Want to create electronic music & learn the arts of DJing?

Words by: Allan Goodman
Posted: 23/2/16 8:21

Interview with Graeme, CEO and founder of SubBass Academy of Electronic Music

Want to create electronic music and learn the arts of DJing ? In recent years, the art of DJing has become very popular; it isn’t difficult to get started but you will need to work hard to become successful because DJs must constantly work to refine their craft and to produce new music...

I started SubBass in a record shop in Shoreditch, just running a short course once a month...A large portion of DJs are self-taught so you can learn yourself from trial and error as or get practical training from a full-fledged electronic music production & DJ school.

To find out more about these schools and studios focused on electronic music, we asked Graeme CEO and founder of SubBass Academy of Electronic Music in London...

Graeme could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how did you initially get into music production and DJ courses?
I am the CEO and founder of SubBass Academy in London, I started SubBass in 2001 so we are very well established as a learning provider. I have been involved in dance music since the mid-90s, and I was part of the band ‘Strike’ who released U sure do in 95 getting to number 4 in the UK charts.

The growth of the company has been very organic; I would have to say the driving force has been the students and their appetite to learn, as this enables us to grow...I have also been connected to London club night The Gallery for many years playing regular gigs at Turnmills and now at Ministry of Sound, where we host a SubBass room once a month giving our students the chance to play at the famous London venue.

I started SubBass in a record shop in Shoreditch, just running a short course once a month, and now SubBass has developed into London’s leading training centre for DJs and Music Producers.

What was the driving force behind your decision to launch the SubBass Academy of Electronic Music?
It all started off quite small to be honest; I was asked by the owner of a record shop if I could teach some DJ courses and everything developed from there. The growth of the company has been very organic; I would have to say the driving force has been the students and their appetite to learn, as this enables us to grow.

Where are you based and can you describe your studios?
We are based in central London near to Westminster Bridge, so the studios are very easy to get too. The studios are split into 2 sections. Our music production area has 6 individual music production workstations and a live room for vocal recording, working with analogue equipment, mixing down and 121 tutor sessions.

You get to practice in a live music environment instead of working just in headphones...The DJ course learning zone has a main teaching area and 4 individual DJ practice rooms, SubBass is the only music training centre with individual DJ practice booths, and this means you get to practice in a live music environment instead of working just in headphones.

How many instructors SubBass employ and what discipline they teach?
We have 4 main tutors for our studio courses, but many more who teach the online courses, all the tutors are current working DJs and music producers, as I believe people want to be taught by guys that are out there on the scene doing it. Also this means that they are always up to date with the latest methods that student want and need to learn. Also as we are independent we are not tied down to following set curriculum like colleges and universities.

We also have our online school with hundreds of hours of content, and students can subscribe to the online school from anywhere in the world...We teach DJing from basic to advanced levels including everything from CDJs to Traktor and Serato; our DJ course students get the opportunity to play at The Gallery, Ministry of Sound.

We also teach Logic and Ableton live music production courses with basic and more advanced courses available.

We also have our online school with hundreds of hours of content, and students can subscribe to the online school from anywhere in the world. We have some great online course tutors including internationally renowned DJ and producer D.Ramirez.

SubBass provide 3 different type courses; can you elaborate what exactly is offer to students for each topics?
For DJs we have everything from our 3 month DJ Complete course, this is the full A-Z of DJing and we expect students to be ready to play out at the end of this course. SubBass was the first training centre to develop a DJ Complete course which other training centres have copied, which is a big compliment to us. We also have shorter 1 month evening classes as well as weekend course options.

For music producers we have a 6 month Ableton and Logic course, as we only take 6 students per class we can get through so much in that time compared to other places taking two or three times the amount of students. We again also have shorter 1 month and weekend courses for both Logic and Ableton.

And finally, what does 2016 hold for SubBass, any more events or projects you’d like to share with our readers?
SubBass students will be appearing at The Gallery, Ministry of Sound every month throughout the year, we normally host The Loft but in April we will be hosting the 103 at Ministry which is one of the two main rooms at the club. We hosted the 103 twice last year and we were able to give SubBass students the chance to play to one of the world’s most famous dance floors.

We will also be taking students to Ibiza in July, with sets already planned at some really big clubs. On the course front we are always developing our DJ and Music production courses and adding new online courses every month. 

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SubBass Academy of Electronic Music Online

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