It was 1998 in a club called the Unit in Sheffield, UK, when I first witnessed live scratching. Like many I was transfixed. I didn’t have a clue who the DJ was, but I remember how utterly amazing the noise sounded and how the fingers would move so fast they appeared to dance around the fader often in a ‘pinching’ motion. It was bemusing, fantastic, and mysterious all rolled into one. Before the time of YouTube it took many years to understand why the hands and fingers moved the way they did. Partly by trial and error and partly by scanning a VHS tape of the 1998 DMC world championships and a Vestax Prime Cuts tutorial, I worked out that the key to it all was the ‘orbit’ scratch.
E.A.S.Y., the DJ Shiftee and Enferno duo, took the internet by storm with their collaboration announcement and release of their first live performance. The two turntable-controllerist are at it again with the release of their latest remix of A-Trak’s single “Push”. The duo blends controllerism, turntablism, and live keyboard playing as the two cut up […]
DJ Enferno made a splash a couple months ago with DJ Shiftee when the two debuted their partnership, E.A.S.Y., and yesterday DJ Enferno dropped a new remix of Childish Gambino’s hit “3005.” Instead of uploading the track straight to Soundcloud, DJ Enferno uploaded a live version that he recorded in his studio. With two turntables, […]
Shiftee and Enferno came out with a comeback to SNL about being a DJ. A-Trak is on a mission to separate the real DJs apart from the ones who just press play and throw their hands in the air. Today Craze released a new scratch routine using two Technic 1200s, a Kontrol Z2, and Maschine MK2 that […]
A-Trak and Milo & Otis are very prolific DJs and their track “Out the Speakers” is an instant trap banger. The song features an island rhythm with bass and catchy synth stabs but it wasn’t untouchable. San Francisco DJ, Teeko, took the track to his studio and decided to create a live remix routine around it. […]
Since August, the internet has been abuzz over A-Trak’s real DJing campaign. The turntablist took to Instagram with a passionate post about what real DJing is and how it has evolved through the years. A-Trak shares his experience of shifting from analog to digital DJing, while still keeping his performances authentic. The post is seen […]
Turntablism created a culture and musical movement, however, entrepreneur Jeremy Bell thinks there is more work to be done to perfect turntablism. The ScrubBoard is the first (that we know of!) cassette tape-based controller that is meant to be played in the same way a DJ uses two turntables and a mixer. Keep reading for more about how the ScrubBoard works, what a DJ can expect out of it, and the man behind the project.
If you follow either DJ Shiftee or DJ Enferno on Twitter or Instagram, you are well aware of the "fued" brewing between the two DJs. DJ Enferno was claiming that "Scratching is cool but turntable only routines are relatively easy" which led to the birth of a battle staged for 11AM EST this morning to settle the beef. In reality, the fight was all staged to build up anticipation for a collaboration project between the two DJs called E.A.S.Y. This project is tailored to bring a new perspective to change how people perceive live DJing and performance. Watch the video below and read more about the paradigm shift that E.A.S.Y. is trying to make.