VIDEO: Turntable Ensemble Mixes It up with Numark
Berklee's Turntable Ensemble—led by music production and engineering professor Stephen Webber, a.k.a. DJ Needle Juice—got their hands on some brand new gear donated by DJ accessories and audio equipment manufacturer Numark. Numark's Anthony Lamond '04 shepherded the contribution. A Numark-produced video of the ensemble's "routine," "Cut Like This," features samples from such artists as Prince, James Brown, and M/A/R/R/S.
The ensemble, also known as the Universal Skratch Assassinz, is composed of students Maurice Boyton (a.k.a. Mixmaster Mo), Yaxin "Aries" Deng (a.k.a. DJ Oh Please), Kevin Luu (a.k.a. DJ K Luu), and Nick Zeigler (a.k.a. DJ Iron Fist).
Webber, an Emmy Award–wining composer who has spent three decades as a DJ, record producer, session player, music director, recording artist, engineer, and studio owner/designer, teaches Berklee students how to approach the turntable as a musical instrument.
Of this recent session, Webber says: "It was a lot of fun. It was a very organic process."