This is how Leeds club Mint Warehouse is using lockdown to teach people how to DJ

A popular Leeds nightclub has launched an online course for budding DJs to learn the craft.

By Abbey Maclure
Saturday, 13th February 2021, 11:45 am

Mint Warehouse, which has been closed since the pandemic hit last year, will host the virtual workshops next month - with the hope to move the sessions into the club when restrictions ease.

Two of the club's resident DJs, Bobby O’Donnell and Annie Errez, will launch the Apparatus online music production courses for beginners and intermediates from March 6.

There will be the opportunity for 1-2-1 mentoring and tuition on Ableton, a software for music production.

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Two of the club's resident DJs, Bobby O’Donnell and Annie Errez (pictured), will launch the online music production courses in March

Once lockdown restrictions ease, it's hoped the now-empty club can host socially-distant courses, making use of the facilities which are currently out of action for events.

DJ Annie Errez said: "Obviously the pandemic has been a real blow to the whole music industry, especially the nightlife sector, so we're really excited to be launching this new project which we hope will help keep people involved in the scene whilst also learning some new skills during the downtime.

"It will also be amazing to get back in Mint Warehouse once Covid regulations have been relaxed to hold DJ lessons.

"It's such a fantastic space with industry leading equipment and it's such a shame it's not being used, so this seems like a great opportunity to make good use of the space and facilities while it's currently out of action for regular events."

Bobby O'Donnell added: "With the pandemic forcing nightlife to stop, dancing seems like a radical idea, people still need this outlet and you can still get a heavy vibe off producing or DJing, there’s never been a better time to learn too.

"As residents of all things Mint related we’re really grateful to be able to teach the DJing side of things at The Mint Warehouse.

"With the 1-2-1 teaching I’ve seen so many peoples enthusiasm towards music, which is very contagious and there’s just a lot of talent out there."

Course details can be found on Mint Warehouse, Bobby O’Donnell and Annie Errez’s social channels and by emailing [email protected]

Spaces will be reserved on each course for anyone facing financial difficulties and unable to afford the course fee.

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