Underground DJ Course

Underground DJ Course

Underground House and Techno DJ Course | Los Angeles

Learn how to DJ underground Techno and House to a professional standard on our Underground DJ course. If you’re over 21 and make the grade after assessment, you will be invited to play at our night, which are held in world-class venues, including Academy LA in Hollywood. See footage in the video below. We are proud to say that every student so far has made the grade! All profits from our club night, which you help raise go to the LA Works charity.

If you’re serious about House and Techno, and want to learn in groups of no more than four from a DJ plugged in to LA’s underground music scene, this fully comprehensive Underground DJ course for you. Our generously equipped DJ lab has every piece of industry standard equipment you’d see in respectable venues, including Pioneer Nexus decks with Rekordbox, Native Instruments Traktor with S8 controllers, Serato, and there’s even Technics 1200 vinyl decks for you to get to grips with. Learning how to DJ should be FUN – not frustrating!

This course is an EDM-free zone, and we have a separate EDM DJ course for fans of more commercial electronic music. Before we were fortunate enough to have the demand to run genre-specific DJ courses, our generic courses often resulted in instructors who could never be suitable for all the learners’ music tastes; you had to be lucky to get the right instructor. But now those issues are in the past, and we are thrilled to now be able to offer a fully comprehensive Underground DJ course where everyone is on the same page!

Please note that our club night is not always scheduled straight after your course, so if you’re coming to LA from out of town, please bear this in mind. If you can’t make our club night but wish to be in the lineup on a future date, we’ll make it happen.


Beats and Pieces

  • Equipment, set up, & ready to go
  • Mixer essentials
  • Beats & 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

Our Extensive Pro Hardware & Software

  • Pioneer Nexus
  • Rekordbox
  • Traktor S4 and S8
  • 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

  • Recording your set for submission
  • Promoting our charity event

After Your Show

  • Keep the momentum going
  • Developing your sound and individuality

30 Hours + Performance | $1199

Enter your schedule preferences by clicking below and we will match you up with the perfect class!

To be in the loop when we release more dates, sign up to our newsletter towards the top right of this page. We don’t send many, you can easily unsubscribe, and we never share our data with anyone, ever.

Check out the student feedback from our Electronic Music Academy Program ↓

Stay Connected

We will not share your information


The course was really great. The teachers were really helpful and knowledgable. Getting to practice within the class definitely helps, and the constructive feedback is so valuable. I really enjoyed this course and look forward to possibly taking a production course.

Cory Gomez

I had a small size class so I get a lot of hands-on experience. Also, my instructor is very experienced and knowledgable and he was able to teach us a lot of tips for getting into the industry.

Tian Qiu

The fact that you are grouped with people interested in the same kind of music is great. After taking this class I feel completely ready to go from being a bedroom DJ to playing out in front of large crowds.

Garrett Richardson

Great hands-on training to get you feeling confident about performing

Alyse Ferrar

Not only was the class very enjoyable but it also was very informative and comprehensive.

Andres Monsalve

Garnish is no nonsense and straight to the point. Top notch education!


Josh is very good at making his students feel comfortable. He teaches in a way that is easy to understand and also makes his lessons very fun. My overall experience in this class was great. I feel very lucky to have gotten him as my mentor. I've learned so much more with him than I could have learned on my own, and I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of this one week course. Thank you!

Christine Lee

It's a great program, you get to learn a lot within the days. The instructor was very patient and made the whole process of learning very easy for us. Glad i signed up.

Zdenka Valentova

From the Blog