FAQ

Welcome to Want2DJ FAQ

From how to book to what to expect in your first lesson. You will find it all here.

(1) What can I expect from Want2DJ?

Put simply, we help you to get started in the industry and progress your DJ journey from wherever you are.  We focus on the goal(s) you wish to achieve.  Simply choose any one of the following options:-

  1. DJ Taster sessions for absolute beginners. No experience necessary.
  2. Weekly, Fortnightly or Monthly DJ Lessons to improve your Skills
  3. Purchase a DJ Experience Gift Voucher

Whether you know you want to be a DJ or simply want to give it a try, since we opened in Sept 2015, we’ve helped students 8-15yrs to 16 to 50yrs + to progress their DJ journey and get paid to work in South Yorkshire and as far away as Mexico!

Here are just a few of our students who began their DJ journey with no experience whatsoever!

Luis (9yrs) = DJ Goal: Interested in getting started.  Luis’ enthusiasm from day one has enabled him to progress very quickly. In only 9 months since his first lesson, he was able to surprise all his friends when he entertained over 20 children for their Year 6 Leavers Disco on the last day of school in July 2018. And what a fabulous job he did too!  With lots of excitement and non-stop dancing from the children, praise from all the staff and a couple of further bookings for the next few months, Luis has done incredibly well in such a short space of time. To see Luis in action, click here.

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Owen in action (2016)

Owen (16yrs) = DJ Goal: To run his own Mobile disco business.  Five months into his training aged 16yrs, Owen secured his first paid gig and began marketing his Mobile DJ Business. With multiple private bookings and various local 60’s music event, Owen’s business; Gregs Parties is going from strength to strength. To see a video of Owen in action, click here.

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Esme in action (2016)

Esme (8yrs) =DJ Goal = To DJ at her own birthday party.  Our youngest female student Esme attended the Want2DJ Taster session.  In preparation for her 20-minute solo performance at her 9th birthday party. With the success of her first party we planned the next. With more time on stage she was able to incorporate more advanced techniques.  One of Esme’s Teachers was present at the party and booked Esme to DJ for the school Christmas disco.  More bookings followed from her own school as well as the local Infants and her local Pub! To see a video of Esme in action, click here.

Students tell us how much fun they have and how 90 minutes of DJ Lessons with Want2DJ actually feels like 30. This is music to our ears!  Whatever your goal, we will help you to make it happen and support you every step of the way! 

(2) What DJ equipment do you have in the studio?

DJ Software

  • Virtual DJ 8
  • Serato DJ Intro/Lite
  • Serato DJ/Pro
  • Serato DVS
  • Rekordbox DJ
  • Traktor Pro

DJ Controllers

  • Pioneer XDJ-RX2 – Rekordbox 2 Channel standalone controller/Mixer
  • Pioneer DDJ-400 – Serato 2 Channel Midi Controller
  • Pioneer DDJ-SB3 – Serato 2 Channel Midi Controller
  • Denon MC2000 – Serato/Traktor/VDJ 2 Channel Midi Controller
  • Numark Mixtrack Platinum – Serato 2 Channel Dj Controller
  • Numark Partymix – VDJ 2 Channel Midi Controller

DJ Mixers

  • Pioneer XDJ-RX2 2 Channel standalone controller & DJ Mixer
  • Pioneer DJM-500 4 Channel Dj Mixer
  • Denon DN-X1100 8 Channel DJ Mixer

CD Players

  • 2 x Pioneer CDJ-1000 Mk3
Headphones
  • Sennheiser HD25 Headphones
  • Sennheiser HD25 LT Headphones
Microphone
  • Beyerdynamic TGX-58 Microphone

(3) How much do lessons cost?

Juniors (9-15yrs)

  • 1hr = £20
  • 1.5hrs = £30
  • 2hrs = £40 

Adults (16yrs+)

  • 1hr = £25
  • 1.5hrs = £35
  • 2hrs = £45 
  • 3hrs = £65

(4) How many lessons do you recommend?

This depends on you, your experience and what you would like to achieve.
You’ll either know what you want to achieve or just want to give it a try, so think you will find the following useful.
You just want to try it out = Maybe book one lesson and see how you feel. You can always book more sessions either on the day or when you’ve had a chance to think about it.
You want to be a DJ = You would definitely benefit from lessons on a weekly or fortnightly basis. I would recommend booking 2-4 lessons to begin with and see how you feel.  Lessons are planned out, we keep track of your progress and check to see how you feel you’re doing at the end of each lesson.
Whatever you are looking for, we want you to get exactly what you need/want,  so will always check with you to see how you feel it’s going.  It’s entirely up to you if you wish to continue or maybe change the frequency of lessons.
And the help does not stop after the lesson has ended… We provide full support, advice and guidance you need when you need it.

(5) Can I use your music?

To begin with yes. We do however encourage all students to own their own collection. Don’t worry if you are not sure where to purchase or how to download music, as we will be able to advise accordingly.

A word about recording… We are unable to record mixes created with any music that is unlicensed or streamed/downloaded from the internet. This is because you need to own the music you wish to use and record and maybe only licensed to play on the device from which you are subscribed.

(6) Can I use songs that I’ve downloaded from YouTube or other internet sites?

Unfortunately not. Depending on whether you own the songs you wish to use and how your music is stored, we cannot guarantee all songs can be loaded onto the studio decks.

(7) Can I take pictures and share on social media?

Yes. However would kindly ask you let us know ahead of posting the image you would like to share. We also like to take photo’s and video’s and appreciate that not everyone likes this. So will always get permission from you before promoting any footage of you online.

(8) Location, Facilities & Breaks

The Want2DJ Studio is located in Dinnington, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We have a Watercooler on-site with bottled water available FOC. Plus we have a WC and sink situated at the back of the studio.   If you would like a quick break at any time, just let us know.

(9) Opening Hours?

The studio is open Tues evening, Wednesday afternoons + evenings & Sat mornings/afternoons.  If you’d like to check the availability of your first lesson, then please click here.

(10) Have your tutors been CRB checked?

Yes. Certificates are kept up to date and visible at all times.

(11) Can I bring someone with me?

Yes, although we kindly ask that you let us know 24hrs before your lesson. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

(12) What should I bring with me?

  • A selection of songs you own (purchased legitimately) on any of the following formats:- CD, MP3 and M4.
  • Any DJ equipment you have that you wish to use
  • Headphones if you have them.
  • A Notebook and pen
  • You may be sent a dropbox link to upload your chosen songs. This will help us to set the studio controllers and software up for your arrival.

 (13) Can I visit the studio before my first lesson?

Absolutely! We welcome all students prior to your first lesson and offer an optional 20 min tour. This typically includes an overview of the studio DJ Mixers, CD Players, DJ Software, Controllers & lighting.

Not all students opt for this tour, we find our younger students and their parents appreciate an opportunity to walk into the studio which gives them a better understanding of what to expect.  Simply let us know you’re availability and we can get you booked in.

(14) Booking Enquiries

To book a lesson or visit the studio, click here. Or if you prefer you can email us at info@want2dj.co.uk or CALL on 01709 262005. Please include the following:-

  • any experience you have?
  • any equipment you own or are familiar with?
  • what you’d like to learn?

We aim to respond within 1-4hrs.  Wherever possible we will do our best to accommodate your request, although cannot always guarantee availability on a particular day or timeslot.

Studio time works on a first come first serve policy.  Simply let us know what works best for you, your schedule and commitments and we’ll do what we can.  To check the availability of your first lesson, please click here.

(15)  Payment Terms

When booking your first lesson, payment will be requested upon receipt of invoice either by Card payment or online banking. Once you have completed your first session, you can make payment by the following methods:-

  • Online (Card Payment) = Upon receipt of invoice
  • Online (BACS via Online Banking) = Upon receipt of invoice
  • CASH = Upon arrival to Studio

(16) Lateness & Cancellation Terms

We understand that emergencies do happen and appointments need to be changed or cancelled. We kindly request you to give us 7 days notice wherever possible.  Unfortunately, we are unable to extend lessons when students are late.

Due to the increase in late cancellations, any cancellations received within 72hrs of your lesson start time will be subject to a cancellation fee of £20.

Whilst we will always try to accommodate student requests wherever possible and aim to offer any cancelled appointments to other students.  Any students who do not show up at the agreed date and time, who do not notify us of their absence will be charged at the full rate and any future lessons declined.

(17) Feedback & Reviews

Following your visit to the studio, you will receive an email asking you for your feedback and detailing how you can leave a review. This is of course optional. If you prefer, you can email us your feedback at any time.

Reviews can be posted here on our website, via our Facebook page or on our Yell.com profile.

It is helpful for us to know how you found us, what you enjoyed most and found challenging. This will help us to map out any future lessons and ensure you get exactly what you need.

(18) What if I don’t live in South Yorkshire?

Great question! Whilst most lessons take place in the studio we do offer lessons via Skype for students with their own equipment. That said, sometimes you just need someone to show you side by side. So for those students who cannot make it to our studio, we can recommend other DJ schools around the UK which may suit them better. Please see our recommended list below:

DJSCHOOLUK (Not for profit) Leeds, West Yorkshire

(19) Controller + Laptop issues

Maybe you’ve registered your Controller, installed the software and connected your controller to your laptop. Yet for whatever reason, you just can’t get started!   Unfortunately, the problem you may be experiencing could in fact be:-

Compatibility between:-

  1. Laptop Operating System + Software version
  2. Incorrect Software version installed for your Controller
  3. Software requires a licence to work with your DJ Controller
  4. Faulty USB Cable

Anyone of the above can require extra time and skills to resolve.  Hence why we try to take away this headache and get to the core of the problem for you. Maybe you have the time to sort yourself or you’d prefer someone to do it for you. Either way, we’ll do everything we can to get you back to the fun part of practising!

For anyone looking to resolve the issues yourself, included below is system requirement info for Serato DJ Intro, Serato DJ, Virtual DJ and Traktor which we hope you will find useful:-

Laptop Operating System + Software version

Firstly you will need to check what operating system you are running. Maybe you have an old laptop and want to run the latest Serato DJ Intro or Serato DJ?  For these to work together, you will need to check if the two are compatible!  Find your operating system below or click here to see the full list.

Minimum Hardware requirements

REKORDBOX 5.3

Compatible OS (Windows) Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (The latest service pack)
Compatible OS (Mac) macOS High Sierra 10.13 (Updated to the latest version), macOS Sierra 10.12 (Updated to the latest version),
OS X 10.11, 10.10 (Updated to the latest version)
CPU Intel® processor Core™ i7, i5, i3
Intel® processor Core™ 2 Duo 2.0GHz or above
Memory 4GB or more of RAM
Hard disk 2GB or more of free space (not including space for storing music files, etc.)
Sound Audio output to speakers, headphones, etc. (internal or external audio device)
USB port A USB 2.0 port is used to connect a controller or a mixer, and export track files to a USB storage device such as a flash drive and a hard disk drive
LAN port An Ethernet LAN adapter (RJ45 port) for communicating with the DJ player is required to transfer music files to a Pioneer DJ player (i.e. CDJ-TOUR1, CDJ-2000NXS). For details, check the operating instructions of the Pioneer product, etc.
Playable music file ALAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF MP3, AAC
Display resolution 1280 × 768 or greater
Internet connection An internet connection is needed to create a rekordbox user account and to download and activate the software.

Serato DJ Pro

https://serato.com/latest/blog/20341/introducing-serato-dj-pro


We recommend that your computer is fully optimized before using Serato DJ Pro. Please make sure you have read our PC Optimization Guide for Windows and Mac Optimization Guide for macOS/OS X for best performance.

Mac Windows
Serato DJ Pro
Operating System* macOS High Sierra 10.13
macOS Sierra 10.12
Mac OS X 10.11
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Windows 7
Processor i3: 1.07GHz
i5: 1.07GHz
i7: 1.07GHz
Screen Resolution 1280 x 720
Memory 4 GB
USB Available USB 2.0 port
Free HDD Space 5 GB
Pitch ‘n Time DJ
Processor i5: 1.07GHz 32 bit, 64 bit
i7: 1.07GHz 32 bit, 64 bit
Serato Video
Video Memory 384 MB (1GB+ recommended for best performance)

*Read more for operating system compatibility information.

Serato DJ Lite

https://serato.com/dj/lite


Mac Windows
Serato DJ Lite
Operating System* macOS High Sierra 10.13
macOS Sierra 10.12
Mac OS X 10.11
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Windows 7 with SP1
Processor i3: 1.07GHz
i5: 1.07GHz
i7: 1.07GHz
Screen Resolution 1280 x 720
Memory 4 GB
USB Available USB 2.0 port
Free HDD Space 5 GB

*Read more for operating system compatibility information.

Serato DJ 1.9.6

Operating System 1 macOS Sierra
Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9
Windows 10, 8.1, 7
Processor i3: 1.07GHz 32 bit, 64 bit
i5: 1.07GHz 32 bit, 64 bit
i7: 1.07GHz 32 bit, 64 bit
Screen Resolution 1280 x 720
Memory 32 bit, 64 bit: 4 GB
USB Available USB 2.0 port
Free HDD Space 5 GB

 

Serato DJ Intro 1.2.8

Operating System 1 macOS Sierra
Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8
Windows 10, 8.1, 7 with SP1
Processor i3: 1.07GHz 32 bit, 64 bit
i5: 1.07GHz 32 bit, 64 bit
i7: 1.07GHz 32 bit, 64 bit
Screen Resolution 1280 x 720
Memory 32 bit, 64 bit: 4 GB
USB Available USB 2.0 port
Free HDD Space 5 GB

 

Virtual DJ LE + Virtual DJ8

Minimum Hardware requirements (Windows)
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ XP.
  • Windows XP SP3.
  • DirectX compatible sound card.
  • 512MB RAM.
  • 20MB free on the hard drive.
Recommended system requirements (Mac)
  • Intel® processor.
  • Mac OS X v10.6.x Snow Leopard (or newer)
  • 1440×900 resolution.
  • Multi-channel CoreAudio compatible soundcard.
  • 2048MB (2Gb) RAM.
  • 200MB free on the hard drive.

To check whether your Windows/Mac operating system is compatible with Virtual DJ, click here.

To check if your DJ controller is compatible with Virtual DJ, click here.

 

Traktor LE + Traktor Pro

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 or 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM

Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5 or equal AMD processor, 4 GB RAM

To check if your Windows/Mac operating system is compatible with Traktor LE, click here and for Traktor Pro 2, click here.

To check if your DJ Controller is compatible with Traktor Pro, click here.

(20) My controller comes with Serato DJ Intro/Lite, is it worth upgrading to Serato DJ/Pro?

If you are happy with the software features, then I personally wouldn’t upgrade. This is because Serato DJ/Pro includes many features that are not available on Serato DJ Intro/Lite enabled controllers.  Therefore if you feel that you are missing some level of functionality or features that Serato DJ/Pro includes, you may as well upgrade your controller to a Serato DJ/Pro enabled controller.  To find out more about the difference between Serato DJ Intro and Serato DJ, click here. To find out more about the difference between Serato DJ Lite and Serato DJ Pro click here.

 

Thanks for visiting Want2DJ FAQ. We hope you were able to answer all your questions and navigate around the site easily enough.  If there is anything we have missed, do let us know via our contact us page or email.

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