MUSIC EDUCATION

Dubspot: Is it worth it?

The DJ facilities at Dubspot NYC


Why is it when you seek education on anything artistic, you end up paying what could seem like a king’s ransom for something that you love doing? Then enter, online courses.

So, there’s everyone and their grandmother offering their skills in the form of online “classes” and “courses”. There’s a lot to choose from, but if you do your research, you can find the ones that speak to you.

For me, this was Dubspot.

What got me to sign up with them? One word: Investment.

To understand why I use the word investment, the next time you’re in New York City on a Sunday morning, head over to 342 West 14th Street for a glimpse at what today and tomorrow’s music education looks like. I signed up for the Native Instruments Maschine course. And in a month (yes, a month), I learned more than I had on my own and YouTube since I bought it combined.

Sunday is the day Dubspot has an open house (something else I have NEVER seen ANY school do, EVER.), where you can go see first hand at what your money will get you, talk to the people who work there, and play on the equipment being used in the industry. Just having the ability to do this spoke volumes to me, and allowing people to see just what it takes to create, produce, mix, and master electronic music.

What sold me on NI’s Maschine was this amazing performance by Justin Aswell.



What sold me on Dubspot, was the level of detail given by Matt Cellitti on how to create sidechain compression in Maschine 2.0.



When you look at whom Dubspot has for staff, you see a list of people who have taken their talents, and have decided that it's better to give than to receive. These people actually care that you want to get into making music. Some places, just want your money, and I have heard stories from friends about other online schools. Some, may even feel that way about Dubspot. Not me. When I signed up, I had no idea, that I would have BOTH Matt AND Justin as teachers for learning Maschine. I feel that I've grown exponentially from where I was before I started the course, and it's due to the real world critiques, and training I received from these two amazing musicians, teachers, and now friends. But, it doesn't stop with them. I wasn't the only one taking the course. There were others. Many, many others!

Dubspot's online courses brings you into the fold via the virtual classroom with people from around the globe. Talk about "One Tribe"! It's a community that I am glad to be apart of, because we can bounce ideas off one another, and help one another out. I met people with whom I've become friends with, and hope to collaborate on music with sometime in the near future. Hector, Kyle, Seth, Ray, and Jeet from India spring to mind immediately. Dubspot creates a global classroom, because — let's face it — electronic music (and music in general) is the one global language we all speak.

There are many online schools, and and I could have attended any one of them. But being able to actually see their facilities, and see that they're asking people who enroll to make an investment in THEMSELVES, and not just shelling out money to pay for classes run by people who could be doing something else, or don't care. Dubspot deserves a deeper look, and once you see what I saw in their training sessions — the "why" to what you're doing — you'll understand why I suggest giving Dubspot a chance. They even offer payment plans for the classes, making it even more affordable.



Thank you, to all at Dubspot. Daibutsu Music is a reality because you provided an environment of experimentation, expression, and empathy in a genre that breeds speculation at almost every corner. I guarantee, you'll be hearing more from me soon!

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