One of Ibizia’s superclubs, Amnesia was where our hero Simmo J has the surprise of his life this summer…
Today we’d like to introduce you to Simmo J, a guy who just over a year ago had never DJed in his life, and yet incredibly now he is both an accomplished DJ and scratch talent. He’s getting paid, one of his remixes has hit the DJ charts and been played in Ibiza, and he’s about to start his production career.
John (to his friends) had no headstart and wasn’t handed his big break on a plate – in fact, his love for DJing came from a time of considerable personal adversity. We think he’s a great example of how DJing can turn your life around – if you’re prepared to put in the work, of course. That’s why we flew him to Digital DJ Tips HQ here in the south of Spain to hang out, do some mixing (see his demo below), and tell his story…
Our full scratch course is now available, so come on over to the presentation to see if it’s right for you!
It’s been a fantastic couple of weeks, with over 14,000 of you taking our free controller scratching (which is now finished), and over 800 of you taking the time to tell us how useful you found it – massive thanks to everyone who took part!
So here’s our big news: Today we’re proud to announce the public launch of our full Scratching For Controller DJs online video course, for our readers who want to take this further.
Join Phil Morse and Steve Canueto as they run through the most common questions asked over on our free scratching course this last week.
OK, I’m going to come clean: We’ve given up! We did try and answer every question you guys were asking us in the comments underneath our free scratch training videos this last week, but after trying to keep up with the 934 comments from the 14,786 DJs who took the course (as of a few minutes minutes ago), we’ve had a rethink!
So we decided to take seven of the biggest questions that we’re being asked over and over again, and record a quick, straight-to-camera video answering them. These questions we all asked by dozens of people, so the chances are high that if you’re interested in both our free and our paid-for scratch training, you’re going to want the answers. They’re over on the training mini-site here.
With close-ups and clear explanations, you’ll learn how to perform the baby scratch, how to perfect a basic crossfader action, and where to use your new-found skills.
Today we’re continuing our special free course for everyone interested in scratching on their DJ controller, with a brand-new 30-minute in-depth tutorial video teaching you the “baby scratch”, how to correctly cut with the crossfader, when to scratch in your sets, and more.
There is a free download containing all the scratch sounds, loops and hits we use in this video (and the previous two)… plus some exciting news. Go and watch it now!
We’ll show you where to find the hardware, software and laptop settings to make your controller great for scratching – however cheap or expensive it is.
Today we’re continuing our special free course for everyone interested in scratching on their DJ controller, with a brand-new 30-minute in-depth tutorial video on setting up your laptop, controller and software. Go to the lesson now!
Following on from nearly 300 (and counting) comments, questions and messages of support for video 1, we also answer some of your questions about scratching. Plus you’ll get a rare “sneak peak” behind the scenes here at Digital DJ Tips, AND we’ve got a couple of very special surprise freebies for you. Come and grab it all!
DJ Angelo scratching on a controller at the Musikmesse 2013 Show. Want to do this? Take our free scratching course, launched today. Pic: Digital DJ Tips
Ever wanted to scratch on your DJ controller but didn’t know how? Ever tried it but it sounded awful? Did you do some “back in the day” on vinyl, but now you want to learn on digital gear? Or are you just interested in learning an exciting new skill? Whatever, head over to our brand-new and totally free scratch video training course right now!
In today’s bumper launch episode, we’ll show you how scratching can sound great with practically any type of music, and talk you through the essential differences between vinyl and controller scratching. While you’re there, make sure you grab your copy of our special PDF report on controller scratching. Go to your free scratch video training course now!
Pioneer’s DDJ-SX is a great-feeling controller, and is almost perfect if you want to learn to scratch, due to its tight integration with Serato DJ, its well-sized jogwheels, and a plethora of controls in the software and hardware to let you fine-tune things to suit your style.
In this short video, Steve Canueto – Digital DJ Tips scratch tutor, and the man behind our Scratching For Controller DJs course – explains how to set up a Pioneer DDJ-SX for scratching.
Just a few hours ago we released our major new DJ course, the Acapella Mixing Masterclass, in a limited pre-launch to our members only. We also gave it for free (as promised) to those who bought our Scratching For Controller DJs course a month or two back. I have to tell you that the response has been overwhelming!
If you’re curious about what’s in the course, I crept off a bit earlier to a quiet part of the office and did a quick screencast straight into my laptop to show you. So hit play and find out what everyone’s raving about! Then read on for a special offer…
You can scratch on your controller, and our method is already teaching hundreds of DJs how to do it… this is your last chance to join them. Pic: DJ Angelo
Just a quick heads up to those of you who’ve been meaning to join Scratching For Controller DJs… it’s nearly sold out and we’re going to close to new members at 9am CET Wednesday (update: sorry – we’re now closed).
I make absolutely no apologies for shouting about this all week – it’s a world-first chance for you to be taught this stuff on controllers, it’s easily the best training we’ve every produced, and it is going to teach hundreds of the most serious DJs in our community a game-changing skill. UPDATE: Course now full. Thanks for your support.
With Scratching For Controller DJs, you’ll be able to take real control over your DJ sets, dominating your controller in the same way vinyl DJs dominate their record decks.
Ever watched someone scratching and wished you could do it? Been searching for something to give you the edge over other digital DJs? Using a unique proven method, our new online course – Scratching for Controller DJs – teaches complete beginners to scratch, and fast. With just the DJ controller you already own, you can learn this skill properly, so later on you can easily transfer it to CDJs or vinyl if you want.
Scratching for Controller DJs has been open less than 24 hours, and we’ve already been blown away by the response! EDM, house, hip-hop, rock, pop and even wedding DJs are all signing up and loving our fresh approach, and we’ve received heavy hitting endorsements from renowned industry names like vinyl scratch hero DJ Angelo, Ibiza veteran DJ Judge Jules and breakbeat legend Krafty Kuts – amazing stuff! Word up, though: We’ve only got limited places and the course is filling up fast, so come and find out more right now!
Get your scratching back on track, or get off to the best possible start, by watching our special training video.
Enjoy our special new training video, download a free PDF, grab your free scratch sound and get the most exciting piece of news we’ve had to tell you for a long time! It’s all over on our Scratching For Controller DJs mini-site in today’s third special video.
If you’ve tried scratching but given up, the seven golden rules will help you work out where you’ve been going wrong, or if you haven’t started yet, they’ll help you get off to the best possible start. And the news we’ve got for you is truly exciting, so please go and watch it now – and remember to Like and Comment if you enjoy what we’ve got for you today. Head over there now!
There’s loads of tuition out there for scratching with vinyl, but none aimed at controller DJs – until now. Tell us what we should include.
We’re shortly going to begin filming a brand-new DJ course to teach scratching to controller DJs, and we’d like your help.
Are you a controller DJ who’d love to learn how to scratch? What’s your biggest problem getting started? What’s holding you up? What would you most like to know? If we can teach you how to scratch on your DJ controller, where would you like to use your new-found skills?