Are DJing schools really necessary?

Posted: May 25, 2011 in DJ 101
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With the likes of LiquiDeep, Shimza and Lulo Café making their mark as club djs it’s no wonder why DJing is the most coveted career. To cater for this sudden need, we see DJing schools and Academies popping from everywhere. The likes of Fuse Academy, Vinyl Joint, and Soul Candi promise to give any aspiring DJ a chance of making it big. But the big question is; are they really necessary? It’s a hard call ‘cos most upcoming DJ/Producers I know are self taught.

Take a look at how one of the most internationally celebrated DJ/ producer Black Coffee made it to where he is today. At a young age, he sharpened his musical skills by being part of a school choir while learning the keyboard. After matriculating he studied music in a Durban institute to deepen his music knowledge, develop listening skills and advance his knowledge of music theory.

In 2003 he was part of the Red Bull Music Academy and he was exposed to international DJs and producers and was also taught by industry legends such as Hugh Masikela. In the same year he started working on his first project using very basic music-making software. His initial breakthrough was when his song “Happiness” was featured on the DJs at Work album. Soon after that, his DJing career started booming and his production started getting international exposure.

Then take a look at how SA’s self taught, pioneering club and radio DJ, producer, record label owner and business man made it to where he is today. In the early 90s DJ Oskido was selling boerewors rolls outside Razzmatazz nigh club in Hillbrow, in the early hours of the morning when clubbers were heading home he would go into the club and play his set to the cleaners and whoever was still left in the club. One night, the resident DJ didn’t pitch up and Oskido took that opportunity with both arms and the rest is history.

He then established a network of DJs, musicians, producers and other hopefuls to form Kalawa Records which later became Kalawa Jazzme. Oskido has since gone to produce numerous artists such as Bongo Maffin, Boom Shaka, Mafikizolo, Thebe, current SAMA winner Professor and released 10 Church Grooves compilations as well as hosted a show on YFM and now on Metro FM with no formal music related education.

Whether you’re thinking of going to a DJing school or learning it via friends, I don’t have the answer. I’m just putting the question out there and hoping that aspiring DJ/producers, DJing schools and academy owners, mentors, promoters and club owners vow to work hand-in-hand and with integrity in schooling the next Oskido, Black Coffee, Fresh and Kent.

  1. hi i want to known about your instutution for djing can you send me details including prices and arther information thanks

    • Vusi Khoza says:

      @Richard here’s a list of schools you can contact: Soul Candi on 011 689 7939
      Fax: 086 561 6642 now
      the course is: 8 weeks
      Lecture Frequency: Twice a week
      Fee: R 3 500.00

      or vist VynalJoint Djing school it’s R1600 for 2months. It’s located @ 11 Eloff street opposite fair price in JHB. Good luck hope this info helps.

  2. Lindiwe says:

    Hey dj zinhle or may i say fuse academy owner well am 16 an i realy wana be a dj. So i was wondering how do i apply into ur school,u probaly think am joking but am not,am serious about this. Plz reply me via email or call me on dese numberz 0829380253

  3. Hey Vusi..well i was watchin’ TV during the week and i got more than inspired by the gals who were doin’ the djing, and i thought just because i have always wanted to do this why not visit tht fuse academy so i could get some help, well i am 18 yrs of age and the main problem i have got is that i m in soshanguve nd just wanted to knw if the is the nearest djing school i can go to around PTA..

  4. Dolly says:

    I’m Dolly aka kasi gal well I’m still in high school but I want 2 become a dj were do I start please help a sister out….

    • Vusi Khoza says:

      Hey Dolly, focus on finishing school first then Djing will come afterwards. Or start collecting mixtapes and buying compilations so you can learn mixing styles from different DJs.

  5. Vuyokazi says:

    Thank u for giving us ladies more faith..but is it possable for a girl who is re-writing her matric to register in this academies? If yes, wer can 1 go?what does it cost,to do the whole cause.

  6. Jan says:

    Ya it’s necessary bcz mixing nd scritching skill needed.

  7. dinky says:

    hey fuse academy im dk frm pretoria…are there any located schools around hey im really into music i was wondering can u please give me info… Abt classes & fees i would like to start ASAP…..& any contact information I reallY Want to Be A Dj….. Music Is My Passion

  8. Lucas says:

    Hey soul candy I’m askn for your help I wana explore my skill but I can’t because of a village I’m living @

  9. Lucas says:

    Me again hi dj Zinhle I’m Lucas from hammanskraal maubane I realy love wat I’m doing we’re I live wth my dj skills I would love to show my skills to anybody else where so I would lyk to know how do I apply on ur dj school

  10. gift khotso says:

    I’m still in a high school,my vission is to become a dj so what must i do plzZz help my dream

    • Vusi Khoza says:

      Firstly, you have to focus and finish school. However, you need to find a friend of a friend with DJing equipment so you can practise.Once you think you’re ready. Try and enter as many DJing competitions as you can. Sell your skills. Be different.

  11. Max says:

    Hy its Max here am 23yrs…am in JHB nd my dreams is 2 be a DJ can u please help me with more info

  12. sthabile says:

    I really want to start taking my dream seriously I would have enjoyed attending dj zinhles school but am around durban can I still join the school?

  13. sthabile says:

    hi I been trying to email fuse academy,and when I send a email it fails please help me,I really need this

  14. ABEL says:

    I want to be a dj i’m interest on it

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