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Sneak peek of Scratch DJ Academy NY

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Scratch DJ Academy New York - Photograph by Michael Mariano

Scratch DJ Academy New York – Photograph by Michael Mariano

Scratch DJ Academy has finally settled into its new location at 32 Cooper Square! Scratch who? For those in the music industry, this title should be fairly familiar to you. If you are not familiar, shame on you! For those who are not acquainted, Scratch DJ Academy is a division of Scratch Music Group. In 2002, in the heydays of DJing where access to proper DJ education was not widespread, DJ Jam Master Jay and Rob Principe founded the academy to provide quality DJ education and access to the art form. Its legacy and legend extends forward to the future with the move of the academy to the historic Cooper Square where known institutions such as Cooper Square Union and New York University  are located.

I have had the privilege to be at the launch of Scratch NY’s new crib. The location was a definite game changer and the new spot had a cool vibe to it. Soon enough the Scratch Music Group will come out with a bang. The photo featured is of the Academy. Stay tuned for the launch of Scratch Music Group and its other business lines – Scratch Events and Scratch Weddings.

Keep on rockin’!

– Mike

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Scratch DJ Academy site refresh

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Scratch DJ Academy

Scratch DJ Academy site refresh designed by Steve Woodzell and Mike Mariano

Finally a new website to roll off the design mill! Scratch DJ Academy – ‘The world’s leader in DJ Education’ has refreshed its website design. Designed by Scratch’s very own Steve Woodzell and Michael Mariano.

A short backgrounder on Scratch DJ Academy from the website –

In 2002, Rob Principe and the late Jam Master Jay founded Scratch DJ Academy with the goal of lowering the barrier of entry to the art form of the DJ. Scratch’s historic first semester received media attention worldwide with instructors including Jam Master Jay, DJ Premier, A-trak, Evil Dee, and many more. Scratch DJ Academy went on to sell out every semester during its first year and eventually moved to a permanent location in the West Village (where it is located today).

Over the next few years, Scratch opened additional locations in Los Angeles (2004) and Miami (2005), and expanded its course offering to include music production. Today, Scratch’s teaches over 100,000 people how to DJ annually through its physical locations and national tours. Scratch has taught students from all 50 states, 35 different countries, and is widely recognized as the world leader in DJ and music production education.

Scratch offers hands-on instruction on DJing and music production for students of all interests and skill levels, and full access to DJ Culture and Community. Visit for more information.

*Update: As per request of my friend and colleague – Bea, here is the screenshot of the previous design by JNMedia.

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