• Profile:

    Rob Swift is widely recognized as a master stylist and innovator in the filed of DJing or turntablism, through his solo projects and collaborations with the X-ecutioners, Linkin Park, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, and others. He has introduced people to the art of DJing through many different avenues, including commercials, movies, albums, live performances, and teaching. His main goal is to connect individuals through music.

    Degrees Held:

    BA, Psychology, Baruch College

    Professional Affiliations:

    Progressive Arts Alliance, DJ instructor
    ESPN, Music producer

    Recent Publications:

    Selected Profiles and Features in Books
    Hip-Hop Turntablism, Creativity and Collaboration, Sophy Smith (Ashgate, 2013)
    Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ, Mark Katz (Oxford, 2012)

    Performances And Appearances:

    ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards (2012)

    ESPN UNite (2012)

    Last Call with Carson Daly (2004)

    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2003)

    Scratch documentary film (2001)

    MTV VMAs (2001)

    MTV Icon (2001)

    Late Night with David Letterman (2001)

    Research Interests:

    Hip Hop history and culture
    Musical composition via turntable techniques

    Awards And Honors:

    Queens World Film Festival: Spirit of Queens Audience Award (2011)
    International Turntablist Federation GrandWizzard Theodore Award (2002)
    Warner Bros. Platinum LP Commemoration (2002)
    Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Certificate of Appreciation (2001)

    Current Courses:

    Advanced DJ Skills

    DJ Skills & Styles

    DJ Skills & Styles (Spring 2020)

    Independent Study (Spring 2020)