There’s a new school in town where the teachers will definitely not tell you to turn your music down, or take off the headphones.
Spun Studios caters to the aspiring DJ, the dance club music maestros that keep the beats thumping and the feet moving. It’s a skill that is going beyond nightclubs. DJs such as Tiesto, Skillrex, and Swedish House Mafia are quickly replacing rock stars as the major musical draws of our time. These are the guys who are flying around the world in private jets, while most rock stars are now on commercial flights.
Running a sound rig and making major beats is not as simple as it may sound. The equipment is sophisticated, and the DJ must have mastery of many skills on the mixing board. That’s what Spun Studios is there for.
“The school has all the equipment a person needs to get started, or just to practice if the skills are already in place,” said Stephanie Roberts, owner and co-partner in the school. “People can rent studio space by the hour or multiple hours and play on elite equipment. We have professional mentors to help people just starting out, and they can bring their friends to watch them to listen.”
Roberts’ husband Gerry is himself a DJ, and was forever trying to find a place to practice where it wouldn’t bother the neighbors, particularly when their child was born.
The school is over WPLJs on S. Main St, so no one is going to complain about the noise.
“Just to purchase the equipment and music to get started is anywhere between $2500-$5000,” Roberts said. “Our instructions will introduce the artists to the DJ world, if they like what they experience and have the talent for it, we will offer advanced DJ instructions as well as producing/mastering tracks, which will be helpful when artists begin to create their own tracks.”
Students can expect to pay $50 an hour for studio time, or $600 for a six-week course of instruction, including lessons and practice time.
”I think people are realizing just how important DJs are to the music world,” Roberts said. “Spun Studios is a place for DJs and aspiring DJs to come and play the music like they mean it.”