When you think you’ve heard it all, hipsters come up with something new. Who needs Kidz Bops or Sesame Street songs, when you can pay $200 to send you baby to Baby DJ School?
Two turntables and a Playskool microphone?
The school was started up in September by Natalie Elizabeth Weiss, a composer and DJ from Brooklyn who has shared the stage with LCD Soundsystem and the Dirty Projectors and was recently a fellow with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She’s willing to teach tykes as young as three months old about “the wonderful worlds of electro, hip-hop, and house,” according to her press release, which also promises that “little ones will be introduced to playing and handling records, mixing and matching beats, and creating fun and funky samples using modern DJ equipment.”
While the idea of babies droppin’ beats underscores just how easy DJs’ “jobs” are, it’s also a great way to introduce kids to creating music—after all, your baby probably can’t play the piano, but it can produce some noise using a MIDI trigger.
If the trial class in mid-September, which was well received by babies and parents alike, is any indication, it looks like Natalie’s project is going to be a roaring success. Soon, your non-DJ children will be ostracized by their terrifying, laptop-wielding peers, and eventually all music will be made for and by toddlers. I, for one, welcome this development and recently asked Natalie for some tips on how babies could hone their DJ skills.
Interestingly enough, the kids aren’t using turntables to hone their dj’ing skills. They’re using MacBooks. Sippy cups and MacBooks are a definite no-no.
Welcome to 2014, where babies and Paris Hilton are dj’s.