DJ Schools Rockin' in Recession

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2009 6:30 PM CDT
DJ 8-Track performs at the Belvedere IX Launch Party at The Bowery Hotel on February 12, 2009 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – The jobless and work-weary alike are flooding deejay schools across the US, embarking on dreams as the economy comes apart, Time reports. Some enroll at schools like New York's Dubspot—not exactly cheap at $1,695—to deejay professionally. Others are yearning for more creativity, less rat race. "They're feeling it's no longer just about money," says Mark Rankin, Dubspot's founder.

Just what do deejay students learn? Technical skills, of course, but they also learn not to announce a cake-cutting at a wedding before the photographer arrives. "These little things make a big difference," Rankin said. But graduates' biggest problem is today's flooded deejay market. "Business is a little slow right now," said one Colorado deejay and former Dow Jones pressman. "I'm like a fireman waiting for a call."