mixer.

DJ I Level 3: Advanced Mixing, Scratching, and using FX

We explore “DVS” systems, such as Traktor and Serato. Hear we can apply what we already know about signal flow in the DJ booth, the DJ mixer and turntable, EQ and effects, all to an entirely virtual system. Connect a MIDI controller to your laptop and evoke the same feel as a DJ in an expensive CDJ/Turntable DJ booth! Learn the ins and outs of Traktor, and get in some hands-on time with the instructor, playing your own tunes on these systems. The goal here is to be able to speak the language of the DJ, regardless of the type of playback technology in the mix.
The final performance here is a highlight for everyone at Slam Academy. Rehearse your set with the group, get feedback from the instructor, and prepare for your big performance. Rock a set of your own songs on our big system, and invite your friends because this always turns into a party! Come in for the final feedback session on the last week to get the lowdown on your performance highlights, as well as any constructive criticism to consider for your next gig. *Be sure to stay in touch with Slam via your SlamPass, because there are always gigs and party opportunities for Slam crew and regulars!

Upcoming Start Dates

Classes meet on Wednesdays
New start every 6 months!

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1.5 Month Program

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

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

Members of Slipmats Radio Crew lead the instruction in Slam Academy’s DJ II Program, alongside the DJ I Program instructor Kyle Goodrich (Kyle King).

Software Requirements: None

Enrollment limit: 10 students

DJ II Week 1: Advanced 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.

DJ II Week 2: Sampling and Scratching

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.

DJ II Week 3: Looping and Juggling

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.

DJ II Week 4: Advanced Cue Points

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.

DJ II Week 5: Live Remixing

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.

DJ II Week 6: Finalize your Routine

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.

Upcoming Start Dates

Classes meet on Wednesdays
New start every 6 months!

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6 Month Program

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The Ableton Program is the most rigorous training we offer in Live. It is a comprehensive and systematic approach from the ground up, designed for the most dedicated Live students. This sequence takes the novice producer through the most advanced content and cutting-edge techniques, equipping you with all the tools you will need to be a professional Live user.

James Patrick teaches Slam Academy’s Ableton Live Program. 15-year DJ and music producer, co-founder of Slam Academy, and Ableton Certified Trainer; James Patrick uses his professional involvement in both academic and popular electronic realms to unite the creative energy, ideas and people of his community.

Software Requirements: Ableton Live software (Suite preferred)

Enrollment limit: 15 students

Live Level 1: Interface Navigation

Create your own original music sketches using Ableton Live’s Factory Library sounds. Understand and practice the general workflow of music creation within Live. Customize Live to behave the way you want it to, and arrange your own grooves, basslines, melodies, and harmonies using Live’s virtual instrument collection.

Live Level 2: Sequencing and Recording

Create your own original sequences using Live’s intuitive Session View. Record your own sounds into Live and warp them to your own grooves. Mangle and twist those recordings to create entirely new sounds for your arrangements. Record yourself jamming on the knobs to add life to your sketch with automation and modulation.

Live Level 3: Arranging and Editing

Create intricate changes, drops, breakdowns, tempo changes and more using Live’s Arrangement View. Chop, slice, reverse, and further refine all of your sounds to create riveting sound environments. Record yourself improvising across the timeline to further enhance your tune. Export your first fully arranged and edited song by the end of this level!

Live Level 4: Effects Processing

Turn your electronic music into something incredible with professional effects processing techniques. Sculpt your audio creations into exactly what you imagine using your own custom signal processors. Improvise with these custom processors in your own music, or live on stage using Slam Academy’s world class techniques.

Live Level 5: Synthesis and Sampling

Create your own original sounds from scratch. Build your own synth leads, basses, drums, pads, sound effects and more, entirely with Live’s virtual instrument collection. Incorporate those into your final project for this level to create your own entirely original electronic music composition, from the very ground up!

Live Level 6: Controllers and Instruments

Add more human control to your music by connecting your own controllers and instruments to Live. Customize your APC40, Push, and other Control Surfaces to respond exactly the way you want them to. Learn the world of recording interfaces and external hardware. Record synthesizers, drum machines, and musicians playing real instruments alongside your arrangements.

Live Level 7: Performance

Play your own original songs live in front of an audience. Design a live performance set that will allow you to jam alongside live musicians, DJs, and more using Ableton Live and a MIDI controller of your choice. Also learn how to DJ with Ableton Live in this level. Complete the level with a short live performance of your own tunes.

Live Level 8: Mixing and Mastering

Push your original songs onto the world stage using industry standard Mixing and Mastering techniques. Polish your own songs alongside Slam’s expert mix engineers. Hear your own songs stack up to the loudness and clarity of your favorite all time tunes. Finish this level with a completed original song or EP, ready to share!

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Classes meet on Mondays (Jun & Dec) or Thursdays (Mar & Sep)
New start every 3 months!

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3 Month Program

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Creators of all types must now work a little harder to establish their art and aesthetics amongst a very crowded field. Data from 2017 suggests almost 20,000 singles are released every week. How will you break though? Students will work collaboratively to research and support each other’s art while also working to promote our growing Slam Academy Family.

Electronic Music Composer Katie Kramarczuk (Hydrah), Producer Aaron Mader (Lazerbeak), and Attorney Grace Davies, team up to teach Slam Academy’s Music Industry Program.

Software Requirements: None

Enrollment limit: 10 students

Industry Level 1: Copyright Basics and Economic Incentives

Copyright is often looked at from a punitive standpoint ie “you downloaded something illegally”. However, we’ll explain how copyright works and is designed encourages artistic creation. Additional discussion points will include:

  • Differences between PA and SR Copyright
  • 6 Rights granted to Copyright holders
  • 3 Qualifications for copyright registration
  • Mechanical Rights
  • Sample clearance

Industry Level 2: Copyright Registration and Performing Rights Organizations

In this section of the course we’ll cover copyright registration and how to affiliate yourself with performing rights organizations like ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC as well as with digital rights organizations like Sound Exchange.

  • PRO Registration
  • Differences between 3 major PROs
  • Values to joining a PRO
  • Creating your own Publishing Company
  • SoundExchange Registration

Industry Level 3: Demystifying the Music Business

Often times, the music business is seen as an overly complicated morass of companies and backroom deals. In reality, the music business is at least 11 mostly unrelated industries all working together. We’ll discuss in depth how money can be generated from both songs and artists and how the industry sectors interact.

  • Describe Industry Sectors
  • Track revenue potential within industry
  • Explore career opportunities throughout industry
  • Explore entrepreneurship opportunities throughout industry

Industry Level 4: Modern Trends in the Music Industry

The music business is growing. Fast. In this topic we’ll discuss major trends in music and the economic and career opportunities within these trends. Major topics will include the rise of streaming, vinyl resurgence, how to create fan “rewards” and more.

  • Streaming trends
  • Decline of retail
  • Digital distribution platforms
  • High value physical merchandise
  • Music as a “service”

Industry Level 5: Emerging Revenue Streams in Today’s Mobile World

Artists are innovating in a myriad of ways to create new revenue streams. Importantly, many of these opportunities are available to independent acts as well as more established performers.

  • Licensing
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Patronage
  • Sample pack development

Industry Level 6: Business Registration and Controlling Your Future

The difference between “you” and a “corporation” can be as simple as filling out a few forms. We’ll discuss business registration and the financial and legal implications of how you set up your creative pursuits.

  • Business Structures (sole proprietors, partnerships, LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, B-Corp)
  • Trademark
  • Doing-Business-As registration
  • Domain Name Registration

Industry Level 7: Marketing Means Sharing

How we market and share music is fundamentally changing. An older world of retail stores, posters, magazine reviews, and radio play is being replaced by blogs, pop-up performances, playlists, and more. We’ll work to provide all students resources and lists to market and promote their content to a wide audience.

  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Email Marketing

Industry Level 8: Planning to Plan: Releases are Campaigns

Releasing a record can be an exhausting and unrewarding process. However, with long range thinking, promotional efforts can compound upon themselves broadening one’s audience and increasing the likelihood that something could “take off”.

  • Long term planning
  • Tent Pole Events
  • Press and Radio Support
  • Blogs
  • Labels

Upcoming Start Dates

Classes meet on Wednesdays
New start every 6 months!

Dates my be subject to change.

Registration

There is no application, and all experience levels are welcome. Just signup with the red buttons!

To enroll in the Touring DJ Package, purchase below. This price includes all the required classes, at a significant discount from buying them individually.  

After payment for the program package is received, we will contact you to welcome you to Slam and answer any additional questions.
Price: $6894 (Includes all classes, All Access pass to all Slam Academy regular classes, (including online classes) and up to 13.5 months of SlamPass)
Payment plans are available for this program.

Join the Touring DJ Package for only $490/month using our simple payment plan.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact us.

Enrollment Includes:

  • Admission to all DJ I, DJ II, Ableton Live, and Music Industry Program Classes
  • Weekly feedback on tracks and projects during class Lab Time
  • Feedback on midway and final projects from Slam Teachers and Guest Artists
  • 25% Returning Student Discount on all future enrollments*
  • Free Instant Access Pass (access to complete non-program online video library)
  • Discounts and Special Offers on hardware and software from our friends at Foxtone Music

* Not valid with other discount offers & coupons.

2 week Add/Drop period – Money Back Guarantee

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