"When I started teaching remixing, it meant something totally different than what it means today. Then, it meant redoing musical parts and getting a better mix. Now it means preparing a dance, trance, jungle, or house remix. Today, many remixers are DJs, and studying their work is how I learned about using the turntable as a musical instrument. In 1997, one of my students brought in a video of a championship DJ competition. It just blew my socks off, and I thought, 'I've got to do that!' I bought a pair of turntables, set them up in my basement, and started practicingmuch to the chagrin of my family. They thought I'd totally lost it.
"People take it for granted today that jazz is serious music worthy of the same disciplined study as classical music. But when Berklee began teaching jazz improvisation in the 1940s and rock guitar in the 1960s, most other music schools perceived those musical forms as a threat to 'serious' music. It's the same situation with hip-hop and turntablism today.
"I think this is an important cultural movement. Hip-hop has been widely misunderstood and misrepresented in the media. To me, it is urban folk music that originated in the Bronx. DJs are the musicians of the culture, and the turntable is their instrument. The level of performance is incredibly high, and the creativity involved in developing different techniques is amazing."
- B.M., North Texas State University
- M.M., Western Kentucky University
- Twenty-five years experience as a record producer, engineer, session player, music director, studio designer, recording artist, and DJ
- Emmy Awardwinning composer
- Author of Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ, the first book to teach the turntable as a musical instrument
- Appearances on NBCs Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, NPRs All Things Considered, CNN Live, and The Mitch Albom Show
- Writer for Mix, Remix, Electronic Musician, Audio Media, and Pro Sound News
- Designed and installed studios in L.A., Nashville, Boston, and Hawaii
- Recordings with Brad Delp, Eugene Friesen, Maeve Gilchrist, Jamie Haddad, Lindsay Mac, Manhattan Guitar Duo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Ivan Neville, Mark OConner, Tony Trischka, and the Turtle Island String Quartet
- Performances with John Blackwell, Casey Driessen, Rashad Eggelston, Bela Fleck, Grandmixer DXT, Emmylou Harris, Mark OConner, Mike Phillips, Earl Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs