PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES VOL.1: TURNTABLISM

Native Sessions recently brought together a stellar cast of dance floor innovators in Berlin to explore the technology, innovations, and techniques that have shaped the world of turntablism. Watch luminary DJs Craze, Rafik, and Unkut discuss the history and culture of scratch DJing, and show off some skills in showcase performances.

RAFIK’S HISTORY OF TURNTABLISM

One of the most successful battle DJs ever, DJ Rafik dominated the turntablism scene for years and is now a steady remixer and producer. Watch the Düsseldorf wunderkind share his personal take on the history of turntablism, citing key pioneers and influencing factors along the way.



DJ UNKUT: PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW

Watch DMC Online World Champion and influential turntablist DJ Unkut go into overdrive with a special routine. After his set, listen to his talk with Rafik about his inspirations and what keeps him pushing boundaries.



A THEORY OF MOTIONS

Alex Sonnenfeld is a Q-Bert Scratch University guest professor, runs the Sample Music Festival, and invented S-notation – a notation system for describing turntablism techniques. Watch him break down his theory of motions and offer insight into his effort to connect music theory and turntablism.



DJ CRAZE: PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW

3-time consecutive DMC Champ and Slow Roast label head Craze is a true scratch innovator who consistently challenges himself and pushes his craft into new territory. Watch him perform a showcase routine and share some personal anecdotes in this video.



TURNTABLISM ROUNDTABLE

Watch what happened when DJ Craze, Rafik, and Unkut sat down with NI’s head of TRAKTOR Products Jim Mazur, to discuss how technology has provided inspiration for what turntablism is today.

TEN INSTANT CLASSICS

Listen on Spotify to find out which ten tracks provide DJ Craze with inspiration and kick-start his creativity.





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