Earlier this month, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Scratch DJ Academy‘s Cosmo Baker held a Q&A session after the Philadelphia screening of the DJ AM As I Am documentary. Jeff, who was a close friend and partner of AM, discussed some of his most memorable moments with him, why he was such a great DJ, and how he influenced the culture.
In honor of National DJ Day on Wednesday, local news station FOX 29 visited Scratch DJ Academy’s new location in Philadelphia.
Reporter Quincy Harris spoke with the school’s director, Cosmo Baker, about what they offer and what to expect from their DJ 101 course. Instructors Rich Medina and Gun$ Garcia also made appearances in the video.
Watch above and visit Scratch DJ Academy Philadelphia at 209 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor.
Two-time DMC Champion Shiftee once described the “swing flare” as a power scratch that can be used to “hit your audience or your opponent in the face with your skill.” As such, the technique has been featured in various instructional videos over the years, and the latest by Scratch DJ Academy is one of the best we’ve seen. Watch above as New York DJ and turntablist Dirty Digits breaks down the scratch step-by-step.
In Scratch DJ Academy’s new “Watch and Learn” episode, Los Angeles DJ/producer Them Jeans shows one of many ways to “chop and screw” a song with Ableton Live.
Chopped and screwed is a remix technique that slows down a song’s tempo and applies manual delay effects. DJ Screw is largely recognized as the creator of the method, which became popular in the Houston hip-hop scene during the ’90s.
Them Jeans recently dropped an entire mixtape of chopped and screwed tracks, one of which is Drake’s “Energy” (the song used in this video).
Watch the tutorial above and stream and download his mix below:
Looking for advice on how to make your kick drums sound better and hit harder? Scratch DJ Academy’s new “Watch and Learn” episode might be able to help. Watch above as Josh Andres of DJ/producer duo Statik Link explains how to EQ kick drums in Ableton Live. We also recommend listening to Statik Link’s mix for DJcity’s “Friday Fix” podcast.
Scratch DJ Academy Miami’s ninth annual “Scratch Summit” will be live streamed Thursday, March 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST. The free event will take place in the Wynwood Arts District and feature live performances from DJs QBert, Ease, Concept, Crunchtime and surprise guests. There will also be a freestyle scratch battle and raffle.
Most stories about the rise of DJing usually focus on EDM superstars and the massive venues they play at. However, ABC News recently took a break from the fist-pumping to shed light on two turntablists.
As part of their story, ABC visited the world-renowned Scratch DJ Academy in New York City to speak with former student DJ Dwells, a 14-year-old who made waves in 2014 after winning the region’s DMC championship. ABC also spoke with instructor Dirty Digits.
While Dwells and Digits are only a fraction of the turntablist scene, it’s great to see DJs like them get shine on a major news network. A win for the “Real DJing” movement? We think so.
In the case of Fool’s Gold Records co-founder Nick Catchdubs, he’s not only running the show, but also performing at the show.
A New Jersey native, Catchdubs launched the label with A-Trak in 2007 and continues to hold it down. He also stays busy DJing around the world and producing music (his remix of Dej Loaf’s “Try Me” has amassed over 300,000 SoundCloud plays since November.)
As part of their “1 on 1” series, Scratch DJ Academy sat down with Catchdubs to discuss his beginnings, production philosophy and plans for the future. It’s always great to hear from the folks who make things happen behind the scenes, and Catchdubs was more than willing to share his story and insights. Watch below:
Here’s a breakdown of the topics covered:
– His beginnings (0:15)
– Being inspired by genre blending DJs such as Hollertronix and Mark Ronson (1:00)
– How he got into DJing (2:15)
– Approach to production and latest single “Wuts That” (3:40)
– Remixing Dej Loaf’s “Try Me” (6:40)
– Preferred production gear (8:50)
– Plans for the future (10:30)