Category Archives: Turntablism

Roc4Raida – DJ Rob Swift

Turntable legend Rob Swift talks about the new website which has been set-up to honour the memory of the late, great Grandmaster Roc Raida.

We Move By Instinct – DJ Rob Swift

Turntable legend Rob Swift proves that it’s “all about practice” with the help of a blindfold and doubles of Run-DMC’s classic “Sucker M.C.’s”.

New Joint – BocaWoody

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BocaWoody – “Ready 2 Rock” (BocaWoody.BandCamp.Com / 2016)

B-boy-friendly beats off the new “NW/SW EP1” collabo release from UK turntable technicians Boca 45 and DJ Woody.

 

Cuttin’ It Up – DJ Rob Swift

NY turntable legend Rob Swift gets busy on the ones-and-twos with a routine involving Gang Starr’s “Just To Get A Rep”.

Skratch Practice – DJ Sheep

Australia’s DJ Sheep demonstrates his impressive turntable skills during a recent practice session in Taiwan.

New Joint – DJ Woody

DJ Woody – “I Got Styles” (@DJWoodyMusic / 2014)

The veteran UK turntablist flexes his formidable skills on this track from a forthcoming album project.

Mad Flava – DJ Rob Swift

Legendary turntable technician Rob Swift reminds the world how funky the science of beat-juggling can be with the help of some vintage practice footage, Craig Mack’s classic “Flava In Ya Ear” and a dose of valid advice.

Words From Rob Swift:

“I know we’re in an age were a lot of battle DJs are “Beat Juggling” Electronic and Techno music. And hey, if that’s the stuff you listen to, if that’s the stuff that moves you, if that’s the stuff you wanna “Beat Juggle”… be my guest. But Funk begets Funk and “Beat Juggling” is ALL about sounding Funky. So I strongly suggest you work with actual Funky music when you’re formulating a new pattern or routine. You know… somethin’ wit’ some FLAVA!

Many believe “Beat Juggling” as we know it today is stale, synthetic and flat lines after a few quick seconds. One reason for this is a lot of battle DJs are working with beats that are produced on a computer grid. Sequenced copy and paste style. There’s no soul in that! Factor in the unrecognizable songs competitors are using and you’re audience won’t be able to acknowledge what is your doing to the music. This leads to a disconnect between you and the people you’re supposed to be performing for.

If you wanna conceive your own Funky beat, tackle familiar songs with live Funky drummers or Funky samples. Done properly, Funky Beats equal Funky Beat Juggles.”