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.
You can live stream the entire summit at www.universemiami.com. Here’s the address if you’re in Miami:
450 NW 28th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Related: DJ QBert Performs on Revolt’s ’1s and Tuesday’
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.
Related: DJ Dwell’s Winning Set from the 2014 DMC NYC Regional
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)
Related: Nick Catchdubs Remixes Dej Loaf’s ‘Try Me’
When he’s not rocking clubs or producing exclusive edits and remixes for DJcity, Kid Cut Up likes to flex his turntablist skills. For Scratch DJ Academy’s latest “Routine Royale” episode, the Wisconsin native puts down four minutes of scratching, juggling and other tricks.
Related: Kid Cut Up Performs on Revolt TV’s ’1s and Tuesday’
Triple Threat DJs recently stopped by Scratch DJ Academy in New York City to discuss their beginnings and approach to DJing. The veteran crew, which is composed of the Bay Area’s Apollo, Shortkut, and Vinroc, also showcased their skills.
“When you approach scratching, think of it as you expressing yourself through an instrument.”
DJ and turntablist Dirty Digits has returned with another useful video tutorial. This time, the Scratch DJ Academy instructor breaks down the complex “Autobahn” scratch, which was invented by Germany’s DJ Rafik. As Digits points out, there’s two versions of the technique: fast and slow. This video focuses on the fast version.
Related: How to ‘Boomerang’ Scratch, Explained by Dirty Digits
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