Underground DJ

Underground DJ

Underground DJ Course


If you want to learn to play underground Techno and House at a professional level, then this class if for you! Those who pass an evaluation and are up for the challenge will get a chance to play at our club night at the end of their course. Every single student who has taken the course in LA has gone on to perform in the club, and we are looking forward to seeing what our NY crew can do!

Group sizes are capped at no more than four, to ensure maximum playing time for each student. Our Underground DJ course is taught by an expert roster of recognized DJs with practical experience in the underground house and techno scene, to create a comprehensive program taught in a like-minded environment. At Garnish, we believe learning how to DJ should be FUN, not frustrating, and part of this means playing the music YOU want to play! For those looking to play more commercial electronic music, we have a separate Electronic Music DJ course.

This course is designed for complete beginners, as well as DJs with some experience, who would like to get serious and learn proper techniques on the latest brands and equipment such as Pioneer Nexus and Native instruments.

For students coming to NYC from out of town to take the course, please keep in mind that our club night is not always scheduled immediately following the course end date. If you are unable to make your scheduled club night, we can still include you in a future lineup!



Let’s go

  • Equipment, set up, and ready to go
  • Mixer essentials
  • Beats and bars
  • Intro to beat matching

Arrangement of underground electronic music

  • Pitch and identifying dissonance (known as clashing)
  • All about tune structure and why you need to know about it
  • Where to mix in and out

Building a set

  • Tips on track choice
  • Tempo
  • Set order
  • Mix points


  • Introduction to common FX
  • EQ
  • All about filtering
  • FX in the mix dos and don’ts

Try out all the pro hardware and software

  • Pioneer CDJ Nexus
  • Rekordbox
  • Traktor
  • Rane Serato Scratch
  • Technics SL-1210 vinyl turntables
  • Mixed In Key

Your set

  • Fine tuning your set
  • Body language behind the decks
  • Mixing acapellas


Advanced mixing & digital tricks

  • Sampling and triggering
  • All about delay and reverb in the mix
  • Looping and making your own mash-ups on the fly
  • Impact mixing with levels and FX

Advanced set building & ad-libbing

  • Out-of-the-box song choice
  • Tempo change tips
  • Music programming, set times
  • Reading a crowd and having a ‘plan b’

Preparing for your show

  • Preparing your set
  • Recording your set
  • Marketing and promoting your gig

After your show

  • Marketing tips
  • How to get more gigs
  • EPK tips
  • Developing your sound


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Check out feedback from students who took the Electronic Music Producer Diploma in LA, now available in NY.