"Indianapolis has a very strong DJ culture and a lot of talented veterans in the city, several of whom have taught many students over the years," says Deckademics co-owner and instructor Nick Saligoe, a.k.a. DJ Metrognome. "But Deckademics will provide an arena to teach even more students and pass on the knowledge to anyone that's willing to enroll in our classes."
Saligoe, along with co-owner Doug Morris of Old Soul Entertainment opened the DJ school in the heart of Broad Ripple last month. They're looking to kick the new year off with plenty of classes for beginners all the way up to advanced music makers. They'll even have special one-off nights for those who just want to dip their toe in the water.
"We will also be holding some unique opportunities for those with casual interest, such as our 'DJ Date Night' events where couples will get instruction and practice together, choose the music, make a short mix and walk out with a CD documenting their work together," Saligoe says.
Saligoe previously taught DJ classes at the Martin Luther King Community Center, and, while it was a lot of fun, he says, he looks forward to the more structured courses his school will offer.
"We embrace both the analog (read: 'old school') approach as well as the digital options," Saligoe says. "This is unique because students, regardless of age, will get hands-on time with actual vinyl records in addition to newer, digital platforms that have become more popular and useful in recent years."
Local DJs Cool Hand Lex, TopSpeed, Chase and Saligoe are instructors for the school, whose registration is currently open.
"We look forward to helping Indy's DJ culture thrive," Saligoe says.