We are very proud to present Dubspot Student Spotlight July 2014! This month’s edition features Tibetan producer/rapper JayD, Nurvous Records producer Greco, investment banker turn NYC club DJ ZEEMUFFIN, burgeoning Bay Area producer Ra, and Las Vegas’s DJ Vantage.
Dubspot Student Spotlight July 2014
JayD // New York City, US via Kathmandu, Nepal
Jigme Dorje a.k.a. JayD or simply JD is a New York City-based producer, lyricist, and rapper originally from Kathmandu, Nepal. JayD grew up in Dargeeling India, and studied Buddhist philosophy and poetry. In his youth, he spent time listening to hip hop, jazz, and traditional music from Nepal and India. He is constantly exploring new sounds and has collaborated with various artists in Nepal and around the globe, transcending genres and boundaries and seeking something new. Culturally Tibetan, JayD takes pride in preserving the culture and language of the Tibetan people. He samples Tibetan folk songs in his music “to spread awareness to the younger generation of Tibetans” and bridge the generation gap between young and old. JayD recently signed with Money Affiliated Records and has a mixtape and album slated for this fall and winter.
Check out some recent sounds from JayD:
“I have friends who are great producers but that wasn’t enough. I would try to explain what I wanted to hear or how it’s playing in my head and they would try to make something close to it but never could they capture what I’m imagining. I don’t blame them either, how could they know what was going on in that thick skull of mine. See, only you can create what you see, the rest can only make something close to it and that is why I joined Dubspot. This school has given me the confidence and has helped me sculpt my sound just how I want it. The classes and the whole set up is amazing and the instructors are very informative. But the best part is the atmosphere created by the students and the teachers, it’s learning and teaching what you love. It’s more than “just a school.”" – Jigme Dorje
Greco // New York City, NY
NYC based DJ and Producer Greco has quickly earned his place within today’s thriving dance music scene. Furthering his knowledge of music production at Dubspot, he developed a remarkable sound granting him a record deal with legendary New York label Nurvous Records. Within a week, his EP debuted on the Beatport Top 100 House releases and was featured on countless radio stations and blogs around the world. With early success in 2014 and a string of exciting releases on their way, this innovative house DJ/Producer will surely continue to push the boundaries of dance music into the future all while preserving the roots of the underground.
Check out some recent sounds from Greco:
“Dubspot has been a tremendous help to me as an aspiring artist looking to break into the dance music scene. Not only have all the classes been hugely informative, but also the network you build and friendships you create will last a lifetime! I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my instructors for helping me realize my dreams; John Selway, Abe Duque, Richie Beretta, Adriano Clemente, Harrison Zafrin, & Michele Darling.” – Thomas Greco
ZEEMUFFIN // New York City via Pakistan
ZEEMUFFIN (a.k.a Zainab Hasnain) has gone from working in investment banking by day and DJing in her bedroom by night to opening for NYC rappers A$AP Nast and G4SHI. She has played all around NYC from lounges, to clubs to warehouses, including Gilded Lily, Maison O, The Westway, Blind Barber and Riff Raffs. Born in Pakistan and raised in New York, her foundation started at a young age as a classically trained viola player and dancer, also dabbling in drums and piano. All of these things combined provided her with an eclectic taste and deep understanding of good music. Her contagious energy and extensive knowledge never fail to shine through her sets, which can start with bhangra and end with techno. However, it is hip hop that she is a true aficionado of. Growing up on G-Unit, De La Soul and The Neptunes to name a few, ZEEMUFFIN’s weekly Friday night residency sets at New York’s premier hip hop club, The Westway, are sure to educate you on classic and contemporary hip hop, R&B, trap, Jersey club and more, while also making sure you never stop dancing. When she’s not rocking the club, she lends her skills to local rappers, recently DJing for Kid Dilla of Gorilla Warfare Tactics. She is currently working on her own productions and remixes and will continue to add to her summer 2014 mix series: “The Bakery”.
Check out the first episode of The Bakery “Whippin Da Yam” below and follow her on Twitter.
“Dubspot changed my life – not only through the things I learned, but more importantly through the people I met. Everyone treats each other like family, always looking out in each others best interest – the energy amongst the community is so positive and constructive. I’ve made life long friends at Dubspot with students and teachers alike. It’s the reason I have the confidence and skills to pursue my dreams and passion. I consider it a second home and will never stop going back.” – Zainab Hasnain a.k.a. ZEEMUFFIN
Ra // Oakland, CA, US
Ratha Nou a.k.a. Ra from San Jose, CA recently completed our Music Foundations, Music Production w/ Ableton Live, and Mixing and Mastering courses at Dubspot NYC. While currently based in Oakland, Ra has had an extensive career working as a freelance motion graphics artist, with clients ranging from Nike, Google, Jabbawockeez, Adobe, Bowers & Wilkins, Intel and more. His visual creative portfolio can be viewed at Stab Labs.
In recent years he’s been learning music production on his own, taking the classic hip hop approach of sampling jazz and soul records. Ratha felt that it was time to take his passion for music to the next level. Ra hopes to weave all his skills together in an audiovisual experience. He’s dubbed his sound “feel good with a B-Boy confidence.”
Check Ra’s Dubspot Level 5 Project “Pardon My English”:
“There’s something challenging about capturing an audience through your music and being able to connect with them in a way that you can’t do visually. That’s why I’m here, and I’ve already experienced a huge leap in the sound quality of my productions, ever since I enrolled at Dubspot.” – Ratha Nou
Vantage // West Virginia, US
West Virginia-born DJ/Producer Troy Erickson a.k.a. Vantage got his start as a barback at his father’s nightclub, being expose to the unique sounds and styles of the various DJs coming through. Troy was fascinated by the hard work and skill that went into putting a set and took up mixing as a hobby during the day. He continued working through the ranks at the club at night. After years of cultivating his craft, Troy took over the entertainment side of things, becoming the resident DJ out of necessity. Vantage has played alongside several notable acts including Styles P, and DJed a party attended by the legendary DJ Kid Capri before branching out and traveling around the West Virginia and Maryland area. Currently based in Las Vegas, Vantage plans on continuing his attack on the music scene. His style of mixing spans several ends of the music spectrum, from classic rock, to the latest heat-seekers. Interest in crafting his own unique edits to improve his turntable-driven performances, Vantage decided to enroll in Dubspot’s Music Production w/ Logic Pro course. After spending hours upon hours learning watching Logic Pro tutorials on YouTube, he decided to take an official route to learning the ins and outs. A fan of DJ Shiftee, Vantage was aware of Dubspot from Shiftee’s salsa-scratch videos on YouTube. Much more than making re-edits for live use, Vantage is now completely comfortable with crafting original works of his own.
Check out some recent sounds from Vantage:
“I enrolled in Dubspot Online’s Logic Pro X course expecting to get a purely technical walk-through of one of the most powerful music production tools available, but what I got was much more. The course also provided a solid foundation from which to build and understand your own unique sound, as well as a very involved, personal and positive interaction between the instructors and fellow students alike.” – Troy Erickson a.k.a. Vantage
Ask questions. Watch demos. Test drive workstations.
Anyone who comes by will have the opportunity to ask our instructors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy, and watch live music production and DJ demos. You can even sit down at one of our workstations and take it for a test drive. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, we suggest you stop by one of our Open Houses to learn more about the school, understand what the learning process at Dubspot entails and help you decide what is best for you. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.