ArtistWorks, Inc. - DJ Qbert, leader of the Qbert Skratch University, has been awarded the title of “America’s Best DJ” by popular vote in the annual contest and summer nightlife tour sponsored by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ.
The annual America’s Best DJ Contest aims to foster the growth of US DJ culture by encouraging music fans to support their favorite American DJs. Choosing from a nominated panel of the Top 100 DJs in the United States, fans voted online at AmericasBestDJ.net and in person at 20 tour stops at some of America’s top nightclub venues.
Qbert was selected number one out of 100 nominees for pioneering the art of skratch and maintaining its relevancy in the club scene with active performances, and for sharing his legacy via the Qbert Skratch University online. Inside the QSkratchU DJ Qbert provides a learning experience for turntablists around the world to study using the groundbreaking online video lessons-exchange platform and active online classroom created by ArtistWorks.
"Skratching Lives!” says Qbert in response to the news, “What a great opportunity to show that we DJs are musicians. Thank you to all the folks at DJ Times, QSU, Thud Rumble, and everyone supporting the art of skratch!"
DJ Qbert, America’s Best DJ 2010, will be honored on October 2 in Las Vegas at the ABDJ Closing Party at Ghost Bar in The Palms Hotel & Casino. After being presented his trophy (a special gold-plated Pioneer mixer) by 2009 America’s Best DJ winner Z-Trip, DJ Qbert will perform at the Rain Nightclub for Paul Oakenfold’s infamous Planet Perfecto party.
"We're thrilled for Qbert that the voters supported him in such numbers. Obviously, he's always commanded respect from the DJs, but it's great to know that the fans still hold him in such high regard. Hats off to Qbert," comments DJ Times editor Jim Tremayne.
To attend the America’s Best DJ Closing Party at The Palms Las Vegas, visit the Rain Nightclub site.
About the Qbert Skratch University
Renowned as the world’s premier leader in DJ education, DJ Qbert is mentoring DJs around the world at the Qbert Skratch University online. Qbert Skratch U (QSkratchU.com, qbertskratchuniversity.com) is where all the DJs, mobile, digital, producers, beginners to advanced, and turntablists from around the planet are gathering, learning from each other, spreading the Peace and sharing experiences at QSU. Students follow the extensive video curriculum at their own pace, submit their lessons to Qbert for review, and he sends a video back with his words of wisdom to master the lesson. This exchange is paired up and resides with the lesson so that everyone can learn and respond. Hundreds of lessons and videos include Skratching with DJ Qbert, Beat Juggling with DJ Shortkut, Traktor with DJ Drumcell, Serato with World Champion DJ 8-Ball, Setup & Gear, Helpful Hints, Basic and Freestyle Master Classes, and call and response sessions in the Training Dojo, just to name a few. Enrollment is $60 for three months of instruction.
The ArtistWorks (ArtistWorks.com) online visual education format allows virtuoso musicians to “Teach the World” by presenting their full method, technique or curriculum in HD video to subscribing students of their sites. Simple webcams are used by the students to submit videos to the Artist through the site, for critique and guidance. The Artists easily review student-submitted videos using the ArtistWorks Video Management System (patent pending). These “video-exchanges” are posted for all subscribing students to learn from the teacher and from each other. This groundbreaking use of video-exchange for the instruction of musical instruments has been implemented at Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute, the Qbert Skratch University, Andreas Oberg Guitar Universe, Peery Piano Online, Tony Trischka School of Banjo, Howard Levy Harmonica School, and the new Martin Taylor Guitar Academy. Follow @ArtistWorks on Twitter.