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Dubspot Student Spotlight April 2015: Cammar, Hakuu, LB Laurent Bass, PLAYÄ, Corporeal

In our April 2015 Dubspot Student Spotlight, we highlight some remarkable artists and producers who have recently taken courses at Dubspot NYC, LA and Online. Get to know Cammar, Hakuu, LB Laurent Bass, PLAYÄ, and Corporeal!

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Dubspot Student Spotlight April 2015!

Cammer // New York, NY, US


13-year-old electronic music producer Cameron Glass a.k.a. Cammer is the son of celebrated American composer Philip Glass. Cameron developed a passion for digital musicality just a couple of years ago. He’s been cultivating his skills and exploring the creative possibilities Ableton Live. Cameron has a deep appreciation for all kinds of music; his current favorite includes experimental, trap, and ambient music. “One might think that I’m too young to make music, and some might think that others are too old, but the talent lies in the knowledge, not the age,” says Cameron.

Listen to some of Cameron’s recent productions below:

“The day that I first toured Dubspot was the day that I decided I would learn from the best at Dubspot. I enrolled in the Ableton Live Course, which not only gave me knowledge about Ableton, but connected me with musicians and artists with talent and potential and showed me all different kinds of instruments, styles, MIDI controllers, computers, programs, and all of the necessary things to put me out into the music world.” – Cameron Glass a.k.a. Cammer

LB Laurent Bass // Philadelphia, PA, US


Multi-instrumentalist, music producer, composer, educator and partner at LB Entertainment, Laurent Bass is at the vanguard of solo live entertainment in electro performances and is an active member of the Philadelphia Jazz collective.

A native of Philadelphia, Laurent performs on tenor, alto and soprano sax, clarinet, flute, blues harmonica, Ableton Live, and has an extensive background in Jazz, Latin, World, Nu Jazz, classical music and electronic music production. His original compositions reflect his wide musical background and he was recently awarded The Akademia Music Award for Best Song Funk/Jazz for his composition, Feelin’ Good.

Laurent is recognized in the music and events circle for his creative electro acoustic jazz solo performances with LB Jazz +One and Mïxt BeaTz, in which he integrates live performances on soprano and tenor sax with electronic elements using Ableton Live. He is co-founder of the band Mélange Jazz Collective and performs as its lead saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist. He has collaborated with several Jazz, Latin and World bands and his musical pursuits have taken him all over the East Coast at live events including the Kimmel Center, The Mellon Jazz Festival, Penn’s Landing Music Festival, World Café Live, The Painted Bride, in Philadelphia,  The Bethlehem Music Festival, the Annual SoNoArts Celebration in So. Norwalk, CT, and at some European events.

Laurent received Dubspot Online Ableton Live Producer Certificate  in April 2014 from Dubspot in New York. He studied extensively with composer, alto saxophonist and Jazz innovator, Bobby Zankel, with clarinetist and saxophonist Norman David, and with flutist Dr. Cynthia Folio. He recently attended Buster Williams School of Music and completed their Summer Jazz Intensive program.

Laurent received his Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education and his B.A. from Temple University.

Influencers: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sony Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Stanley Turrentine, Nile Rodgers, Pat Metheny, Nils Petter Movaer, Thievery Corporation.

“Why I chose Dubspot:

I was searching for a way to combine my live band performance experience with new electronic music environment.  I was approaching this goal from a musician’s perspective. My search led me to Ableton Live as it offers a unique electronic music environment that combines easily with musicians tools, effects and features – which I did not find in other environments.

Dubspot’s comprehensive curriculum in electronic music production and systematic approach to teaching offer fundamental concepts needed to construct current electronic compositions, i.e.:

•        Subtractive and FM Modulation synthesis.
•        Digital MIDI and analog audio recording.
•        Sampling.
•        MIDI & audio effects.
•        Composition construction and arrangements.

Dubspot’s program and Ableton Live have helped me bring my musical performances and electronic music production to the next level, and further my career as a musician and electronic music producer.” – LB Laurent Bass

PLAYÄ // Los Angeles, CA, US


PLAYÄ is a project by 22-year-old French producer JB, who ventured into the world of electronic music production just 5 years ago. JB first wrote songs and played keyboard with the synthpop duo Pierre & the Wolf before he decided to produce his own music. He studied audio engineering at a school in Paris, before relocating to Los Angeles to study Electronic Music Production at Dubspot LA. JB takes inspiration from a wide range of styles, from classical music to alternative rock and dream pop.

Listen to some of PLAYÄ recent songs below:

“Dubspot is a great experience so far. I’m growing more and more sound design skills and getting more control with the sounds I want to use. Also, I’m learning a lot about mixing in the box which is great for someone who was only taught hardware mixing techniques.” – JB

Corporeal // Los Angeles, CA, US


Corporeal is the esoteric electronic music project of the LA based producer, Kyle Bishoff. He was introduced to acoustic music at a very early age, before switching to producing electronic music, an involvement that has lasted almost 10 years. Corporeal strives to push the envelope of the digital music era, through a marriage of analog hardware, acoustic instrumentation and unconventional digital production techniques. Combining introspective spacial landscapes with hard hitting drums is his expertise. His music is unique and ubiquitous, merging a variety of styles and attracting listeners from all demographics. “Corporeal gives me a sense of nostalgia, for things I have not yet experienced.”

He is the co-founder of the West Coast label, Childbrain, and is currently working on a full length album that can be expected through that label later this year.

“Dubspot LA has given me the opportunity to pursue my passion, while allowing me to truly be myself. I feel like I’m at home when I walk in the door, everyone is so inviting and accepting. Dubspot is beginning to feel like a second family to me. I have gained so much from the instructors, and built very close and personal relationships with people deeply involved in this industry! Along the way I’ve gained the tools and knowledge needed to achieve my goals with music, and this is just the beginning!” – Kyle Bishoff

Hakuu // Bend, OR, US


Keenan Branch (a.k.a. Hakuu) is a 20-year-old electronic music producer from Bend, Oregon. After traveling the Americas and the West Coast for the past two years, Keenan is currently based in Los Angeles. He dedicates most of his time creating art and music, full of inspiration from his extensive travel. “Free time is spent producing music, freelance art work, helping to co-create many festivals along the West Coast and the occasional adventure,” Keenan says with regards to his current work and life in LA.

“Dubspot has been an amazing experience. It’s great to have the resources and answers to your questions available anytime. It has shown me that with the right amount of motivation, anything is possible. It is a great place to see how the real world of music works. As well as connecting with teachers who have professional experience and leave feeling comfortable with how you would like to approach placing yourself in the music world.” – Keenan Branch

Open House in NYC: Sundays 11am | Guided Tour of LA

Ask questions. Watch demos. Test drive workstations.

Visit our New York and Los Angeles locations! Ask our Admissions Counselors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy. Watch live music production and DJ demos, and test drive our student workstations. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, stop by one of our Open Houses in NYC or schedule a tour in LA to find out more about the learning process at Dubspot. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.

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DJ Shiftee – Two Turntables and Traktor Kontrol S8 Routine w/ Q and A

In this video, 2-time DMC champion and Dubspot DJ curriculum director DJ Shiftee heats things up in his new routine with the TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 and his devastating scratch skills! Learn many of these DJ skills and more in any of our upcoming DJ course dates. Enrollment Details!

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Turn up the air conditioning, DJ Shiftee gets locked in on another hot routine and takes the original jogwheels out for a spin with TRAKTOR KONTROL S8. In this video, 2-time DMC champion and Dubspot DJ curriculum director DJ Shiftee unleashes his turntable wizardry that has made him one of the most well-known and respected turntablists out there. Shiftee is not only a world-class turntablist but also incorporates the latest digital DJing technologies available. He’s a unique blend of the old and new school.

Watch DJ Shiftee bust his way to freedom with the full creative power of TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 and devastating scratch skills!


Alt-J – Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)
Low Pros Feat. Que – Who Wanna Play
Shiftee – Uh Yo And Also Yo

Q+A with Shiftee – Traktor S8 Routine

Tell us your impressions of the S8 after building this routine. Did the S8 bring new variables to work with in your routine?

The S8 is a lot of fun!  I love the screens for overall workflow and being able to hide the laptop.  From a performance standpoint,  it’s a new look for me to have such nice big pads so close to the faders and in between the decks (rather than on the outside), opened up some new creative possibilities.

What is your favorite part (or parts) of this new controller?

Freeze mode is really cool, especially when using it to chop up loops into smaller loop slices and then still being able to scratch those.  The screens are also very Hammer Dance (my highest compliment).

How was the transition to working with no jog wheels on the S8?

I’ve never really used jog wheels and probably never will, so the transition was seamless.  I look at the S8 as a mixer with midi control built in that I can use in conjunction with my turntables.  I wouldn’t DJ without turntables, so this is just like getting a mixer with steroids.  It’s like a really buff mixer, hits the gym really hard.

Are you able to maintain the same level of control as with other controllers?

In many aspects, you get much more control from the S8.  When you turn a Fx knob, for instance, you can see the exact values of the Fx on the screen.  The screens are just Bonkers, by which of course I’m referring to the 90′s cartoon series on Toon Disney.

What challenges did you encounter working with the S8 instead of a traditional mixer setup?

It’s width.  I watched sumo wrestling videos to think wider and prepare myself for beat juggling with the decks so far apart.

Are you excited about the new Stems file format? Will this provide new options for turntablists?

Stems look cray!  I’m excited to experiment with throwing parts in and out while I scratch, juggle, and spin around.

Tell us about the musical choices you used for this routine..

The musical picks represent a nice cross section of my tastes these days.  We’ve got rap with Low Pros – Who Wanna Play ft. Que, super melodic future-y stuff with Lido’s remix of alt-J, and then dirty bass with my own track Uh Yo And Also Yo.  Ultimately the picks also come from experimenting with a bunch of different songs and then zooming in on what sounds, to use a clinical term, the most dope.

About DJ Shiftee

DJ Instructor & Native Instruments Specialist

DJ Shiftee is a tuntablist, party rocker, Harvard math grad, and one of the premiere battle DJs in the world. He is the 2007 and 2009 DMC Supremacy World Champion, the only US champ ever, the 2008 IDA/ITF World Vice Champion, and the self-proclaimed

greatest sandwich maker of all time. Using two turntables and a mixer as his instruments, Shiftee actively performs turntablist showcases, experimental group projects, and party sets around the globe. Known as an established force on the international DJ scene, Shiftee has translated his intuitive math geek mentality into far-reaching success on the turntables.

Connect with Shiftee on the web!

Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | E.A.S.Y. | Hot Mom USA

Shiftee + Enferno Present: E.A.S.Y. “Coming Around Again” Video

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DJ Extensive Program

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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 and Traktor.

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

Start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

Or if you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.


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