serato underground music academy

Serato is joining Underground Music Academy to continue to raise funds for the second phase of their mission. They’re in the midst of construction on the north end of Detroit. On the same historic boulevard as Underground Resistance, Moodymann and Motown Records.

Help UMA build a global dance music community that’s more aware of its roots.

serato underground music academy

The illest CV auction in history

We’ve got to go big for UMA. Really big. Never before done big.

Raising money for the academy by auctioning off some of Serato’s rarest Control Vinyl didn’t seem like enough, so we added a few of our notorious white Icon CVs that have never in history been up for sale. Until now.

But what would make this truly historic would be legendary DJs, like DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jazzy Jay, DJ Spinna, Erykah Badu, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Fat Boy Slim, Mixmaster Mike, Eric Orr and Shepard Fairey signing these one off pieces. Well, they did.

Support the cause and grab one while you can, cause you’ll never get this chance again.

Part 1 of the auction is now closed. A huge thank you to all the bidders. If you missed out, don’t worry, part 2 has just dropped and it’s even more ill.

Serato X UMA

An academy doesn’t just need funding, its staff and students need the tools of the trade too. So Serato has given UMA our Studio, Sample, DJ Pro and software, as well as our 24/7 support.

Along with being a Serato-accredited school, we’ll also be providing UMA with part of their DJing and Beat Making curriculum, and running a series of workshops at the academy.

Serato has also, in conjunction with Roland, supplied UMA with 10 brand new Roland DJ-202 controllers for their students to use. And, for Beat Making, we added 10 equally brand new Akai MPK Mini’s as well.

But to help make sure UMA’s students can connect even more with the roots of the craft, we’ve raided our vinyl storage and donated a selection of premium and rarity CVs. Because there’s nothing quite like the feel of real vinyl under your fingertips.

About UMA


Born and raised on Detroit’s Eastside, Waajeed is a founding member of Slum Village and Platinum Pied Pipers. He’s alway been an advocate for progressive and genre defining music. In addition to being the Director at UMA he’s run both Bling47 and DIRT TECH RECK labels. Waajeed lives and breathes DJing and Production, leading him to spearhead the future of electronic music in Detroit via UMA. 

AMP Fiddler

Amp Fiddler is a musical legend of Detroit. The singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer has mastered many genres, working with the likes of George Clinton, Prince, Fishbone, Jamiroquai, and Maxwell to name a few. Opening up his studio doors to young J Dilla and Waajeed directly led to their musical success, both of which in turn have changed the sound of Electronic music the world over. Amp will be sharing his wealth of experience with us, and there’s plenty to go around.

Carl Craig

Psyche, BFC, Innerzone Orchestra, he’s gone by many names. A Grammy-nominated producer and DJ, he has been heralded as one of the pioneers of Detroit Techno. As the founder of the Planet-E record label, Craig has released projects by legendary artists such as Kevin Saunderson, Moodyman, and Kenny Larkin. Theo Parrish, Tori Amos, Depeche Mode and many others have been graced with Craig’s production mastery, and his sound continues to influence the Electronic music of not just Detroit, but the entire world.

Stacey Hotwaxx Hale

Detroit’s first ever female House DJ, Stacey Hotwaxx Hale has been gracing the airwaves since the mid-’80s. She’s played all over the world, from London to Ibiza, Toronto to Berlin, and the entire US. As the “Godmother of House”, Hotwaxx’s music production skills have led to collaborations with heralded artists such as Kevin Saunderson, Eddie Folkes, Alton Miller, Marrisa Guzman, and countless others. From the first time she made a mix out of radio tracks and her brothers’ LPs, to this very day, her passion for music has been nothing less than powerful.

Tall Black Guy

Raised in Detroit on Motown, Jazz and Hip Hop, TBG made a name for himself with his instinct for clever samples, original chops and musical messages that ring true around the world. TBG’s albums and projects have received praises from luminaries such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Gilles Petterson, Lefto, and Questlove. He has since launched Tall Black Guy Productions, and is a beyond-passionate supporter of UMA.