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Pete Tong DJ Academy Teams Up with Volta for 3D Audio-Reactive Visuals

We are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with Volta, a groundbreaking platform that is set to redefine the visual experience for DJs both on stage and online!

As we continue to push the boundaries of innovation at Pete Tong DJ Academy, integrating Volta into our curriculum is a game-changer that will undoubtedly elevate your DJ skills to new heights.

Unveiling Volta: A Platform Beyond Ordinary

Volta is not just an app; it’s a revolutionary and empowering platform designed specifically for DJs who want to take their performances to the next level.
With Volta, you can effortlessly create and showcase mind-blowing 3D audio-reactive visuals, adding a dynamic and immersive layer to your live gigs and online streams.

Crafted by Experts, Exclusively for You

As part of our commitment to providing the best education for our students, Volta’s expert team has collaborated with the Pete Tong DJ Academy to develop bespoke lessons.
These lessons are designed exclusively for our students, guiding you from a Beginner to an Expert in utilizing the Volta app.
Whether you’re just starting your DJ journey or looking to enhance your existing skills, these lessons are tailored to meet you at your current level and propel you towards mastery.

Access Your Lessons Anytime, Anywhere

The integration of Volta into our curriculum means that you can access these specialized lessons directly from your student portal.

Unleash Your Creativity

Volta empowers DJs to unleash their creativity like never before. Through our exclusive lessons, our students discover how to use the platform to craft visuals that synchronize seamlessly with their music, creating unforgettable experience for their audience.
From pulsating beats to melodic crescendos, Volta responds in real-time, turning DJ sets into a visually stunning spectacle.

Join the Visual Revolution

Join the visual revolution with Pete Tong DJ Academy and Volta, and let your creativity shine in ways you never thought possible.

The future of DJing is here – embrace it with Pete Tong DJ Academy and Volta!

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ADE Gear Test Lab with Pete Tong DJ Academy and Tribe XR

Immerse Yourself in the Ultimate DJ Virtual Gaming Experience at ADE Gear Test Lab with Pete Tong DJ Academy and Tribe XR

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is just around the corner, and we invite you to join us at the Gear Test Lab for an unparalleled educational and immersive game experience. Get ready to elevate your DJ skills, challenge some of the industry’s biggest names, and take your shot at becoming the conference’s top DJ.

Highlights of the Event

  • Learn and Experience: Immerse yourself in the world of DJing and gain valuable insights from the Pete Tong DJ Academy and Tribe XR. Our immersive educational game-experience is designed to educate and entertain.
  • Challenge the Legends: Test your skills in a unique lesson-game mode where you can challenge yourself against legendary DJs like Pete Tong, Carl Cox, and Adam Beyer. Will you rise to the occasion and claim the title of the conference’s number one DJ?
  • Meet the Icons: Don’t miss the chance to meet Pete Tong and our experienced tutors in person. This exclusive opportunity allows you to interact with them, ask questions, and even challenge them to a DJ set in the multiverse.
  • Students DJ Gigs: Several of our talented students will be performing at ADE this year, and we’re thrilled to announce that two of them will have the incredible opportunity to play on one of the ADE stages. A great place to see our emerging talent at its finest.
  • Win Big: We’re excited to give away four ADE Lab passes and five scholarships to ADE attendees this year. Be sure to visit the ADE Lab hub at Het Groene Paleis to apply for these incredible opportunities.

The PTDJA x TRIBE XR Experience
The PTDJA x TRIBE XR experience at ADE will allow people with any skill level of DJing to learn on virtual Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000 decks in a virtual or mixed reality setting plus challenge themselves in a skills-game against the Pete Tong DJ Academy tutors, attendees will get the chance to get into the immersive VR experience of TRIBE XR while getting learning from Pete Tong DJ Academy DJ incredible teacher roster. Attendees will then get the chance to play a game while learning moves of those industry giants. Who’ll be crowned the ‘Best DJ’ of the conference?

Championing Diversity and Inclusivity
PTDJA and Tribe XR are committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the music industry. PTDJA actively works to eliminate gender, sexual preference, and race gaps, while Tribe XR is expanding access to DJ education globally. Additionally, both organizations are at the forefront of incorporating emerging technologies, such as VR and mixed reality, into music education.

About Pete Tong DJ Academy
The Pete Tong DJ Academy is a renowned institution dedicated to fostering the next generation of DJs and music industry professionals. With a commitment to excellence, PTDJA offers educational programs, mentorships, and real-life experiences for aspiring DJs.

About Tribe XR
Tribe XR is a groundbreaking platform that provides immersive DJ and music production education in virtual reality. It empowers individuals from diverse backgrounds to pursue their passion for music and DJing through innovative technology and engaging content.

About ADE
The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the world’s leading electronic music conference and festival. ADE offers a platform for professionals in the music industry, as well as music enthusiasts, to connect, learn, and celebrate electronic music culture.

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Student Activities

Future Talent Awards Grand Prix Winner 2023

Last year, we introduced the Future Talent Awards to recognize exceptional artists from the academy. Ten students were selected to play gigs around the world with their mentors and receive career-building support. The ultimate winner, Constanza from Argentina, became the PTDJA Future Talent and played at the prestigious IMS event in Ibiza.


Overall winner of the Future Talent award – Costanza
“When I first saw the call to participate in the Future Talent Awards on Instagram, I knew it would be a great opportunity for me. Although I already took a DJ course a few years ago in Argentina, I chose to do the full PTDJA course to refresh my knowledge. In the first chapters I was able to reaffirm what I already knew. Then, in the advanced part of the course — I have to highlight the experiences and advice the teachers shared, as you know they are some of the most experienced DJs in the industry — they talk about topics that are not often touched on and what I consider very important for future DJs.


“I think in this sense the course is so invaluable, as they are not only educating future DJs technically, but also trying to train you in the correct way to conduct yourself professionally with good values. With that I focused on doing my best to be one of the finalists. I felt I was in a great moment and that is why I was very confident in myself, but then when I received the email notifying me that I had been chosen as the Grand Prix Winner, I actually couldn’t believe it. There was such great emotion. That memory is still fresh in my mind, and you know every time I think about it, I get goosebumps.


“Undoubtedly this is one of the greatest achievements in my career as a DJ, and in my life to date. I was chosen by Pete, Nicole and Carl, and the truth is I did not think I would be chosen by all of them — that brings me an immense amount of joy. It really is a difficult sensation to express in words. To be honest, I am still in shock because of what happened and what is going to happen.”


Congratulations to all the Future Talent Award winners for their outstanding achievements!

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Future Talent Awards 2023 finalists

Last year, we introduced the Future Talent Awards to recognize exceptional artists from the academy. Ten students were selected to play gigs around the world with their mentors and receive career-building support. The ultimate winner, Constanza from Argentina, became the PTDJA Future Talent and played at the prestigious IMS event in Ibiza.


Dahien from Poland and Liz Somes from Seattle also impressed the judges and earned mentorship from Adam Beyer and Sama’ Abdulhadi. In addition to the top three, seven other finalists were recognized for their talents.


Dahein
“Going through this process gave me even more faith and confidence in myself, in what I was doing and that I was going in the right direction with the desire to pursue doing what I love in life (music) as a professional DJ. The decision to participate in the Future Talent Awards was a spontaneous decision. At the time I did not think of it as the ‘ultimate chance’ and that I would win something — I saw it rather as an interesting adventure — but I was aware that it was being judged by professionals and it was their opinion that I cared most about.”


“I knew that my work as a DJ would be judged on merit, and not as a specialist in social media and how many ‘Likes’ I have. One of my friends DJ Siasia once told me, ‘Learn not to be just another music player but a DJ’, and in PTDJA this is what you learn, exactly that — how to become a professional DJ and what it means. Then to be picked by Adam (Beyer) as his choice and one of the 10 winners, it’s hard to describe the feelings in words. I was bursting with energy.”


Liz Somes
“Honestly when I entered, I didn’t think I would win. I thought I had a shot, but once I hit enter on the form, it was out of my hands, and I forgot about it until I got the first email back months later. When I found out I had won, I cried, it was very emotional. To be chosen for this award by some of the best DJs in the world, I still pinch myself. It has already opened doors that were otherwise closed.”


“I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that people have said I have been ‘slept on’. If getting this award opens people’s eyes to the story I have to tell musically, I am for it, and all in. It also gives me a platform to represent women in the industry, to have those other conversations about ageism and tokenism, quite frankly, which have already started and have been wonderful and very positive. But most of all, I love being an inspiration to others and hope I can continue being that, just like others have inspired me. When you are an artist, you don’t have a choice to pursue something, you are driven… it is a part of you.”


The other finalists
Deefo – NUANS – Cozmic Cat – Mista Mani – 2 nomads – Daniella Font – Fivequestionmarks


Congratulations to all the Future Talent Award winners for their outstanding achievements!

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Student Activities

Future Talent Awards Summer Tour 2023

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant beats and electrifying atmosphere of Ibiza’s renowned music scene? Look no further than the Future Talent Award (FTA) Ibiza Sessions, currently taking place at the iconic Destino Pacha Ibiza, where sun-kissed beaches and thrilling tunes come together for an unforgettable summer experience. 🏖️⛱️


As we hit the midpoint of this summer extravaganza, prepare to be blown away by the talent and passion of five exceptional FTA Winners, gracing the stage at one of Ibiza’s finest venues. Each event promises a unique blend of music, ambiance, and energy that will keep you dancing the night away. So mark your calendars for these not-to-be-missed dates:


1. Deefo – 30th June
2. Cozmic Cat – 29th July
3. Dahein – 3rd August
4. 2nomads – 7th August
5. NUANS – 12th October


The Future Talent Award Ibiza Sessions provide the perfect opportunity to embrace the essence of Ibiza’s legendary music culture. From sunrise to sunset, immerse yourself in the world of music and dance, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Ibiza’s landscape.


Don’t miss your chance to witness these exceptional FTA Winners as they showcase their extraordinary skills and passion for music. Whether you’re an avid music lover, a dedicated dancer, or simply seeking a memorable experience, the FTA Ibiza Sessions have something special in store for you.


So, what are you waiting for? Join us at Destino Pacha Ibiza for the Future Talent Award Ibiza Sessions and let the music take you on a journey like no other. See you on the dance floor! 🎵🕺💃

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Dj Tips & Tricks Djing

3 Useful DJ Tips from The Pete Tong DJ academy

Push your DJ skills with these 3 useful dj tips for a perfect mix.

Protect your hearing! 

Wear earplugs and choose headphones with comfortable and large ear cups in order to isolate you from the monitors and avoid ear damage due to excessive volume. 

During a mix you can flip constantly between CUE and MASTER channels in your headphone channel.

Learn more HERE

Earplugs devices

Check your setup before start to play/LED indicator

It’s important to check the console or your setup (or both!) before you start to play. Check the knobs (turn all knobs to the middle), check the fader volumes (in order to avoid errors while you’re listening the cue deck preview) and ask the sound engineer if the CDJs are connected via ethernet.

Learn more HERE

Mix in key and the Camelot wheel. How to use them and when

Keep an eye on the key of your track and remember the Camelot Wheel colours; it’s important to mix tracks with a compatible key. The numbers represent the key and the letters represent minor (A) and major (B). The Camelot Wheel is based on the circle of fifths. Modular new generation consoles and many apps (such as Rekordbox, Serato, etc.) can scan and analyse the key and the BPM of your tracks, so you don’t need a third application but remember: the accuracy of these analyses is not 100%.

Learn more HERE 

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