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/or progress your DJ journey. Simply choose any one of the following options:-
- 90 min DJ Taster sessions for absolute beginners. No experience necessary.
- 1hr, 90mins or 2hr Lessons to improve skills. (Weekly, Fortnightly or monthly)
- Gift Vouchers for someone you know who may like to explore.
We focus on the goal(s) you wish to achieve. Whether you know you want to be a DJ or simply want to give it a try, we’ve helped young DJ’s 8-15yrs as well as adults 16 to 60yrs + to get started and/or progress. Whilst not everyone wants to get paid, our students have enjoyed working locally, abroad whilst on holiday or after emigrating to Mexico!
Here are just a few of our students who began with no experience whatsoever!
Melissa (39) = DJ Goal: DJ at her own Wedding. After receiving a Want2DJ Gift Voucher for Christmas. Melissa’s goal was to create a DJ set for her Wedding Rave. 90 mins of classic Dubstep, Drum & Bass and House anthems. She performed her set to a live audience of 100 people for the firJamst time in June 2019. Everyone loved it and was dancing for the whole 90 mins!! Not only did she achieve her DJ goal, as a result, she has been invited to join a Female DJ collective in Sheffield!!! Recordings to follow…
James (23) DJ Goal: To be a Professional DJ. James found Want2DJ just as the 2day DJ event BPM 2018 was in full flow. With tickets to the show, he utilised the resources available to him. And not only saved a packet on his new Pioneer DDJ-1000, Headphones and Speakers. 4mths into his Training with Want2DJ he began demonstrating his technical abilities to his colleagues at the Nightclub he works. After few successful nights, he was offered the role of Clubland Warm-Up DJ for the North of England. Well done James, great job!
Amelia (11) = DJ Goal: To be a DJ. After receiving her DJ Experience Gift Voucher, Amelia learned over 12 sessions all she needed, to perform in front of her first ever live audience for her Dad’s Birthday Party in May 2019. Not only did her DJ set go down really well and she had an absolute ball. Amelia was the warm up DJ for BBC Radio One & Radio 2 DJ ‘Trevor Nelson’ and got to share the stage with Paloma Faith. This very talented young DJ really is really going places and living the dream! To see Amelia in action, click here.
Luis (9) = DJ Goal: Get 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.
Owen (16) = DJ Goal: Manage 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 events. Owen’s business; Gregs Parties has gone from strength to strength and lead Owen to take up residence with Parkdean Holiday Resorts. To see a video of Owen in action, click here.
Esme (8) =DJ Goal = To DJ at her own birthday party. Our youngest female student Esme completed a 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 School 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.
(2) What DJ equipment do you have in the studio?
- Rekordbox DJ
- Serato DJ/Pro
- Virtual DJ 8
- Traktor Pro 3
- Denon MCX8000 – Serato + Engine 4 Channel standalone controller/Mixer
- Pioneer XDJ-RX2 – Rekordbox 2 Channel standalone controller/Mixer
- Pioneer DDJ-400 – Rekordbox 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
- Denon MCX8000 – Serato + Engine 4 Channel standalone controller/Mixer
- Pioneer XDJ-RX2 2 Channel standalone controller & DJ Mixer
- Pioneer DJM-500 4 Channel Dj Mixer
- 2 x Pioneer CDJ-1000 Mk3
- 2 x Pioneer PLX-1000
- Sennheiser HD25 Headphones
- Pioneer HDJ-X5 Headphones
- Beyerdynamic TGX-58 Microphone
(3) How much do lessons cost?
- 1hr = £20
- 1.5hrs = £30
- 2hrs = £40
- 1hr = £25
- 1.5hrs = £35
- 2hrs = £45
(4) How many sessions would you recommend?
- If you have your own equipment, how confident do you feel using it ?
- Do you have the time to practice outside of lessons?
- Would you prefer 1hr lessons weekly, 90min lessons every 2 weeks, or 2hr lessons monthly?
Not really. Depending on where your music came from and how it is accessed, we cannot guarantee (a) if your songs can be loaded on the studio decks (b) the quality or intro/outro’s of the songs you wish to use.
If you are intending to play in the UK to a public audience, your music should originate from a trusted UK Licence source. Don’t worry if you are not tech-savvy or have a clue about this as we can go through options and benefits when you’re ready. We can help you to not only build and organise your collection, but also ensure it is protected too.
We do appreciate, however that not everyone has music or playlists prepared. So as long as we have a basic list of songs you’d like to use in your session, we will aim to have something ready for you.
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) Do I need a licence to DJ in the UK?
As long as the venue you are working has a valid PPL licence and you are not playing music purchased from a personal subscription such as Spotify or Apple Music etc. You only have to check the terms and conditions for each music provider and see that in reality there is only a handful that are licensed to provide music to DJ’s for public audiences within the UK.
(7) Can I take pictures and share on social media?
Yes and is included on the consent form you must complete before your first session. We appreciate that not everyone likes having their photo taken and so will always get permission beforehand.
(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 need a break, 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, then please click here.
(10) Have your tutors been CRB/DBS checked?
Yes. Certificates are kept up to date and on display at all times.
(11) Can I bring someone with me?
Yes, but you will need to let us know who will be coming. We do however limit visitors to 2 adults per student maximum as we do not have room for more. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and present for the first session.
(12) What should I bring with me?
- A selection of songs you own on CD, MP3 or uploaded vis Dropbox prior to your session.
- Any DJ equipment you have and would like to work on
- Headphones (Wired, not Bluetooth) 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?
Yes. We offer a 15 min tour available upon request. If you are interested in booking this, simply let us know you’re availability and we can get you booked in.
(14) Booking Enquiries
To book a lesson, click here, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or CALL on 01709 262005 with the following information:
- any DJ experience you have?
- any DJ equipment you own or are familiar with?
- what you’d like to learn/achieve?
- where you purchase music from
- Where/how you get music from?
- How do you access your collection?
- How you preferred to be contacted (phone call, text message and/or email)
We aim to respond within 1-4hrs. 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
Payment will be requested with your first session. A test email will be sent to check you are receiving ok followed by an invoice which will include a secure payment link and bank details.
Payment methods include:-
- Online (Card Payment) = Secure Payment Link on invoice
- Online (BACS via Online Banking)
(16) Lateness & Cancellation Terms
If you know you are going to be late, kindly let us know at your soonest opportunity. Unfortunately, we are unable to extend lessons when students are late.
We understand that emergencies do happen and sometimes appointments need to be changed or cancelled. We kindly request you to give us 7 days notice wherever possible. Cancellations received within 24hrs of lesson start time maybe subject to a cancellation fee of £20. 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 future lessons declined.
We will always try to accommodate student requests wherever possible and offer any cancelled appointments to other students.
(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.
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 to ensure you get exactly what you need from your time with us.
(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:
(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:-
- Laptop Operating System + Software version
- Software requires a licence to work with your DJ Controller
- 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. Depending on the software you are looking to use, the Operating System requirements will vary. If you would like to run any one of the below platforms, you should find the following links useful:-
To check if your Windows/Mac operating system is compatible with Rekordbox DJ, click here
To check if your controller is compatible with Rekordbox DJ, click here.
To check if your Windows/Mac operating system is compatible with Serato DJ Pro, click here.
To check if your controller is compatible with Serato DJ Pro, click here.
To check if your Windows/Mac operating system is compatible with Virtual DJ, click here.
To check if your controller is compatible with Virtual DJ, click here.
To check if your controller is compatible with Traktor Pro, click here.
(20) Is it worth upgrading to the Pro version?
If the version you have does all that you need and you are happy with how it performs, then I personally wouldn’t upgrade. This is because most Pro versions include additional features that are not available on Lite enabled controllers.
If you feel that you are missing some level of functionality or features that the Pro version offers, you may as well upgrade your controller to a 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.
See you in the studio soon. Michelle x