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DJ Rob Swift of The X-Ecutioners | Interview

DJ Rob Swift is a turntablist from Queens, NY. He began DJing at age 12 from watching his father DJ meringue parties, and later joined The X-Men in 1991. By 1992, Swift won the coveted DMC East Coast title, becoming world renowned as a master beat juggler. In 2001, Rob Swift was featured in the DJ documentary SCRATCH. In 2002, The X-Ecutioners’ critically acclaimed album Built From Scratch debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard charts. Swift has also appeared on ESPN, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and even Sesame Street. In 2008, Rob was the first Hip Hop DJ to be invited to perform at the Savannah Jazz Festival. Rob has collaborated with Blue Man Group, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Fat Joe, Cypress Hill, and more. Swift released his second DVD in 2009 called As The Technics Spin, where he details his thought process for creating his battle and showcase sets as well as selecting his records and developing his routines. Swift’s latest album, The Architect is a blend of hip hip and classical music that as the soundtrack to his vision of where hip hop could travel.

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