Joey Tuholski

Joey T.

Atlanta, GA
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Ages 6+ and special needs

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Lots of info below!! I'm a jack of all trades! And wanted to be as descriptive as possible for your benefit.

In gist, here's are the skills I can teach you exceptionally well:

- Music Production
- Drumset / drumming
- DJing

Before we get into my lesson structure, a little about me and why I know I can help. Why should you listen to me if I don't know my background? :)

I am a full-time music producer, musician, and DJ. I started playing percussion in 6th grade, which was 14 years ago. Since then, I've literally immersed myself in music about as much as you can!

I've competed in honor and all-state band for 7 years in a row throughout middle and high school, was 1 of 6 awarded into the Governor's Honors program for percussion in 2010, and was the only recipient of a jazz drum set scholarship at Georgia College in 2011. Our high school percussion ensemble was one of the top competing schools in the state and so was our indoor drumline during 2007-2011.

As far as music production goes, it's now my main focus. I started learning the ins and outs of music production in high school in 2010. Since then, I've taken courses in music technology throughout college, made music as a hobby, then took the full leap in January of 2016. I'm on the journey now and since that time I've had some pretty amazing things happen. I produce music almost every day, so everything you learn from me is what's current and what works!

Music has always been my life. I was INCREDIBLY lucky to have been fostered and taught by some of the most passionate and selfless music teachers in the state. Now that I am old enough to realize it, they literally shaped my life and helped me become the person I am today. What if I can give back in the same way and help students learn to discover what they truly love?

I DJ as well. It's been amazing to DJ for over 20 weddings in the last year alone. I don't only do weddings, I also DJ around the city in clubs and venues every month. Started with the decks in 2011.

Flash forward to today and I'm hustling harder than ever. After graduating from The University of Georgia in 2015 with a degree in Management and Music Business, and a minor in Music Technology, I am a full-time, touring music producer and DJ. I reside in Virginia Highlands (very safe, family-friendly area) in Atlanta and have my own house, studio, and drum set, in which I can tutor you. In person - or online!

My expertise:

* Drumming / Drum Set
* Music Production (Ableton)
* DJing (Serato)



Because of my extensive background in percussion, I can teach the fundamentals of drumming, whether on a pad or on drum set.

Drumming styles I can teach: 
Jazz, Latin
, Funk
, Rock
, Swing

, Metal, Classical

Drumming techniques I can teach: 
, Chop-Building Exercises, Coordination
, Double-Bass Drum technique, Rudiments, prep for Honor Band or All- State, scales on the piano

Can even teach you the drum part to just about any song! Yes really, if that's what you want!

Years of teaching experience:

Years of playing experience: +14



Minored in Music Technology at The University of Georgia.

What I know and can teach:
- Producing tracks start to finish
- Navigating and understanding Ableton
- Using legal samples in your music to help you
- Songwriting
- Mixing your tracks
- Workflow techniques
- Song structure
- Advice from one seasoned music producer to another!

I've been through a lot of work and stressful times to figure out what works and what doesn't. Let my experience be of benefit to you, so that I can shorten your learning curve :)

I've written an article on music production workflow that was published by Heroic Academy. A record label named Gravitas Create interviewed me recently, regarding how to finish music. I can send those to you if you want.

Years of teaching experience: 1

Years of career experience: 3



DJing and producing music go hand in hand these days. I started DJing in college for fun and for cash as a broke college student. That was back in 2011.

Flash forward to today and weddings, private events, and my own DJ gigs are the main way I make most of my income. I have 4 weddings booked already in October alone, some booked for 2019, and have done over 20 weddings in the last year.

I run my own Wedding DJ business with dozens of 5 star reviews ("OnCue Events" on weddingwire). And the DJ that I sub-contract under is one of Atlanta's top DJ's. Luckily, he was my mentor!

Check my weddingwire profile here if you would like:

If you're not interested in weddings, no fear. Those are great fun and a way to earn some money. But what's even more fun is playing your own shows. I've been lucky enough to have just signed with a booking agency for my artist name, Pure Colors, so I think I can teach you a thing or two about how to slay the dancefloor!

Here's what I know:

- How to DJ in Serato (currently using)
- How to DJ in Traktor
- Ableton DJing (less proficient)

Why I actually know what I'm doing:

I do this all the time. It's taken years of practice to become a great DJ. I used to think it was easy, but I've come to learn that with most skills in life, anyone can be okay and call themselves a DJ. But if you want to really get a grasp for how to professionally DJ, make smooth transitions, beat match amazingly (without using the sync-button...), read a crowd, learn new techniques and prep your tracks, and other things I haven't mentioned, well...

I can help!

Where I've played:

- Aisle 5 (Atl)
- Terminal West (Atl)
- 3 music festivals in 2018, (Athens Ga, Tennesee, Sparta Ga)
- 2 self-promoted events at Speakeasy Atl

A lot of people come out to these shows. Anyway, I hope that helps put some trust in me, that's the point of all this info.

Genres I DJ, and therefore what I can teach:

- House music (deep house, disco house, jackin house, funky house, downtempo house, G house)
- Disco
- Funk
- Pop and Top 40
- Oldschool
- Rap / Hip-hop

Have any questions?

We'll go over all the basics if you're new to it, or I can teach more advanced lessons to those looking to get out of the bedroom and into the club. Let's talk! :)

Years of teaching experience: <1

Years of career experience: 7

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Drum Set Instructor
Jul 2016 - Present

Full-Time Professional Music Producer
Jan 2016 - Present
Pure Colors

I make a living as an artist and musician! I'm not some hobbyist who hasn't had a record deal, or toured ;) I do this every day! And because I'm fresh on the scene, you'll be getting only the best and newest tips on how to actually use a DAW like Ableton, produce music, and finish songs. The sky is the limit for you.

- Mutiple records deals with labels like 14 & 9 records and Sundae Sauuce
- Tour experience
- Original Radioplay on Sirius XM
- Support from Pretty Lights on Soundcloud
- 104,000 total listeners worldwide on Spotify

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Professional DJ
Dec 2011 - Present
OnCue Events, Pure Colors

- Weddings
- House shows, clubs, festivals, etc

Music Production Educator
Dec 2016 - Nov 2017
Heroic Academy

- Community Manager for a music production educational company based in the Netherlands called "Heroic Academy"
- They launched San Holo and DROELOE'S career
- Wrote multiple published articles on how to be successful as a music producer
- Was lucky enough to talk with and educate thousands of new and already established music producers

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Bachelor's Degree in Music Business and Management
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015
University of Georgia


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certificate in Music Business
Dec 2015
University of Georgia

Minor in Music Technology


Sirius XM Radio Debut
Nov 2017
Pretty Lights Radio, Sirius XM

Photos & Videos

Photo by Joey T.

Playing to about 200 people  under my Alias ("Pure Colors") at Terminal West (venue) in Atlanta
Aisle 5 - June 23rd

Aisle 5 - July 26th

For Ableton students, here's my track "Need Ya' Now", featured on a large YouTube Channel. It surpassed 261,000 plays on Spotify recently!
Sirius XM radio debut

Aisle 5 - December 2017

DJing at Gate City Brewing recently

Classy French wedding this summer, check my website below
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3 Reviews

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Franklin Aug 10, 2018
Drum · In home

Joey truly understands music on a level that is so impressive. He taught me so much about drumming and how it works. Not only is he a great drummer, but he is a great person with a fantastic work ethic and teaching methods. He’s truly the best in the biz! Thanks Joey! I now know how to drum and I love it.

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Daniel Aug 10, 2018
Ableton · In studio

Always wanted to get into music production for the longest time, so I downloaded Ableton and decided to give it a go....and it looked like hieroglyphics to me. I tried to watch some youtube videos on the matter and it still made no sense. So I did some research and figured that an in-person teacher would probably be my best bet.

That's when I found Joey - and this guy knows his stuff. He's been producing for a few years now and after listening to his music, I could tell he was the real deal. I just started my lessons not long ago, but so far he's helped me in Ableton tremendously. I'm able to understand the various plug-ins, create new sounds when I get that creative "spark" instead of just bumbling around, and now I can actually finish a song.

I fully recommend Joey, he's super patient and has made this process just so much easier for me.

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Sharon Aug 9, 2018
Drum · In home

Joey was an awesome teacher for my son. He was able to connect with him and help keep him focused on his drills and lessons. Joey is very reliable and knowledgeable as a teacher. I highly recommend him!

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