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Dubai Toolroom Academy open for registration



Regular readers of ShortList, particularly the Nightlife portion of the magazine, will know that most DJs in this town get a break through the old-fashioned art of hustling – loading up mixes and original tunes on a CD, tape or, these days, USB stick and handing them out to whichever venue owner they can get hold of. From there, it’s basically sink or swim. If you keep the dancefloor moving first time up, you might be back next week.

It’s in this spirit that Toolroom Academy is reaching out to young DJ talent in the UAE. An offshoot of Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Mark Knight’s record label Toolroom, the academy wants people to bring their original tunes to its professionals first and then, via a masterclass, help shape and hone them. In the process, they might also find the label’s next star. In addition to the label boss himself, DJ duo Prok & Fitch will also be on hand to pass on essential tips.

The Toolroom Academy is one of the centrepieces of the inaugural Dance Music Conference, which takes place over two days at Pacha Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah next week. The event is designed to be a summit of the most influential names in local, regional and international dance music – and the academy is only open to signed-up attendees.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring Toolroom Academy to the Middle East,” says Mark Knight. “I’m really excited about passing on some of the musical and A&R knowledge we’ve amassed over the past 12 years to the next generation of producers. Who knows, maybe we’ll end up finding the next Toolroom superstar.”

If any budding DJ or aspiring producer needs an additional carrot, Toolroom is the label that first championed Hardwell and Fedde Le Grand. See? Told you it would be worth it.

Dubai Music Conference
When: April 21-22
Where: Pacha Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah,

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