DJ Spinna Learning Ableton Live @ Dubspot w/ Kiva + Video Interview

New York’s Dj Spinna (aka Vincent Williams) is a legend in hip hop and house music who has worked with giants such as 4 Hero, Mary J Blige, Stevie Wonder and De La Soul. He’s also worked with hip hop revolutionaries like Eminem, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharaohe Monch,  Brand Nubian, Masta Ace, Guru, and The Jungle Brothers. As a DJ Spinna performs both house and hip hop sets with a high degree of technical precision as a scratch DJ and groove rider. As a producer he’s prolific with soulful house and downtempo outings that ooze with classy funk. He’s a staple in NYC’s history of electronic music and a true hero of the underground.

DJ Spinna “Funktakuda,”from the Vibes Abroad EP on Tronicsole (1999)
DJ Spinna – More (ft. Dynas) from Spinna’s Sonic Smash LP (2011)

After years of success in the studio and on the road, DJ Spinna wanted to up his game with technology and turned to Ableton Live as a new platform for production.”I’ve been toying around with ableton for a few years but honestly, I’ve been scared of it. I know what it’s capable of, especially with the warping features, but I want to use it full on out for production”

In this video Dubspot’s DJ Kiva (who recently had some success of his own with the 1000 Sunrises album) leads Spinna through the paces of using Ableton Live for production and remixing. You can pick up some quick tips on effects routing, using parts of other Ableton sessions and an overview of how to navigate through Ableton’s multiple instrument packages.

Unravel electronic music’s origins, build your chops, learn the language and theory, and make and play music the way you want. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the roots and lineage of a variety of electronic and dance music, strengthen their keyboard skills, and learn valuable music theory skills, deepening their creative practice and facilitating effective collaborations with musical partners.

What’s Included:

  • Essential Music Foundations Level 1: Pads & Rhythmic Theory
  • Essential Music Foundations Level 2: Keys & Melodic Theory
  • Essential Music Foundations Level 1: Electronic Music Appreciation

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- Jonathan Crespo, Miami

EMF has been an amazing experience! I didn’t realize I was going to learn so much about electronic music history, something my generation missed.
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Our music production program is custom-tailored to fit your musical style. You can choose from several Digital Audio Workstations including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, or Propellerhead’s Reason.

After completing this program, you will leave with 4 completed tracks (EP), a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

What’s Included:

    • Ableton Live Level 1: Shake Hands with Live
    • Ableton Live Level 2: Completing Your First Track
    • Ableton Live Level 3: Production Essentials
    • Ableton Live Level 4: Sound Design & Instrumentation
    • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Composition & Production
    • Ableton Live Level 6: Taking Your EP Global

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