Dubspot @ SXSW 2014! Panels, Workshops, Performances w/ Shiftee, Atropolis, Astrolith, SicksentZ!

The Dubspot crew will be rolling deep at SXSW 2014 with panels, workshops, performances, and more. Come join us for education, discussions, and dancing at the biggest technology and music fest in the West.

Dubspot @ SXSW 2014 in Austin, TX

Over the past three decades, SXSW (South by Southwest) has been building momentum as one of the most prominent art and technology events in the world. It’s a place where artists break new music, companies introduce new technology, and new alliances are formed for 10 days each year in Austin, Texas.

Dubspot has been attending SXSW annually to present our unique brand of education, highlight our talented staff, and to get a taste of what’s new in technology, film and sound for the coming year. For SXSW 2014 we have assembled a team of educators, creators, and thinkers for a series of events including workshops, live performances, DJ sets, discussions, and more.

Come Meet the Dubspot Crew

Come say hello and check out our technology, instructors, and curriculum! Dubspot will be hosting a booth (#314) at the fifth annual SXSW Music Gear Expo that is happening in the Convention Center. The Music Gear Expo is free and open to the public as well as all SXSW registrants and showcasing artists.

Ableton Spaces @ SXSW

ableton_sxswDubspot is proud to work with Ableton this year for a series of workshops and discussions happening during two days at South by Southwest. Ableton Spaces is a festival space for daytime workshops, demonstrations, and performances with Ableton specialists, Certified Trainers, and some of our favorite artists. All events are free and open to the public.

Ableton Spaces SXSW 2014
Waller Creek Boathouse
74 Trinity St., Austin, TX 78701

March 12: Ableton Sessions – Day 1


Host: Dave Cross
Guest artist: Shuttle
Description: Ableton Push is an instrument, a physical extension and control surface for Ableton Live 9 software. But how does Push work with external hardware devices and analog gear? For a glimpse of the myriad of possibilities, catch this workshop to see how Shuttle handles his analog hardware in the studio and on stage with Push.


Host: Barry Cole & Dave Cross
Guest artist: Jerome LOL
Description: A cornucopia of odd tips await the attendee of this workshop, covering recording & effects techniques, Audio-to-MIDI, Push workflow and working with video clips.


Host: Dave Cross
Guest band: Seekae
In this workshop, Seekae will present how they are able to change the structure, mix and arrangement of sounds on the fly, with Live 9 assuming the role of a “flexible tape deck.” They will also talk about processing vocals with Device Chain presets, how to turn a finished track into a live performance, how to collaborate over the internet, and how Push can be used in a live setting to step-sequence and perform melodies on the fly.

March 14: Ableton Sessions – Day 3


Host: Adam Partridge
Guest artists: Quantic Music & vocalist Nidia Góngora
Description: In this workshop, guest artist Quantic will break down some of his methods for accomplishing his sound within the Latin music space, how Ableton Live 9 makes it possible, and will incorporate a performance with accordion & live singer into the demonstration.


Host: Evan Sutton
Guest artists: Star Eyes, JUBILEE, Wheez-ie, The Heatwave
Description: “Trouble & Bass is the sound of staying up all night and getting wild in the streets, sweat dripping off the walls and speakers pounding in your face. For the last 7 years, these rowdy ravers have brought raw energy back to the world’s dance floors by effortlessly flipping bass-focused dance music in all its forms…with genre-bending DJ sets and monthly parties featuring the most cutting-edge talent from the US, UK and Europe [and putting] Brooklyn on the global bass map while creating an aesthetic that’s now recognizable around the world.” – www.troubleandbass.com. Come take part in a discussion with T&B+friends on various music topics.


Host: Adam Partridge
Guest artists: Knxwledge, Pyramid Vritra, Chrome Canyon
Description: Don’t miss a talk with the new wave of talented artists on this legendary label started by Peanut Butter Wolf in 1996. The talks will include conversations on their music releases, their style, and music production & performance techniques, as well as broader topics like Stones Throw’s legacy and current direction, and general music culture landscape topics in the worlds of hip hop, electronic and underground.

Grown Kids Radio and Thud Rumble Present
Rox Connection – Powered by Dubspot

ROX_Connection_SXSWDubspot’s Shiftee joins DJ Qbert, Chicken George, J Boogie, Cash4Gold$ for Rox Collection, powered by Dubspot. The party kicks off on March 11th at 8pm at Kingdom in Austin, Texas.

DJ Shiftee – Shift Happens @ SXSW

SHIFTEE_TOUR POSTER_sxDJ Shiftee’s Shift Happens tour continues at SXSW with performances just about every night. “I’m so hyped for this tour!” says Shiftee. “It will be my first time: officially incorporating visuals into my set, driving across the whole country, touring for so long, and also playing a bunch of the cities on the routing.  The clinics will delve into the different technological tools in my arsenal and how I conceptualize & approach DJ sets & performance. Life coaching and sandwich consultation also available.”

Calling Shiftee an overachiever is an understatement. He’s Dubspot’s DJ curriculum director, a Turntablism instructor at Dubspot, a Harvard math grad, a 2-time DMC world champion, a Beatport top 10 producer, a label owner and an international DJ. He’s also always on the forefront of DJ technology, a Native Instruments endorsed artist and a common figure in many of their product videos. He’s the hardest working DJ out there.

Adam Partridge aka Atropolis @ Sol Collective


Currently signed with Dutty Artz, a Brooklyn bred indie-label, started by Matt Shadetek and Jace Clayton aka DJ / Rupture, 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 Man Recordings (Berlin), Palenque (Colombia), and Soundway Records (UK). Atropolis most recent release, “Transitions” was pushed on his latest indie-label venture, Cumba Mela. A label he launched with his crew, which pushes global bass.

Astrolith + SicksentZ  @ Avenue on Congress

Brooklyn born producer and DJ SicksentZ and Dubspot Sound Design instructor / bass and funk music composer Evan Sutton (aka Astrolith) will be performing at Avenue on Congress, happening at 408 Congress Avenue on Friday March 14th

Brooklyn born producer and DJ SicksentZ has found a lot of recent success as the gap between hiphop and electronic music continues to fade. Though his sound is rooted in low-fi, spacey rap beats, he has always drawn influence from the electronic music scene. With production that draws from both Rinse FM and Rawkus, he’s been tapped for work with Danny Brown, G-Side, Flatbush Zombies and longtime friends Mr. MFN eXquire and Lakutis. As a live producer and remixer, he’s been asked to tour with various hiphop heavyweights, including El-P and Killer Mike during their infamous Into the Wild Tour in 2012, and Run the Jewels tour n 2013. On stage, SentZ uses Ableton Push and stems from his in-studio works to create improvised live performances, often assisted by an MC. His live remixes, dubbed “hacks” see him reworking floor proven songs, and infusing them with a bit more groove and grit.

Evan Sutton has been making experimental music for close to a decade. Making the journey to the east coast from Southern California in 2005, he cut his teeth composing electronic music in an academic setting. Today, his heart is set on the dancefloor. Combining a variety of influences, including hip hop, electro, techno, and funk, he wants to get you busy.

SXSW VJ Meetup w/ David Lublin

SXSW_VJ_MeetupOn Monday March 10th, Dubspot Visual Performance course designer David Lublin will host a VJ meetup at Empire from 12pm to 5pm. The open forum will be based on Quartz Composer, projection mapping, and more.