Unlike horse jockeys, disc jockeys can be any size and hate breaking records. Ride the turntables to glory with today’s Groupon to Scratch DJ Academy. Choose from the following options:
- For $60, you get a one-hour private DJ lesson (a $125 value).
- For $69, you get a two-hour introductory DJ class and social with refreshments (a $150 value).
- For $119, you get a two-hour introductory DJ class and social for two with refreshments (a $250 value).<p>
Inspired by founders Rob Principe and Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay, the Scratch DJ Academy’s faculty fosters the art of DJing through hands-on classes or private lessons on professional-grade equipment. Thursday nights at 7 p.m., two-hour group classes introduce crews of up to 40 aspiring spinners to the art form’s history. Instructors highlight the basic tenets of music theory and song structure, such as how all the notes fall off the sheet music if one of the bars is removed. First-timers step up to turntables and mixers to practice basic scratching and timing techniques on hardware normally used by professional music acts. As students savor their classmates’ fledgling beats, refreshments complement conversation and messages beat-boxed in Morse code between music lovers.
Private lessons imbue brains with solid fundamentals through personalized attention that focuses on core techniques such as scratching, beat juggling, and mixing. Professional DJs break down practical steps to prep for a specific event and provide insight to their thought process when making fresh rhythms or massaging LPs. Multiple work stations fill the loft-like facility’s 3,000 square feet of music-making space, and private rooms protect sonic prodigies from outside distractions.
West Los Angeles
2324 Cotner Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90064