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Learn to Mix and Crossfade Like the Best at DJ Camp

Jun 06, 2016 07:31AM ● By Audrey Sellers
This summer, kids can learn how to make the beat drop. That is, if they snag a spot at the first-ever DJ Camp at The Marq. Dan Quinn of Southlake’s Dan Quinn Band is offering a four-day camp that runs from July 12-15 with two time options: 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Space is open for 12 kids in each time slot.

Quinn, a Southlake resident who works full-time as a musician and DJ, has seen kids’ enthusiasm for getting behind the booth. That’s why he’s offering a camp this summer. “It seems that DJs are the new rockstars of today’s generation,” he says. “With so many kids eager to learn, I saw a great opportunity to teach them.”

Quinn got some equipment, booked a space at The Marq and is ready to teach kids the ins and outs of being a DJ. Participants will learn to mix, match, crossfade, cue, hot cue, loop, EQ, filter, stutter and throw a great dance party overall.

“I’m so excited for kids to have that a-ha moment the first time they mix two songs together or seamlessly transition from one song to the next. When kids realize they have a new skill, they typically get excited about it and want to do it even more,” says Quinn. “I’m hoping that these kids all leave camp begging Mom and Dad for their own DJ controller at home. Music is such a great thing for kids to get into for so many reasons, and it ultimately just brings people together.”

The camp includes use of laptop computers and Pioneer DJ controllers for every two kids, allowing them to work as partners on each set of gear and learn together throughout the week. On the last day of camp, each student will step into the booth and put on a showcase set for their family and friends. And those headphones they’ve been using all week? They’re for the DJs to keep.

The DJ camp is $225 and open to kids ages 8 and older. Click here to register.