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DJ Aqeel Ali has many fans,some of them want to be like the Bollywood-loving DJ. Often,when wannabe disc jockeys would come up to him for advice,Aqeel would always oblige. Until he hit upon the idea of starting his own school. He roped in his friend,DJ Assad,and has started the Future DJ institute in Andheri.

The celebrity deejay had been planning a professional school for some time,he confesses. “I’ve been in the industry for over 10 years and often aspiring deejays approach me with queries. Assad and I thought we should offer them a platform to train in the field,” says Aqeel.

The entrepreneur,however,admits that it took over a year to plan out the course and was primarily handled by Assad. Based out of Bengaluru initially,DJ Assad moved to London a few years ago but is back in India and is looking forward to the new venture. “My international exposure helped me come up with an extensive course. The rest is driven by our passion,” he says.

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The admissions,says Assad,will happen online through their website And the school offers options ranging from a full-time extensive course to part-time or even advance skills training. Special emphasis will be laid of visual effects,that is,visual jockeying,and students can opt for a course in percussion as well,which will place Sivamani in the professor’s seat.

“We want to offer a host of options,” says Aqeel. “There are times when all one wants to do is brush up their skills or update oneself on the technology front. Our courses will allow one to choose subjects as per their need.”

The partners seem to have drawn up an interesting curriculum. Besides the technical aspect,Future DJ will extend the course to offer guidance of marketing and grooming oneself as a deejay too. Designer Manav Gangvani,VJ Anushka Dandekar and Provogue’s Salil Chaturvedi will be in charge on that front.


While they’re hiring specialists,the founder-partners will be a part of the faculty too. And the support,assures Aqeel,will extend beyond the term as the school intends to sign up with clubs to help students with job placements.

“This is the best any deejay school can offer. We have contacts with many clubs owners and can help place them. The best of the lot can be absorbed by our own teams and we can take them abroad on our international projects for exposure as well,” Aqeel adds.

First published on: 11-04-2009 at 02:39:52 am
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