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DJ Academy Attracting L.A. Students

DJ lessons are a growing trend in Southern California.

The electronic music scene has come a long way from where it was ten years ago.

Misfits and illegal warehouse gatherings once characterized the electronic music culture. The Music Business Journal estimates it is now a $4 billion industry.

Calvin Harris used to work at a grocery store. He is now the highest paid DJ in the world and reportedly made $46 million last year. However, not all DJs are making millions.

“I know more broke DJs than I know millionaire DJs,” said DJ Hapa from the Los Angeles DJ Scratch Academy. “The average pay for an average DJ is about $300 a night.

While some students are hoping to book paid gigs, many people just want to learn for fun. “If it’s a full time thing, I wouldn’t mind, but just for now I’m in a happy place with my life so its something I like to do,” said DJ Eli-M, a student at DJ Scratch Academy.

DJ Scratch Academy fills almost all of their classes to capacity, showing the growing popularity of the art form.

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