DJ Tutorial: Trick Mixing w/ DJ Spictakular

Dubspot Instructor and multiple award-winning turntablist champion, DJ Spictakular demonstrates some essential trick mixing techniques while offering tips and advice for all levels of DJing.

In this video, DJ Spictakular gives us a lesson on trick mixing and demonstrates a common technique called ‘Double Ups.’ Learn how to master this method off doubling various sounds from identical records to add complexity to your sets. Spictakular also offers several tips and tricks for working the decks and crossfader, hand placement, cueing up records, and several other ways that you can utilize the double up technique in your live performances.

About DJ Spictakular

DJ Spictakular is an original member of the Allies Crew, comprised of A-Trak, J-Smoke, Craze, Clever, Infamous, and Develop. Spictakular made a name for himself as a DJ with a charismatic stage presence, well-composed routines, and precise technical control.

His routines emphasize multiple aspects of DJ performance including beat juggling, scratching, body tricks, and mixing. He has won numerous individual battle titles over the course of his career, including being the Philadelphia Regional DMC Champion as well as the runner-up in the US DMC Finals in 1999. He also helped lead the Allies to win the 1999 ITF World Team Championship. In addition, the Allies have won over 14 world championships together, more than any other DJ crew in the world. Spictakular has also appeared with the Allies on Fox, NBC, CNN, MTV, VH1, and BET.

Today, Spictakular stays busy teaching the art of DJing here at Dubspot. He’s also a busy producer, with credits including tracks with Lil Wayne, D-Block, and Immortal Technique.


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 Scratch Live and Traktor Scratch Pro.

About This Program

At Dubspot you’ll be working at personal student workstations equipped with industry standard and cutting-edge technology: Technics SL-1200 / 1210 series turntables, Pioneer CDJs, Pioneer DJM or Rane TTM mixers, Apple iMacs and MacBook Pros, Native Instruments’ Traktor Scratch Pro, Serato Scratch Live, vinyl, CDs, timecode, and MIDI controllers.

Our instructors teach you the necessary techniques and draw on their vast collective experience to give you insight into the mindset, workflow, and art of DJing. Graduates of the DJ Extensive Program will have an opportunity to perform at an event in a New York City venue, organized and promoted by Dubspot together with you and your fellow students. At Dubspot, we want you to do more than just learn. We want you to be great at doing what you love. Let us help you get there!

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

Additional Information

Visit the DJ course page for detailed information on this program here.

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