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Described as the “World’s Premier Female DJ” by The Grammy Foundation, DJ SHORTEE is a multi-genre DJ, Turntablist, Producer, Record Label Owner, Teacher, Actor, and Published Author.
Dubbed “Queen of the Scratch World” by DJ Times, she’s recognized as one of the most diverse and technically skilled female DJs in the world.
Rolling Stone distinguishes her among the “fader-flipping elite,” adding that “her creativity and prowess on the wheels are consistently mind-boggling.”
Her unique contribution to the art of turntablism earned her a spot as the only female DJ featured in the critically acclaimed documentary Scratch.
Dubbed the “#1 Female EDM DJ” by Miami New Times, DJ Shortee’s career is highlighted by a series of lady’s firsts. Her pioneering spirit, inspiring talent and long resume of accomplishments spark awe, gender aside.
Shortee’s a veteran globetrotter with 27+ years of DJ experience dating back to 1995. She’s rocked everything from massive festivals and underground raves, to the hottest nightclubs and red-carpet celebrity events.
There are few DJs that are truly respected globally in such a wide variety of genres like Shortee. She’s spun everything from Drum and Bass, Glitch Hop, Moombahton, Trap, House, Dubstep, Drumstep, Techno, Breaks, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop, Top40 and the catch-all known as ‘Open-Format’.
Her fast-paced mixing style, expert scratching skills and energetic stage presence has made her one of the most in demand DJs touring in North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
In addition to being a world-travelling DJ, Shortee became the first female Fever-Buzz Battle of the DJs Champion in 1997 and the first female PowerMixer ever to rock the airwaves of LA’s #1 Hip Hop Station, Power 106fm, circa 2006.
From underground massives to high profile events, Shortee’s performed for brands such as New Line Cinemas, Tiffany, Sprite, Frito Lay, Scion, X-games, and Activision and was the official Playboy 50th Anniversary Club Tour DJ.
She’s also shared the stage alongside world class artists such as KRS One, Method Man, Andy C, Craze, Q-bert, Z-Trip, The Roots and countless others.
She was the opening act of the first and widely popular Pendulum Live Tour and has DJed for Bahamadia and hip hop legend Roxanne Shante of the Juice Crew fame (Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane).
Making her production debut in 1998, Shortee appeared on Faust’s critically lauded “Man or Myth”, the first turntablist album ever released.
This was followed by “Fathomless”, an experimental turntablist EP with fellow crewmates Faust & 3x DMC World Champion, DJ Craze.
The following year, Shortee’s full length solo debut “The Dreamer” became the first turntablist album ever produced by a female in 1999.
At the same time, her track “Shortee’s Return” became the only track produced by a female turntablist on Bomb Record’s critically acclaimed, “Return of the DJ” series, with her tune appearing on Volume 3 of the compilation.
Shortee’s since produced multiple albums, singles, eps, battle records, remixes, appeared on numerous compilations and released a ton of DJ mixes.
Her groundbreaking female-centric DJ tools album “Bikini Wax”, co-produced with fellow female DJ Step One in 2006, became the first and only battle record ever produced by women, for women. And the only record of its kind with battle phrases created specifically for females to use in their DJ battle routines.
Her skills as a DJ & Producer have earned her acclaim in loads of publications including Rolling Stone, Spin, DJ Times, Urb, Remix, Magnetic Mag and music licensing features on networks such as NBC, ESPN, CNN, MTV & HBO
Shortee currently produces music alongside her husband DJ Faust. Together, they produce and perform under the name “Urban Assault”.
In 2006, the duo launched their record label Heavy Artillery Recordings, specializing in energetic electronic ‘bass music’ such as Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Drumstep, Glitch Hop, Trap and Electro House.
In 2008, their single “Away” was nominated for best jungle/dnb track at the International Dance Music Awards.
In 2009, Urban Assault’s infamous “Red Raider” EP not only held the #1 spot on both Beatport & TrackItDown, it was also honored by TrackItDown’s Drum & Bass Awards as one of the top 10 releases of the year alongside artists such as Sub Focus, Deadmau5, Chase & Status and The Prodigy.
In 2013, the couple was honored with Symphonic Distribution’s ‘Best DJ/Production Duo’ Award.
Their influential Heavy Artillery Recordings imprint, which has licensed music to blockbuster films such as Elysium with Matt Damon & Jodi Foster, has made such a lasting mark on the global electronic music scene that it has won Symphonic Distribution’s Awards for‘Hardest Working Label’ and ‘Label of the Year’.
Continuing to contribute quality music to the EDM landscape, Shortee and Faust launched their third record label Arkade Records catering exclusively to the Electro House genre.
Teaching her first DJ student in ’97, Shortee also produced the first-ever DJ instructional video series with a comprehensive curriculum focused on equipment, mixing, scratching and beat juggling (Back in ’99 when VHS was a thing.)
A few years later she upgraded the series and released it on DVD with titles including Shortee’s DJ 101, DJ 202 and Turntable Tune Up.
Along with teaching private lessons, she’s taught classes, workshops, and online tutorials for the Grammy Foundation, Beat Junkie Inst. of Sound, SAE, Dubspot, Sprite, Frito-Lay, Turntable U, Rane, Serato, Numark, Interscope, and Berklee College of Music.
Shortee also spent 4 years as a head professor at the Scratch DJ Academy, co-founded by Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay. Shortee developed her own unique curriculum on mixing, scratching and beat juggling. 100s of students raved about her classes, which were among the most popular at the LA school.
A published author, Shortee’s book, Spin Now! The DJ Starter Handbook (Hal Leonard Publishing), is a favorite among thousands of aspiring and pro DJs who’ve devoured it in paperback and kindle editions.
She’s also produced Shortee’s Complete DJ Method, an series of 20+ online DJ courses published by Hal Leonard Co., available on Groove3.
Shortee’s also made the rounds on screen, starring in several documentary movies as well as TV appearances including Hip Hop Nation, The Tyra Banks Show, The Arsenio Hall Show and commercials such as Sony PSP and Toyota.
Aside from appearing as DJ Shortee, she’s been credited as actress Shannon Ames, portraying various fictional characters in Films, Televisions, Web Series and live Theatre productions.
She’s been recognized for her for her work as an actor including the “Outstanding Acting Performance” Award at the ZedFest Film Festival for her performance in the role of “Marnie” in the suspense thriller The Long Way Home .
To add fuel to the fire, Shannon is also an up and coming voice over actor working with clients such as 1 Mission, Hal Leonard Publishing and Motorola.
Peep her reels and check out her acting resume for more credits and training. She’s also been lucky enough to work with some pretty awesome acting coaches including Margie Haber, Patrick Day and Scott Sedita.
It’s impossible to paint a complete picture of an ever-evolving artist like Shortee with words alone, so please visit her website for more info, music, videos, photos, tour dates and free downloads. www.djshortee.com