Two local creatives have joined forces to open an academy for DJs in the north-east.
Founded by two of the region’s established electronic artists, James Campbell and Ronnie Pacitti, Aberdeen DJ Academy has officially opened its doors.
The academy, which is open to all ages, offers people the chance to learn how to DJ, as well as produce electronic music, build their social media, and market their own music.
Both James and Ronnie have more than 15 years of experience in the industry – playing internationally in Ibiza, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Maldives, and the United Kingdom – and have released music under well-known record labels in the dance music world.
They have also shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest DJs such as Camelphat, Patrick Topping, Hot Since 82, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Danny Howard, and Duke Dumont.
After returning to the UK from DJing in Thailand – due to Covid-19 – James felt the city was lacking a hub for all things electronic music, where people could come to learn, practise and get involved in learning how to mix, produce and record music.
The artist has since teamed up with long-time friend Ronnie Pacitti to create the academy.
James Campbell said: “The north-east is lacking any sort of electronic music tuition courses offering an open-door into learning to DJ and produce dance music.
“We aim to use our experience to fill that gap in the market with the academy.”
Ronnie Pacitti added: “When I started out it was really challenging to teach myself to DJ and make music without any guidance.
“I want to use my experience to mentor others and give them the resources that I struggled to find.”
Lessons at Aberdeen DJ Academy will be one-to-one, tailored to suit each student’s personal objectives.
Its DJ program consists of five phases, which will aim to develop the students’ skill level to a professional standard.
James added: “Ronnie and I also hope to, eventually, visit schools throughout the city and shire, offering workshops to young kids in order to get them into DJing and making music, too.”
Aberdeen DJ Academy is based in a studio space off Market Street.
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