Daniel Green DJing for SubBass at Ministry of Sound:
In January this year I started looking for DJ and Music Production courses on the internet and came across several companies offering lessons. After some serious research I chose SubBass for a number of reasons and Im glad I did.
For 5 hours a week I attended SubBass Academy in Farringdon, surrounded by seriously talented DJ's, Musicians, Artists and Producers, so I knew this was the right choice and the place to be.
Out tutor was the legendary John Taylor of PunxSoundcheck who has mad skills on all types of decks and knows a hell of a lot when it comes to mixing, playing out, introducing tracks, phrasing, mix points and all other things I had never considered before I joined. It took 12 weeks to successfully complete the DJ Course at SubBass and we were on our way to becoming fully-fledged DJ's. I also made the most out of the free practice time to come in between lessons and brush up on my skills.
We were told at the beginning of the course that some students are selected to play at Ministry of Sound but no more information was given to us. It wasn't until we finished the course that we were told weather our standard was good enough to play at the legendary Ministry of Sound, where almost every major DJ in the World has played. To say it was a special moment when they asked me was an understatement. They also chose the mix I recorded on the last day of my course to feature in their podcast series too!
Buzzing with pride and nerves I made my way to Elephant & Castle last Friday. Being the first DJ to play on the night, I knew I had to pull the crowd in with crisp mixing and a strong track selection that was groovy enough to get people dancing but also deep enough to be considered a warm up and leave the next DJ somewhere to go. A few minutes into my set the nerves quietened and the room started to get busy which got me into my groove so I started to really get in to it. Seeing my friends supporting me and people liking what I was playing spurred me on massively.
After dropping a massivfe tune as my last track Frank Ocean - Lost (Amine Edge & DANCE Remix) I left the booth for 'Freddie Keen' to take over.
Freddie, from Burton on Trent, bought an army of fans with him and started smoothly with some sublime mixing skills keeping it all nice and tight. By the time Freddie's set finished the room was electric and finished with Jamie Jones - Moan & Groan
After Freddie was 'ClubCamberwell'. He took the tempo up and leaving them with enough energy for 'Shaft Harder' to continue. Shaft Harder's track selection was beautiful deep but big room house and led nicely to Adrian Nitu to take over the reigns for an hour with some tech-house beats.
After Adrian was my friend Syll who's Trance, Pop, Rock, Funk and House inspired music truly makes his influences eclectic and he played a wicked tech-house set on the night. Syll is a Portuguese DJ and Producer that's producing some serious beats. Expect big things from him in the near future with a potential release soon on SubBass Black Label.
The whole experience was amazing for all of the DJ's who some of them were DJ'ing for the very first time. Its a fantastic opportunity that you can only get through SubBass. Check out all the photo's from the night here.
I have also taken part in the SubBass Ableton Music Production Course, which has started me on my journey of becoming a producer too, I have a long way to go to be at the level I want to be, but with all the help and advice i've been given from everyone at SubBass, on both the DJ and Music Production Courses, I am confident I will get there soon and also start releasing tracks as well as DJing.
My advice to any aspiring DJ or producer that wants to learn from the best and be rewarded with an accomplished course accreditation and a DJ gig then call SubBass today. With new technology being created every day to aid DJ & production you're best to learn from people who've being doing it for years and are at the forefront of the game.
The event was a huge success for the DJ's who played and SubBass. I give it 4.5/5
Thank you SubBass from all who have graced your studio's :-) <3