DJ Rob Swift
July 30th 1-5pm
Doors open at noon-light refreshments while they last
700 N. Tryon St. inside the VAPA Center
Regular Meet & Greet & Workshop
Workshop Participation-Bring your own set up (Table, Chair, Monitor provided) Submit your questions to make sure you get feedback, but will still be able to just speak and share
Copy of the workshop video available
Music Support by DJ WIldcard, DJ Dillon Jam, Dj Monstar
DJ ROB SWIFT
Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the one and only legendary DJ Rob Swift. Step into the world of beats, scratches, and mixing as DJ Rob Swift takes you on an unforgettable musical journey.
With his unparalleled expertise and passion for the craft, he'll guide you through the intricacies of DJing, sharing invaluable techniques and insider tips. Whether you're a seasoned DJ looking to refine your skills or a beginner eager to dive into the world of turntablism, this class is your ticket to greatness.
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DJ Rob Swift Biography
And for a creator like Swift—who has worked with everyone from Linkin Park to the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Mike Patton to Herbie Hancock—truly forward-thinking, revolutionary music just seems to come naturally.
Where it all began…
After years of honing his skills on the wheels of steel under the tutelage of his older brother, father and mentor, Rob Swift was tapped, in 1991, by a Harlem-based DJ crew called the X-Men to join their ranks. Within a year he won the coveted DMC East Coast title and became known, worldwide, as a masterful DJ and a force to be reckoned with.
Their 1997 debut album X-Pressions (Ashpodel) served notice, with dirt-funky tracks like “Word Play” making it clear that Swift the recording artist was on the rise. Five years later, the group’s first major-label debut Built From Scratch (Loud/Columbia) generated the huge hit “It’s Goin’ Down” featuring Linkin Park.
Breaking out as a Solo Artist
After 13 years with the X-Ecutioners, Rob was inspired to establish himself as a soloist and break through with a series of genre-busting albums of his own.
The first being 1998’s The Ablist. Sound Event (2002), his second solo effort, set the tone for his ascendant multi-faceted production style, mapping dark jeep beats (“Hip-Hop on Wax,” with Large Professor), Latin Jazz (“Salsa Scratch,” with Bob James) and ambient-electronic funk (the psychedelic “Interview with Colored Man,” with Supernatural) accompanied by the deft touch of a seasoned studio hand
“Whether it’s as a solo artist or collaborating with other like minded artists, I just want to push the boundaries of what I do”, Rob says. “I’m just trying to figure out different avenues to introduce people to the true art of DJing. However I reach people, the main thing is that we all get to enjoy that musical connection.”DJ Rob Swift
Rob Swift Today…
Today, Rob Swift has continued his relentless pursuit of fresh directions, expanding his palette into the stratosphere of the academic world. Today Rob spends his time teaching DJ art world wide. He’s lectured at Case Western Reserve University and Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, Ohio), Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). Participated in on-site and virtual workshops for entities such as Backspinz(Charlotte, North Carolina), American Embassy Tajikistan and Colombia. Ran summer camp classes in the art of DJing for inner city youth at Progressive Arts Alliance(Cleveland, Ohio). What’s more, most recently Rob taught accredited courses in the art of DJing at The New School University (NYC).
The Brolic Army DJ School
“Teaching the art of DJing has been nothing short of a blessing from God. To say I’m grateful would be terribly understating the gratitude I feel in my heart towards the opportunity to pass on an art form that has helped me facilitate the opportunity to experience myself as a mentor now. DJing has never been a commodity for me. I’ve never been in it for the money. I do this for the sense of purpose this artform has brought me. It’s helped me create a way to feel useful to people and for that I am enormously thankful.” Needless to say, Rob Swift is always in perpetual motion, continuing to push the boundaries of teaching DJ are with his new online platform, Brolic Army DJ School and connecting with students from all walks of life on a global scale!
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Rob Swift’s Social Media
Brolic Army DJ School: https://brolicarmydjschool.com
Rob Swift's Keynote Speech at Indiana University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxUZpB7t1UU&t=6s
Funk Master Flex's 5 Minutes of Funk feat. DJ Rob Swift: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naB-7RsESHI&t=31s
Digital DJing vs Analog DJing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I15WVyhoCHo&t=322s