Dubspot Student Spotlight! Jasmine Solano, DJ Nikifor, Aissabeta7, A.H.M.A.D.D, JamesM

This month’s edition of Dubspot Students to Watch features an exciting array of rising artists, DJs and producers from across the electronic music spectrum. The roundup this month features a diverse group of talents including Jasmine Solano, DJ Nikifor, Aissabeta7, A.H.M.A.D.D, and JamesM.

Jasmine Solano // New York City, NY

Photo by Nick Onken

New York City-based DJ and rapper Jasmine Solano, who studied turntablism at Dubspot, is no stranger to the music world. She began her DJ career at the age of 17, spinning records on Boston’s WERS 88.9 FM. Within the past couple of years, she has DJed for Beyoncé and Wiz Khalifa, released her debut EP, One on One, which features a guest appearance by rapper Yelawolf, and created DJ mixes for W Hotels and WeSC.

Jasmine just returned from DJing in Singapore, and has upcoming events Europe and Canada. She also regularly throws an international dancehall and electro party with MeLo-X. Her hit single, “That’s Not It,” can be found on MTV, and she’s joining MTV Iggy as a host-correspondent.

She has been featured in magazines including Paper, Mix Mag, Elle Girl Japan, Cosmo, and Creem Mag, and on Jay-Z’s Rocawear fashion campaign.

You can tune in to hear Jasmine on Radio Lily every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. EST on RadioLily.com.

“If I could take a year off and learn, work and live at Dubspot, I would. Not only is the space amazing, but the classes are small, the equipment is up-to-date and, most importantly, the teachers and staff are the best in the biz.” – Jasmine Solano

DJ Nikifor // Macedonia

Nikifor Stoilkov started DJing in his home country of Macedonia at the tender age of 12. He grew up absorbing the sounds of late ’90s electronic dance music icons ranging from Daft Punk and Gala to Danny Tenaglia while working at one of Macedonia’s most famous radio stations, Antenna5. During his teenage years, he played opening and closing sets for U.S. and European superstars including Sasha, John Digweed, Armin van Buuren, David Morales, Louie Vega, Dennis Ferrer, Marco Carola, Hernan Cattaneo, Christian Smith, and Roger Sanchez.

Nikifor toured outside Macedonia and earned a residency at Paradise Club in Mykonos. He came to Dubspot to refine his DJ skills and study electronic music production.

Nikifor 4 Dubspot by Djniki4100 on Mixcloud

“When I saw Abe Duque on my first day of Level 5, I was very excited! I could not believe that I’m standing in a classroom next to the guy whose records I own. He is the best coach I ever had. I felt like I can remix anything with him in the classroom. Also, if you want to improve your DJ skills, Dubspot in New York City is the environment for YOU, I’m definitely coming back next year for more courses!” – Nikifor Stoilkov

A.H.M.A.D.D // Waco, Texas

Ahmad Washington, better known by the stage name A.H.M.A.D.D (Accepting Humility Mastering All Divine Direction), is an ordained preacher, co-founder of Flow 4 Christ Ministries, and a member of the acclaimed Christian rap group F.L.O.W.

A.H.M.A.D.D released three projects with F.L.O.W, and a solo debut titled Story 2 Tell.

The inspiring title track from that project put A.H.M.A.D.D in high demand as an artist and speaker at youth and young adult camps, as well as at prisons, group homes, colleges, and a host of outreach events.

In addition to being an artist and ordained minister, A.H.M.A.D.D has a master’s degree in social work. He studied music production and performance with Maschine at Dubspot Online.

“The Maschine online course with Matt Cellitti was great! I got much more than what I was expecting to get out of this course. Not only did I learn Maschine inside and out, but I also grew in the realm of music production and mixing. The instructor provided a great balance of encouraging me in what I did well with challenging me to grow in areas in which I was weak at the start of this class. Although it was an online class, I felt like I was in the class room setting because of the consistent contact I had with both the instructor and the active students in the course with me. The Maschine online course has helped me to further solidify my own sound while still being experimental and cutting edge with the use of this instrument.” – Ahmad Washington, aka A.H.M.A.D.D

Aissabeta7 // Washington, DC

Brooklyn-via-DC multi-instrumentalist and producer Aissa Arroyo Hill aka comes to Dubspot from the world of punk and industrial rock. She is currently the guitarist and producer for noon:30, a NYC/LA based electro-rock band with songs ranging from pure ambient to uncontrollably infectious melodies. Their live shows are action-packed, full of raw, unfiltered energy one moment and soothing the next. Aissa is also the solo artist behind the dystopian-themed audiovisual project called Aissabeta7. Currently she is completing the Electronic Music Production Master Program and Visual Performance Program at Dubspot.

“Dubspot is one of the most influential and defining experiences for me as an artist and musician. From my first introduction to electronic music themed toward dystopian worlds, to learning how to merge a live performance with visual effects created and controlled by the musician, it truly has been a remarkable ride.” – Aissa Arroyo Hill

JamesM // Miami, FL

Miami-based artist-producer JamesM found his way to Dubspot online while searching for ways to expand his DJ skills. He took the Music Production with Maschine course with Dubspot instructors Heinrich Zwahlen and Matt Cellitti. He is currently enrolled in our DJ / Producer Master Program.

JamesM is the founder of Miamilicious, an electronic dance music label dedicated to providing new artist-producers with mentoring and collaboration opportunities. Outside of music production and label work, he’s a regular panelist and DJ at Miami’s annual Winter Music Conference.

“I have a solid background in music performance and theory, but producing ‘in the box’ had evolved to a new level while I was busy with a lot of other things in life. When I came back to music, I realized that not only did I need to produce to be taken seriously as an artist, but there were a ton of technical skills required to do world-class production work. Dubspot online was the perfect fast track for me to get what was needed to step up my game, continue to work, DJ, and start Miamilicious without leaving South Beach or wasting time!” – James M