Dubspot Instructors

Our instructors are more than talented musicians, more than human software manuals and more than insightful critics; they are mentors, genuinely interested in seeing students develop and grow as artists. Their collective experience spans many fields, continents and years. They are the heart of your Dubspot experience.

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DJ Shiftee

DJ Instructor & Native Instruments Specialist

DJ Shiftee is a tuntablist, party rocker, Harvard math grad, and one of the premiere battle DJs in the world. He is the 2007 and 2009 DMC Supremacy World Champion, the only US champ ever, the 2008 IDA/ITF World Vice Champion, and the self-proclaimed

greatest sandwich maker of all time. Using two turntables and a mixer as his instruments, Shiftee actively performs turntablist showcases, experimental group projects, and party sets around the globe. Known as an established force on the international DJ scene, Shiftee has translated his intuitive math geek mentality into far-reaching success on the turntables.

http://djshiftee.com
http://myspace.com/djshiftee
http://facebook.com/djshiftee
http://twitter.com/djshiftee
http://soundcloud.com/shifteemusic

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Steve Nalepa

Ableton Live Instructor - Los Angeles

Steve Nalepa is an esteemed music technologist and audiovisual producer, known for his vast and eclectic array of artistic collaborators. He is a key node in the electronic music scene, cultivated through years of creating music, producing events and

mentoring many of today’s top artists in Ableton Live. Nalepa helped design the Ableton Live curriculum for Dubspot, the premier, cutting-edge Music Production and DJ School for experienced and aspiring artists in New York and Online. Adept in ProTools, Logic and Reason as well, he’s been teaching Ableton Live for over eight years, to newcomers and experts alike. He has consulted and set up tour performance documents for a plethora of established artists including Drake, The Weeknd, Photek, The Liars and Flying Lotus. Working at M-Audio and Ableton, Nalepa provided VIP support and software training for a multitude of high-profile artists. He is the Ableton Live telephone lifeline for a number of notable tech gurus.

www.soundcloud.com/nalepa
www.myspace.com/nalepa
www.stevenalepa.com

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Daniel Wyatt

Mixing and Mastering Instructor

Daniel Wyatt is a multi-platinum, Grammy and Emmy-nominated producer/engineer, who began his career as an artist on the Warner Brothers label and has lectured extensively in Amsterdam and Tokyo. He has worked with Wax Poetic featuring

Norah Jones, Curtis Mayfield, Thievery Corp., the Roots, Ultra Records, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Mos Def, Ziggy Marley, Elephant Man, Killah Priest, and many others. He produced the theme music for “Yo! MTV Raps,” which ran internationally for over a decade, as well as for the Emmy-nominated Sundance Film “Word Wars.”

Daniel currently lives in New York, where he maintains an active freelance career and teaching schedule.

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John Selway

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Born to music teachers and trained from youth as a multi-instrumentalist, John Selway has been in the mix from the get-go. Taking up electronic dance music from his home base in NYC in the early ’90s, John has faithfully represented his town at every turn.

As an artist, a record slinger, a label owner and more, he is a musical force to be reckoned with and a bona fide pillar of the scene. Without going too deep into the litany of names we could check, trust us when we say the man’s resume is unparalleled. Selway has blazed many paths, collaborated with a variety of talents, played nearly everywhere, mastered numerous styles and broken a few boundaries, risen to techno stardom and never forgotten his roots. So many a DJ and producer who are respected worldwide will admit to being mentored at one point in their career by this true innovator.

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Codes

DJ Instructor

Get to know NY based DJ/Producer, Codes. His ingenious sample manipulation and a decade of experience on the decks has lead to popularity among dance music vets and newcomers alike. Laced with big kick drums and a tight low end, Codes’ sound has

developed into a Brooklyn Bounce style all his own. Whether it be the remix he did with A-Trak for disco legend Cerrone’s ”Misunderstanding“ or his own Cristal classic ”Guzzlin’ Champagne,“ or his bangin rework of Breach’s “Jack,” Codes keeps the funk in dance music.

Captivating audiences across the world with his dance floor control, Codes has played at massive events like HARD Summer, Valtifest in Amsterdam, NY’s Camp Bisco, and LV’s Life Is Beautiful, as well as legendary venues such as Pacha New York, Avalon Hollywood, Webster Hall, Brooklyn’s Output and The Wiltern LA. He has toured Down Under with Slow Roast label bossman, Craze, to give Australia a taste of what’s cooking’ in Codes’ kitchen as well.

One of the busiest producers in the studio, Codes pumped out a slew of free Brooklyn Bounce tracks for download this summer and a Salsoul Remix EP that is out now on Ultra Records. You can look forward to a new EP 2014 on Slow Roast.

http://www.djcodes.com
https://soundcloud.com/codeshouse

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Matt Shadetek

Logic Instructor & Course Designer

Matt Shadetek has been making beats for 10 years, making a name for himself as half of Team Shadetek, and releasing records on the seminal British electronic labels Warp Records, Tigerbeat6, Jahmek The World, and Sound-Ink.

Focusing on dancehall reggae, grime, dubstep, hip-hop and the cracks in between, his underground hit “Brooklyn Anthem” spawned a YouTube dance craze among Brooklyn’s teen dancehall dancers who call it the “Craziest Riddim.” He is currently working with the Dutty Artz family, which he co-founded with DJ Rupture.

mattshadetek.com
www.duttyartz.com/mattshadetek
twitter.com/mattshadetek
soundcloud.com/mattshadetek

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Abe Duque

DJ and Electronic Music Production Instructor

With a career that started in the early days of house and Techno at New York’s notorious Limelight, Abe Duque has been at the head of the acid-house and underground-techno table since his earliest releases way back in 1992.

His first tracks were influenced by the madness of the Limelight’s club-kid audience, later publicised by films and books like Party Monster and Clubland Confidential. From muscular and melodic techno to cocktail jazz and ambient interludes, his early tracks on his own labels Tension and Hollis Haus, his releases under pseudonyms like Kirilan, Super Secret Symphony and his releases on others’ labels like Disko B, Rapture!, Morbid, and Tresor captured a particular period of clubbing history bought to a sudden halt when the Limelight was shut down.

Duque by then had a thriving European and worldwide touring schedule, and musicially he still had roots in the underground. Abandoning the glossy, high-fashion style of Tension and Abuse Industries, Duque’s next sets of releases were on anonymous, vinyl only stamped with catalogue numbers like “ADR40″ [Abe Duque Records 40] and etched on one side at the pressing plant with strange, hand-drawn messages from the man himself.

In some ways Duque was turning his back on the New York style, and on his previous successes. As he describes it, “I wanted to prove that my music spoke for itself”. It did. Despite the secrecy about who had actually written the ADR releases, this second part of Duque’s career was a run of increasingly massive 12″ hits like Champagne Days, Cocaine Nights; Acid, Disco Nights, and in 2004 his monster smash with Blake Baxter, “What Happened?”, the track that launched Duque and Baxter out of the underground and into the spotlight. That track’s call for a turn away from safe, unchallenging clubbing sold 25,000 copies on vinyl alone and in 2009, it was the focus of a rare remix competition on ResidentAdvisor – despite Duque and Baxter’s refusal to market the track by signing it to any the 100s of compilations on offer.

Having been dragged out of the underground, Duque found himself feted by the mainstream, delivering hugely successful remixes of acts like the Chemical Brothers, Moby and Pet Shop Boys while continuing to work right across the techno world. There, his brutally funky basslines and acid influence were – and still are – hugely in demand for remixes of acts such as Miss Kittin, Remute, Chloe, Savas Pascalidis, Knart IV and Daniel Meteo – as well as DJ Hell, with Duque becoming a regular on Hell’s Gigolos label. The two had met moving in the same German and NY electronic circles since the Abuse Industries days, and so Duque was asked to produce Hell’s infamous album NY Muscle in 2003 and in 2006 to helm the well-recieved “American Gigolos II” compilation.

The highlight of this period, though, was Duque’s first album under his own name, “So Underground It Hurts”. The title was yet another example of Duque’s ambivalence about succcess and its trappings, but the album was undeniably a techno event. Reviewed in the fashion press as influenced by Gigolos’ German electroclash style, but the album was understood by the music press as something quite separate and self-contained.

Duque was again striking out along his own path. Part wild acid, part dark house and all leavened with Duque’s dry, quiet stoner humour, the album also provided a launchpad for Duque’s return to wild live performances – a whiskey bottle in one hand and a 303, drum machine, two PCs and a microphone operated by the other.

It was the start of Duque’s second, endless round of watching the world through the windows of a hotel and moving restlessly between his flat in Berlin and his spiritual home in Queens. Several years on the road with his stable of vocalists – Blake Baxter, Tijiana T, Acid Maria, Virginia, and occasional appearances by Abuse collaborator Andy Orel as “Sin” meant that Abe released only intermittently on his own label, Abe Duque Records. There, new tracks like the darkly funny It Moved Me, Whose Got the Flave, and a singles collection on CD When the Fever Breaks added to Duque’s reputation as the producer’s producer.

Eventually, though, Duque had had enough of continual touring. In 2011 Abe was invited to join the staff at Dubspot, an invitation that would make great sense to him. He had always had a passion for teaching and here was an oportunity to share all he had learned.

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DJ Rap

DJ Instructor

Charissa Saverio, a.k.a. DJ RAP, is an undisputed queen of the turntables who has been voted the number one female DJ in the world. She’s been an ambassador for electronic music and DJ culture around the world and she has collaborated with artists

such as BT, Eric Morrillo, Hans Zimmer, Hybid, and DJ Tydi. DJ Rap is also a classically trained pianist and song writer who runs two record labels (Propa and Impropa) and has produced numerous chart-topping releases. She has also produced music for video games, commercials, and numerous other films. DJ Rap is multi-talented, accomplished, ambitious, and driven by her passion to create and her love for music. We are very excited to have her as part of our Dubspot Los Angeles team.

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DJ Reborn

DJ Instructor

DJ Reborn has been moving crowds for well over a decade with her mellifluous blend of funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae, house, latin, afro-beat, rock, 80’s, and electro sounds. Originally based out of New York, DJ Reborn has built an amazing career spinning

everywhere from concert venues to clubs and museums including the Whitney, the Cooper-Hewitt Design museum and the Brooklyn museum.

She’s also spun exclusive events for musical artists Metallica, Maxwell and Lauryn Hill as well as celebrated visual artists Kara Walker and Wangheci Mutu. She has proudly provided customized soundscapes for Eve Ensler’s V-day project as well as staged readings for Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History.

Reborn was the international tour DJ for Russell Simmons’ Tony award winning Def Poetry Jam as well as musical director and DJ for renowned actor and playwright Will Power’s off Broadway hit show Flow.

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Richie Beretta

Mixing and Mastering Instructor

It’s hard to imagine Richie Beretta being born anywhere other than Queens, NY. Considered the most ethnically diverse city in the world, Berretta grew up in a place where cultures and music were mashed together while simultaneously celebrated.

In this way, he saw first-hand how music connects people in ways few other things can.

Starting off in punk bands, inspired by reggae and hip-hop, Beretta went on to become a versatile and respected multi-instrumentalist, writer, producer, and teacher at NYC’s DubSpot. This led to his role as Chief Creative Officer of Feel Up Records. At Feel Up, he and his production partner, Jillionaire, have built a cross-genre label focused on spreading new music from around the globe.

Beretta’s homebase, Sevensound Recording Company is an innovative production house, geared towards truly cultivating independent artists such as New York City diva Cherie Lily, hip-hop artist Cazwell, and female rapper Kid Sister to name a few. Despite its underground spirit, Sevensound is highly sought after by Major labels such as Warner Music Group, Atlantic, Universal, and Universal-Japan.

Whether he’s producing Billboard chart-topping remixes for Beyonce, writing songs for Soca icon Fay-Ann Lyons, or mentoring tomorrow’s icons, Beretta has never lost sight of what made him fall in love with music growing up in Queens. Music exists to unite people across the seemingly impassable gaps of language, geography, and custom.

http://richieberetta.com/
https://soundcloud.com/richieberetta

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Adriano Clemente

Ableton Live and Sound Design Instructor

Adriano was born in Italy in 1982. After years of studying classical piano, he discovered how to express his creative power with computer music.

In the following years, he graduated with degrees in composition and computer arrangement from Saint Louis College of Music, and a degree in psychology from La Sapienza University of Rome. In 2008, Adriano won a scholarship from the European Institute of Design (IED), where he worked as an assistant to the Sound Design course coordinator.

Adriano’s expertise includes music production, work with movies and TV shows, Web content, radio and live performance/DJing. He is based in New York City, where he is working on the Kin Hackt project which premiered at RMMF 2011 in Dumbo, Brooklyn and was featured by Rolling Stone magazine.

In October 2011, he created an installation using ten Novation Launchpads which was presented at Ableton’s New York office during the 131st Audio Engineering Society trade show. Adriano has taught as a guest lecturer for Stony Brook University, Columbia and SVA.

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James Bernard

Sound Design Instructor

Dubspot instructor and sound designer James Bernard has been producing electronic music since 1993 under many different monikers. His earliest releases were on the legendary UK record label, Rising High Records, alongside artists like Luke Vibert,

Mixmaster Morris, The Black Dog, Union Jack, and Hardfloor. Some of his releases as Influx such as Braineater (on Sapho Records) are considered classics in the early hard trance and acid scenes, but still sound fresh today. His ambient album, James Bernard – Atmospherics (originally released in 1993) is considered by some as one of the most ground breaking albums of its time.
In recent years, James Bernard has become known as a guru of sound design and synthesis, worked as a product specialist for Propellerhead’s Reason software, and performed for Korg at NAMM 2014.

‘The Tempest’ Innovative Analog Drum Machine / Synth from Dave Smith + Roger Linn

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Thavius Beck

Ableton Live Instructor - Los Angeles

Thavius is an electronic musician/producer/programmer as well as an Ableton Certified Trainer who has worked with artists ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Saul Williams to singer/songwriter Skylar Grey. He is currently signed to LA-based label Plug Research,

who released his most recent solo album, The Most Beautiful Ugly. In addition to creating and performing his own music, he has held electronic music workshops in multiple countries, regularly gives one-on-one tutorials to private students and artists on Ableton Live, and has worked closely with companies such as Novation and Keith McMillen Instruments doing product demonstrations, dealer trainings, beta testing, and showcasing the gear that he is most passionate about. Thavius developed half the video content for our new Ableton Live 9 online course (designed by Chris Petti)

‘Did you Know?’ Pt 1 – Ableton Live Tips w/ Dubspot’s Thavius Beck 

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DJ Kiva

Ableton-Certified Dubspot Instructor

Brooklyn based artist/producer DJ Kiva is the founder of Adios Babylon Studios and record label. Producing for over 15 years, he has released numerous full-length albums and remixed for many soul, broken beat, reggae and dance music artists.

DJ Kiva has performed at countless sound system events from Brooklyn to Berlin, ranging from grimy warehouse parties, to swanky uptown New York City hotels, to blasting thousands with his street-based sound system at New York’s annual West Indian Day Parade.  Kiva is always exposing ears to upfront and underground sounds of stuttastep, broken beat, future soul, dub, and more. His sound combines the best of soulful live performances blended with futuristic electronic music production techniques.

Kiva’s productions have been released on such labels as Adios Babylon, Bagpak Music, King Tubby Heritage, Tommy Boy, Kindred Spirits (Holland), Goya Music (UK), and Sunshine Enterprises (Austria), and he has appeared as a guest speaker and performer on Public Enemy founder Hank Shocklee’s Producer Panel at Remix magazine’s “Remix Hotel NYC” event.

A veteran live musician with over 20 years experience, he is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, drums, keys, trumpet and percussion. As the live guitarist for hip-hop projects “Shape of Broad Minds” and “Willie Isz” featuring Jneiro Jarel and Khujo Goodie of Goodie Mob, he tours and performs at clubs and festivals worldwide.

http://www.adiosbabylon.com
http://www.myspace.com/adiosbabylon

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Ariel Borujow

Mixing and Mastering Instructor

Ariel Borujow is a multiple Grammy nominated, platinum mix engineer who began his career working at Sean “Puffy” Combs famed Daddy’s House Recording Studio in the late 90′s. Currently he is one of the most sought out mix engineers in NYC and has

worked with everyone from Just Blaze, DJ Chuckie, Kanye West, T.I., Frequency, The Chainsmokers, Black Eyed Peas and many others.

In 2011 he started a label with attorney/manager Joshua Kamen called ImprintOne80 (www.imprint180.com). Their focus is to bring back artist development that is missing in today’s musical climate. Furthermore, ImprintOne80 is committed to working closely with artists in achieving their goals without compromising quality.

Ariel enjoys speaking publicly about his career and has joined panels for The Recording Academy, SXSW, Dynamic Producer, IStandard Producers, and did a 5 city Mixing Masterclass tour in Europe.. When he is not busy working on his label or speaking about his work, he is likely in the studio.

http://www.arielborujow.com/
https://twitter.com/arielborujow
http://imprint180.com/

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DJ Precision

DJ Instructor

DJ Precision is one of the most respected and talented turntablists in the world. He is the youngest member of the internationally acclaimed X-ecutioners and an original founding member of Ill Insanity and the Lo-Livez crew. Precision is a four-time national

champion, including the 2007 DMC USA “6min Showcase title.” Has toured the globe opening for acts such as Ludacris, the Roots, and the Black Eyed Peas. Learn the precise precision of DJing from the precision preciseness of DJ Precision.

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Mark de Clive-Lowe

Music Foundations Instructor

Mark de Clive-Lowe is a Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, DJ, and performer. Originally from New Zealand, MdCL is an incredible performer, known for utilizing drum machines, keyboards, and effects for a truly live experience.

Mark has lent his unique sound and production techniques to artists ranging from Lauryn Hill to Leon Ware. He has collaborated with musicians including Sheila E and Pino Palladino, and released music on labels such as Louie Vega‘s Masters At Work Records and prestigious jazz imprints such as Verve and Impulse.

Dubspot Music Foundations Course Preview + Tutorial: Chord Progressions +

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DJ OBaH

DJ Instructor

OBaH turned a family legacy into a profession, becoming a rising industry music producer and highly sought after NYC DJ. OBaH stands for Oldskool Beats and Harmonies for a very good reason: he’s the son of veteran NYC DJ/Record Dealer,

Baba Chico, Growing up, OBaH had the world’s best funk, jazz & soul records at his fingertips. Armed with his father’s epic library of music, OBaH quickly made his mark on the NYC club scene, becoming the resident DJ at several nightclubs in his native Brooklyn.

Quickly gaining respect and a solid fan base, his first big break came courtesy of world-renowned DJ, Rich Medina, who invited OBaH to spin at his weekly party at the legendary APT club in the Meatpacking district of NYC. Since then, OBaH has spun in well over 75 venues in NYC, across the U.S. and abroad, and has DJ’d private parties for Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Donna Karan and many other A-list celebrities. His talents have also been commissioned by brands including Louis Vuitton, Vogue magazine, DKNY Jeans, Yahoo, Getty Images, as well as live performances by hip hop legends KRS-ONE, and Brand Nubian, among a deep list of international bands and DJ’s. In 2010 and 2011 OBaH was invited to represent NY as the official DJ for the “New York Stage” of Czech Republic’s largest music festival “Colours of Ostrava”, where he provided opening, closing and after party sets for a host of International artists.

While OBaH continues to spin on a weekly basis in NYC, he is also fast at work producing remixes as well as original compositions for television and film. Several of his tracks have been featured on networks including MTV, Bravo, HBO, NBC and A&E. NYC based production company Interloc Films has enlisted OBaH to work as music supervisor for their first film, Wilde’Beast. His remix for ESL recording artist Ocote Soul Sounds landed him a full page feature article in DJ Times magazine (3/10). He has also recorded an exclusive mix for Time Out NY’s “homespun sessions” showcase which highlights premier DJ’s from across the globe. In 2008, Dubspot records released “Funk Aid for Africa” which was compiled, mixed and executive produced by OBaH. The compilation was highly acclaimed and was a charitable success helping to raise money for NextAid. OBaH participated in a national coast to coast tour supporting that release, and is working on a follow up compilation scheduled for release in the summer of 2012. OBaH is also hard at work on his debut EP which is also set for a summer 2012 release.

OBaH can also be heard on the Giant Step jukebox radio, as host of his own show, Recycled Funk. And when he isn’t rocking the party himself, he’s teaching aspiring DJ’s the craft as a staff instuctor at Dubspot, NYC’s preeminent electronic music production and DJ school. He takes his “formative education” with him wherever he goes (thanks, Dad).

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ENDO

DJ Instructor & Native Instruments Specialist

With over a decade of experience behind the decks, ENDO has become one of the most known and loved DJs in the global DJ circuit. His mixes are listened to by electronic music enthusiasts all over the globe.

ENDO has grown from a die hard vinyl DJ to a worldwide ambassador of future DJ technology. His sets range from groovy tech house, to peak hour techno, to funky nu skool breaks.

Beyond touring internationally rocking clubs, raves and festivals, ENDO is a DJ Product Specialist for Native Instruments. He has trained DJ gurus such as Grandmaster Flash, Pete Tong, DJ Skribble, DJ Craze, Dubfire, Victor Calderone, Nic Fanciulli, Oliver Huntemann, DJ Dan, Donald Glaude, David Morales, Junior Vasquez, Dubfire, Steve Lawler, Carl Cox, JoJo Flores, Sharam, Klever, and Nic Fanciulli among others in Traktor Scratch Pro. ENDO is currently a Traktor instructor at Dubspot in Manhatten as well as the tour manager for Dubfire and Nic Fanciulli.

Classically trained at Berklee College of Music, ENDO is a teacher of harmonic DJ mixing, and a serious proponent of the Mixed In Key music software. No matter where ENDO is in the world, you can always catch him playing live via the internet on wmbr.org or on Boston’s 88.1 WMBR FM. Together with DJ DC, ENDO hosts a weekly late night radio show “Algorhythms” where they explore the future of electronic dance music and experiment with different DJ technologies and mixing methods.

http://www.soundcloud.com/dj-endo
http://www.myspace.com/djendo
http://www.facebook.com/DJEndoMusic
http://www.twitter.com/DJEndoLive
http://thedjlist.com/djs/ENDO/

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Max Wild

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Saxophone innovator and producer Max Wild has been a forerunner on the Afro-jazz scene in New York since commanding international attention with his ObliqSound release Tamba, which features Zimbabwean vocalists Chiwoniso and the late

Sam Mtukudzi, as well as Wild’s all-star band from New York. Raised in Zimbabwe by German parents, and later moving to Berlin, London, and then New York, Wild was exposed to a broad spectrum of music from an early age. With credentials that range from performing with Grammy-nominated jazz tenorist Mark Turner to recording with Afropop icon Oliver Mtukudzi, Wild started producing music as well as incorporating electronic elements into his live performances using Ableton Live. He has performed at major jazz and world music venues and festivals around the world such as Nuits d’Afrique Montreal, Celebrate Brooklyn New York, Harare International Festival of the Arts Zimbabwe, Maalmakula Festival Estonia, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club London UK, House on Fire Swaziland, and Music Meeting Holland.

Wild is an accomplished educator and teaches music theory and ear-training at Manhattan School of Music Precollege as well as giving music workshops around the world. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from London’s Guildhall School of Music and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. In April 2012 he was recruited by Dubspot to teach Music Foundations.

VISIT MAX WILD ON THE WEB:
Website: maxwild.net
Facebook: facebook.com/maxwildband
Twitter: twitter.com/maxwildmusic
YouTube: youtube.com/maxwildmusic

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Chris Annibell

Logic and Music Foundations Instructor

Chris Annibell, has been a fixture on the soul, house and world dance scenes in NYC for well over a decade. An early contributor to Turntables on the Hudson, Annibell is the founder and resident DJ of Afrokinetic and Carmina Soul, and has shared the stage with

the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Daz-I-Cue (bugz in the attic), Dego, King Britt, Osunlade, Christian Prommer, Thievery Corporation, Nickodemus, Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Mark Farina, Soul Live, Terry Hunter, Tony Touch and Tortured Soul; among many others.

As one half of the production duo “Nickodemus & Osiris,” Annibell has released a body of work including single releases on the Giant Step imprint, contributed tracks to commercially released mix compilations and keeps busy remixing and re-editing tracks for a wide variety of artists.

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http://www.soundcloud.com/chrisannibell

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Shareef Islam aka Azteknique

Electronic Music Production and Sound Design Instructor

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shareef (Azteknique) Islam, started out as a dancer/choreographer. In the late 80’s early 90’s when hip hop/ and dance music was at its best. He went on to perform and work with artists such as Paula Abdul,

Jody Wately, Heavy D, Sybil, Color Me Badd, Kid N Play just to name a few. After an injury he suffered on a video set, Shareef began working on his skills as a producer/ engineer. As his skills grew he started out with local talent which would prepare him for the more professional artists he would encounter later on in his career. He has worked with established artists like AZ, Gedak, SuperStar of the ICONZ, the Bush Babees, Q-Tip and De La Soul. As well as boxing champion  Zab “ Super”  Judah, Lin Que (ISIS of X-Clan), Mos Def, Onyx and Jay – Z. Shareef has remixed songs for D’Angelo, TLC, Brandy, Lil Sammy, Missy Elliot, Onyx and Raphael Saadiq. He was also one of the engineers on the Flip Mode Squad’s album and Busta Rhymes album. In addition, Shareef has composed and placed music for numerous reality tv shows ( Clean House, Kimora Lee Simmons, VH1 Best Week , documentaries, Mickey Rourke Story A&E, The VH1 Bobby Brown Story, and most recently Sony/Fox’s Brothers which he was the composer for the show starring Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan, C C H Pounder, Carl ( Apollo Creed ) Weathers and Darryl “Chill” Mitchell. Along with drum programming and audio engineering( Mixing, Recording Editing ) he plays the keyboards and bass guitar.

Now with his own production company Azteknique Productions LLC. And label HipSoul Entertainment Inc. Shareef plans on bringing a new sound and vybe to the entertainment game. HipSoul is the sound!!

The sound is being introduced to the world by artist signed to the label Common Thred, HumUni, PS..Dot. and Rahimah As well as some of the newer projects he has coming out on Film/TV, video games and other artists.

azteknique@gmail.com

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Adam Partridge aka Atropolis

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Also known as Atropolis, his electronically global infused alter-ego, infuses his degree and knowledge in music composition, technology and ethnomusicology throughout his own productions and DJ sets.

Currently signed with Dutty Artz, a Brooklyn bred indie-label, started by Matt Shadetek and Jace Clayton aka DJ / Rupturel, Adam strives to push the envelope of cultural boundaries and music. His roots also tap the Brooklyn underground warehouse scene, which Atropolis and his crew Cumba Mela have been apart of since 2009. As a DJ, Atropolis has toured Colombia and parts of the US. As a producer he has worked with various international labels, such as Kompakt, Palenque, and Soundway Records.

soundcloud.com/atropolis
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Ricardo Gutierrez

Mixing and Mastering Instructor

Since his start at The Hit Factory, NYC, Ricardo has been a student of the old-school New York studio world that meant knowing how to align a tape machine and cut vinyl masters, but he has also fully embraced the evolving world of audio technology.

And he’s happy to have the opportunity to pass his knowledge along as a Dubspot instructor. Over a decade into his career Ricardo has been priveladged to work with artists from many genres, including Justin Timberlake, Just Blaze, Cedric Gervais and Atmosphere. Ricardo Gutierrez has been hooked on music since the age of five. That particular Brooklyn summer commanded every speaker to blast Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” on repeat and the eerie melody was stuck in his ears. Twenty years later he found himself learning how to master music from the very man who mastered “Planet Rock” in the first place.

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DJ Excess

DJ and Electronic Music Production Instructor

A pioneer in the world of scratch music and one fourth of the world-renowned Ned Hoddings which includes Toadstyle, Ricci Rucker and Mike Boogie; Excess refuses to adhere to musical boundaries, and is constantly searching for new and

innovative ways to blur the lines between genres. Excess has traveled all across the globe with shows in North America, Japan, Asia and Europe.

His efforts in melding standard music production with his turntable skills have solidified his place as one of the great DJ’s around. DJ Excess has performed and worked with artists and DJ’s such as: KRS-One, John Legend, Wu-Tang Clan, Jeru the Damaja, The Pharcyde, The Jungle Brothers, Vernon Reid (Living Color), Malcolm Mclaren (Sex Pistols), Public Enemy, DJ Grandwizard Theodore (Inventor of The Scratch), DJ AM, DJ Jazzy Jeff (Touch Of Jazz), DJ Honda, DJ Clue, DJ Mad Linx (Rap City, BET), DJ Q-Bert (Invisibl Skratch Piklz) The X-Ecutioners, The Beat Junkies, Dilated Peoples, DJ A-Trak (Fools Gold), DJ Craze and celebrity personalities such as: Carmen Electra, Claire Danes, and Sinbad.

Never content to simply be a run-of-the-mill Excess always works to take his skills to the next level. Looking for a way to realize his full potential as a DJ, he began his competition career in 1998 entering the International Turntablist Federation (I.T.F.) Western Hemisphere Scratching Championships. Though it was his first competition, he made a mark showing that he would soon be a force within the competition circuit. Once again in 1999 he would compete in the I.T.F. East Coast Advancement Class Championships which he would win, yet it wasn’t till 2000 that his break through would occur winning both the U.S. Advancement Class and Western Hemisphere Scratching Championships.

In addition to his competition titles, Excess is a main force along with fellow New York City native DJ IXL, behind “Hop-Fu”, a project melding Hip-Hop and Kung-Fu into an exciting audio-visual experience. Created by John Carluccio (Battle Sounds, Turntablist Transcription Method) and Barry Cole (Spot Music), Hop-Fu has been kicking and scratching around the globe since 1998. Other scoring projects have included “No Condition Is Permanent”, and “Apostrophe” for the graffiti collective The Barnstormers (SKWERM, KR, RO STAR, ESPO, etc.) in a melding of graffiti art and turntable compositions.

In 2004 Excess and the rest of Ned Hoddings joined forces with world renowned DJ D-Styles, formerly of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz and current member of the Beat Junkies and resident DJ at Low End Theory. As a group they collaborated as the Bastard Language Tour, touring North America as a quintet of highly skilled and innovative scratch musicians. The creative process and tour was documented and released as a DVD.

Excess’ impressive list of studio production credits include releasing Records and Mix CD’s, scratches done for Pepsi International, Sesame Street, Schieffelin and Sommerset, “Rappers Are In Danger” off of Fat Joe’s “The Darkside Vol. 1” album as well as music featured in the 2004 Showtime series “Street Time” and Styluswars Radio Station and DJ Excess character on the 2005 Playboy video game release “The Mansion”.

Excess’ artistry behind the turntables has earned him numerous accolades throughout his career including features in URB Magazine’s “Next 100″ issue, which featured the top 100 up and coming electronic musicians and entertainers of the year, as well as being featured in hundreds of publications including Newsweek, Scratch, The Source, XXL, and Fader to name a few.

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Jason Emsley

DJ Instructor

Jason Emsley is a California-born, London-based music producer, DJ, label owner, sound designer, author, Native Instruments product specialist, and most recently, member of the Dubspot Online faculty.

Upon graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Jason spent several years chasing an obsession with electronic sounds around the globe – a pursuit that eventually landed him with a studio full of hardware drum machines, modular synths and a desk job in the Hollywood branch of German music software developer, Native Instruments.

While based out of LA, Jason was releasing solo EPs and remixing for one of Germany’s most respected techno imprints, Platzhirsch Schallplatten, while simultaneously finding a temporary home within Kompakt’s influential booking roster.

Inside this window, a string of successful releases prompted several tours around the US, Europe and Russia, while biannual label nights at Berlin’s prestigious Berghain/Panorama Bar fueled Jason with the inspiration to continually experiment with sound.

Today, Jason runs a small music studio in East London from where he trains NI’s UK-based artist roster: a DJ culture spectrum ranging from LTJ Bukem to Danny Rampling. Under a handful of monikers and labels, Jason continues to produce and release his own brand of EDM…all the while running his own label, penning music technology manuals and just generally attempting to spread to other like-minded souls a passion for experimenting with sound.

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Benton-C Bainbridge

Visual Performance Instructor

Benton-C Bainbridge is an award winning media artist and designer who creates immersive environments, videos and live performances around the world. Benton-C is a pioneer of video for stages in stadiums, theaters and public spaces.

Bainbridge has created visuals for 2 Beastie Boys world tours, massive water screens at the 2011 International Horticultural Expo (Xi’an, China), the gates of the Daming Palace (Xi’an), the Whitney Museum of American Art/Altria’s best attended performance event, hordes of screaming teens at Madison Square Garden’s Z100 Jingle Ball, and nearly all of the MTV Networks channels. Currently, Bainbridge continues with Season 5 of the One Step Beyond series at American Museum of Natural History, for which Glowing Pictures have been the visual and experience designers since the party’s inception.

glowingpictures.com

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Dan FreeMan aka CØm1x

Ableton-Certified Dubspot Instructor

Dan FreeMan (CØm1x) is Brooklyn-based bassist/keyboardist/producer. Originally from Boston, Dan trained as a classical pianist at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School before switching to jazz bass.

He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in American History and then came to New York to study at the Bass Collective where he studied with John Pattitucci, Matthew Garrison and Richard Bona. As a bassist he has also performed with, among others, Peter Gabriel, Angelique Kidjo, the B-52’s and Toni Braxton and performed in Europe, North and South America in venues from underground Brooklyn loft parties to Carnegie Hall. He was also the keyboardist for RCA’s Stellastarr*.

Dan currently leads the band Comandante Zero, (CØ) a Brooklyn-based electro-funk bass/drum/laptop duo. CØ began in 2006 as a touring rhythm section performing with Virgin Records’ dance artist Xavier in Europe and the U.S. including shows at venues such as Berghain in Berlin. In the process, they began developing techniques on how to fuse laptops running Ableton Live with real instruments to create a hybrid electro-acoustic set. CØ then created its own set and has performed extensively in the United States and Europe and opened for electro acts including the Brazilian Girls, The Juan Maclean and Streetlab.

Dan also mixes and produces under the production name CØm1x. He has a production studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Dan is an Ableton Certified Trainer. His specialty is using Ableton Live for live performance, especially with instruments and vocals. He works with other groups and artists as a consultant on how to integrate analog instruments with digital. He also is a presenter for Ableton Inc. in the U.S. Previously, he taught jazz theory and history at the Brooklyn Conservatory in Brooklyn, NY

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V Owen Bush

Visual Performance Instructor

V Owen Bush is a designer, producer, and filmmaker who uses immersion and participation to create transformative social experiences. His works are presented in venues such as live concerts and events, digital planetaria, IMAX3D,

broadcast television, mobile devices, and the web. He is a member of the Omnisensorialist Federation and Immersionists. V has had a principal role in notable projects including: Pseudo Programs Inc., MTV’s AMP, QUIET!/We Live In Public, SonicVision at the Hayden Planetarium, and the Molecularium Project at Rensselaer. As a freelance motion designer, V has developed broadcast television promos for NBC, MTV, VH1, PBS, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Discovery, History Channel, NY1, and others. V is a co-founder of Glowing Pictures, a company whose work includes televised concerts, music videos, commercials, multimedia operas, and visual environments.

glowingpictures.com

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DJ Spictakular

DJ Instructor

One of the Original Members of the Allies Crew (comprised of A-Trak, J-Smoke, Craze, Clever, Infamous, & Develop), Spictakular made a name for himself with a charismatic stage presence, well-composed routines, and precise juggles. As a collective,

S the Allies hold over 14 World Championships (more than any other DJ crew in the world). Spictakular has appeared with the Allies on Fox, NBC, CNN, MTV, VH1, BET.

All his routines emphasize multiple aspects of DJ performance including beat juggling, scratching, body tricks, and mixing. He’s won numerous individual battle titles over his career highlighted in 1999 when he was both the Philadelphia Regional DMC Champion and the Runner-up in the US DMC Finals. Additionally, as a part of the Allies, he was the 1999 ITF World Team Champion.

Today, Spictakular stays busy by Instructing the art Of Djing & has been for the past 6yrs. His production credits include tracks with Lil Wayne, D-Block, & Immortal Technique.

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Emch aka Subatomic Sound System

DJ and Electronic Music Production Instructor

Emch is the producer, DJ, and musician who spearheads NYC’s Subatomic Sound System. Music software has been crucial to his success as artist and label manager, allowing him to travel the earth, recently touring with dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry.

His record label Subatomic Sound still puts out vinyl and has released music featuring icons such as Grammy winning Jamaican dub originator Lee “Scratch” Perry, American filmmaker David Lynch, and UK punk pioneer Ari Up, as well as dancehall reggae titans like Anthony B and Elephant Man in unlikely combinations with next generation bass music producers. As a band leader for Perry on several U.S. tours including shows at Coachella and Red Bull Music Academy in 2013 he uses a combination of software and musicians to recreate both the sounds of traditional dub reggae as well as electronic music live on stage. Emch also is the founder of Dub Champions Festival which occurs annually in North America and Europe (in cooperation with Dubblestandart), manages Kingston, Jamaica based dancehall reggae label Peoples Records JA, and is a radio host on Brooklyn Radio.  A recent MTV article suggested, “Someone should make a Buckaroo Banzai-style movie about this guy’s life.” Under his guiding principle of forcing humanity back into the machine, Emch has become most widely known for using computers to create and perform music that connects classic analog reggae to future digital bass music.

Bred on analog but spread on digital, Emch has built an independent music career by successfully using computers to create, record, mix, master, distribute, and perform music for nearly 15 years. An interest in the studio experiments of Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry, & Public Enemy coupled with the DIY attitude of punk rock, led him to recording and becoming an early adopter of music software. He saw it as the future of independent music and taught himself to use the earliest versions of recording and DJ software still popular today. In 2001, he confused and upset judges by winning Red Bull’s Vinylab DJ competition in NYC using the first version of Native Instruments’ Traktor.

Subatomic Sound System
http://www.subatomicsound.com
http://www.facebook.com/SubatomicSoundSystem
http://www.soundcloud.com/subatomicsound
http://www.twitter.com/subatomicsound
http://www.youtube.com/subatomicsound

Dub Invasion Festival
http://www.DubInvasion.org

Subatomic Sound on Brooklyn Radio
http://www.brooklynradio.net/subatomic-sound-radio

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OP!

DJ Instructor

Known in NYC and around the globe as a purveyor of all things soulful, OP! is a talented DJ and tastemaker who can hang on just about any dance floor. From Hip-Hop, House, and Classics to Future Soul, UK Funky and South African House, OP! can

finesse them all, adopting musical diversity and focusing it into a beautifully cohesive vibe. Through his work with I Love Vinyl, Suite903, Raw Fusion NYC, Haven Loft Party, OkayAfrica, and Party People South Africa, on the dj side; and Dubspot, Decon, Cornerstone Promotion/The Fader, and Studio Distribution/BBE, on the industry side; OP! has been instrumental in shining a light on underground and global soul, and continues to champion its relevance on the world stage.

http://www.ilovevinyl.org
http://facebook.com/opmiller1
http://mixcloud.com/thedefinitivesound
http://soundcloud.com/thedefinitivesound

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Heinrich Zwahlen

Ableton-Certified Dubspot Instructor

Heinrich is a Swiss German synthesist who, before coming to New York, had the opportunity to study with the greatest in electronic music, such as Yello and DAF. Once here, he hit the scene with his project, Basscut (Ten/Virgin).

Musically between electro, breakbeat and house, Heinrich is always on the cutting-edge of technical innovation, working with an eclectic set of DJ producers from hip-hop to house. He is back in New York from a three year recess in Berlin, and now living in Brooklyn.

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Brian Koolis

DJ Instructor

DJ Koolis, a.k.a. Brian Koolis, is a classically trained musician who plays piano, tuba and bass guitar. He began his twelve years of classical music training in piano and tuba at the age of seven.

Born and educated in Connecticut, Brian attended private schools where his musical accomplishments and hard work led to his receiving scholarship awards from five competitive college music programs. He studied at Dickinson College to pursue a traditional music degree in performance and composition.  He soon discovered that his real passion was electronic music production and DJing. Brian attended Dubspot Electronic Music Production and DJ School, where he was able to hone his DJ and music production skills. Brian is now a Traktor product specialist and an instructor at Dubspot.

Now living in Brooklyn, DJ Koolis has focused his electronic music style on house, dubstep, Eelectro, trap, techno, and moombahton. Since joining the Dubspot family, DJ Koolis has been active in the New York music scene. He produces his own music and has DJed at Provocateur, Cielo, Webster Hall, Infrasound Music Festival, and many more. He has also tour managed for some of the top DJs performing in the New York area: A-Trak, Danny Tenaglia, Victor Calderone, and Nicole Moudaber. He spent several weeks as a spokesperson for Dubspot on the Richie Hawtin CNTRL Tour. After being an active beta tester and strong advocate for Traktor, DJ Koolis was hired by Native Instruments as a regional Product Specialist and an Artist Trainer. Brian provides private lessons for Dubspot students wanting in depth instruction in all Traktor products and advanced DJ performance.

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James Patrick

DSO Sound Design Instructor

James Patrick is a 15+ year DJ, producer, curator, and educator. He is a sound artist who thrives on bringing together the creative energy and ideas of his community. Through collaboration and experimentation, he creates immersive environments that

explore the evolving definitions of sound art. His record label (Timefog Recordings) and events are both supported by some of the greatest names in electronic music, and his personal recordings continue to make waves in the international electronic music circuit. Through his professional involvement in both academic and popular electronic realms, James curates and develops internationally recognized festivals and events in the electronic music and arts. James is the owner of Gamut Gallery, Slam Factory, and Midwest Digital Arts in Minneapolis, platforms that he uses to foster and showcase new ideas and talents in the field of technology arts. James is also the recipient of many awards, including the American Composer’s Forum MECA award.

JP teaches and develops curricula in the fields of sound design, composition, music production at various music production institutions including Dubspot in New York City and The Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis. He is also founder and owner of the Minnesota based electronic music institution, Slam Academy. At this Academy, students learn in a hands on, fun environment how to create music with Live and Max for Live. He was a pilot member of the Ableton Trainer Certification program, and he currently teaches private lessons, clinics, and workshops on behalf of himself, Slam Academy, The Institute of Production and Recording, and Ableton, Inc. Learn more about courses, private lessons, and other training opportunities with James Patrick  at jamespatrickmusic.com.

James has more than ten years of professional experience directing events and playing music alongside other innovators in the genre, including Morton Subotnik, Alvin Lucier, Pole, Speedy J, Richard Devine, Bruno Pronsato, Akufen, Rich Hawtin, Magda, Barem, Deadbeat/Crackhaus, and many others.

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Computo

Sound Design, Maschine Instructor

Joe Caputo aka Computo attended Carnegie Mellon University and graduated from the Berklee College of Music before moving out to Los Angeles in 2005. Prior to joining Dubspot, he worked for Native Instruments for five years as a trainer and software guru,

teaching VIP artists like A-Trak, Flying Lotus and Duran Duran, Maroon 5, Zedd and Borgore the ins and outs of Komplete and Maschine. Joe is one of the main teachers in the online version of our Sound Design program, and he is a master of helping students learn how to create the sounds of today’s music. He produces music himself in many genres, but really loves creating weird sounds for their own sake.

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DJ Dynamix

DJ Instructor

Recognized as one of LA’s elite open-format DJs, Dynamix keeps a consistent tour schedule rocking parties in major cities across the US. From winning back-to-back titles in the prestigious Red Bull Thre3style DJ Competition to being one of the most

memorable DJs on VH1′s Master of the Mix, the highly decorated DJ continues to prove his excellence behind the turntables. His versatility can be seen in several videos on DJ City TV and heard through his radio appearances on Power 106 in LA, KISS FM in Chicago, and iHeartRadio. Recently signed to Sleeping Giant Music, Dynamix continues to expand his reach to different markets and cities across the world.

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Lacey IQ

DJ Instructor

If you’ve been around Los Angeles’ dance and electronic music scene in the last few years, you’ve probably run into Lacey IQ (aka Inquiri), either behind the decks, performing her own music, or on the dance floor in some dark and hazy warehouse, loft, or club tucked away somewhere in the city.

This Texas-born, LA-settled music maker and DJ has been mixing for the love of dancers since 1998, and after several years working with Native Instruments, is also an authority on all things Traktor. Though her first love as a DJ was and still is the gritty, soul-grabbing sound of Chicago and Detroit house and techno music, she frequently branches out into all sorts of musical directions–a trait best illustrated by her ambient bass music production alias Inquiri (with two full-length album releases to date).

Lacey has her hands in everything: 4-on-the-floor, downtempo, everything 808, ambient, drum & bass, juke, and footwork. She’s often been spotted hopping down from the decks mid-set to join the dance floor for a brief shake, before running back to finish a mix—because, in her words, “If you’re not excited enough to dance to your music, no one else will be either.”

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Josh Bess

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Josh Bess is an Ableton Certified Trainer, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, and Author with expert level knowledge in live electronic performance, while holding a deep appreciation for the modern drum kit. Growing up in New York, Bess has been involved

with music from an early age, performing with multiple artists, and employing a wide variety of styles as a percussionist. Alongside his percussive talents, Bess honed his interest in audio production, and earned his degree for Audio Engineering and Jazz/Commercial Performance, along with his Ableton Trainer Certification. Bess fuses his knowledge and ear for audio engineering and electronic workflow to develop the music he writes and performs live today.

In addition to performing under his own name, Bess continues to work with a variety of artists such as Vulpes, Andrew Gabriel, Gina Cutillo, and more, with song placement on programs such as Nickelodeon’s Degrassi, Disney Channel, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Barbara Walters, and more.

His latest book, Ableton Grooves, is focused on acoustic drum programming using Ableton Live. With Ableton Grooves, Bess created and introduced the MIDI Map. This map is an original and powerful programming concept that, for the first time, empowers users to easily read MIDI Notation to help guide their drum programming.

An expert in performing with Ableton Live, Bess enjoys teaching beginner to advanced techniques, and is available for private lessons, lectures, workshops, academic training and consultations

http://www.joshbess.net/

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David Lublin

Visual Performance Instructor

David Lublin is a coder, technical support guru, and occasional artist. One of the brains behind VDMX video mixing software at VIDVOX, as a programmer he focuses on making tools for other artists to express themselves visually. Creative interests lie

within the interaction between the worlds of art, science and the general absurdity of human life.

VDMX is one of tne of the most popular VJ software for the Mac platform. With it’s ability to mix any number of input clips and up to 4 external video input sources, VDMX comes fully-loaded with all the bells and whistles that are customarily expected from a professional VJ package.

http://www.vidvox.net/

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Brent Arnold

Logic and Music Foundations Instructor

Brent Arnold is a composer, producer, and cellist. His eclectic, cinematic approach is distinctive in his film scores, his solo performances, and his productions for other artists. He composed music for Louis C.K.’s tv show Louie, and has written

numerous pieces for film, concert, and theater. He has worked with Reggie Watts, DJ/Rupture, The Antlers, Modest Mouse, Dave Malloy, Eyvind Kang, Jherek Bischoff, Death in Vegas, and Filastine, among many others.

His wildly unorthodox approach to the cello incorporates live electronic processing and looping, intricate guitar-like fingerpicking, and elements of Arabic, Persian, and African music. His latest solo album, Night, Exquisite, was released in 2013.

Brent studied the cello with Walter Gray of the Kronos Quartet and legendary jazz violinist Michael White, and electronic music with Jarrad Powell. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

http://audiofriction.com/
https://soundcloud.com/brentarnold

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Harrison Zafrin

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Harrison Zafrin is a recording artist and record producer most known for his work as the man behind Bombs and Bottles. His music has been used across various TV shows, New York Fashion Week runway shows, and films. In addition to Bombs and Bottles,

Harrison produces and writes for other artists under the alias LOFT.

https://soundcloud.com/bombs-and-bottles
http://www.bombsandbottles.com/

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Vasco Ispirián

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Vasco Ispirián is originally from Madrid (Spain) and over the last 15 years has worked as an electronic engineer and professional DJ, producer, and music technology tutor. He studied classical guitar when he was young and first became interested in electronic

music in the early 1990s.

He has been involved in various bands, a resident of world famous club ‘The Room’ in Madrid for more than eight years and has played in many clubs and festivals worldwide. Those experiences, combined with his study of electronics at the university, helped him develop his love of music and technology. Since then, he has been involved in music production and live performance using computers and other hardware.

He has been teaching Ableton Live, Logic, Traktor, Reason and Cubase at Playground Studios and Microfusa in Madrid in both Spanish and English since 2008 as well as releasing his own music regularly since 2005 on various labels such as Dubhe, TEAM, Lessismore, Minuendo, Pong, RedSonja, and Playgroundlabel.

https://soundcloud.com/ispirian
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Spencer Williams

Electronic Music Production Instructor

A guitar principle and Music Business alum from Berklee College of Music, Spencer Williams hit the island of Manhattan running.

“Making the move to New York was the best thing I could have done. Besides having my sister and almost all of my close friends here, every artist, person, and company I want to work with is based in New York or has a place here.”

Growing frustrated with the countless interviews at major record labels and music companies that hire based on one’s “knowledge of Excel rather than degree,” Spencer focused on his songwriting, engineering, and production. Soon he got the break he was looking for and landed an engineer gig with a House music veteran.

Numerous releases, two albums (one of his own), and a year later, Spencer joined Dubspot as an instructor and quickly took on more responsibility. “Dubspot is an amazing place. I get up everyday and go teach people how to write and produce music, and in return I am learning more and more each day. I teach programs like Reason and Ableton, programs that I write in every night.” Always involved in many productions at once, his resume and discography are both growing by the day.

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Dave Linnenbank

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Dave Linnenbank boasts more than a decade of experience with MaxMSP in all its various guises, in addition to his work as a musician and teacher. Dave’s migration in his teenage years from acoustic instruments to the world of synthesis began a life

spent working with electronic music technology. His first use of Max was making controllable video pieces to accompany ambient songs in performance. Since then, Dave has used Max for a wide variety of audio and video applications, from editing and generating MIDI, to creating plug-ins and custom audio tools for music production, and developing a bundle of Max For Live devices (Max Fuel, the First), soon to be released from Puremagnetik.

Beyond his extensive work with technology, Dave remains focused on the essentials. He maintains that the computer is only a tool on the way to the real endgame: Music.

“Music technology can step in and help you express yourself in a way that you previously couldn’t,” says Dave, “(but) I think it’s more useful to view technology in this value-added way instead of as its own show. There is no substitute for musicality.”

http://dave.rhymeswithart.com
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http://puremagnetik.com

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Mike Parvizi

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Mike Parvizi is a music producer and multi-instrumentalist based out of Los Angeles. He is a co-founder of LA collective TeamSupreme, and 1/2 of the production duo Penthouse Penthouse, who recently completed a national tour with The Glitch Mob

opening shows to sold out crowds. Penthouse Penthouse also performed at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music Festival.

He boasts an impressive roster of private students as an Ableton Live instructor, and has worked with artists such as rapper Vic Mensa, Flea (of RHCP), Blake Sennett (formerly of Rilo Kiley), & Nick Hexum (of 311), to name a few.

In addition to teaching, Parvizi is an on-call session musician and writer to artists such as Clams Casino, 12th Planet, Mr. Carmack, Djemba Djemba, Diplo, Alison Wonderland, Busdriver, Nocando, and many more. He co-produced Mad Decent vocalist LIZ Y2K’s 2014 hit “Don’t Say” ft. Tyga, and played guitar on Britney Spears’ recent single “Passenge.”

When he is not teaching at Dubspot, Parvizi can be found performing and DJing around Los Angeles and the US with Penthouse Penthouse.

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Esteban Adame

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Esteban began DJ’ing at local house parties in and around Los Angeles at the age of 15. Like most bedroom DJs, Esteban built his home studio and tried his hand at producing. Wanting to refine his skills as a musician, he took a hiatus from DJ’ing and producing to study piano formally.

In 2004, Esteban was invited by Mad Mike of Detroit’s Underground Resistance to participate as a keyboardist in a new project that Banks was forming (Galaxy 2 Galaxy/ Los Hermanos). After a brief apprenticeship with Banks, Esteban returned to production after a 4 year break. Through this venture with UR, Esteban began working with hometown colleague and G2G band mate Santiago Salazar. It was through this collaboration that ICAN Productions, their own label, was born.

ICAN, which is short for MexICAN, is a creative outlet for Santiago, Esteban and ICAN’s newest edition DJ Dex (of UR fame). Since it’s inception, ICAN has had 2 releases on Carl Craig’s Planet E and 8 on ICAN Productions.

Esteban continues to DJ, produce, and play keyboards. He has also collaborated with various artists and has several remixes to his credit. He has appeared as a guest performer/DJ all over the globe. Such venues include The Edge in Sao Paulo, Fabric in London, The Cabaret Savage in Paris, and The Loft in Barcelona, and Tape in Berlin.

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Michael Allen

Visual Performance Instructor

Since 1995, Michael Allen has been using light and multimedia to manipulate environments at shows, clubs, and other events. From the slideshows, overhead projectors, and 16mm presentations of the ’90′s – to the video projections, tv’s,

and analog mixers of the last decade – to the LED screens and hi-tech software and hardware of today – he uses evolving technologies in the burgeoning video performance field to entertain the eyes as well as the mind.

Michael uses visuals to enhance performances and productions. He has toured with acts such as Tripping Daisy, The Polyphonic Spree, Bowling For Soup, Zebrahead, Digable Planets, and The Pharcyde, among others. Most recently, he toured as lighting designer with the LA band, Warpaint. He also performs with DJs and has shared the stage with Cut Chemist, Mix Master Mike, Steve Aoki, and many, many others.

Over the past 10 years, Michael has done installations and VJ’d at some of the biggest music festivals in the world (Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, Rock The Bells, Burning Man, etc.). Also, he’s held VJ residencies at popular Hollywood nightclubs Avalon, Cinespace, Dim Mak Studios, Supperclub, Lure, Star Shoes, and more.

http://www.project-ions.com

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Matt Cellitti

Director of Dubspot Online

Milwaukee-based producer and sound designer, Matt Cellitti has been recording for the last 14 years. As a Native Instruments Product Specialist, he has been training retail staff throughout the US and international distributors throughout the world

for nearly 5 years. Matt conducts workshops and clinics for all NI product releases at major events. He has also created successful video tutorials demonstrating NI gear for third party companies. In addition to production and sound design, he teaches DJ techniques and tools as well.

Matt began recording on a 4 track tape recorder, moved up to clunky digital hardware recorders, and struggled through the early computer-based recording setups over his career. Experiencing this exciting change in music technology first hand has given him a great perspective on today’s home recording experience. While Matt constantly writes and produces songs, his main love is teaching others how to get the most out of their equipment and to facilitate their creativity in making music.

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Chris Petti

Director of Curriculum

Chris has been playing and performing on multiple musical instruments since the age of six. His musical pursuits took him to Berklee College of Music as a guitar performance major. There, he discovered the world of electronic instruments, synthesizers, and

computers. It was love at first sight. After finishing Berklee with a degree in music synthesis, he returned home to New York and found his way into the musical instrument industry, which began a 10-year run of instrument and software demonstrations and workshops throughout the world for the likes of Korg, Propellerheads, Line 6 and Ableton. Throughout this time, Chris was working on countless productions and remixes in the styles of DnB, techno, dubstep, house, and downtempo.

Now off the road and a full-time New York City resident, Chris is composing, producing and performing under the alter ego Octogram. He also owns and operates the Reason Users Group of NYC, which meets once a month in and around New York City.

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Michele Darling

Director of Education

Michele Darling is a sound designer, recording engineer and electronic musician.  As former classical flautist who studied at Indiana University, she discovered the world of music production and technology and went on get a master’s degree from

NYU Steinhardt’s music technology program. Since then, Darling has been a long term sound designer for an Emmy award winning production team at Sesame Workshop. She has also done sound design, music, ADR, and/or audio editing for such other companies as HBO Family, The Learning Channel, 4Kids Entertainment (PokemonYu-Gi-Oh!Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles among others), Mind Candy, Basic Fun and The Criterion Collection. Her company, Audio FX Lab, is an online royalty-free sound effects library, which provides audio content to professional sound designers worldwide. In her free time, Darling composes and designs audio environments for performance, film, and installations with composer Terry Golob under the name Aerostatic. www.aerostaticmusic.com  Their work has been featured in shows and festivals throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, and Australia.  Darling also is the founding member and music producer of a funk/house/electro performance collective based in NYC called Girls Like Bass. www.girlslikebass.com.  Since 2005, Darling has been an educator in the field of music production.  A former Associate Professor of Audio at Long Island University Brooklyn, she currently brings her knowledge of music production and education to Dubspot as their Director of Education.

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Bill Lee

Director of Faculty

Bill Lee is a New Jersey based producer, engineer and songwriter who teaches courses in Logic and Mixing & Mastering here at Dubspot. Bill has worked in many different areas and genres of music since attending Berklee College of Music.

While on staff as a technical engineer at legendary New York studios Right Track and The Hit Factory, he produced soulful house records that led him to be one of the first few artists signed by Hector Romero to the fledgling Definity Records label. While exploring dance music, he also landed songs placements on network TV (Melrose Place, Savannah). Later, Bill joined up with a powerful production team and co-wrote for major Pop/R&B artists (Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston). His extensive studio experience and expertise of computer-based production led him to a product specialist position for Logic software, spending 8 years at Apple Inc. Bill now brings his knowledge and enthusiasm for electronic music to Dubspot.

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Dubspot Guest Instructors

Our instructors are more than talented musicians, more than human software manuals and more than insightful critics; they are mentors, genuinely interested in seeing students develop and grow as artists. Their collective experience spans many fields, continents and years. They are the heart of your Dubspot experience.

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Laura Escudé

Ableton Live Instructor - Los Angeles

Laura Escudé is a critically-acclaimed music technologist, violinist, composer, sound designer and educator. Laura is a leading figure in the contemporary electronic music and music technology realms, a visionary for the future of music.

Laura thrives in working on diverse, unique and innovative projects in various capacities, such as violin for films and artists, composition and sound design for film and live performance, show programming and construction and personalized consulting and training for live performances and studios. Her talents are vast and unparalleled and she is passionate about working with other skilled artists and companies on a large and very professional scale.

Laura specializes in the software program Ableton Live and became one of the first Ableton Certified Trainers in the world in 2008. Her company Electronic Creatives specializes in music and technology consulting and is an Ableton Certified Training Center. She has worked with diverse directors, artists and composers such as J.J. Abrams, Jason Reitman, Lili Haydn, LMFAO, Sean Beavan, Mark Isham and Carmen Rizzo. In 2009 she worked with Cirque du Soleil on their production “Viva Elvis” as an Ableton Live programmer, toured Europe on violin and electronics with acclaimed world music band Niyaz, was a tour consultant for Kanye West and recorded violin on EastWest’s Quantum Leap Silk sound library with MESTO.

2010 highlights include composing for Visa, performing on Dancing With the Stars, performing at HATCH Asheville and at The Do Lab’s LA music showcase, winning the Runner Up prize for best DJ mix for the Lightning in a Bottle Festival, and being a featured speaker at events such as the San Diego Music and Technology Conference and Yuri’s Night at NASA. Most importantly, in 2010 Laura released her first full-length album Pororoca, a beautiful marriage of cinematic strings and edgy electronics, along with an animated video designed by Scott Pagano (Trifonic, BT, Michael Jackson). Pororoca has received favorable reviews for it’s innovative, cinematic sound and has been licensed for film and television programs.

Laura has recorded violin for composers, including Carmen Rizzo and Eric Whitacre, as well as for artists, including Sage Francis, Solillaquists of Sound and PlatEAU.  She has created sound design for the films Lovewrecked and Red is the Color of, and has recorded violin for films, including Michael Apted’s documentary The Power of the Game, HBO’s The Song Story, Kissing Cousins and Welcome Home.

Laura performs her solo work regularly at trendsetting Los Angeles venues, including Create:Fixate and has performed original works at the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Architecture + Design Museum, as well as radio stations KXLU and KUCI. She has opened for artists including Funkstorung and Robert Rich and has performed on KCRW’s flagship program, Morning Becomes Eclectic.

A Renaissance artist for the New Age, Laura’s mastery of cutting edge musical technologies and experimental techniques, complemented with her classical training and experience performing in symphony orchestras, sets her apart in a class of her own. Her solo project encompasses a myriad of genres, utilizing live electronics, synthesis, found sounds, samples and violin affected by hardware and software.  Laura’s musical virtuosity is the driving force powering her unique experimental cinematic-accented violin compositions, as well as her desire to connect and work with artists around the globe.

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Rich Medina

DJ Instructor

There are few nightclub DJs that have accomplished as much on a global scale as Rich Medina. From his humble beginnings as a young b-boy-turned-DJ in Lakewood, NJ, to his current status manning the decks as one of the most popular DJ’s in

Philadelphia and NYC, Rich Medina has consistently taken multi- ethnic crowds on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul, unearthing one musical gem after another, for almost 20 years.

Rich Medina cemented his name in the DJ world with his infamous 90’s partnership with Cosmo Baker at The Remedy in Philadelphia. In 1998, his Fun party with DJ Language was part of turning the Lower East Side of Manhattan into the new hot spot for club life. Then came the mother lode, Lil’ Ricky’s Rib Shack, a weekly dance function that started out as a 20-person party at APT in 2001, and evolved into an irreplaceable mid-week NYC institution for over 8 years. There, he connected with fan and hip-hop legend Q-Tip in 2005, eventually combining forces to create the Friday night weekly called Open at the Andrew W.K.-owned Santos Party House in 2007, and was soon considered the hottest Friday night party in NYC for the next 2 years.

Rich introduced a new generation of people to Afrobeat music in 2001, with Jump N’ Funk, the first and most consistent US dance party dedicated to thelate African musical icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Rich and the Jump N’ Funk brand recently traveled to San Francisco, LA, and Atlanta headlining Knitting Factory Records’ Felabrations!, a nationwide series of events promoting the re-release of The Fela Kuti EMI Catalog.

No less revered is Rich’s Happy Feet party – where he and another pioneer of the turntables, Nuyorican DJ Bobbito Garcia have traded off dance, salsa, and soul music at clubs all around the world. Next of his branded events in line would be Props, the continuation of Li’l Ricky’s since the closing of APT in March of 2010. In 2008, he also co-founded What The Funke, a James Brown/Fela Kuti tribute party with DJ Spinna.

In addition to his own events, Rich has performed in front of crowds of thousands, DJing shows with artists like Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Nathan Haines, Roy Ayers, Gil Scott- Heron, The Roots, Jill Scott, Antibalas, Zap Mama, and Femi Kuti, among many others. From NYC to LA to London to Tokyo, and everywhere in between, music lovers know not to miss a club night when Rich Medina is manning the decks.

Last summer, Rich was a cast member on the first ever DJ reality show, “Smirnoff’s Master of the Mix”, which aired on BET and Centric in the fall/winter of 2010.

Ever since then, it’s been a whirlwind of gigs with Rich stepping up his already ridiculous tour schedule and moving on to new ventures in DJing, production, and journalism, among other multi-media endeavors. Stay tuned for the fallout from Rich’s new efforts, and rest assured, his focus on DJing will always be the crown jewel of his creative career. After 20+ years as a professional disc jockey, Rich feels today that he’s just coming into his own as an artist. With that, the future is extremely bright.

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Hector Romero

DJ Instructor

Hector Romero embarks on his 28th year as a DJ and key player in the Music Business. Hector’s intro to the DJ world began at the age of 13.  Then Nicknamed “DJ Baby Hec,” The Bronx native landed his first job at La Mirage, known at the time as

one of the hottest dance clubs in the Bronx. Hector was soon spinning at a number of downtown Manhattan clubs including Save the Robots, Palladium, Roxy and The Red Zone where he opened for David Morales.

Due to his outstanding work ethic while DJing, working in a local record shop and running the promotions department at Emotive Records, David Morales recruited Romero to run the day-to-day operations of DMI Records. Hector continues to DJ internationally and has established residencies at Stereo in Montreal and Pacha in Ibiza.

Fast forwarding to 2011 Hector Romero along with business partner Satoshi Tomiie are the driving forces behind SAW RECORDINGS. Having had great success with Chab, Bush II Bush, and Audiofly among others, Hector has earned the respect of DJs and record labels throughout the world.  “Since remixing and producing are not my thing, being a ‘Record Man’ is quite fulfilling” says Hector. “But my first love, after of course my wife and daughter, is DJing.”

Hector also oversees and participates as the resident DJ for Def Mix Radio, a monthly Podcast featured on iTunes and Def Mix.com.  Each show presents quality house music from around the globe and features guest DJ’s as well as fellow Def Mixers, David Morales and Frankie Knuckles.  For all things Def Mix keep tuning into the show for updates.

Hector is always hammering away at his craft to ensure that the movers and shakers of the dance scene are having a good time. What sets Romero apart from the rest is his ability to reach the masses through his music and with his dynamic personality. Although he describes himself as a DJ with a musical identity crisis, deep down he knows that it’s his diversity and eclectic taste that set him apart from his peers.

News, photos and tour dates available at www.defmix.com

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Daddy Kev

Electronic Music Production, Mixing and Mastering Instructor

Daddy Kev will be a new addition to Dubspot’s staff and someone who we are extremely pleased to have on board. As owner of Alpha Pup records and co-creator of the Low End Theory night, he is omnipresent in the LA scene and has been a first-hand

creator of the city’s “beat scene” which has become so popular in recent years. Kev has been a mentor (and in some cases also audio engineer) to many LA artists such as TOKiMONSTA, Nosaj Thing, Flying Lotus, Daedelus, and Gaslamp Killer. His dedication to his craft and the still-growing reputation of the young artists who have emerged from the Low End Theory scene has made him an influential figure among beat enthusiasts worldwide.

Dubspot Interview: Daddy Kev (Low End Theory / Alpha Pup)

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Martin Perna

Music Foundations Instructor

Martin Perna is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, composer and producer. Active professionally since 1995, he has performed over 1500 shows on five continents, from Coachella to Montreux Jazz Festival to Rikers Island Prison.

He is the founder of Antibalas, Ocote Soul Sounds, a founding member of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and has performed and recorded extensively with TV on the Radio. Through the 90s, he also moonlighted as a guest DJ on WKCRs “Night Train” show and was a station manager and DJ at WJMZ-FM in Brooklyn in the late 90s.

Recently, he produced and collaborated with legendary Afro-Nicaraguan artists from Bluefields, Nicaragua, contributed saxophones and flutes to the upcoming The Very Best album. With Eric Hilton of the Thievery Corporation and Grammy-winner Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma), he co-produced the latest Ocote Soul Sounds album to be released in May 2011 on ESL Music. In May 2011 he will graduate University of Texas-Brownsville with a Masters in Education.

http://www.ocotesoul.com
http://www.antibalas.com
http://www.facebook.com/ocotesoulsounds

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JP Solis

DJ Instructor

As Music Director and Founder of NOISE212, JP’s curatorial approach aims at spotting cutting-edge sounds with crossover potential. As a 10-year full-time DJ in Manhattan, where Pop and Hip-Hop reign supreme, his taste and skill are configured to reach a

wide demographic.

Often booked for his ability to create a frenzied vibe out of thin air, he combines feel-good pop with progressive underground sounds to create a type of sonic soup that is distinctly NOISE212.

Using the Ableton-Serato Bridge and the Maschine, JP often injects his sets with live composition and improvised instrumentation, further blurring the line between DJ and Producer.

Weekly Show:
http://noise212.com/

Client List:
http://www.facebook.com/212SOLIS?sk=info

Full Bio:
http://noise212.com/noise212

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Jeremy Ellis

Electronic Music Production (Maschine) Instructor

Jeremy Ellis developed as a student of jazz and classical piano and percussion, cutting his teeth in the Detroit music scene performing with Jazzhead, the jazz-fusion group that also featured Ubiquity label mate John Arnold.

He has played worldwide as a member of Time:Space, and over the years has worked with Detroit producers John Beltran, Carl Craig, Recloose, and Alton Miller. Artists as varied as Bach and Chopin, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, the Beatles and U2, are his main influences. He’s an extremely curious musician always delving into new styles and picking up new tricks as he goes. Most recently Ellis has become a master of Native Instrument’s Maschine platform.

Jeremy Ellis on the new MASCHINE Generation

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Andrew Bucksbarg aka N_DREW

Sound Design Instructor

N_DREW, is a Brooklyn-based artist, music/noizician, producer, controllerist and educator with over a decade of experience teaching sound design and new media/electronic arts production and theory.

N_DREW creates audio-visual installations, performances and interactive works, exploring organic and abstract forms, live A/V processes and sociality. He is currently exploring the material of recycled plastics, designing and creating mini-synth/noizical instruments, beats and A/V/music videos.

N_DREW’s work appears in festivals, museums and galleries internationally, including installations, performances or screenings in the CEAIT Festival, Redcat Theater, Los Angeles; The Little William Theater | Festival of New Music, Produced by Machine Project at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; The St. Louis Art Museum; The Science Gallery, Dublin; Piksel Festival in Bergen, Norway; The Santa Monica Museum; SoundWalk in Long Beach; Come Out & Play Festival in New York; The Sonorities Festival in Belfast; and the Signal To Noise Festival in Vancouver, Canada; The Bent Festival, New York; The Gallery of The Sydney Opera House, Sydney; L.A. Freewaves, Los Angeles; Beyond Barogue, Los Angeles; The Spark Festival, Minneapolis; The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles; The Tank NYC, Collective Unconscious Theater, New York; Santa Fe International Electro-Acoustic Festival, Santa Fe, The Galway Arts Festival, Dublin, Ireland; FILMBASE screening, Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF), Irvine Film and Video Center, Irvine; Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles; FunctionVariable, Barcelona; among others.

In 2009 N_DREW’s controller/instrument was a finalist for the Guthman Music Instrument Competition, Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology in Atlanta. He recently collaborated on a book chapter, Improvising Artists, Embodied Technology and Emergent Techniques for Identity, Performance and Technology: Practices of Empowerment, Embodiment and Technicity.

He completed undergraduate work in music at Indiana University and received an MFA in New Media from Music at California Institute of the Arts and from an inter-school program in Integrated Media in 1999.

http://organicode.net/welcome.html
https://soundcloud.com/n_drew
https://www.youtube.com/user/audiovisuality
http://vimeo.com/audiovisuality

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Hani

Guest Instructor

Hani is a prolific New York based DJ/Producer/Remixer who has maintained an appeal in both underground and commercial circles. Hani’s journey all began when he started DJing at the age of 15. In 1993 Hani got his start as a Producer doing underground

Acid House tracks for Carl Craig’s Label, Planet-e. and Deep Dish’s Yoshitoshi. In 1994, Hani started his remix career working on projects for artists such as Deee-Lite, Repercussions and Urban Soul.

In 1995 Hani became well known for his seductive and unauthorized remix of Sade’s “I Never Thought I’d See the Day” (a.k.a. Musk Men). Today he is best known for his dance-chart toping work for Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliot and Christina Aguilera.

Hani is as direct and methodical as he is talented. His take-charge approach to the music business has enabled him to achieve success in an extremely competitive industry. Although he had been playing various instruments, collecting records and DJing since he was very young, it was not until after his studies in audio engineering and a job at the legendary Bass Hit Studios in New York City that Hani acquired a deeper sense of dance music. This was by working for such dance music luminaries as Masters @ Work, Roger Sanchez and Danny Tenaglia.

From the beginning, Hani’s approach to the business of remixing has been unusual. Instead of waiting for offers, Hani worked on songs that he was attracted to, for his own pleasure, and on his own initiative. After transforming a track into a dance floor gem, Hani would then offer the completed remix to the song’s original label. Although his was a risky approach, the quality of Hani’s output was brilliant and, naturally, labels started to take notice. Toward the end of 1995, Hani transformed and initiated the release of tracks like Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song,” which stayed six weeks at number one on UK charts and Sting’s “Sister Moon,” a floor-filling white-label-turned-official by Simon Dunmore of then AM-PM.

In 1996, Hani had his first No. 1 Billboard production “Soul to Bare” with house diva Joi Cardwell. One of his most popular remix work “That Look,” and “Oxygene 8,”

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Neil Armstrong

DJ Instructor

In 2008, DJ Neil Armstrong was tapped by Jay-Z to be his official World Tour DJ, and was soon catapulted into the highest regarded hip-hop tour on the planet. From rocking in front of over 100,000 fans at the Glastonbury Festival, to anchoring a performance

on the Letterman Show, and pumping with ice-cold veins at Madison Square Garden (three consecutive shows no less), DJ Neil Armstrong is now in the highest strata of DJ existence: He has spun for adidas at the Olympic Games in Beijing, has shared the stage with Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Swiss Beats, Puff Daddy, Timbaland, Bun B, Memphis Bleek, EPMD, and Method Man; he has performed alongside Slayer, Interpol, The Cool Kids, Common, Neil Young, Mark Ronson, Coldplay, NERD, and Linkin Park.

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Jon Margulies

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Producer/DJ Jon Margulies is one of the world’s leading experts on Ableton Live. He is the author of Ableton Live Power! and co-author of Your Ableton Live Studio. Jon is also the contributor of numerous articles for Music Tech magazine and the author of the only

video training series ever to be sold on the Ableton website. In 2010 he created the ambitious project “365 Live Tips” in which he published one Live tip for each day of the year on his website.

As a musician, Jon is best known as the man behind Hobotech. Since it’s fireside conception in 2007, Hobotech has steadily grown in popularity, with Jon’s recent schedule including an appearance at Coachella, opening for Bassnectar with collaborator Haj (Sub Swara), and shows which have found him sharing the stage with luminaries of bass music including ill.Gates, David Starfire and AN-TEN-NAE. His EP, “This Is The Place” was described as “like George Clinton meets Datsik” on BassGeneration.com, and was included as a featured download in the 2010 wrapup newsletter from TheUntz.com, alongside releases from Kraddy, MartyParty and NiTGriT.

http://jonmargulies.com

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Zemi17

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Zemi17, also known as Aaron “Taylor” Kuffner, is a composer, producer, musician, DJ and media artist based in Brooklyn. Taylor is the co-creator and art director of the Gamelatron, the world’s first and only fully robotic gamelan orchestra.

He regularly composes for dance, theater and multi-media productions, owns and operates a 20kw sound system, which has been amplifying the New York underground for over a decade, and is the resident DJ for the legendary Danger events.

Together with sculptor Ryan O’Connor and designer/producer William Etundi, Zemi17 comprises the fine art group Emma. He performs on saxophone and EWI4000 midi wind instrument with the experimental music groups Zero Gravity Thinkers and The Akashic Currency Bureau (ACB), featuring members of Tuxedo Moon and Psychic TV.

He is an active presenter throughout the world: In 2010 alone, he presented in various forms at Music festivals from California to Maryland to Portugal’s lake region, Museums from Georgia to North Carolina, Experimental and Media arts festivals in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Belgrade.

Zemi17 has received grants and sponsorship from The Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Experimental Television Center, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Berlin Arts Council, Kulture Im Spannwerk, ID-Media, Schloss Brollin, The European Union Arts Council, James F. Robison Foundation, The Soros Foundation and Swiss Air.

Zemi17 has been using the music production software Ableton Live for nearly a decade and we are please to have him as an instructor at Dubspot.

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http://zemi17.net
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http://emma17.com

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Nickodemus

Guest Instructor

Nickodemus has been a key element in the NYC dance music scene for over 10 years, from the early days of giant step, to today’s Turntables on the Hudson parties. As a DJ and a producer, he spans the world with sounds of funk, folk, jazz, hip-hop, house

and dub. DJing:

Resident DJ at Giant Step unctions (NYC) from 1995 – 1999.

Resident DJ & organizer for Turntables on the Hudson (NYC) functions from 1998 – present

Supporting DJ for live concerts with: Gil Scott Heron, Jazzmattazz, The Pharcyde, Mos Def & Kweli, KRS-One, Us 3, Thievery Corporation, Groove Collective, Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers, Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti.

DJ and effects for the Mino Cinelu four-piece World Fusion band from 1999 – 2001.

Featured guest DJ at various clubs throughout the World including: Paris, Vienna, London, Kosovo, La Coruna, Barcelona, Madrid, Puerto Rico, Mexico City, Playa del Carmen, Seoul, Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and all major cities in the USA.

Producing/Remixing:
Remixes for artists including: Billy Holiday, Thievery Corporation,Sultan Khan, Astor Piazzolla, Gilfeme, Dublex Inc., Nina Simone, Boozoo Bajou, Karuan, Madrid de los Austrias, Truby Trio and more.

www.nickodemus.com
www.turntablesonthehudson.com
www.wonderwheelrecordings.com
www.myspace.com/nickodemusnyc

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DJ Rupture

DJ Instructor

DJ Rupture has performed in over 30 countries, which includes his gig as tour DJ in a band fronted by Grammy-winner Norah Jones, performing as turntable soloist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and recording two John Peel sessions for BBC radio.

Rupture has given technical artist talks at a number of museums and universities in the US and abroad. He has released two albums of original music, and numerous mix CDs. Rupture’s work has been released on labels as diverse as Soul Jazz, Warner Brothers, and his own imprints, Soot and Dutty Artz. Rupture has been profiled in dozens of magazines, most notably in “Wire,” where his CD “Minesweeper Suite” was named one of the 10 Best Albums of the Year. Rupture maintains a busy worldwide touring schedule.

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Zeb

Guest Instructor

Zeb is considered the “man behind the music” in many music circles. Since 1995, Zeb has been a cornerstone producer who has started the dubby, world, electronic dance music we all know and love today.

If you know “Organic Grooves,” “The Spy from Cairo,” “The Pleb,” “Turntables on the Hudson,” “Wonderwheel Recordings,” “IRMA Records,” then you are most likely hearing the sounds of Zeb!

He has completed over 10 original albums and has done amazing remixes for Astor Piazzolla, Tosca, Billy Holiday and many more artists. Most upcoming producers in NYC call on Zeb for tutorials in Reason!

www.wonderwheelrecordings.com
www.myspace.com/142695256

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DJ Dhundee

Guest Instructor

A pioneering musician, producer, and DJ, Dhundee is steadily making his mark across many fields of the music industry. DJ Dhundee is known for his seamlessly eclectic, soulful DJ sets, performing throughout New York with appearances from LA to London.

Dhundee also curates the legendary party “Brooklyn Bounce.” In 2002, Dhundee founded Sugarcuts, an award-winning music for picture company, which provides original music and sound design for film, television and all types of commercial and creative visual media. Dhundee’s background in both music and film production gives him the expert advantage of knowing the many aspects which go into the production process from concept to completion. Winner of four gold International Promax/BDA Awards for its music compositions for Comedy Central and MTV, Sugarcuts, he also supplies such top TV networks as Showtime, Nickelodeon, VH1, FUSE, Spike TV, and many more.

Dhundee is currently working on the completion of his debut producer album, a collection of musical styles including broken beat, downtempo, hip-hop, reggae, nu-jazz, and soul.

www.sugarcutsmusic.com
www.djdhundee.com
www.myspace.com/dhundee

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DJ Lars

DJ Instructor

Lars got start as a DJ in Berlin in the early 1990s, making a name for himself first as a promoter and soon after as a DJ. He then moved to London, playing clubs like Leisure Lounge and Ministry of Sound, and then New York in 1995.

There, he quickly established himself in the US club and rave scene, playing not only local spots such as Sound Factory and Vinyl, and hitting every major club from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, clocking over 150,000 miles a year.

Lars has been on the cover of “DJ Times” and “The Village Voice,” and has been featured in many publications. Lars is at the forefront of the Video DJing movement as founder and president of DVJ Vision, a label, online retailer, distributor, consultancy, and an important resource for DJ and VJ equipment rentals nationwide. Lars has also been consulting for Pioneer since 1996, and has been involved in developing products such as the CDJ-1000, DJM-800 and SVM-1000 and, after a year of beta testing, is currently busy introducing the CDJ-2000.

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DJ Smasherelly

DJ Instructor

Born and raised in London, England, DJ Smasherelly grew up being exposed to a vibrant mix of music, people, and way of life. Musically, Smasherelly has a love for hip-hop, R&B, electro, jungle, UK garage, house, reggae, pop, rare groove and

classical music, all of which have played a part in how he hears and creates his mixes when he is getting busy on the wheels of steel.

Since 2000, Smasherelly has been the show and tour DJ for Grammy award-winning artist Estelle. Over the last ten years, Smasherelly has travelled the UK, Europe, America and as far as Hong Kong, Australia, and the Caribbean, in order to perform and appear on the same stages as John Legend, Gym Class Heroes, The Roots, Public Enemy, and the Godfather of Soul James Brown. Smasherelly has also appeared on TV shows such as the “MOBO Awards,” “Top of the Pops,” “The David Letterman Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Now in New York City, DJ Smasherelly is ready to take on the clubs of America and to make people party like he has in many countries before. Look out for new mixtapes, mixes, podcasts and music production from the English DJ in New York.

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Dustin Cook

Guest Instructor

Dustin is a classically-trained musician, specializing in piano and percussion, from Pittsburgh. graduate of SAE Institute of Technology in New York City, has taught synthesis, sampling and Logic Pro. He has also helped to develop their EMP

(Electronic Music Producer) program. Dustin started DJing in 1994 at the age of 19, beginning his career as a promoter, throwing the popular Pittsburgh party “Plush,” and eventually DJing for some of the biggest promotional teams in the US. Influenced by many popular New York City DJs such as Dante and Joski veering towards more experimental sounds, Dustin soon found his passion more in producing than DJng.

When hearing Dustin’s tracks you will find an interesting blend of tech house, deep house and downtempo. Dustin’s latest efforts have included a lot of live music incorporation, with organic sounds including congas, Rhodes pianos and guitars finding their way into his blend of music.
Dustin’s first release “Hardtime” received attention on the popular US record chart “Balance,” where it found a place in the top 20 for over a month. The Balance record pool/chart is made up of 40 top American DJs such as Danny Tenaglia and Christopher Lawrence. Dustin’s second release “The Drive” received attention by world renowned DJ John Digweed. “The Drive” found its way onto John Digweeds Kiss 100FM Radio show, as well as a spot on his top 10 play list in October of 2004. The CD mix series “Clublife” has consistently been in the top ten dance albums of the day at iTunes online music store.

As a DJ, Dustin is constantly reading the crowd and mixing through styles of house, with the goal of creating a positive interest in the music being played. “Hopefully I’m drawing people’s attention to the music. What I do as a DJ should be transparent. I want people in the crowd to be excited about the next bass drop, synth stab or conga groove,” he says.

Dustin has been System Recordings Choice for the “Clublife” mix series and who has released the 12′ singles “Hardtime” and “The Drive” EP featuring three versions of “The Drive” on Numeric (an imprint of System).

Dustin relocated to New York City in 1999 to pursue his DJing and producing career.

http://greatwatersmusic.com/dustincook.html

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ONEMIC

DJ Instructor

Mike Rivera aka Onemic is a Brooklyn born and raised New York City based DJ. His sets reflect a diverse influence of NYC and world culture as well as a respect for classic music. This kind of musical diversity has made it possible for him to perform at premier

events and clubs around the country, as well as for Political Fundraisers and Not-for-profit organization events. Onemic is also the founder of “WBurg Radio” a growing digital media DJ collective.

Onemic also teaches visual media and audio workshops with various not-for-profit organizations, and schools in the New York City Public school system. His years of experience as a “Teaching Artist”, and Program Associate of a NY State Youth Lobbyist group have helped him expose urban youth to the idea of being an artist as well as an active member of the community. Onemic continues to be involved with community based organizations, and political leaders.

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Ryan

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Producing and releasing tracks with his crew Creative Jucies for the last 10 years. Ryan known as IDE has worked with Steele (Smif-N-Wessun), U.G. (cella dwellas), Casual, Jeru the Damaja, Sadat X, Mista Sinista, Outsidaz, Thirsten Howl the IIIrd,

Jise 1 (arsonists), Masai Bey, Life Long, Blockhead, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and many many more as both a producer and a emcee.

He continues to release project after project collaborating with a wide variety of talent. His debut album Force Fed has received a huge underground buzz, and many have claimed it the best album of 2007. Ryan is a master with MPC’s and the class goes through the ins and out of the machine, and how to produce beats.

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