Aguilar, Robert

Aguliar, Robert

Robert "DJ Rob Swift" Aguilar
BA, Psychology, Baruch College

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.
Courses Taught:
Lang at Scratch DJ Academy
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)
Office Hours:
By appointment

Personal Website:

Research Interests:
Hip Hop history and culture
Musical composition via turntable techniques
Professional Affiliations:
Scratch DJ Academy, DJ Instructor
Progressive Arts Alliance, DJ instructor
ESPN, Music producer
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
Innovation In Modern Music: Understanding the craft of the DJ/Turntablist at Case Western Research University, Center for Popular Music Studies (2013)
Master Class at Cuyahoga Community College, Recording Arts and Technology Program (2013)
The Greene Space at WNYC (2010)
Competitions and Appearances:
Sportcenter ESPN (2013)
College Football Sports Awards ESPN (2013)
UNite ESPNU (2013)
Savannah, Georgia Jazz Festival (2008)
Sesame Street (2007)
Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2004)
Late Night with David Letterman (2002)
MTV Icon (2002)
MTV TRL (2002)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)
MTV Video Music Awards (2001)
Rane presents "Master Class" DVD (2013)
Rane presents "DJ Rob Swift Live: The Documented Movement" DVD (2011)
"The Architect" Ipecac Recordings (2010)
Rane presents "As The Technics Spin" DVD (2009)
Rane presents "As The Tables Turn" DVD (2006)
"War Games" DJ Honda Recordings (2005)
"Under The Influence" SIX Degrees Records (2003)
"Sound Event" Tableturns Records (2002)
"The Ablist" Asphodel Records (1998)
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)

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