DJ Academy

From absolute beginner to club performer, learn to mix with our expert tutors whenever best suits you - all ages welcome.


For more information, get in touch on 0121 679 5681 or via

DJ Academy Graduate Reviews

How it works

  1. Find the course most suited to your needs below
  2. Select your course at checkout and securely pay
  3. Provide your details (location, preferred genre etc) by replying to the 'Thank You' email
  4. That’s it! The Academy team will be in touch ASAP to confirm your booking

Frequently Asked Questions

At which Pirate Studios locations are the DJ Academy Services available?

  • Pirate DJ Academy operates at:
    Brighton & Hove
    We are expanding all the time, so please check back regularly if we are not yet in your area.

On which date(s) and at what time(s) does the academy operate?

  • We work around you! After a package is selected via our website and the checkout process is complete, you are automatically prompted to forward your preferred date, time and location by emailing us direct or calling the team on 0121 679 5681. We can usually honour your first or second choice of date, depending on the location chosen. Should you wish to obtain availability prior to booking, please contact us and let us know your preferred location and we can check our system before confirming.

How are the courses and lessons taught?

  • All packages other than the group package are taught one-on-one. The group lessons on our website are for existing friends that want to learn together in a group environment. When booking a group lesson select the number of people in your group under the ‘group DJ tuition’ heading, then complete the checkout process as normal.

What do I need to bring to my session?

  • Please bring a selection of your own tunes on a USB. This is mandatory for all course bookings as you’ll be finishing with an hour’s worth of unsupervised mixing time to consolidate the skills you have learned. You will also need to bring headphones to your session.

What happens after I pay for my session online?

  • A member of the academy team will email or call via our dedicated 0121 number as soon as possible to discuss and confirm your preferred dates and times. Keep an eye on your inbox!

Which genres will I be able to mix during my session?

  • Anything goes! Our tutors have experience with anything from drum and bass and jungle and house and techno, to pop & R&B. All you need to do is provide your preferred genre(s) with when replying to the ‘Thank You for Booking’ email so we have an idea of the sort of styles you’d wish to mix ahead of the session.

Do I need to have had any DJ experience to make the most of my session?

  • Not at all. Our beginner sessions are designed for those with zero DJing experience, whilst our intermediate and advanced sessions are for those looking to fine-tune club performance. Check out the descriptions above to find out which would be most suitable for your skill level.

    If you have any more questions, please feel free to get in touch via our dedicated DJ Academy line on 0121 679 5681.

DJ Courses

1-on-1 tuition over three hours or a full day. Available at all UK and US Pirate Studios locations.

Learn to DJ in a day

(10 hours in total)

Complete crash course taking you through the entire DJ Academy program from beginner to advanced.

Perfect for newcomers wanting quick, extensive progress.

  • Comprehensive coverage of beginner, intermediate and advanced skills
  • Learn beatmatching, EQs, effects, industry tips and more
  • Free refreshments and snacks

Price: £375 £299 (SPECIAL OFFER)

Beginner course

(5 hours in total)

Curious about DJing but unsure where to begin? Our beginner course will get you mixing with your mates in no time. 2 hours tutored + 3 hours solo practice.

By the end of this course, you will have learned:

  • How to use industry-standard Pioneer DJ equipment
  • Beat matching
  • Basic equalising
  • How to create a balanced mix using your favourite tunes

Price: £150 £119 (SPECIAL OFFER)

Intermediate course

(5 hours in total)

Know the basics but want to be more confident with your skills? Our intermediate course is just the ticket. 2 hours tutored + 3 hours solo practice.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Playlisting and organising your music efficiently using Rekordbox
  • Advanced EQing in the mix
  • Basic effects such as filter and dub echo
  • How to create a balanced mix by combining beat matching, EQing and effects

Price: £150 £119 (SPECIAL OFFER)

Advanced course

(5 hours in total)

Want to hone your craft as a unique DJ? Get club-ready with our advanced course. 2 hours tutored + 3 hours solo practice.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Mixing in key using harmonic mixing and the Camelot Wheel
  • Different creative mixing styles
  • Advanced CDJ techniques such as hot cues and loops
  • How to combine beat matching and EQing with advanced CDJ techniques

Price: £150 £119 (SPECIAL OFFER)

DJ Masterclasses

Custom 1-hour lesson on any aspect of DJing of your choosing. Ideal as a focused, trouble-shooting ‘refresher’ session either on your own or as a group. Available in all UK and US locations.

Custom solo DJ tuition

(1 hour)

  • Perfect for identifying and addressing any issues with your own mixing ability
  • Pressure-free environment: no problem is too big or too small

Price: £60 £45 (SPECIAL OFFER)

Custom group DJ tuition

(1 hour)

  • Affordable pricing available for more than 1 person
  • Perfect for friends of similar skill level
  • Available in select locations

Price: £60 £40pp (SPECIAL OFFER)

Corporate Classes

Learn the basics of DJing in an inclusive, beginner-friendly environment. Perfect for colleagues wanting an exciting and original team-building experience. Hit the button below to make an enquiry for your workplace at your nearest Pirate Studios site today.


DJ Academy Tutors

Neil Ormonde

Neil honed his skills using his favourite vinyl back in 2006, and soon found himself making appearances in Ibiza, at famed nightclub Sankeys and across Birmingham where he promoted three events over an eight year period. Fast forward to 2019 and he is best known for either his rare groove and soulful house sets, or for his techno output as Teknøtis, with ‘Sonar Seven’ having recently reached #15 in the Beatport Techno chart.

Liam Roberts

From running club events such as Seedy Sonics, Carnival Magnifico and Resonate, to playing across the UK and Europe at institutions such as Fabric, Outlook Festival and Global Gathering, Liam has carved a musical journey that is rich and varied. Working as a DJ over the past ten years has given him the technical ability and industry know-how to pass on his knowledge as one of DJ Academy’s key tutors.

Recommended by Professionals

Professional tutoring using state-of-the-art, club-standard equipment

The Pirate Studios DJ Academy tutors share over 30 years of experience between them having founded Birmingham Techno, Seedy Sonics and toured the UK as Teknøtis. Experience solo or group tuition in DJ studios which are all kitted out with Pioneer’s industry-standard CDJ 2000 NXS 2.

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