DJ Video Tutorial: The Shiftee Salsa School of Scratch – Chops and Stabs

In this video Dubspot DJ instructor and DMC World Champion DJ Shiftee, kicks off a series of turntablism tutorials aimed to teach you the art of scratching.

In this video Dubspot DJ instructor and DMC World Champion DJ Shiftee, kicks off a series of turntablism tutorials aimed to teach you the art of scratching. In anticipation of epic battles ahead, Shiftee shares his insight on how he performs and teaches by demonstrating some of DJing techniques that got him where he is today, as well as gives us a small taste of what students can learn here at Dubspot.


About Shiftee

2x DMC World Champ + Dancefloor Destroyer + Harvard Math Grad + Top 10 Producer =

New York City’s Shiftee is quite simply one of the most dynamic & innovative DJs on the planet, electrifying crowds from NYC to London to Tokyo with his unique hybrid of turntablism, new technology, honed party rocking, and exquisite musical curation. With a degree from Harvard, two unique DMC World Champion titles, an NYU adjunct professorship & Dubspot DJ program directorship, a top 10 release on Beatport’s genre charts, and an ongoing international tour schedule, this seven-time America’s Best DJ Nominee can do it all.

Shiftee’s prowess as a DJ & performer is unquestioned. In 2007, Shiftee became the only American DJ to date to have won the DMC Battle for World Supremacy title. This victory served as the catalyst for widespread international recognition, allowing Shiftee to take his talent and creativity across Asia, Europe, and the US to some of the world’s biggest clubs, most prestigious venues, and monster festivals. In 2009, Shiftee also won the DMC World DJ Championship, was automatically inducted into the DMC DJ Hall of Fame, and finally brought the fabled gold Technics turntables back to NYC. This title places his name alongside over 20+ legendary DMC World Champs including Craze, A-Trak, Cash Money, DJ Cheese, Rock Steady DJs (Apollo, Mix Master Mike & Q-Bert), Plus One of Jack Beats, and the late Grand Master Roc Raida. Since then, Shiftee’s groundbreaking routine videos have garnished millions of views and helped pave the way forward for the future of DJ performance.

Not only a turntablist, Shiftee is a force to be reckoned with in the mix. His cutting edge mixtapes have been featured on BBC 1Xtra, Rinse FM, Mishka Keep Watch, Kiss 100 (UK), RBMA Radio, Fools Gold, Deepsession, Get Darker, Seclusiasis, The Rub’s Scion AV Show, Dubspot, Noise 212, URB, and more. His “UK Meets USA” mixtape series, a collaboration with Butterz head Elijah, has earned widespread critical acclaim from places like Resident Advisor, Noisey, FACT Mag, and many more. Mishka recently ranked Shiftee’s “Keep Watch” mix as the most memorable of its entire run.

Having already established himself as a master in the DJ world, Shiftee has been turning heads as a producer. His debut release Space Ace, a collaboration with Rx on Rad Summer, hit top 10 on Beatport’s dubstep charts. His originals and remixes have been receiving support from Rustie (BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix), Baauer (BBC Diplo & Friends Mix), Starkey, Machinedrum, Salva, Royal-T, Udachi, Plastician, Crizzly, DJ Wonder (Rinse FM), Nick Catchdubs, Pictureplane, Spooky, Dev79, Elijah (Butterz), Mess Kid, Selecta Fewie, Rx, Sonkin, Lamin Fofana, and more. With tunes already out on Hot Mom USA, Seclusiasis, Deepsession, Slit Jockey, Dutty Artz and LU20, Shiftee is definitely a producer to watch.

Shiftee is also a renowned educator in the field of DJing and DJ technology. He is an adjunct professor at New York University, the Director of DJ Curriculum at the prestigious Dubspot school in NYC, and an endorsed artist of Native Instruments. He has guest lectured on DJing at Harvard, Princeton, Bard, HATCH, and more. The man understands DJing! Beyond teaching, Shiftee continues to spend his time figuring out new and innovative ways to decimate the dancefloor. He fuses an astute ear for forward thinking music with a world champion skill set and grasp of technology, creating an experience that is always jaw dropping.


DJ Extensive Program

Immerse yourself in the complete art of DJing: from the fundamentals of beatmatching and mixing to using effects and programming extended club sets. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn fundamentals or a seasoned pro looking to take your talent to the next level, our curriculum is designed to accommodate all skill levels and styles of music. This comprehensive DJ program covers everything from basic mixing to advanced digital DJing with both Serato and Traktor.

What’s Included

  • DJ Level 1: Rookie Sessions | Essentials I
  • DJ Level 2: Phrase Mixing | Essentials II
  • DJ Level 3: Beyond The Blend | Intermediate Skills
  • DJ Level 4: Preparation | DJ Psychology
  • DJ Level 5: Classroom to the Club | Advanced Techniques I
  • DJ Level 6: Club to the World | Advanced Techniques II

More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

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