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Mastering The Mix At Dubspot

Jul 20, 2011

BY SAM SPOKONY | Rasmus Kjærbo had a problem. Like so many other aspiring producers with high-tech software and plenty of free time, he loved electronic music — but kept getting lost in the intricacies of what makes the technology work. “It was mostly just me twisting knobs and pressing buttons,” Kjærbo, 25, said as he laughed. “I didn’t really know what was going on.”

With years of background in music (primarily as a DJ) and an undying passion to start creating his own tracks, he realized that the answer was quite simple: He didn’t need any new equipment — just a little direction. So Kjærbo (who is from Copenhagen, Denmark) hopped a plane to New York and signed up for classes in production and sound design at one of the world’s premier training centers for aspiring electronic artists.

The offices and classrooms of Dubspot (at 348 West 14th Street) are where some of the city’s (and the world’s) elite producers, DJs and audio technicians gather to impart wisdom — and their freshest skills — onto the next generation.

“Basically, what we’re trying to do is give [students] the tools to express themselves and find their own voice,” said Kelly Webb, Dubspot’s director of student affairs. “There is a certain method to what we teach, in that we teach the software, but our classes are focused on the actual creation of the music.”

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NBC New York Features Dubspot: 'Don't Miss This DJ School'

Oct 5, 2010

Have an itch to deejay? We’re going to scritchy-scritchy-scratch it for you at Dubspot, the Meatpacking District’s DJ school.

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CBS News: Dubspot Offers ‘Best Music Classes For Kids In NYC’

New York City’s CBS Local channel gave us a cool shout several weeks back in their Best Music Classes For Kids In New York City article/roundup of music education programs available for kids in the five boroughs!

Dubspot offers kids the ultimate urban music experience – learning the art of DJing! In one-on-one classes students are taught music theory and gain hands on experience mixing, scratching and creating their own music using state of the art audio equipment. They get a chance to develop their own technique using a wide range of music styles and no matter what their skill level when they begin, they will graduate with their own DJ name and their own personal mix, along with customized CDs holding their own music. - Renee Smith is a blogger with Mom in the City.

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NY Times: ‘Instead of Falling Into a Rut, Busting Out a New Groove’

Apr 7, 2009

Channing Sanchez, who lost his job in January, has found a way to mix business with pleasure.

Mr. Sanchez, 51, was a jewelry salesman at Tiffany & Co., on Fifth Avenue, for 23 years. After hearing what has become a familiar phrase – “You’re being laid off” – he put himself on a different sort of track to future employment: he is training to become a D.J.

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TIME.com: 'Why DJ Schools Are Thriving in a Recession'

Jun 6, 2009

Time Magazine let the rest of the world know what we are seeing here at Dubspot. More and more people are choosing to fulfill themselves artistically by learning how to DJ and produce music.  From old pros looking to brush up their skills and learn new technology, to those who have never played or produced a lick of music in their life, Dubspot is happy to be a part of the boom in creative expression.

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CNN Features Dubspot: 'Spinning Success'

Apr 23, 2010

In this week’s Turnaround, CNN’s Ben Tinker talks to a DJ school that had to get creative after growing too quickly.

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ABC News Features Dubspot: ‘Always Have a Plan B’

Jun 2, 2009

ABC News investigates how Layoffs and job losses allow people to pursue dream jobs like becoming a D.J. When times get tough, the tough take to the turntables!

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ABC 7 Features Dubspot: ‘DJ School’s Now In Session‘

Jul 20, 2007

“It’s a school with classes like no other. There is now a school in New York teaching people how to be a DJ — and it seems to be really catching on. Sometimes you may hear music spill out onto West 14th Street. Other times you may hear music coming from a DJ in training. “

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ABC World News Features Dubspot: 'DJ Academy: Spinning 101'

Apr 24, 2007

“Dubspot…. offers a variety of classes ranging in subjects like mixing, scratching, and even video and visual training. ‘DJing is one of those things, it becomes your life,’ said Dubspot DJ Neil Armstrong.”

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WCBS: ‘Kids Love Beaterator’

Nov 23, 2009

Dubspot’s exciting new partnership with Rockstar Games, to use Beaterator (a powerful new mobile music making platform) as an educational tool for kids, has grown in many directions since it began just a few short weeks ago.  It has also been receiving lots of positive press coverage, as so many people see the benefits of this initiative in a time when so many music programs have their budgets stretched thin.

Recently, WCBS in Manhattan featured a story on the educational program our school has put together surrounding the game and device.  DJ Kiva led the class at Dubspot’s home base on 14th Street, and the reaction from the kids was fantastic, as it has been for all the classes we have hosted so far.

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Dubspot on Fox: Good Day NY w/ Shiftee & Reborn

Two of Dubspot’s instructors, DJ Shiftee and DJ Reborn, were featured in the news recently, on the Fox show Good Day NY, a popular Manhattan morning program.  The stories were shot both at Dubspot and in the Good Day studios.  You can check out both videos right here, and if you look closely at Shiftee’s part, you can catch a glimpse of his gold turntables, fresh from his victory at the 2009 DMC World DJ Championships.

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Time Out New York Features Dubspot: ‘Spin Class’

May 13, 2007

“The school-small but sleek, brimming with decks, computers, keyboards and the various high-tech gear needed for music production- already boasts almost 150 pupils. “We take on all kinds of students,” Giove says. “

As with many challenging projects, this one had its genesis with a simple dream. “This all came about simply because I personally wanted to learn how to produce music,” Dan Giove recalls. “I had been deejaying for a long time, and like most DJs, I wanted to learn how to make this music. But I just couldn’t find a place that would teach me that in a way that I would feel comfortable with. Just when I finally realized that there wasn’t really anything out there for me, I stumbled upon this old, empty space.” And, like many dreamers before him, he did the least sensible thing possible: He decided to open his own school. Dubspot, billed as “NYC’s first DJ, VJ and electronic-music production academy,” opened at 348 West 14th Street this past December; on Sunday 20, it’s tossing a big party featuring Masters at Work’s Louie Vega, Turntables on the Hudson’s Nickodemus and Mariano, the Ubiquita crew and Giove himself on the wheels of steel.

Though Dubspot has been open for five months, Giove considers the date to be a coming-out party of sorts. (Officially, the bash is serving as a celebration for Dubspot’s new event-production division, called DS14.) “It’s really marking the fact that we have finally got all of our equipment in,” he explains. “We now have eight student stations, fully loaded with all the equipment and software, and our recording studio is in place as well.”

The school—small but sleek, brimming with decks, computers, keyboards and the various high-tech gear needed for music production—already boasts almost 150 pupils. “We take on all kinds of students,” Giove says. “DailyCandy did a little write-up, and the next day the phone was off the hook, with all these DailyCandy people going ‘Oh yeah, I want to learn how to DJ!’ That showed us that there are so many kinds of people who want to learn about this. We have people from 12 to 50 years old coming to Dubspot right now. Some people are serious, going ‘I want to be the next Tiësto,’ and others are more like, ‘I just want to learn how to mix some songs together for a friend’s party.’ ”

Of course, when a school has students, it also needs teachers. “It was really hard to find good instructors,” Giove says. “Most DJs and producers can’t really articulate what they do. And a lot of them, unfortunately, just don’t want to teach—they want to keep their secrets to themselves. To find a good DJ who can teach is not an easy thing.” He’s managed to succeed, though, building up an impressive facility that includes Neil Armstrong from the 5th Platoon turntablist crew, Kool and the Gang engineer-producer James Bonnefond, Ubiquita’s DJ Reborn, Chris Biggins (the 2007 Club World Award winner for Best Resident VJ) and longtime friend JP Solis, who’s been Giove’s partner in Dubspot from the start.

Giove has plenty of big plans for Dubspot, including an array of big-time guest lecturers, a corporate team-building program (hey, it beats climbing ropes in the woods) and a café on Dubspot’s street-level floor. “We’re also launching a youth program next month,” he says . “It’s a good way to get kids to play with music instead of video games.”

Despite Dubspot’s continuing evolution, Giove hasn’t yet realized one of his primary goals: “All of our curriculum has finally been tweaked and tried and tested. All of our equipment and software is finally up and running. We’re still progressing—and we’ll probably never stop doing so. But I’ve been so busy setting this place up, I still need to learn how to produce music!”

The Dubspot party is at Sullivan Room on Sun 20. For more info on the Dubspot school, go to dubspot.com.

Time Out New York / Issue 607 : May 17–23, 2007
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NY1: 'Manhattan School Teaches Students How To DJ'

Jul 27, 2007

“The school’s special events director says some companies have even used learning to DJ as team building tool. ‘It’s just a really fun exercise that you can kind of step away from what your regular work would be…’ “

Did you ever go to a club and want to switch places with the DJ? Well, there is a school in Manhattan that teaches its students how to keep the dance floor packed. NY1’s Roger Clark took a lesson and filed the following report.

DJ Reborn is trying to teach me how to scratch — that’s using a vinyl record and a turntable as an instrument to accent a song. She is one of the instructors at Dubspot, a school for aspiring club DJs.

“I think everyone has always been curious about it, and we make it really accessible for them,” says Dubspot founder Dan Giove.

Dubspot opened in December, and already has gained popularity, offering DJ and music production classes to people of all ages. Among those learning the tricks of the trade is Ting Ji.

“At the beginning I was very nervous because I didn’t want to touch anything or break anything, but you can actually take it easy and just go crazy,” she says.

The school’s special events director says some companies have even used learning to DJ as team building tool.

“it’s just a really fun exercise that you can kind of step away from what your regular work would be,” says Dubspot Director of Special Events Kim Knox.

While many of the people who come to the school to be a DJ do it for fun, others want to make a career out of it, and it can be lucrative. To do a six hour DJ shift, some of the top DJs get paid thousands of dollars.

But DJ Reborn says she enjoys showing people like me how it’s done, even if it does take a lot of patience.

“Sometimes students start out and they’re really advanced from the beginning and then some need a little bit more work,” says DJ Reborn.

If you too want to learn to spin and scratch, it will cost you between $395 to $1,495, depending on which course you take.

For more information, call 877-DUBSPOT or log on to www.dubspot.com.

And you also get to pick your own DJ name. Mine is DJ Skittle C, cause I like skittles.

– Roger Clark

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Daily Candy NY Features Dubspot: 'Decked Out'

Feb 2, 2007

“New classes start next week, when novice spinderellas and iPod jockeys are groomed alongside suit-and-tie hobbyists and tech geeks, using cutting-edge gear (Pioneer, Technics, Serato) and expert software (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and Logic Pro).”

Those with monophonic and polyphonic tendencies need not scratch their heads about where to develop their talents.

They can learn the art of scratching, mixing, and recording at Dubspot, New York’s first DJ, VJ, and electronic music production academy.

New classes start next week, when novice spinderellas and iPod jockeys are groomed alongside suit-and-tie hobbyists and tech geeks, using cutting-edge gear (Pioneer, Technics, Serato) and expert software (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and Logic Pro).

Get on deck with experienced instructors and turntablists. Classes, limited to six students, ensure plenty of hand holding and teacher’s pets.

Tuition practically guarantees a nightclub gig, which, incidentally, is the final exam (yikes).

Would-be Samantha Ronsons repeat after David Bowie: I am a DJ … I got believers (kiss kiss) believing me.


Dubspot, 348 West 14th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues (1-877-382-7768 or dubspot.com). Open house Saturday, 11am to 1 pm.

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Columbia Spectator: 'Earn Your Spin Doctorate at DJ School'

Feb 27, 2009

Another popular destination for many DJ students is Dubspot (348 W. 14th St. between 8th and 9th avenues). A small space tucked away in the Meatpacking District, it is equipped with the latest gear for electronic-music production, from standard Technics turntables to Pioneer CDJs.

The founders of the school have traversed the DJ scene themselves, both working the turntables and managing massive venues like the famous Crobar. This professionalism and knowledge shows in their teaching approach.

“It’s more than just the technical skills,” co-founder Dan Giove said, “there’s a philosophical aspect that comes with it, too. It’s less about competition and more about sharing music.”

At a beginner’s class I visited, the wide range of students reflected Dubspot’s inclusiveness. An Italian man in a business suit proclaimed his conversion to hip-hop from European house music. A young, professional bass player wanted to learn to DJ so she could spin between her band’s sets at gigs. Young teenagers who had never touched a turntable and older cats looking to brush up on skills lost years ago shared the same classroom.

Just like lessons for any musical instrument, Dubspot’s curriculum includes a combination of technique and musical theory—except instead of hitting keys on a piano, you’re scratching vinyl on a turntable. “Music is a spiritual experience,” instructor DJ Solis told the class, “and DJing is just another way to tap into that. It’s the modern-day guitar.

Columbia Spectator, February 27th, 2009

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DanceTracks: ‘One of a Kind Music Production School’

Jun 26, 2008

It can be a difficult thing to keep your tech skills on par with your creative vision. Without the luxury of a studio engineer to bail you out when the going gets technical, most producers can find themselves at one point or another in a stump.

Dan Giove, founder of music production school Dubspot knows that pain. A DJ himself, Giove sought an institution that could further his passion for electronic music with a comprehensive education in studio production. Left frustrated with the shortcomings of the market, Giove decided to take matters into his own hands and start a school of his own.

“I’ve always wanted to make music,” says Giove, “and I just couldn’t find anywhere to go. I stumbled upon an empty office on 14th Street and thought I would build a studio and learn from just being there. The studio turned into classes and the classes turned into DJing and Production school. Before long, there was really nothing else like it in New York.”

Located in the Meatpacking District on the West Side of Manhattan, Dubspot has a mission of building a community of novices, experts, and everywhere in between who share a common love for music and a desire to further educate themselves in the processes of its production. Giove designs its programs to fit the needs of students with all kinds of musical backgrounds, ranging from experienced disc jockeys to those who have never touched a turntable. Classes offered include DJ tutorials, Electronic Music Production intensives, and weekend workshops that teach students how to get started with Ableton, Reason, Logic and more. In Dubspot’s summer youth programming, kids can also learn to mix and scratch and now, with Dubspot’s corporate team-building event service, you and your coworkers can even play DJ for the day. (Who knows, it may open up some new career paths.)

Despite its popularity with students, Dubspot still manages to provide personalized instruction to each and it’s no secret how. Giove works with his team to establish the ideal blend of hands-on experience and instructional supervision at every level. With its top-caliber facilities and diverse, knowledgeable staff, it has just the tools to do so. Instructors represent musical and educational talent across the board including professional DJs, studio engineers, product specialists, instrumentalists, software experts, and on occasion professional guest speakers, all passionate about the creation of music.

At Dubspot, students are the teachers as well, though. “In the classroom environment, students are constantly interacting,” Giove says, “which means they are always sharing ideas. There are students who come to learn hip-hop and then decide to go a completely different direction because of the guy behind them, who is working on techno.”

In addition to receiving expert coaching, students are given the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art music equipment as used today by the industry’s pros. The school boasts an impressive studio and mastering facility, DJ stations and student workstations, in which the latest of hardware and software is made available to all.

Although the school’s facilities look an imposing sight to beginners, its classes are not. Classes are capped at a maximum of six students to make certain each student receives the personal attention they necessitate.

Sound good? It is – we know because we went to the school to check out one of the classes ourselves. We sat in on the Ableton introductory class where instructor Heinrich Zwalen, a veteran of Live since its early versions, took the class through the software’s basic functionality, through to the more advanced topics, like various ways to go about tackling a remix, and the foundations of any production. The class is structured with 20-30 mins of instruction followed by 10 minutes of hands on, allowing the students to put into practice what they have just learned. The students we spoke with at the end of the two day training class (6pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday evening) all spoke highly of the class and the education they had just received.

Dubspot has surely conquered some undiscovered territories, to say the least, but Giove sees the company as ever growing: “There’s still so much for us to do here in New York. People come to Dubspot from all around the world – it’s an international community for music-lovers. We just want to get more artists and keep building the community we started.”

With the varied assortment of classes, teachers, and students at Dubspot, everyone interested in music is sure to find their fit. Go experience Dubspot for yourself during their open house sessions.

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URB.com Review: 'VA - Funk Aid For Africa'

Jun 25, 2009

The term ‘funk’ has different meanings to different people. It could imply a series of horns over an electronica-inspired soul groove. Or maybe a Spanish guitar accompanying a storming drum beat. Or perhaps it requires a smooth voice crooning above a jazz tune. No matter the interpretation, DJ OBaH made sure any fan of the term has something to enjoy on the first installment of New York City-based production school dubSpot’s compilation series. With 100% of the proceeds going to the construction of a ‘green’ playground for children of a South African organization (called Youth with a Vision) that runs AIDS prevention programs, listeners can spend their hard-earned money on this knowing their contributions are certainly going to a positive cause.

And while feeling good about yourself for donating, you can keep the upbeat emotions running while listening to this release. The mix is designed to get your dance on, as contributors include versatile soundmakers J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science and the NYC Afropunk band Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra. Other notable cuts include The Lions’ brassy ‘Jungle Struttin’ and vocalist Ursula Rucker’s spiritual ‘Electric Santeria (Remix by King Britt).’ Whether it be the uptempo vibes of the music or the good-hearted feeling one gets after performing a charitable deed, purchasing this album and supporting the cause is well worth the money and the effort.

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Time Out NY Features Dubspot: ’4 Stars For Funk Aid!’

All proceeds from this album are going to charitable organizations NextAid and South Africa’s Youth with a Vision, which is reason enough to drop some do-re-mi on the release, perhaps. Then again, the music contained therein should be plenty. Compiled by DJ OBaH, the mix is a stone-cold funkfest, taking in Latin and African rhythms, soulful house, disco and dub, all mixed in a creatively nonlinear fashion. (In other words, the tempo jumps around a lot.) Highlights—of which there are many—include the slow-burning “Together” from J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science and OBaH’s own pumped-up remix of the Pimps of Joytime’s “San Francisco Bound.” – Bruce Tantum, TONY

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Music Alive Magazine Features Dubspot: 'ABCs for DJs'

Jan 1, 2009

Special Feature

ABCs For DJs

New York’s Dubspot School Helps Aspiring DJs Find Their Groove.

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Clubplanet.com Features Dubspot: 'From Desk Job to DJ'

Apr 22, 2007

Steps away from Union Square and the Meatpacking District, the new Dubspot school is bringing bedroom DJs, aspiring producers and everyday music lovers closer to their dreams.  And now, for one Filipino girl from Honolulu, Hawaii, that fantasy is about to burst into reality…

Have you ever:

- Stood in the back of a club in the wee hours, watching the crowd sway back and forth to a muffled bassline and wondered, “Who the f— booked this guy?”

- Or walked down the street listening to the hum of the city and thought, “I could make this a track.”

- Or witnessed the trainwreck of lopsided beats, metal snares tumbling over tripped high hats and handclaps and said to yourself, “Damn. Maybe I should be a DJ.”

Maybe?

Steps away from Union Square and the Meatpacking District, the new Dubspot school is bringing bedroom DJs, aspiring producers and everyday music lovers closer to their dreams.  And now, for one Filipino girl from Honolulu, Hawaii, that fantasy is about to burst into reality…

I’m not a DJ.  I’ve never produced a song.  Occasionally, I’ve snuck behind my friends’ turntables and feigned the wicka-wicka-wicka motion when they’re too stoned to stand up and stop me.   But actually touch said tables?  Oh hell no.  To me, DJing is an art.  A holy life force bestowed only upon the blessed, the talented and the trust-funded. But after speaking with the folks at DubSpot, maybe I’ve been selling myself short all this time.

Dubspot grew out of founder Dan Giove’s and crobar’s JP Solis’ long-held wish to open a music production studio.  From there, a curriculum and idea was born.  “I’ve always been intrigued about getting into the industry,” Dan says. “And we saw a great opportunity in music education.”

Unlike other music academies, Dubspot is equal parts DJ and production school.  “Here, the lines are blurred,” Dan explains. “All DJs that have ever wanted to produce, and all producers who have ever wanted sharpen their skills are welcome.”  With top-notch instructors plucked right out of the music industry, the Academy teaches everything from DJing using digi-files with vinyl, using a mixer, scratching, to mastering state-of-the-art programs and equipment like Logic, Reason, Ableton and Protools.

But now Dan and JP have another challenge ahead of them: teaching this editor how to man the tables like a pro.  Starting this Saturday, I’ll be crashing JP’s 4-week beginner DJ course to see if I got the chops to stand behind the decks.  No mock wicka-wickaing this time.

I’ll be cataloguing my harrowing experience here—every beat mismatched, every scratch scratched, every tear cried—and at the final week, I will be knighted as an official DJ for all the world to see.

Contest Details

What’s in it for you?  Not only will you have front-row passes to my earth-shattering experience, you will have a chance to win a chance at your own DJ or music producer dreams.

All you have to do is come up with a the perfect DJ name for me and email it to namethatDJ@clubplanet.com.  The winner will receive:
(a) a 4-week beginner DJ course ($400 value), or
(b) a 4-week course in Logic, Ableton, MPC, Reason or Protools ($400 value)
(c) the honor of naming the f—ing hottest DJ ever to have walked the earth (me).

Alright, folks.  Get those wheels turning.  A chance like this only comes once in a lifetime.  Unless, of course, you’re hording a world-renowned DJ and/or producer in your basement.

And here are some key clues for those who want to jumpstart the contest:

- I love all things house, except the”progressive” variety.
- I love electro music, but hate Converse shoes.
- I LOVE cheese.
- Give me a good system or give me death.
- I’m quite short, and have been told I resemble a Thai prostitute. (But I’m Filipino).

Stay tuned for more character clues next week.

But for those you can’t wait to jump on board with Dubspot, spring classes are starting to kick off.  Check out www.dubspot.com for more info, and register to receive emails about free lectures, new classes, instructors and company news.

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Synthtopia.com: 'NY's 1st DJ, VJ & Electronic Music Production School'

Mar 15, 2007

Dubspot located in NYC’s Meatpacking District. offers a wide range of electronic music courses in a brand new facility, outfitted with cutting-edge equipment and software.

Sessions are limited to a maximum of six students. Each student’s workstation is outfitted with the latest technological gear and software including: Serato Scratch Live, a 17-inch Intel iMac, two Technics 1210 turntables, a Digidesign Mbox audio interface, Logic Pro, Reason, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and more. All course fees include supervised lab time, where students can come in to practice production techniques or hone their DJing skills.

The students at Dubspot range from a 10 year-old budding music prodigy to Lisa – the 30-something office professional seeking to fulfill a lifelong desire. In addition, the school has enrolled Sebastian, a bedroom DJ who wants to take the next step into music production, Nick – the NJ high school student looking for an after-school activity with friends, and Aranka, a professional artist looking to make VJ’ing her next medium.

The inspiration for DubSpot came to Founder Dan Giove after attending a music production seminar taught by Thievery Corporation at the Remix Hotel during Winter Music Conference in Miami. Back in New York at DJ Francois K’s Deep Space dub night at Cielo, he and long-time friend and Co-founder, JP Solis talked about learning to produce their own music.

Giove decided to open a place that encompassed all genres of electronic music to help revitalize NYC nightlife and DJ culture. Together with a team of music industry professionals, they launched DubSpot in December 2006 and subsequently the DS14 collective. DS14 is an ever-expanding group of like-minded instructors, DJ’s, producers, musicians, promoters, nightclubs owners, record label professionals, equipment manufacturers, and music enthusiasts, who collaborated to build this centrally located facility (Dubspot) for everything music related.

DJ Courses & Workshops – Students are taught DJ fundamentals in a fun, easy to understand, step-by-step approach, using CDJs, turntables and Serato Scratch Live. This vinyl emulation software enables the DJ to use two vinyl records to mix and scratch digital files from his or her iTunes library. Advanced students will perform live at a New York nightclub for their final exam.

Electronic Music Production (EMP) – Whether you’re looking to learn a specific program like Logic or Ableton, seeking a weekend workshop in remixing a track, or want a six-month comprehensive production program in which you create your own music, Dubspot’s EMP director will customize a curriculum to fit your needs.

Visual & Video Production – For new and/or experienced VJs, as well as DJ’s seeking to incorporate visual elements into their sets. Classes are also offered on video mixers, VJ software, DVD authoring, and video post-production.

Current instructors include Dustin Cook (SAE Institute of Technology, System Recordings), JP Solis (Crobar, Satellite Records), Neil Armstrong (5th Platoon), DJ Daddy Dog (5th Platoon), and Chris Biggins (Crobar).

Dubspot also offers unique team-building events for businesses where employees can come in and collaborate to produce a song or learn to DJ. Additionally, their full-fledged recording studio is available for rental use.

A special ‘Intro to DJing’ weekend workshop is being offered for $99 for a limited time.

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Filter 27: 'NYC's 1st DJ, VJ & Electronic Music Production School'

Jan 23, 2007

Dubspot is the first DJ, VJ and electronic music production school to open in New York City. Launched in December 2006 and located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, the school offers a wide range of courses in a brand new facility, outfitted with cutting-edge equipment and software.

With weekly courses ranging from mixing, scratching, and electronic music production, to even video and visual training, Dubspot students can practice production techniques or hone their DJing skills. Each individual workstation is outfitted with Serato Scratch Live, a 17-inch Intel iMac, two Technics 1210 turntables, a Digidesign Mbox audio interface, Logic Pro, Reason, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and more.

All sessions limited to a maximum of six students. Advanced DJ course students will perform live at a New York nightclub for their final exam.

Hailing from a diverse set of musical backgrounds, Dubspot’s current instructors include Dustin Cook of SAE Institute of Technology and System Recordings, JP Solis of Crobar and Satellite Records, Neil Armstrong and DJ Daddy Dog (5th Platoon), and Crobar’s Chris Biggins.

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