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31st May
to 28th June
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Global Party Starters : International DJing 101

31st May to 28th June
Join DJ, musician & promoter Toby Wheadon in immersing yourself in the art of DJing from a global perspective. The sessions cater to all experience levels, from beginners to seasoned music lovers & keen DJs alike. We will cover the basics of mixing, as well as the origins, styles & evolution of DJing in different cultures & regions.

This course is designed to be relaxed, supportive and collaborative, with open exchange of ideas and knowledge throughout. Feel free to arrive with song suggestions, questions and all your enthusiasm.

Through a process of workshops, including live sets and hands-on practice with professional gear, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the role music plays in bringing people together and driving change, from the early Discothéques of 1950s Paris, to the evolution of Afro-Funk and its role in the global Hip Hop scenes. Toby will be joined by guests in the music industry across the weeks.

By the end of the course, participants should have a basic idea of how to curate and mix a set, as well as an appreciation for the rich and diverse global music scene.

At the very least, you’ll enter the summer with a bucket-load of new music to show people!

On acceptance to the course, you will be emailed with a Mentimeter link and Spotify playlist to start your collaboration with your fellow participants.

Course overview:

Week 1: Introduction to DJing

  • Brief history DJing
  • Basic DJ equipment and setup
  • Introduction to music theory, beatmatching and mixing

Week 2: International origins of DJing

  • Overview of DJing in different cultures, regions and movements
  • Techniques and styles of DJing in different cultures
  • Sampling and remixing in DJ/music culture

Week 3: Afrobeats to Hip Hop

  • Development and evolution of what we know as ‘afrobeat’
  • Importance of African music cultures in both mainstream and underground music scenes
  • Introduction to the role of DJing in US Hip Hop: 1970s onwards

Week 4: Electronic music and the rise of the DJ

  • History of electronic music and its impact on DJing.
  • Introduction to different electronic music genres

Week 5: Modern DJ culture

  • Impact of internationalisation on DJing around the world

Associated Badges:

In A Nutshell...

  • Develop... fundamental DJ skills and an awareness of DJ techniques.
  • Celebrate... the diverse array of international cultures that bring people together through music.
  • Understand... the origins and history of DJing, as well as its importance in various cultural movements.
  • Explore... different genres of music and the interconnectedness of music, culture and society.
  • Connect... with others on the course. Share your passions for music with people from all over the world.
  • Earn up to 100 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • place 14:30 to 16:00 on 31/05/23 - SoDA 4th floor Room 4.06
    Week 1: Introduction to DJing
  • place 14:30 to 16:00 on 07/06/23 - SoDA 4th floor
    Week 2: International Origins of DJing
  • place 14:30 to 16:00 on 14/06/23 - SODA 4.06
    Week 3: Afrobeats to Hip Hop
  • place 14:30 to 16:00 on 21/06/23 - SODA 4.06
    Week 4: Electronic Music and the Rise of the DJ
  • place 14:30 to 16:00 on 28/06/23 - SODA 4.06
    Week 5: Modern DJ Culture