I have once again been nominated as America’s Best DJ. In the spirit of true patriotism, I will be campaigning vigorously throughout the upcoming months.
Once upon a time, we started a grass roots movement that exceeded everyone’s expectations. Field organizers went door to door getting out the DJ Shiftee vote. Internet officers passionately spammed the bejesus out of previously disengaged citizens. Our call centers became the envy of the entire DJ political campaign world.
Our issues were clear: skills, sideburns, sandwiches.
Last year was about making waves in this insider, wink wink, nudge nudge, lobbyist filled, oil money driven system. This year is about taking over. My fellow Americans, the time is now! The moment is here! Vote “DJ Shiftee” for America’s Best DJ 2011!
I recently had the tremendous fortune of participating in the TEDxBloomington conference. The gathering was extremely inspiring and engaging. Alongside educators, athletes, comedians, ninjas, and activists, I dropped 4 themed sets throughout the day to a seated yet enthusiastic audience. My personal highlight was the spontaneous dance party that broke out following my last routine. I didn’t plan to keep spinning, but I had to continue dropping tunes once I saw everyone going off!
One of my favorite presentations came from Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere. Improv Everywhere “is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” I had heard of their “No Pants Subway Ride” prank, but didn’t realize the extent of their work. They’ve been creating hilarious stunts since 2001. Here are some of my favorites from Charlie’s talk.
The class features over 30 hours of high quality instructional videos from myself & Endo.
There will be 3 hours of chat sessions each week.
There are lots of jokes.
Students will receive direct audio and/or video feedback from instructors on their work.
The course will be more a “How to DJ” course than a “How to Use Traktor” class. In other words, the guiding principles will be concepts of DJing, and we will look at how to implement those concepts via Traktor’s tools. Nevertheless, students will leave with a thorough understanding of Traktor.
There’s lots of yelling.
Any version of Traktor is fine. Traktor 1 users, S4 users, Duo users, and more will all be right at home.
There’s lots of gettin jiggy wit it. Take this class and Will Smith will be proud of you.