DJ >DJ4Life Academy (DJ Lessons)
460 Natoma St #10, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.780837 -122.406955
Neighborhoods: SoMa, SoMa (South of Market), Central East
Best Place to Learn How to DJ or Fine-Tune Expert Skills – I was thoroughly pleased with my instruction at DJ4Life Academy. Sasha Tosic and his teachers conduct 1:1 classes in a professional manner that combine state-of-the-art DJ techniques, personalized coaching, a hands-on approach, and a ton of fun. When I entered the class in November ’08, I had never even touched a mixer and I barely knew what a CDJ was. All I knew was that I loved music and wanted to share it at a new level. Sasha’s thorough approach and attention to detail enabled me to learn the basics right away and I was performing as a DJ after only 3 classes! 2 months later I was playing parties, getting hired for gigs, and networking with other DJs, thanks to DJ4Life. I highly recommend this academy for new DJs that want to learn the basics or seasoned professionals that want to fine-tune their style. Thanks to Sasha and the staff at DJ4Life. You changed and enriched me, 4 life. DJ Rubia.
Becoming a DJ... – When I initially moved to San Francisco I realized within a short few months I wanted to take my hobbyist DJ skills to another level. DJ4Life Academy was the first site that came up in my search; I called Sasha (Tall) and setup my first session for Level II.
First off, the cost of the class is very reasonable considering both what you learn in such a short amount of time and that you are not locked into a whole semester for some sort of certification costing well over a thousand.
One of the unique experiences that DJ4Life offers you is the ability to play live. Personally, my first live performance with DJ4Life was an awesome experience that has only since catapulted my passion for Djing and I have had several performances since. Currently, I am working on some international venues for next year and planning to go for broke!!
Lastly, through DJ4Life, Sasha has created an entire community of really solid people that motivate and inspire each other to get better and better. I have already met several friends that I actually mix with monthly. In addition, Sasha is an experienced business man that can also help you with some solid concepts on how to market yourself and engage setting up venues at a local or international level.
In a quick summary, DJ4Life offers the full spectrum of becoming a solid DJ to promoting yourself and playing in venues you never thought possible. I highly recommend!!
My experience at Dj4Life – Let me first preface with the reason why I initially went to the DJ4Life academy - to take my undying passion for house music outside the confines of my apartment and into into the world(well, San Francisco first) and ride the adventure as long as physically possible.
Considering I had no prior experience playing live(just small groups of friends I would fully solicit to play for), I really needed someone who could mentor me and help educate me with all the technical intricacies based on their experience... and Sasha, energizing a crowd of over 40,000 people, has the experience.
As a teacher, Sasha is very patient and easy going but also very observant an quick to explain/correct your mistakes as they occur leaving you feeling upbeat about your progress after each session. Sasha is also very passionate; not just about the music but growth of the community; this is another huge reason that adds to the experience - he is a forward-thinking entrepreneur then can prep you not only in your DJ skills but also the business aspects.
I've been through levels II and III; playing live in front of a group of people is like jumping out of an airplane... you can't fully understand until you experience it yourself.. I'm completely hooked :)
I would definitely would recommend DJ4Life for anyone interested in pursuing DJ'ing for the love of music or taking it to the next level.
Thanks DJ4Life & Sasha!
The "fast track" on becoming a club DJ – Not all DJ's schools are create equal. DJ4life is in a league of their own. I was trying to teach my girlfriend how to DJ and for those of you who have been in a relationship know how impossible it is to teach your partner almost anything. Long story short, instead of killing each other over DJ'ing we signed up for a class with Sasha and by the end of the first 2 hours my girlfriend was rockin up her beats.In 2 months she has even played at a couple of local clubs and private events. I even learned something (I've been DJ'ing for 3 years) to make my DJ'ing improve.
If you want a school that will not only teach you how to DJ but will also provide you the platform of getting exposure whether it's internet broadcasting/podcasting, local club DJ'ing or on the international circuit then this is it. Sasha's industry knowledge and connections are priceless.
Last note, you don't need to buy equipment to get started! I liked the "try before you buy" attitude Sasha has about buying equipment. You'll be sure you're getting objective advice about equipement since he doesn't sell them. They also have various practical equipment setup recommendations for price ranges
at or < $500/$700/$1000/$1500/$2000
It's a great program!
If you want to be a DJ, this is definitely a shortcut. However, if you just want to have a peek and get to know what DJ is about but do not necessarily want to dive deep into the scene, there are plenty of options you can try and they are fun! - I would highly recommend "Moonlight DJing for 2" - first date and still raw? it would be a group conversation here to ease your embarrassment, yet strawberries and champaign definitely help starting your romantic journey. after a DJ lesson it is so easy to get your date to a club and have a hot dance! who knows what gonna happen...
Some people might thought this class is expensive, but come on, you probably pay more to learn Spanish or have a massage done with the same money for one hour - that's why I vote the price range to be moderate. However, if you really want to save, grab a friend to take the class with you for "DJ4Life friends" class, so you can cut down your price to half but have a cool study buddy.
I guess the most fun part comes to the performance level. Think about if you can invite all your friends to the dance floor to make your own party, and YOU are the superstar DJ, wouldn't be cool? Plus, yes, you got to meet a lot more other friends who share same interest in music, because DJ4Life is not only a lesson, but also a group as friends and family that everyone knows each other and enjoys socializing and sharing with each other. It's a little happy bubble here, and it's growing.
My Experience With DJ4Life! – I decided to select DJ4Life to pursue my DJ learning experience immediately upon meeting international DJ and Producer Sasha Tosic. I found him to be extremely professional, passionate about the art of spinning music, friendly, talented, and a great instructor. During my sessions with him, he was very attentive and showed me various skills of spinning music including beat matching, song selections, scratching, and sound editing. He showed me how to use the equipment to match my style of music to create my own sound. He provided both a very positive and critical learning experience. The classes with Sasha were offered in a loft environment featuring a custom DJ booth, state of the art Pioneer equipment, excellent sound, and a very comfortable and fun setting.
I also took lessons with the Music Director of Supperclub Michael Anthony. These sessions provided opportunities to spin on equipment used at Supperclub and allowed me to meet yet another influential and successful person in the industry. Michael was full of energy, talented, very complimentary of my learning abilities, provided constructive feedback, and is great person to know. Being able to learn from two different instructors was very beneficial. After 4 lessons, I was able to perform at the internationally renowned venue Supperclub. This experience provided priceless time to spin in front of a live audience. It was awesome!
I would highly recommend DJ4Life to anyone that is interested in becoming a DJ as a profession or hobby. Gaining the experience of actually spinning at a club will certainly facilitate my ability to spin at other venues. Sasha and Michael said they prefer to stay in touch with their students to ensure that their experience with DJ4Life provides the opportunities to pursue our goals of becoming amazing DJs?4 LIFE! I also plan on taking the Music Production class that is offered so I can learn how to mix my own music.
Go for it!
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