• Very cool interview. I liked the part about getting inspirations and how … after long wait and nothingness, you are suddenly struck by lightening. awesome. 

  • jetpack

    For me two of the most important people and moreover in one room

  • Chris

    Yeah, something about this didn't sit right with me. I agree with goonie :l

  • scotched aka goonie

    I read your interview, the "original" comments, and your new civility article which explains the new comment system. I agree that there should be some form of moderation, but not at the cost of our ability to disagree, or even question motives.

    I'll say what other's failed to say properly: This feels like a stunt.

    The video is more like a "showcase" than a jam session. Q is actually the one jamming, taking risks and being musically spontaneous. Ean is off in his own world just playing his tune, he never once looks over at Q. If Ean had a midifighter drumset with only 3-buttons (Kick,Snare,High-Hat) and tried to tap a beat to Q, THAT would have had more credibility as a "jam".
    Even with that, I was still okay with the video.

    The interview is what bugged me. I don't think you care about Q's contributions to the DJ world, as his contribution to djtt's business world. I'm getting the message that you're comparing yourself to Q, in the likeness of being "pioneers". There is a fundamental difference between the two of you: He paid his dues. He also doesn't need the approval of the controller community. It's the other way around.

    When you say something along the lines of "turntables aren't for me", and then go say you want to be Q's student – that would piss a lot of people off. There are 9 year olds with belt-driven turntables who are more deserving that you, Ean. When people say "turntables aren't for them", they really mean, "This is harder than I thought." Quit giving people the idea that you actually know how to handle vinyl or that you scratch at all.

    Back to the interview – again, you don't know Q. The fact that you pit him out to be a God proves you don't know a thing about him. You can tell a person's true character/personality, when you scratch with them. You had the chance and you blew it. if you don't know by now, he's a regular dood behind the decks who's in it for the art, not the buck.

    Raw talent is not a "bag of tricks", buttons and effects are.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube_gdata_player&v=29TIvv5uIVE
    One of my favorite performances, beatjukies have one were their all in haloween masks thats,dope too, I think its called haloween performance at amoeba but im not sure. Just wanted to share some dope turntablism on this thread sens people reading this thread might be interested, and theese are the same videos that inspire me to scratch. Also foreal not even joking d styles records are among my favorites which u can get @ thudrumble.com also dj rectangle records arent bad.

    • Dj rectangle isnt on thud rumble fyi, I got my rectangle battle weapons vinyl on ebay.

  • On a third note, get real, neither qbert nor ean were getting as technical as they could be… In reality you could be doing a straight banger dj set with controllers, effecting loops, juggling cue points and scratching vocal samples, or drops or beat juggling… This was obviously informal, with a lack of tricks on both sides. Qbert gets nasty drumming with vinyl he coulda been the drummer and let ean juggle over it. The point was for all u vinyl haterz to realize that controllerism juggling style comes from bboy style hip hop. Which comes in big part from jazz… In that the timing is off. When u scratch you be crippled using quantization because things need to be cut up and out of time, whats important is knowing when one bar is ending and one is begining so when u drop ur last note weather its a vocal sample or the beging of the next song ur mixing into then it flows and is synced up. I for one think people get discouraged hearing how shitty stuff can sound. I scratched for hours on end making the wackest unintelligent music… Eventually connections and progress are made, never give up, facilitate greatness in your life.

  • So from what I gather most people on this site dont scratch. Ima tech convert, all I did was scratch and listen to hip hop. Then I heard electronic music other than trance and fell in love. I never knew aboutcontrollers or cuepoint juggling til dj rafiks maschine performance which eventually lead me to djtt. Im stoked to see the reverse intrest, controllerists into turntablism. For anyone that loves hip hop and wants to hear hip hop djs peep dj q bert in the groundbreaking group Invisibl scratch pikilz also the beat junkies have some dope performances on you tube as well as a 3 volume mixtape called sound bombing. Dj yoda also has some coolcreative mixes. Also dj q berts video wave twisters is awesome! Hope somone checks that stuff out, also I fell in love with scratching in eight grade bcuz of q’s you tube video titled dj-qbert @ the summit 1998. If you feel or can understand the dynamics of each phrase a turntablist cuts and how thre sewn together I think it will help your cue point juggling and composition, even if u cant scratch like a master yourself.

  • greig

    very cool

  • Gbrown44

    If this wasn’t a nice family site i’d tell you haters to eat-a-dick… but since it is, i’ll refrain… lol

  • Gbrown44

    DOPE phuckin isht… Q-bert does not play around with those tables… Great stuff Ean…

    I almost over my anger that no guitar center in my region has an S4… I was going to leap with faith on one as soon as I got off… No Denon DN-Mc6000’s either… nothing… i mad as hell right now. I wanted off the Mixtrack today…

  • Porkie

    You know,

    Alot of different energies floating around this thread.

    I’d say hats off to Mr. Golden.

    If Q-bert came over to my place and they wanted me to make a video on the spot with no practice for month, I’d tell em no. haha

    Keep up the good work boys.

  • huh..

    Craze and shiftee’s routines were way more an example of meshing the two styles… and they did it alone… but come on this WAS not music this was “hey i need blog content… i’ll give your school free press in the correct market” And qbert aint dumb free advertising is what it is.

    • Max

      ^^^ugh take your cynicism somewhere else, please

  • TOOLtablism.


    Love the smile from Q as he looks at his comrade when performing. A true PRO.

  • As someone who has his MidiFighter right next to his turntable, this vid is EXACTLY what the DJ/Electronic music world needs to see. Manymanymany thanx to Ean & Q. Hope to see more collaborations like this in the future.



    • Max

      ugh, do us all a favor fill the void in your life instead of just trolling, please, you’ll feel better about yourself

  • Awesome EAN. Keep growing.

  • Dj Calamity

    it’s depressing how many people sit here and troll on DJTT and then talk down about people, or “fan boys”. It’s plain and simple, Ean Golden is out there doing something with his life, doing what he is good at, and in the process trying to help people along the way. If you don’t like what he is doing don’t say anything, don’t talk crap, don’t talk down, just walk away because nobody likes a cry baby, and when you hate you wear your ignorance on your forehead. Hiding behind a computer and talking crap doesn’t make you some cool guy.

    So in essence, if you aren’t here to read up on new stuff, state a useful personal opinion, or just let DJTT know they are doing a good job or have to work on something then leave.. it’s not a hard theory.. if you want to troll then go to 4chan.

  • Mark Murder

    Not trying to be a hater, but if Q-bert (a turntable god) came to jam with me and I had a notion he was coming (like Ean said he did) I would have been a lot more prepared. This was an excellent chance to show controllerism’s equality (or that it’s atleast up there) to turntablism, and I felt like you were kind of slacking. Ean, you’re an awesome controllerist, and I, along with everyone else, know that. I have unlimited respect for you for the progress you and your team have made in this groundbreaking area of DJ’ing. With that said I ask this of you:

    1. Let more people know about the next epic meet up

    2. Please play a show in SF this spring. I will fly from VA.

    3. Make another youtube video with Q-bert PLEASE. This time get as technical as your solo demos or take some cues from the DJ Shiftee tricknology video. Personally if I was in your shoes, I would probably be too star struck to do any DJ’ing.

    Again, not trying to be a hater. I have unlimited respect for DJTT

  • Max

    hey, to all you haters: please leave your negativity to the comment section on the youtube videos, this is a community of people with lives, and, you know, souls…

  • Joseph Swan

    Hey, i was just wondering if you were ble to buy the midi fighter stickers on Ean’s laptop?

  • Matt Gnarly

    Very rad, great collab and great interview, two legends for sure.

  • DJ BrainStormer

    Nice jam, I really enjoyed it.

  • MTVstinks

    Was enjoyable indeed. Nice job Ean. thanks for sharing. hit me up sometime.

  • Does Qbert ever get old? I feel like he’s getting younger everytime I see him!

    • theory28

      yeah. it looks like he never ages.

  • Yello

    enjoyable read….always cool to watch qbert scratch

  • Zac Kyoti

    Hey Haters – Do us all a favor and go troll a different blog. Seriously. Your negativity serves nothing and no-one. I don’t usually grab the bait, but DJTT seems like it’s being overrun as of late by big talkers that are offering nothing to the community. This site is about experimentation, trying out new ideas, and collaboration, fail or win. Q-Bert would be ashamed of your attitude.

    • Anonymous

      I does offer one with another perspective.

      • 2010

        Here’s a 3rd perspective, both were boring.
        The only thing interesting is the haters vs the normals on this blog’s comments. Haters are nature’s comedians :))

    • R3 BONAIRE

      Zac, that would be my wish to come true. I wrote that many times and them cannot stay nice or positieve about any thing. Looks like the 2 old men on the balcony in the Muppet Show, always some negatieve comments after a story, hah ha hahhaa.
      well maybe one day this blog has to be read only….Comments can be sent in and later posted by a Blog Master…The best anti troll filter there is…But a lot of work extra for something that can be so nice and easy.

    • xtian

      heres a 4th perspective.

      i like them both.

      ok phew, got that out of the way.

      lets talk about labels for a second.

      one thing i really hate, is fear of debate. debate is one of the healthiest things in modern society. opinions and points of view are born of debate. but like any birth, sometimes they get ugly. so be it for the greater good.

      what pisses me off about terms like “troll” and “hater” or “fanboy” is that they were designed to marginalize someone’s opinion in order to stiffle debate.

      even though i have a label i use myself for those same people. I think theres some irony in it.

      The label i use for those people, is “callow”

      debate away, disagree with people. theres nothing wrong with it.

      despite what the press might tell you, your opinions dont define you. Your actions do.


    Nice jam and routines. I hope that one day Qbert or EAn will show up in my home studio and jam a little, hahaha just kiddin. Just out of curiosity I would like to ask Ean why he has so many Record in his Demo Display behind him. It displays the vast majority of controllers but there are at least 100+ records there. Do you still play em or they just fill up space till you gather more controllers??? Or are the items in that closet your hall of fame line up..
    Thanks for always a nice new article and i read this site more frequent than a news paper….

  • qbert looked bored

    you on year 2, 3 or 4 on banging out the white stripes?
    I geuss mashups/top 40 never gets old, just the DJ playing it lol.

    • meh

      hahaha. spot on.

      • Anonymous

        to the haters: please leave your negativity to the comment section on the youtube videos, this is a community of people with lives, and you know, souls…

  • Fred Keut

    The union of Digital and Analogic!!
    This is the future!!

  • hehe “Jimmy” Hendrix? Great stuff, I really appreciate the transcription of the interview. BTW another great book about playing jazz piano that touches on some of these topics is David Sudnow’s The Ways of the Hand.

  • Great glimpse into the minds of authentic artists. I dig the minusha… Ean you mentioned 10 employees now, still hiring / looking for web ad sales help?

  • Patch

    Someone needs to show Q-Bert cue point juggling, looping, foot pedals, effects, etc…

    He could take it to a whole other level. I love Q – but hen he mentioned “a little box” that he could play loops from, he kind of showed how little he knows about this stuff.

    I’d be happy to go to his house and teach him everything I know…

    • …..

      R u fck kidding me?
      This guy is the scratch master…any1 can learn to push button.
      Now try u to learn scratch dumbass.

      • Patch

        What are you 7 years old?!? Grow up. Q-Bert could absolutely KILL it if he learned cuepoint juggling.

        Think of the turntablist juggle routines he could do (proper turntable juggling) if he didn’t have to spin back to his cuepoints/record markers (because that’s all the sticker on a record is, a visual cuepoint).

        I’ve been cutting for 10 years+. You?

        • I agree w/ Patch, as a bit of turntablist myself, I def appreciate all that Qbert has done for the art (and have even watched some of his videos), but I highly doubt that a “normal” crowd would truly appreciate a scratch number by Qbert, most of his shows are taylored towards people who come to see him and want to see him scratch, but u go beyond one of HIS shows (and just book him for a “normal” club gig), I would guarentee his style changes… don’t get me wrong he still scratches, but not like one of HIS shows
          And to that end I must agree that patch is correct, Qbert could do a lot from using more features in the software, cue-point-juggling, etc… but lets not forget that he may already know them and in this video is just not showing them, once again because this is one of HIS shows going to HIS audience who want to see him to what HE is known for…

  • The number one controllerist meets the number one turntablist.

    • meh

      id hardly call ean the number one controllerist bro.

      • R 2 da Z

        then who is ??!!!

  • Anonymous

    cool – but there was some annoying “nation army” in background. Think it was camera guy.

    • Anonymous

      a good demo on how much cooler scratch djs vs button ‘wacker’

      • yep

        This. It is like seeing someone playing on a octopad vs someone playing on dennis chambers kit.

        Both can make music, but I just have a preference.

  • I FREAKIN’ LOVE YOU GUYS!!! That was awesome… Amazing video and a great interview. Rock on… I am always inspired by you guys. I wish I could leave work, go home and spin right now… RESPECT!

    • CmonMAN

      Dood. honestly this video wasn’t that amazing. I mean sure it’s a min of … ok jamming but honestly? Just cuz ean golden is doing it doens make it “awsome!” stop being such a fan boy.

  • DECO

    nice work djtt and thud rumble.
    good interview – favourite part was the end discussion about inspiration and how it can take days and weeks. i just assumed that if you’re a dj by profession you’ve got a big chunk of your day to come up with a concept and practice a set. i mean i know both Ean and Qbert are running businesses – but those businesses involve djing. anyway, look forward to more sessions. Q’s example of the fork was hilarious. it supports the idea that creating a unique and good sounding set is whats important, not so much which tools you use to do it – so long and it sounds dope and you put your heart into it.

  • Gianmarco Pow-Sang

    Thanks for posting this guys. My name is actually Gianmarco Pow-Sang, not Giamarco Palsing hehe. Understandable though, not the most common of names.

    Thanks for posting the vid and interview though.

    Also, what Theory states is correct, Ted accidentally misread who that question was from (can’t blame him, there was a lot of questions being thrown int he feed).

    • Gianmarco Pow-Sang

      I am sorry, but did I say something that may have come out in what seems to be a negative tone? If so I apologize.

  • JuanSOLO

    Nice to see these 2 guys working together and standing out from the pack with positive attitudes along with their skills.

    I think they inspire me most with the out of the box thinking.

    Nice to see Ean using a Rane68.

  • Cool…!!! The best jam that i’ve seen..

    • IdontGetOutMuch

      Some one needs to see more jams :/

      • THE TRUTH

        I lol’d… but it was kinda in a sad way cuz that dude must have no exposure to world of djing

  • Benny Jr

    Nice interview. Its cool to see how they are alike but different at the same time. I think djtechtools should offer a school…I would really like to learn the kinda of things ean does.

  • Quenepas

    This was a live event and I missed it?!!!


  • foobar

    WOW Q-bert actually came to visit you guys! Fricking awesome! That must have been mad fun.

  • Hmmm, quite a few haters on here … will have to get on this later on, as I’m a VCI100-SE owner who uses TSP to scratch – this shoyuld be right up my street.

  • Taz

    Astonishing! Sucks that I missed my two favorite SF DJs jamming but very glad you posted the vid and transcript of the Q&A.

  • ean golden is not the godfather of controllerism. moldover coined the term ‘controllerist’ before ean left remix mag.

    google moldover

    • Tom

      Yes yes, we all know that Moldover coined the term – and that Ean drew inspiration from him, but Ean is the guy who is really pushing it and who has turned it into what it is becoming. No need to be a know it all cranky pants, if Moldover was running such an amazing site and doing the things that Ean is doing then we would all be praising him not Ean… but he is not.

      • not logical

        So you saying that because he runs a website that he is somehow more essential to the community. To me the folks who are pushing it are the ones in the clubs not on a website do original things. This is nothing more than an ad. Hence why you’ve got all the controllers up there in the camera shot. Never seen it so blatant on this site before I’d do the same thing if they gave me free stuff. Q bert’s the man.

        I’ve been more impressed by the things that I’ve seen moldover do than ean. Personal preference not hating. Both have devoted more time to this “musical form” than I ever will.

    • dual citizen

      Ean is the Lenin to Moldover’s Marxism. Both are important to controllerism.

  • Wow that was a lot of reading lol… but great to see Q was so cool and laid back. Would have loved to see video of it, no way to get the vid from Qbert? They didn’t record it at all?

    • ThinkWithUrOwnMind

      The reason they didn’t “record” all of it was because most of it was probably not that good… i mean why else wouldn’t they put it online :/ just saying.

  • Ando

    the pure lenght of this nice interview busted my morning routine….. 😀

  • djdannyS

    @ ean -sick ass video.i remember when i first modified my VCi_100 with my son dj dark knight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIYn_X_7ecg . you said you would hook him up with a Job.LOL
    love what your doing.keep up the bad ass work and am always waiting to see whats new @ djtechtools.

  • iNBiTuiN
  • iNBiTuiN

    Here’s the link to the recorded session… this could be a turning point for DJing where new and old finally mashed. I apologize for the impromptu session. There was nothing planned yet the masters pulled off an awesome jam. Wait til they actually rehearse some routines…

  • Kru-kut

    How can you not realize the magnitude of qbert coming to your offices!?!?

    Way to go, djtt.

    • theory28

      he meant the camera crew.

  • theory28

    “Ted: We have another question here from Giamarco. His question is for both of you guys. Now, with traditional DJing, there’s the blending and mixing element, and Ean, with what you’re doing with cue juggling and cue points, there are producers out there right now calling themselves DJs and there are the mashup DJs, and all their stuff is pre-recorded. Now, do you think they’re at the same caliber?”

    that question was actually from anthony nicholson, gian posted right before that, so it was misread

    im sure he can confirm this as he said it like 3 times right after this was asked.

    either way im happy that i had 2 of my questions answered by 2 out of my 3 music idols. (i also asked the future of controllerism and turntableism)

    i hope things like this happen more often. the whole thing was cool. we got to see both ends of the spectrum working in harmony, and the chatroom was fun too. the only issue was the 50 person cap and the lack of questions coming from viewers

    -anthony [ 🙂 ]

  • Lolwut

    Any one every feel like DJ tech tools is just one big circle jerk? idk its kinda annoying sometime :/

    • Anonymous

      dudes got fanboys. it is what it is.

    • meh

      pretty much. Its quite similar to the apple fanboys loving Steve Jobs every chance they get…

      • Karlos Santos

        What are you like eight years old. Did you never hear/see something you liked and told someone you liked it. Have you never shown any appreciation for something someone else did…???
        Way to go on your happy and fulfilled life man.

        • meh

          i really like traktor bible karlos. Its really awesome man. Max kudos guy.

        • BRBFBI

          Just saying, there is a difference between showing appreciation and worshiping someones every move.

          But over all I would say a lot of the stuff on djtechtools is good, useful information.

        • huh..

          i love watching karlos defend to the death any outlet for his book lmao.

  • Tyfurious

    First? Great video and jam, watched live!!!