Shiftee Sandwiches @ Traktor Cookery School ADE

I recently had the great joy and honor of sharing my greatest passion with the esteemed guests of the Traktor Cookery School ADE.  What makes my heart sing louder than all else, you might ask?  Sandwiches, my dear friend.  Sandwiches.

Read the full Beatport News write-up here, including my recipe for the “Everyday Sandwich.  That’s right.  My sandwiches make headlines.

Mostly Robot Video: Live @ Electronic Beats + CDR Berlin Workshop

MOSTLY ROBOT VIDEO

Live @ Electronic Beats Festival 2012, Budapest.

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Between our festival appearances, Mostly Robot also literally sat down with the kind and innovative folks at CDR Berlin.  We did some “acoustic” versions of our tunes, spoke about our band formation and workflow, and gave motivational nuggets of silliness.  Check it out:

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Dubspot Workshop @ Harvard // Thursday, May 3rd 7pm

I’ll be heading back to my old stomping grounds (I literally used to stomp around the grounds.  I got all kinds of complaints and warnings).  Thursday, May 3, 7pm @ Science Center E (basement of Science Center), HARVARD.  Note the workshop will be streaming live HERE.

 

New Cluster Mag Mix + New Dubspot Tutorial

I’m hitting you in your ears and your brain, son!

1 – NEW CLUSTER MAG MIX: Your Ears

Cluster Mag has just released a brand new mix from yours truly (“yours truly” is me, Shiftee, for those unfamiliar with the parlance of our times).  The mix “Crossed Signals” is easily my most laid back and least frantic effort to date.  Moreover, it’s all based around Hip Hop!

Grab the mix here:  Cluster Mix Series 008: DJ Shiftee

“Shiftee has built us a mix that privileges deep, thoughtful immersion over dancefloor hedonism, teasing us with flashes of turntablism throughout the 52-minute journey.” – Cluster Mag

2 – NEW DUBSPOT TUTORIAL: Your Brain

Learn about the most nerdy concept I know in Traktor: LED Mapping & Modifiers:

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For more tips, tricks, music, technology news, class, and more, check out the Dubspot Blog.

New Traktor + Maschine Routine w/ Joker’s “Slaughterhouse”

I just dropped a new routine for Dubspot.  The video is the first part of a three part series, which you can find more information about HERE.

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My official statement on the routine:

“This is a routine I put together for my recent appearance on the legendary Rinse FM (big shouts to DJ Wonder for having me on!).  It’s meant to show my softer side. Yes, you may know me for my manly feats of strength and untapped primal aggression on delicatessen waiting lines.  When you think Shiftee, you probably think of a brute force who opens jars, lifts heavy boxes, and attends the gym regularly (big shouts to my trainer Sergi for keeping me toned!).  But there’s more to me.  I take long walks on the beach.  I gaze wistfully at setting suns and old people.  I once watched a trailer for The Notebook and felt something deep inside (it was indigestion, but still).  Please watch the following video, and get to know the real me. – Forever Yours, Shiftee”

Nerd Alert! // Turntable Lab Radio // “All Star Scratch Session”

Turntable Lab Radio invited myself & other scratch enthusiasts to throw down a good ol’ fashioned Ahhhh session and discuss scratch issues facing the modern turntablist.  Rafik (Germany), R-Ash (France), Excess (NYC), and Spictakular (Jersey!) were all in da house.  Grab the full episode HERE and peep some of the scratch madness below:

Turntable Lab Radio 003: All-Star Scratch Session by turntablelab

Shouts to Snack & Cmish for bringing us on.  The invite was especially cool for me since I used to check Turntable Lab daily for the latest scratch records and battle videos when I was first coming up.  I think I’ve got every DMC, ITF, instructional VHS tape they ever stocked.

Best Buy Traktor Action w. Ayres, Treasure Fingers // Saturday June 4 NYC

I’m doing a Traktor demo this Saturday (June 4) 12pm-4pm with Treasure Fingers & Ayres at Best Buy in Union Square NYC.  We’re each doing hour long sets, then there will be a workshop/Q & A.  Details HERE.  You can even watch a live broadcast at http://www.liveatbestbuy.com/

TEDxBloomington // May 14th // Bloomington, Indiana

I’m taking part in this crazy conference on Saturday.  Tons of speakers & presenters from a wide range of disciplines.  Everyone from improv comedy pranksters to former NFL players to Harvard happiness professors to sexual health experts to multitouch interactive computing developers.  The event is going down at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday May 14th.  9am start time!  Early birds, come get worms!

For more info and full list of participants click: TEDxBloomington: “The Wisdom Of Play”

NYU Summer DJ Class // Professor Shiftee?

Technically adjunct professor.  I will once again be co-teaching (along w/ DJ Rekha) a summer DJ class at New York University.  “DJ History, Culture, & Technique” starts May 24th in the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music.

Enroll here – http://www.nyu.edu/summer/2011/summerny/enroll-instructions.html

Digital DJing w. Traktor Pro 2 // New Online Course // Starts April 17!

I, along with fellow Traktor buff DJ Endo, co-created a new online course for Dubspot called Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2.  The first round of the course starts Sunday, April 17th.  Sign up now HERE.

Some facts about the class:

  • 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.

For more info on the course and to sign up check out the course page at Dubspot.