On Sept. 12, 2009, DJ Shiftee, represented the USA in the 2009 DMC World DJ Finals. He took the title, was automatically inducted into the DMC DJ Hall of Fame and brought the fabled gold Technics turntables back to NYC! This new title places his name along side over 20+ legendary DMC World Champs including DJ Craze, A-Trak, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cheese, Rock Steady DJs (Apollo, Mix Master Mike & Q-Bert), Plus One of Jack Beats, the late Grand Master Roc Raida and many others.
Originally into Rock, he credits Notorious BIG’s “Big Poppa” video for bringing him into Hip Hop. DJ Shiftee began DJing in 2000, using his Bar Mitzvah money to buy first set of turntables. By 2002, he was placing in DMC and ITF competitions and by 2003, he was winning East Coast titles in national DJ battles. More recently, DJ Shiftee has expanded his selection to Indie Dance and Electro.
“I have a detailed, meticulous practice schedule that I follow every day. I really try to get Rocky IV when I train but I want to make sure not to get too excited and amped before a battle, like ‘Arrrghhh I’m going to kill everyone!’ I make sure I am doing things I know I can pull off, and not try anything beyond my comfort level even if I can do it in practice. When it comes time to perform, I’m all about staying cool.” – DJ Shiftee