Biography of DJ Shiftee
|Real name / ||Sam Zornow|
New York City’s Shiftee has translated his intuitive math geek mentality into far-reaching success on the turntables, electrifying crowds from NYC to London to Hong Kong. With a degree from Harvard, 2 unique DMC World Champion titles, an NYU professorship, and an ongoing international tour schedule, this overachiever can only be positioned for greatness. Who says you can’t do it all?
On Sept. 12, 2009, DJ Shiftee represented the USA in the 2009 DMC World DJ Finals. He took the title, was automatically inducted into the DMC DJ Hall of Fame and brought the fabled gold Technics turntables back to NYC! This new title places his name along side over 20+ legendary DMC World Champs including Craze, A-Trak, Cash Money, DJ Cheese, Rock Steady DJs (Apollo, Mix Master Mike & Q-Bert), Plus One of Jack Beats, and the late Grand Master Roc Raida.
In 2007, Shiftee also became the only American DJ to date to have won the DMC Battle for World Supremacy title. This victory served as the catalyst for widespread international recognition, allowing Shiftee to take his talent and creativity across Asia, Europe, and the US to some of the world’s biggest clubs and most prestigious venues. Along the way, he has performed on show lineups including A-Trak, Craze, Klever, Dieselboy, DJ Funk, Cash Money, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Tittsworth, RJD2, Murs, The Beat Junkies, X-ecutioners, Q-Bert, Z-Trip, and more!
When he’s not teaching the DJ art form at New York University (as an adjunct professor) and Dubspot DJ & Production School in NYC, Shiftee spends his time figuring out new and innovative ways to decimate the dancefloor. He fuses an astute ear for cutting edge music with a world champion skill set and sense of the crowd, creating an experience that is always unique.
He also enjoys making goofy videos where prevalent themes are dancing and sandwiches. His other interests include film, comedy, Grind Time Rap Battles, mathematics, NBA basketball, and, of course, sandwiches. Shiftee is endorsed by Traktor Scratch (Native Instruments).
Titles & Awards
2009 DMC WORLD CHAMPION
2007 DMC Supremacy WORLD CHAMPION
2008 IDA/ITF Finals WORLD VICE CHAMPION
2009 DMC USA CHAMPION
2007 DMC Supremacy USA CHAMPION
2009 DMC EAST COAST CHAMPION
2004 Guitar Center NY/NJ CHAMPION
2003 DMC Regional NYC CHAMPION
2003 ITF Regional EAST COAST CHAMPION