Events - Toolroom Academy

Toolroom Academy at the Canadian DJ Show

The Toolroom Academy was officially launched in November 2015. After over a decade of finding new artists, dominating Beatport and touring the world with live shows, it felt time for Toolroom to pass some of the knowledge and experience the label had gained.

An educational arm of the international brand, the Toolroom Academy aims to equip producers and DJs with the skills to build their creativity and careers within the dance music scene. Unlike many of the other educational programmes out there, the Toolroom Academy only uses tutors who are successful artists in their own right - producers and DJs who have released with the label and seen major success in their own careers.

Initially a suite of online production courses launched in conjunction with Faderpro, the Toolroom Academy is now proud to be partnering with Akai Professional and the Canadian DJ Show in bringing the Academy to a live audience for the first time.

'Nurturing talent is what we do best, so we?re ready to translate and pass on some of this A&R knowledge with the Toolroom Academy. If you want to learn how to make the kind of music we stand for and release, this is the place to come.' - Mark Knight

Programme - Friday 11 March

9:00-10:00 Demo Drop We invite delegates at the CDJ show to bring along their demos on a USB
11:00-12:30 Funkagenda Building a track from scratch
  • Grammy nominated producer Funkagenda talks you through the process of building a tech house record from scratch.
  • Learn all the tips and tricks from one of the most talented producers in the scene
12:30-1:30 Akai Professional Session Akai will be running clinic style demos, showing delegates new products including the MPCTOUCH and the MCX8000.
1:30-3:00 Funkagenda How to finish your track
  • One of the main problems 99% of bedroom producers face is getting over the finishing line with their productions
  • In this session, Funkagenda will outline the common mistakes producers make; and offer guidance on how to finish your track to give it the best chance of being signed
3:00-4:00 Stuart Knight Careers in dance music
  • Having built Toolroom Records in the global powerhouse it is today, managing a busy team of 20 full time staff, Stuart Knight is well-placed to offer careers guidance in dance music
  • In this session, Stuart will talk through the lifespan of a record - highlighting all the career options within a dance music label.
4:00-5:00 Funkagenda Live A&R Feedback from Funkagenda
  • At the beginning of the day, producers are welcome to hand in their demos to us via a USB stick
  • Funkagenda will choose the top 5 demos from the day, and offer live A&R feedback on them.

About the speakers


From the early roots of his West Midland's studio, to pioneering releases through reputed major labels, Funkagenda's stamp on dance music can be felt across Europe, North, Central & South America, the Middle East, Australia, Russia and Japan. A devoted passion for music, alongside an embrace of technology, has fortified Funkagenda as a vanguard of the 'tough but melodic big room house sound' - (DJ Magazine). Funkagenda's sound attracts musical partnerships a spectrum of genres, remixing artists including Basement Jaxx, Moby, Fat Boy Slim and Dirty Vegas. His production contributions to the Black Eyed Peas album 'The E.N.D.' were further recognised by an 'Album of the Year' nomination and a 'Best Pop Vocal Album' award at the 52nd Annual Grammy's. One of Toolroom's most celebrated artists, he is the lead tutor within the Toolroom Academy.

Stuart Knight

Stuart Knight established Toolroom Records in 2003. Alongside his DJ/producer brother Mark Knight, he has shaped Toolroom into one of the leading independent dance companies in the world - launching the careers of some of today's key electronic music artists in the process. More recently Stuart has steered Toolroom's expansion into multiple business areas, including an international live brand in Toolroom Live, which regularly hosts festival stages and arenas; content creation through Toolroom TV, which has been broadcast on Sky TV; and a successful publishing venture with Toolroom Publishing, and most recently the Toolroom Academy. Stuart oversees a staff of twenty at Toolroom HQ in Maidstone, Kent.