Dubspot @ SXSW 2014! Photo Recap – Workshops, Demos, Performances, Artist Panels +

The Dubspot crew recently returned from SXSW (South by Southwest) 2014, where they participated in a series of workshops, performances and panels at the biggest technology and music fest in the West. Photos by Craig Sordyl. 

SXSW 2014

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 assembled a team of educators, creators, and thinkers for a series of events including workshops, live performances, DJ sets, discussions, and more.

Dubspot’s SXSW 2014 included a workshop series with Ableton, an info booth, and many, many gigs.

“SXSW 2014 was a great success for Dubspot. Ableton hooked us up with some great workshop opportunities, and we were able to see people react to a functioning prototype of the DS1 MIDI Mixer (the only one in North America at the moment). I’m most proud of the fact that four different folks from Dubspot had gigs in Austin. For us, SXSW perfectly exemplified our vision of Arts + Education.”Dave Cross, Director of R&D at Dubspot

Shift Happens w/ Shiftee

DJ Shiftee SXSW

DJ Shiftee kicked off our first night, at Kingdom. He’s currently in the midst of his “Shift Happens” Spring tour.

DJ Shiftee SXSW

Shiftee, a Dubspot Instructor and Course Designer, kept busy at SXSW, riding a streak of 8 gigs in 8 days. His tour continues after SXSW too. You can read more about his tour and catch tour dates here.

Ableton Workshops


The following day, Dubspot participated in a number of workshops with Ableton. Here’s Jerome LOL discussing sound design of drums with Ableton Live using a laptop microphone and a gate effect.

Nate Donmoyer SXSW

Nate Donmoyer is a former drummer for the band Passion Pit. He’s an active producer on Ninja Tune and other labels under the moniker Shuttle. We had a great discussion about external hardware in performance, improvisation, and… cats.

Dubspot @ SXSW Music Gear Expo

Dubspot SXSW

By now, our booth at the SXSW Music Gear Expo was up and running. Dubspot Admissions officer Cliff Callendar (better known as SicksentZ) and Ableton Live instructor Adam Partridge (Atropolis) were on hand to answer questions and give advice.

Dubspot SXSW

Adam Partridge helps an attendee create a wobble bass using Ableton Operator, while Cliff watches on.

DS1 MIDI controller @ SXSW

Dubspot SXSW

The only DS1 prototype in the Western Hemisphere made an appearance, thanks to our local friends in Austin, Livid Instruments.

Dubspot SXSW

The DS1 MIDI Mixer was quite a hit, making an impression on both electronic and traditional musicians.

Ableton Workshops


Back at the Ableton Workshop house, Quantic treated us to a performance with live vocals, guitar and horns.


Quantic has recently moved to NYC from Columbia. We hope to see more of him at Dubspot soon!

Trouble & Bass co-founder Star Eyes

Trouble & Bass co-founder Star Eyes shares her insights about running a successful label.


DJ/producer and Mixpak artist Jubilee answers a question about production workflow.



We concluded SXSW 2014 with some more gigs from our own family. SickzentZ sequences hip hop on-the-fly with the Ableton Push. Dubspot Sound Design instructors Evan Sutton (Astrolith) and Adam Partridge (Atropolis) were also featured artists at the festival.