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About Us

The Scratch Lab is the brainchild of Africa’s pioneering DJ collective, The Beat Bangaz (Ready D, E-20 & DJ Azuhl), who with a collective experience that spans more than 30 years now runs this unique DJ school. With a track record consolidated in international tours, SA and African Tours, Radio, Television, Clubs, Music production, Mixtapes, Live Bands, Seminars, Expo’s and workshops – the students will benefit from this collective’s insight and experience. With it’s mission to provide education and accessibility in the art of the DJ and producer whilst maintaining a high standard of service, the Scratch Lab offers an insightful, inspirational and informed experience. Combining traditional DJ methods and tools with the latest cut throat technology, the training received sets the Scratch Lab apart from other DJ schools.

From novice, bedroom DJ or the seasoned performer, Scratch Lab offers a range of courses and workshops to accommodate any skill level. It’s cost effective DJ and music production courses that’s conducted by accredited, professional and experienced trainers keeps students on par with the latest technology, developments and techniques. From it’s beginner courses to it’s advanced, the emphasis for Scratch Lab is also important on building personal relationships and a holistic approach to training. Scratch Lab also boasts with it’s free workshop series, Lab Sessions, held on a monthly basis that introduces interested parties to new software, technology, guest DJ’s and producers and tools to promote self expression through music. Not limiting itself, it caters for all music forms ranging from hip hop, electronica, house, experimental and more. Students can also enroll into our Lab Practice sessions to hone and expand on their current skill level.

Students recieve manuals, supporting audio and video material and practical field work inclusive in all courses. With it’s mentorship approach combined with all supporting materials, Scratch Lab ensures it’s students claim their stake in the art.




Grandmaster DJ Ready D – Multiple SA DJ champ, producer, turntablist, performer, television presenter & Radio presenter on Cape Town radio station Good Hope FM – visit www.djreadyd.com for more info.


DJ Azuhl – DJ/VJ/producer and head of operations at the Scratch Lab DJ Training Facility & director of Hip Hop Education South Africa – visit www.djazuhl.com for more info.


DJ E20 – DJ/tutntablist & founding member of acclaimed pioneering South African hip hop band Brasse Vannie Kaap.

Promo Video


This Kitty loves to Dance! Scratch Lab The period of my journey which stands out for me wa the time at scatch Lab doing a beginners course which not only teaches you the scratch techniques but also the history of dj’ing and scratching, theory which is important and also to understand the art, the love for music, how all past djs started learning the skills and applying new techniques, sitting days and nights perfecting their art to bring enjoyment to the masses. That for me was the interesting parts, to learn where it all started, how it has developed and where we are today. Scratch Lab equips you with the necessary basic skills to learn the art, but the you as individual take those skills and apply it to develop your own style and creativity! I highly recommend Scratch Lab so you can get a better understanding of dj’ing, how to market and manage yourself, your gigs, how to act and behave so you can be seen as professional, networking methods, building contacts for business purposes and all the small details we sometimes overlook. It’s not only about dj’ing, but everything that goes with it. Get yourself down to Scratch Lab, you won’t regret it!!! DJ Kitty Attending the Scratch Lab has helped me enhance my DJ skills with the most experienced and seasoned facilitators, offering you more than just a fly by night course. Scratch Lab offers a 360 degree spin on the industry being so cut throat and preparing you to take your game to the next level. Scratch Lab offers the best industry standard equipment for you to become accustomed too having peace of mind that you can walk into any club or party and work your magic on the decks. Experience it now! Nigel Jaxx “My experience at The Scratch Lab was nothing short of amazing. Not only was I in the company of Hip Hop Pioneers and legends but they imparted their knowledge of their skills upon me unselfishly and with great patience. The favorite part of my week has always been the days at the Scratch Lab. Not only was I given the right amount of 1 on 1 attention when needed, but long lasting relationships were built and now, the Scratch Lab teachers will always be a part of my progress as their lessons don’t end when the course is over. They always available to offer advise and that is something I deeply admire about everybody involved in the Scratch Lab. I look forward to my advanced lessons as I will definitely be coming back. A huge thank you to all the DJ’s for helping me turn my dream of being a turntablist into reality. You will forever be appreciated.” Celeste Mitchell