Native Instruments recently made a bold move in the name of innovation. Ditching jogwheels for remix decks on their latest controller, Native Instruments’ Traktor Kontrol S8 is — without a doubt — the future of digital DJing. Meshing the technological capabilities of the controller with the dying art of live scratching, DJ Shiftee puts his skills to the test with two turntables and an S8 before him.
The world-renown turntablist works in a short but sweet track list as he finesses his way through a two-and-a-half minute bout of perfection all in one single take. Scratching and sampling with commanding accuracy, Shiftee opens with Lido‘s remix of Alt-J’s “Left Hand Free,” working in a Low Pros cut, and a DJ Shiftee original, “Uh Yo And Also Yo” to cap off the routine.
For the gear-head DJs out there who have already begun to gravitate towards this versatile new piece of hardware — or any traditionalists who may doubt the power of the unit — DJ Shiftee’s latest routine shows first hand the full potential of the S8’s wide range of capabilities.