Learn to be a Live DJ

Our Live DJ program pairs you with a working, touring DJ who will mentor you in what it takes to succeed on stage. Learn Ableton Electronic Music Production and how to perform and launch your career in the music business as a Live DJ.

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About the
Program

Welcome to your new office: the stage!

The Recording Connection Live DJ with Ableton Live program teaches aspiring audio enthusiasts and music makers what it takes to be a Live DJ’s on the festival circuit—giving you the skills needed for creating, arranging and performing your sets.

Electronic Dance Music is the backbone of the live DJ and as a part of the Live DJ program, you will learn the principles of the genre in order to create amazing live experiences for many different live music audiences and settings.

The Recording Connection gives you the knowledge, experience, understanding and connections to create your own Live DJ presence. Equipped with these tools, you can be ready to follow your own path toward an intense and rewarding career!

In the
Studio

As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive Live DJ program with Ableton Live, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring in a real recording studio or music production room plus remote tutoring from an established music creator.  Students are expected to put in 10-40 hours per week, depending on their schedule.

The structured course curriculum includes 20 sections and covers all of the following:

 

Building Relationships

With music producers, artists, A&R, music directors, promoters and venue owners.

 

Audio Software

Ableton Live Suite, Serato DJ.

 

Making Music

Arranging, sampling, basic harmony/melody and composition.

 

Hardware and Equipment

DJ mixers, turntables, PA systems.

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With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.

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Live DJ
Curriculum

About our Ableton Live Course Curriculum If you aspire to be an electronic musician or club DJ, Ableton Live is a must. Unlike other digital music production software, Ableton is specifically designed to meet the needs of electronic musicians, combining the best of in-the-box virtual instruments with powerful arranging capabilities and dynamic live-play features. When combined with a controller, Ableton could easily be the only instrument you need to create, record and perform your mixes. Like other digital audio workstations, Ableton Live can work as a basic virtual music production studio, allowing you to record, mix and master your tracks…

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What's Included

  • Live DJ online curriculum
  • The lastest version of Ableton Live
  • Symphonic Distribution discount code (for music distribution on all major platforms and marketing tools/services)
  • MXL Aspire Program signup link, providing student discount of up to 50% off on MXL microphones.

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The Recording Connection Live DJ with Ableton Live program teaches aspiring audio enthusiasts and music makers what it takes to be a Live DJ on the festival circuit—giving you the skills needed for creating, arranging and performing your sets.

Electronic Dance Music is the backbone of the live DJ. As a part of the Live DJ program, you will learn the principles of the genre in order to create amazing live experiences for an array of live music audiences and settings.

The Recording Connection gives you the knowledge, experience, understanding, and connections it takes to create your own Live DJ presence. Equipped with these tools, you can be ready to follow your own path toward an intense and rewarding career!

If you want to launch your career as a DJ consider choosing a school or program that will help you connect to the music industry without forcing you into huge amounts of debt. With our on-the-job training approach, we believe the Recording Connection is the place to start your career as a real working DJ.

LEARN THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE: DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS

Welcome to Your Future as a Touring DJA Live DJ’s best friend, the digital audio workstation (DAW) has become a staple for many electronic musicians. Depending on the processing speed and storage of your laptop, it’s like having a sound studio in your computer bag. Pre-loaded with instruments, sample packs, and the ability to store and arrange your files, a Live DJ should never leave home without their DAW.

While the first DAWs had been around for a decade prior, they didn’t become commercially viable until the home computer revolution took place in the late 80s. Finally, computers had the speed and storage to bring DAWs to the masses. As the computing market kept improving, so did the DAWs.

No matter if you’re a PC or a Mac person, there are apps and software for every platform and skill level. Free DAWs will give you a basic understanding of how a DAW operates, from learning the standard DJ controllers and setting up simple hip hop tracks. More advanced software will allow you to record mixes, produce transitions between songs, and develop a complete DJ set.

For the Recording Connection Live DJ Program, you will be given a copy of Ableton Live 10. This is industry-standard DJ software used by international stars like Skrillex and Deadmau5. They’re using it when producing music, so you definitely want to consider Ableton your go-to.

OUR PROGRAM PUTS YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION

Welcome to Your Future as a Touring DJBut there’s more to becoming a Live DJ than just having the right gear. You also need to know how to use it. And that’s where the Recording Connection comes in. By working one-on-one with an experienced DJ inside of a real-world studio, our externs learn more than beat matching, sound design, and mixing techniques.

Recording Connection shows you the technical skills to become a DJ but our programs are so much more than just that! By working alongside an expert in an established studio, you’ll learn all of the things you can’t get from a book. How to work with artists, how to set up a studio that works best for you, and just how much hard work it takes to build a solid music library.

And if you intend to make a career out of being a Live DJ, you’ll need to work at it A LOT! More than spending hours on the weekend, playing songs you created for your friends, our externs learn music theory, how to use social media to market themselves, and even creating a stage persona. Because when the crowd sees you having a great time on the DJ booth, they’ll do the same on the dance floor.


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Learn From Industry Pros

Have you ever worked in a real recording studio? Do you know how to conduct yourself in the workplace? Do you have real connections to the music industry? These are all things that you’ll be experiencing in the Recording Connection.

Because you’ll be working with real professionals, you’ll be learning straight from the source with no interference. If you have a question, all you have to do is ask! You could even work with the pros who have produced records for artists like Lady Gaga, Marshmello, Odd Future, DJ Shadow, Skrillex, and others.

Ordinary 4-year universities or trade schools place you inside of over-crowded classrooms, charge you a considerable amount of money, and oftentimes give you an antiquated theoretical education. We don't charge huge amounts of tuition to give you a theoretical classroom education; we train you in a real recording studio, pair you with a mentor, and teach you the industry standard.

Classrooms don’t make hit records—studios do. This is why it’s so important to get into a real studio on the ground floor. With our externship program, you can learn the tricks of the trade, make connections, and develop your skills. Work hard, work smart, and work at building your dream of becoming a touring DJ.

Our programs are designed to meet you at your experience. We offer everything from refresher courses to full-on introductory education and while everyone needs to complete their industry-oriented, up-to-the-minute lessons in their assigned eBooks, your mentor can customize your training to adjust to your creative urges and professional goals. Regardless if you’re an advanced student, intermediate, or a beginner, the Recording Connection has an education pathway that can work for you.

You just have to have a passion for DJing and a willingness to work hard. We have numerous DJs on our staff of Academic Facilitators who are waiting to help you actualize your potential. Apply and get serious about building a career as a DJ. Maybe the only thing standing between you and a career as a DJ is you.

In addition to our Live DJ program, Recording Connection offers a wide variety of programs and workshops for every music enthusiast. Learn audio engineering, music producing, and post-production from the pros! And because you’re working in a real studio, you may just get a chance to set mics, run cable, or even set levels for one of your favorite acts!

But it has to start with you. You already love music - that’s why you’re here. If you’re ready to work hard towards making the music that other people will love, apply today.

 

Coursework is delivered via distance education and completed at a location determined by the student. Apprenticeship (Externship) locations can be up to 60 miles away from the student’s address. The apprenticeship (externship) mentor will work with each student on structuring a specific schedule, the student agrees that he/she will be available to meet with the mentor for a minimum of two sessions per week.”

Recording Connection provides unique, mentor-based programs that are affordable, so you can stay in control of your finances.

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