Adult DJ lessons

Adult DJ lessons in Melbourne

Have you considered learning to DJ? Why not take up DJ lessons. We offer both one on one and group adult DJ lessons in Melbourne. DJ lessons can explore your passion for music.

There are only two major principles to being a DJ:

  • Beatmatching
  • Timing

We can teach more advanced techniques too. We are one of the few DJ’s who mastered using 3 turntables at once.

Unlike other DJ’s who are teaching lessons, we have lesson plans and actual learning material to make sure you learn all the tricks to the trade.

We can teach you to mix in any style of music but initially, we would recommend electronic music, because this has been structured to be mixed by DJ’s. Once you have learnt basic music theory we can move on to different styles of music.

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Sharon Armstrong
Thanks so much to James for being the DJ at our School Graduation Disco for the last 3 years. James keeps the kids entertained with dance competitions and involving them as judges! This year was hard as the Disco had to be outside, without a stage!! But James adapted well to the challenge , and the kids had a fantastic time. Thanks so much James!!
Jay D
James was awesome, had a great time and very flexible with all the different types of music to be played. Very friendly and helpful throughout the preparation leading up to our wedding and on the actual day. Had a great time and so did all of our guests. Will most definitely recommend and use again for future.
Caitlyn Tiley
James was so great! He created such a great fun atmosphere for our wedding where everyone honestly had a blast, the dance floor was full and everyone commented on how good the music was. Honestly cannot recommend him highly enough. He was also super helpful and easy to deal with through the entire planning phase with heaps of great ideas and advice!
Molly Nyhuis
Matty Steph
James was fantastic right throughout the entire process in planning for our wedding night. The organisation & level of communication was awesome and put us at ease. This allowed for a great night where James hit the mark with the mixture of Greek and English music and read of the crowd. We could of not of asked for anything more and have no observations. Personally a great guy who was also so genuine and cared a lot about how our night went. Would recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ. Thanks James!
Sarah Papageorgiou
James was so committed to making sure our wedding was one of the happiest days of our lives - and it was! Nick and I had the absolute best time, and so did our guests (who gave us plenty of compliments on the music selection). James is a great choice if you want someone experienced, reliable and personally invested in your day. Thank you for helping make our wedding day so special.
Steph Kershaw
There are not enough stars here to rate James high enough!That man seriously went above and beyond for my partner and I for our wedding day.From having emailing us from day 1 and knowing exactly what we wanted to messaging after to see how we were and congratulating up.If you would like someone who is talented, knows how to read crowds, a down to earth person then James is the DJ for you.
gayle athanasiadis
We booked James for our wedding about a year in advance. We had interviewed 5 or 6 other DJs/MCs prior to booking him however James’ experience with Greek music as well as how personable he was made him the clear choice.Our brief was “deep/tropical house vibes” for our cocktail hour and “2000s house party/club music with a few traditional Greek dances thrown in at the start” for our reception and he absolutely nailed exactly what we were after.Our dance floor was one of the highlights of our wedding with guests commenting on how fun our wedding was because of the DJ.We would absolutely book James again for any function we have.10/10 would recommend
Paz Villacieros Zamacola
Thank you very much. The DJ did a fantastic professional job playing great music that got everyone going on the dance floor!.
CRG Group Distribution
James is a great guy, has a great eye for detail, is extremely professional in his dealings and is really well rounded when it comes to modern and traditional Italian / Greek music. Made our special day heaps of fun, for us and our guests. Would highly recommend him and his team!
Erin Spragg
We had James DJ our wedding and I highly recommend him! He was immediately very responsive, answered all my questions and worked with us to create the perfect vibe for our day. He did our ceremony and reception and both were absolutely fantastic. He reads the room and sets the tone of the event perfectly. Thanks James!
Ben Traplin
We used OnlyDJs Melbourne for our engagement party and were thoroughly impressed with the whole package provided by James. We were provided a truely professional service with prompt communication throughout. James did an awesome job with the music on the night, kept everyone on the dance floor and accommodated all our requests. I could not recommend highly enough.
Viviana Rossios
Professions conduct and easy to work with . Made the night fun for all the children . Highly recommend
Kevin Le
James was so good for our wedding. Highly recommended! He was amazing!
Ruby Bayley
Patrick Lithgow
Fantastic experience. James was really professional and considerate during consultations, he helped us plan a great night for our guests. On the night he knew exactly how and when to change the pace. He knew which Greek music to play and which modern music would go well with it. He checked in with us throughout the night as well and worked with our MC to make sure the formalities were perfect.I honestly couldn't have asked for a more perfect DJ. Thank you very much James.
Thamashiya Mudalige
We are sooo glad to have chosen to pick only DJ’s for our wedding. James was an absolute delight to coordinate with. We are so lucky that we went with them as we made a huge blunder with our dates and book the wrong date but James was quick enough to assure us not leave us high and dry but find us another DJ and MC for the night, Steven who was an Absolute legend.We also chose to go with the streaming service provided by Danii and our family and friends who joined internationally were not disappointed.Thank you James and the team for making our night memorable.
Jade Marshall
Could not recommend James enough! We booked James for our wedding and he made the whole process leading up to and on the night so seamless. Didn’t have to worry about a thing with James, you can definitely count on him for an awesome soundtrack tailored specifically to your taste.
Mary Claire Bailey
James was very helpful in the lead up to our wedding. He took the time to make sure he had a good idea of what we wanted, and used that to create a wonderful evening for us. Professional and very well priced, I would highly recommend him
Mark Knight
Donna Plunkett
James was fabulous!! He hosted my son's 12th birthday celebration and the kids had a ball. He played my sons favorite tunes, he was adaptable and catered to the mood of the group and most importantly made my son feel super special (yet still cool) on his birthday. James was also able to accommodate a booking change due to covid and was understanding of the current climate. Thankyou James. We will use you again for future events and highly recommend you to anyone else too 🙂
Chloe Kunne
My partner and myself have had to move our wedding multiple times due to COVID and James has been the most amazing support and was always the first to call us when announcements where made. James communication through out the whole process has been above and beyond we cant recommend him enough!
Craig Stevens
James did an awesome job at our wedding & made us feel very special. His attention to detail & professionalism was top class. I’m so glad we chose Only DJ’s Melbourne & will be recommending them toeveryone.
Lang Sim
James was absolutely amazing! Professional with high attention to detail. He made the process stress free and responded to queries immediately. Thank you!
Shannon
Choosing a DJ for our wedding proved to be more difficult than we thought, but over and over James from Only DJs was brought up.We couldn’t be happier with the decision we made to have James provide our wedding entertainment! He was professional throughout the whole process, and always made us feel looked after and excited for the day!He really considered what type of wedding we wanted and tailored it perfectly to the event. He provided us with a run down sheet too which was amazing!On the night the music flowed perfectly and everyone was always on the dance floor.Please, if you’re unsure on whether to choose only djs for your next event, do yourself a favour and go with it!Thanks so much James!
Alana Scott
James was so lovely in the lead up to our wedding and on the night. There was a minor hiccup with our first dance, but the rest of the night was great and everyone had an amazing time on the dance floor 🙂 would recommend
Sotiri Petsis
My Fiancee and I had a blast at our Engagement Party last Saturday! DJ James Ellis was prompt engaging and professional from day one and really got everyone dancing on the night - even my grandmother! Thank you James we appreciate your energy and efforts to ensure that we had a danceful evening! Sotiri & Elena
Tracey Fletcher
James is very organised and reliable. He was very friendly and helpful before and during the event. The music was seamless and well presented and exactly what we had asked for. I thoroughly recommend him!
Owen M
James was an awesome DJ and MC for our wedding.He’s approachable, responds quickly and checks through every detail with you in the lead-up to the big day. This was already great, but on the night James went to another level, ensuring everything runs smoothly and showing great knowledge of reading the crowd. The first dance set was a particular highlight!Would highly recommend James as both DJ and MC!
Henry G.
James was such an amazing guy to liven up our wedding day.He was easy to work with, replies straight away and just makes everything easy for you on the day.His new sound system was impressive and lucky to have his upgraded equipment on our special day.Thank you James!
Jennifer Eagles
thank you so much James for the DJ lessons you gave to my son. It was fantastic for him to learn properly and you were very patient and soo helpful to him - receiving one of your vouchers for his birthday was such a great gift for my son! thanks again
Doctor Slow Cook
Mr James shows great patience & kindness in teaching our 6 yr old son the basics to DJ.
Lisa Galante
We have used James for a few years now and always has been fantastic. He is very accomodating and so easy to deal with. Will definitely use again.
Angela
Big shout out to James at Only DJ’s!Had James for my daughter’s 13th bday party last night and was an absolutely hit!Had us all on the floor dancing! Great music, great lighting and great to deal with!Highly recommended! Thanks again James! So lovely to meet you 🙂Angela
opetaia apaui
James was absolutely phenomenal for our wedding. He made everything so easy, was well prepared and responds promptly.James made the wedding of our dreams come true, he listened to all our requests and understood exactly what we wanted out of the night.Would 10/10 recommend!! 👏👏
ilya maer
Exceptional service from James and Daniil. Both guys really looked after us and it was a pleasure to work with them. Thank you guys!!
Grathnox-X YT
I contacted James for private DJ lessons for my son. He responds very quickly and efficiently to all of my queries and emails and presented himself very professionally from initial contact.James is very punctual, clear, patient and professional in the delivery of his lessons and my son thoroughly enjoys learning with him.We are so glad to have found James.Thank you Only DJ’s Melbourne!!
Michael Franks
Had a great experience with James. Accommodated all our needs, courteous, polite and customer focused. Great DJ andMC. Would definitely recommend to anyone
Luke Porter
James was excellent, my son loved the lesson and then DJ set with friends after for his 11th Birthday. The lesson was well planned, along with booklet and set up for future lessons.
Cihan Onal
Had rose petal confetti cannon for an event in Jan 2021. Transparent communication and responsive.
Chris Atha
Skye Piggott
James did an amazing job at mine and Jasons wedding last week, he was flexible with postponements due to covid, kept in touch with us throughout the process and made our night unforgettable. Highly recommend using only DJs for your wedding or event!
Kosta Bourandanis
James is an absolute legend ! Has the best music selection , reads the crowd perfectly , and all in all is a great guy! Have used Only DJs for a few events now and can’t wait for my next event ! Couldn’t recommend more highly 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
Angelo Gnanasigamony
James Ellis was very easy to work with and everything just flowed to well and seamless. We had alot of suppliers we were juggling leading up to the day and on the day and James just did his thing with no fuss.Great product as well with the dry ice and made our dance looks magical.Will not hesitate to reccomend!
Jason Poynton
We had James DJ and MC my Daughters wedding and he was awesome. Need a DJ for your event, James is your man.
Adrian
James was an absolute gentleman ran our event exactly as we asked got the kids involved and all of our guests had an awesome night. Would very highly recommend hiring James and the team at only djs for your next event. Thank you so much again James for making our daughter’s christening one to remember.Adrian, Elaine and Andi.
Vedrana Aracic
James is a titan in his industry, couldn’t have asked for a better DJ to do my wedding. He is a true professional, is passionate about his art, and gets to know you on a personal level so that he can deliver the best experience possible. That’s exactly what he did and everyone loved James. Will be using Only DJ’s for all my events!
yve edmonds
Massive thanks to James for DJ'ing my son's 18th Birthday. Easy to talk to, very responsive, great DJ! You rock tysm 💯
Luke Stevenson
Despite all the late challenges we created the night far exceeded our expectations. Our wedding reception was flawless and the dance floor buzzing! Thank you again for a fantastic night! we will be recommending you to our engaged friends for their weddings!

Our COVID19 approach with adult DJ lessons

To ensure that we prevent the spread of COVID we are:

  • Wiping our console down before and after each lesson with anti-bacterial wipes.
  • Using UV light in an attempt to kill any bacteria or viruses that may be present.
  • Maintaining social distancing.
  • Hand sanitising before entry.
  • We will wear a mask and we can provide a mask for you or the student.
  • If you have any other requests we are flexible and able to work with you to provide you with a safe environment to learn to DJ.

DJ Lesson Types

One on one DJ lessons

For the very first lesson adult DJ lesson we recommend a 2-hour booking. 1-hour lessons are available.

Group DJ lessons

We have a fun and exciting group DJ lesson that involves a maximum of two.

Fees must be paid in full for all prior to the lesson commencing.

To book a lesson or if you would like further information please click here to be taken to our contact us page or call us on 0424 865 326.

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How We Structure DJ Lessons

How are adult DJ lesson structured?

We try to structure our lessons so that we first show for about 10-20 minutes, then we will ask you to actively learn by beat matching songs followed by us making two recordings focused on:

  1. Beatmatching.
  2. Timing.

When you become more advanced we will begin teaching loops acapella drops and 3 deck sets.

We will set homework which involves:

  • Listening to both recordings and comparing their techniques.
  • Creating a SoundCloud account and uploading a new recording they made alone so we can give some feedback. The feedback given is an additional service free of charge but is limited to one mix for every booking that was made.

Every adult DJ lesson comes with a FREE B&W DJ LESSON BOOKLET

To help reinforce the learning process for our adult DJ lesson we will provide you with a simplified DJ lesson booklet explaining all the knobs and buttons on the mixer, CDJ’s and the principles behind beatmatching and timing.

Colour books are available for $19.95.

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What We Teach You

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What we teach in our adult DJ lesson

We try to offer a comprehensive but simplified lesson that will allow you to pick up the basics skills that are required to DJ with ease.

  • You will learn the layout of a mixer and what each knob does.
  • We will teach you on a midi controller and DJ program.
  • We will teach the principles of beatmatching and timing.
  • The basic principles of music theory.
  • Loops
  • Acapella Drops
  • 3 Deck sets
  • CDJ use is not taught due to the redundancy of this machine, however, the details explaining how to use them are listed in the booklet provided.

My Experience & Career

My history and career as a DJ

I have been very fortunate to play both nationally, internationally and on the radio, supporting some of the worlds biggest DJ’s under my former DJ name D.TRAK.

I have had the pleasure of supporting some of the worlds best artists including Daniel Kandi ranked in DJ magazines top 100 DJs, David Deejay ranked Europes number 1 DJ, Grant Smilie from Australia’s own TV Rock and many more. I am also in the process of publishing my book based on my DJ career,

The diary of a DJ, which takes about all my experiences as a DJ and the crazy and fun career I have had.

Homework & Exercises To Complete

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Adult DJ lesson Homework

We will issue homework once the lesson has been completed, this homework does require the purchase of Native Instruments S2. This way you can make a recording of you DJing.

With the following lessons, we focus on how each recording could have been improved focusing on helping the student identify where they can improve.

We need you to create a SoundCloud page so we can listen to any new recordings and give feedback.

PR & A Pro Image

What happens after I have mastered the basics?

Once you have learnt all you need to know and you feel ready for the next step our partner Empire DJ Consulting will help prepare you to hit the club scene and take your DJ career to the next level.

The offer a number of fantastic services including:

  • DJ Biography writing and logo design.
  • Mentoring programs.

Empire DJ consulting is operated by renown Trance DJ Steve Strangis who performed at many huge events including GodsKitchen and many more!

Please click here for more information on why Empire DJ Consulting is the best step to advancing your DJ Career.

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Recommended equipment

For every adult DJ lesson, we will come to you with our equipment, including Native instruments S8 midi controller, laptop and speakers, the midi controller is the main device used in the industry.

We do recommend to invest in DJ equipment for yourself so you can practice on it and reinforce the learning process. Once you own equipment it can be a great way to unwind. We do recommend the purchase of a controller that comes with a program. Such as Native Instruments S2 that comes with Traktor a DJ program which is a German company based in Berlin. Traktor is regarded as an industry leader for innovation.

Native Instruments S2 midi controller

We have a recommended supplier for where to purchase the S2 from. DJ City is one of Australia’s largest DJ stores with the goal of having the best prices in the market. The S2 is the ultimate device for beginners to learn on because it gives them all the features of the larger midi controllers. It is also used by professional DJ’s some who even work for us. Native instrument products are made in Germany and are made to last. The S2 is the best controller to own when starting out as a DJ, plus the Traktor software is compatible with other Traktor products which makes upgrading easy. Please click here for DJ city’s current price on the S2.

Why do we recommend the S2 over Pioneers DDJ SB3?

They are very similar controllers and priced similarly, however, with my experience we have found that Traktor is the superior program giving a clearer and better visual display. Other reasons to avoid purchasing the Pioneer DDJ SB3 include the fact it has extra costs to upgrade to a Serato. The controller only comes with Serato light, which is limited in comparison to Traktor pro which free comes with the S2. Some limitations of Serato light include the inability to record your sets, unless you upgrade to Serato pro. This means your child cannot learn from their recordings or do the homework we set out for them. We have also encountered issues with one student who had purchased the Pioneer DDJ SB3 and returned it due to a fault with the device itself. It was unable to sync music and the beats per minute were inconsistent unlike Traktor, which played the same songs flawlessly.

Pricing

Adult DJ lesson pricing one on one lessons & recommendations

Our pricing for a one on one adult DJ lesson start at:

  • The first lesson 2-hour $180-200
  • First lesson shorter option 1 hour $160
  • Repeat 2-hour $180-190
  • Repeat 1.5-hour lesson $160
  • Repeat 1-hour lessons $120-135.

Lesson pricing Group lessons

Our pricing for group adult DJ lesson start at:

  • The first lesson 2-hour. 2 students at $110 per student.
  • Repeat 2-hour. 2 students at $100 per student.

Drive out fees may be applied with additional charges for long distance lessons.

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Multi Lesson Discounts

Multi-Adult DJ lesson price discounts

Multi-lesson discounts are available.

Book 3 lessons to receive a 5% discount. A 50% payment is due before the first lesson and the second 50% payment is due before the second lesson. All payments are non refundable.

Book 5 lessons to receive a 10% discount. A 50% Payment is due before the first lesson with the final payment to be made prior to the commencement of the 3rd lesson. All payments are non refundable

Drive out fees may apply. We can only offer these services during the weekday or during the day on weekends due to our main business commitment.

Prices may vary due to your location. A minimum booking time of 2 hours is required for the initial adult DJ lesson. Some areas will incur a $40 drive out fee if they are some distance from our base location.

We do recommend that the lesson is one on one because our approach is based on active learning through actual play, the more students that are present the less time they have to use the equipment.

Gift Vouchers

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Gift vouchers

Adult DJ lesson vouchers are the perfect gift for an aspiring DJ. All vouchers are sent by registered mail to the specified address.

If an adult DJ lesson voucher has been purchased and we do not service your area an additional fee may be incurred due to.

For more information please visit our terms and conditions section regarding our adult DJ lesson Gift vouchers prior to purchasing one. Please click here to be taken to the page.

Adult DJ lesson in Melbourne serviceable areas

We offer adult DJ lessons in Melbourne including but not limited to:

Abbotsford, Airport West, Albert Park, Alphington, Armadale, Ascot Vale, Ashburton, Balaclava, Balwyn, Bayswater, Belgrave, Bentleigh, Berwick, Blackburn, Bonbeach, Box Hill, Brighton, Brunswick, Bundoora, Burnley, Burwood, Camberwell, Canterbury, Carlton, Carnegie, Caulfield, Chadstone, Chelsea, Chirnside Park, Clayton, Clifton Hill, Coburg, Collingwood, Cranbourne, Dandenong, Deepdene, Doncaster, Donvale, Docklands, Elsternwick, Eltham, Endeavour Hills, Epping, Essendon, Fairfield, Fern Tree Gully, Fitzroy, Flemington, Forest Hill, Footscray, Gladstone Park, Glen Iris, Glen Waverly, Greensborough, Greenvale, Hampton, Hawthorn, Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Keilor, Kew, Kensington, Knoxfield, Kooyong, Lalor, Lilydale, Macleod, Malvern, Mill Park, Mitcham, Mont Albert, Moonee Ponds, Mount Waverley,  Mulgrave, Murumbeena, Noble Park, Northcote, Notting Hill, Oakleigh, Olinda, Ormond, Parkdale, Pascoe Vale, Point Cook, Port Melbourne, Prahran, Preston, Princess Hill, Reservoir, Richmond, Ringwood, Rowville, St Kilda, South Yarra, Springvale, Strathmore, Surrey Hills, Templestowe, Thomastown, Thornbury, Toorak, Warrandyte, Watsonia and many more.

If you don’t see your suburb on our list this doesn’t mean we don’t service your area, call our fees may apply.

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