Dubspot, an esteemed name in music education, is traveling to South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas again this year, bringing workshops, demonstrations, parties, and gatherings of elite musicians and teachers. In the spirit of their new worldwide learning platform, Dubspot Online, and imminent expansion to Austin, faculty involved this year hail from both coasts, overseas, and Austin itself, all joining together around this revolutionary festival and educational concept.


From March 16 – 19, Dubspot will return for their 2nd year at the Gear Alley Expo of the SXSW Music and Media Conference, hosting mini-demos, sample private tutoring lessons, Dubspot Online information sessions, and public samplings of the school’s renowned experience. Two special workshops sessions are also scheduled for the Gear Alley Garage performance area:

Thursday, March 17 @ 1:00pm
DUBSPOT AUSTIN: Ableton Live Session w/ Ocote Soul Sounds' Martín Perna & Friends

"Folktronic Funklore" is a word that producer, multi-instrumentalist, and Austin resident Martin Perna (Dubspot, Antibalas, Ocote Soul Sounds) uses to describe his music, and no piece of musical software helps achieve this aesthetic more than Ableton Live. This workshop features technical explanations & live musical collaborations between Martín, fellow members of Ocote, Thavius Beck, Pat Cupo, and Ancient Astronauts

Saturday, March 19 @ 1:00pm
DUBSPOT ONLINE: DJ Sets from Thavius Beck, Matt Shadetek, and Ancient Astronauts

In the post vinyl era, DJing has entered a new renaissance with almost endless live performance options. A selection of Dubspot Online’s diverse faculty group - Thavius Beck (Los Angeles), Matt Shadetek (Brooklyn), and Ancient Astronauts (Germany) - will demonstrate their preferred applications of this new technology.


Thursday, March 17
Dubspot (Unofficial SXSW) Workshop Sessions FREE (1pm-7pm)
@ Deseo Centro Lounge (219 Congress Ave.)
Dubspot workshop sessions will feature Ableton, Livid, Propellerheads, Native Instruments' Traktor 2 & Maschine 1.6 with performances and workshops from Mexicans w/ Guns, Thavius Beck, Ill.Gates, and DJ Shiftee, plus giveaways -- win a Maschine, X1, and More.


Sunday, March 20 - 3pm–8pm
@ Franklin Barbecue (900 E. 11th St.).
To close SXSW this year (unofficially), Dubspot is hosting the DUBSPOT AUSTIN BBQ BENEFIT, along with ESL, Native Instruments, Wax Poetics and Tru Thoughts. All proceeds will benefit The Cipher, an Austin-based organization dedicated to building young leaders and engaged hip hop artists. The afternoon will feature sets from Matt Shadetek, DJ ObaH, Martín Perna, Thavius Beck, Barry Cole, Rob Luis, Belleruche, and DJ Shiftee, plus a special performance by The Cipher and the Outta Kontrol dance crew. Facebook RSVP here.


Dubspot is also sponsoring a variety of top-notch events, with a diverse selection of elite and like-minded musicians, promoters, record labels, and technology companies.

Tuesday, March 15
StrangeTribe Productions & Soul of the Boot Entertainment present Night Fever! VOL XI: The SXSW Edition
@ Copa Bar & Grill (217 Congress St.)
Featuring live performances by Nappy Riddem, Ocote Soul Sounds, Chico Mann, Afrofreque, and Afrolicious w/ El John (Thievery Corporation) on percussion, along with DJ sets from Nickodemus, J Boogie, Empresarios, DJ OBaH, Ancient Astronauts, and DJ Sun.

Thursday, March 17
2011 Friends of Friends Day Party
@ Barcelona (206 E. 6th St.)
Featuring live performances by Daedelus, Baths, Mexicans with Guns, Salva, Shlohmo, Matt Shadetek, Low Limit, Kotchy, Asura, Anenon and DJ Sodapop

Thursday, March 17
SXStrangeBoot : An ESL Music : Tru Thoughts : Dubspot : Fort Knox Recordings Showcase
@ Roial (120 5th St.)
Featuring performances by Ocote Soul Sounds, Barry Cole, DJ OBaH, Nappy Riddem, Empresarios, Frank Mitchell, Funk Ark, Belleruche, Ancient Astronauts, Tom B., Senor Oz, Nickodemus, Robert Luis.

Friday, March 18
Giant Step presents: Dubspot and Friends: A Showcase featuring Tru Thoughts, ESL, and Bastard Jazz
@ Kenichi (419 Colorado St.)
Featuring Nickodemus, Belleruche, Ancient Astronauts, DJ OBaH, Rob Luis, Barry Cole, DJ DRM, and Erik The Red.

Want to learn more about Dubspot? Check out this What Is Dubspot video, complete with testimony from Richie Hawtin, Scientist, Ferry Corsten, and more, or visit their website, dubspot.com.