DJ Shortkut

Since 1987, Jonathan Cruz, known internationally as Shortkut, has thrilled all DJ, turntablist and hip-hop audiences worldwide. Known for his unbelievable beat juggling and percussion techniques and routines, Shortkut has expanded these skills to directions that cannot be defined. As an explosive member of the Beat Junkies, he continue to stir the imaginations of audiences, and leaves them captivated with his phenomenal music. His classic compositions provide an experience that is incomparable to any other music adventures. Shortkut began his DJ career is 1987 with Just 2 Hype!, a DJ crew based out of Daly City, California. In 1994, Shortkut, together with QBert and MixMaster Mike, formed the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, a legendary turntable band that heralded a new era in the DJ/turntablist world, and helped raise this musical art to its new form. Later that same year, J.Rocc, the "Funky President" of the Beat Junkies, invited Shortkut to join their internationally acclaimed collective, based out of Los Angeles. Shortkut's addition to this musical group has diversified the Beat Junkie audience to new realms. DJ QBert, Mix Master Mike & Shortkut Heavily influenced by legends of yesterday and today, he has studied the compositions and music styles of jazz icon Miles Davis, electric guitarist Jimi Hendrix, Rob Swift of the X-ecutioners, and DJ QBert. Shortkut incorporated the styles of these pioneers into his musical creations and began composing his own music, which became internationally respected and celebrated. Shortkut claimed numerous titles including the 1994 and 1998 West Coast Disco Mixing Club (DMC) Champion, and the 1996 Zulu Nation International Champion. He was also featured in prized national and international publications including Rolling Stone, Details, Spin, and VIBE. His talent has taken him to almost every continent, and has allowed him to visit exciting countries including Australia, Denmark, Japan, Italy, Sweden, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland. The Beat Junkies demonstrate that they possess the imagination to create musical masterpieces. Throughout the world, their signature mark identified as the "Beat Junkie Style", is synonymous with success. These musicians have mastered the ability to combine precision, along with the DJ techniques of the blend and the scratch to create compositions that cannot be imitated.

Name: Jon Cruz
Alias: Shortkut
Birth Date: 10-15-75
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California
Type of DJ: Club, turntablist, mixtape, radio, showcase
Began DJing: Since 1987
Members, Invisbl Skratch Piklz
Members, Beat Junkies
Members, Triple Threat DJs

Interesting Facts:
Designed one at the most influencial DJ mixers in the would, the Vestax 05

Pro Titles and Awards:
1994 New Music Seminar Runner up
1996 Zulu Nation International Champion
1998 DMC West Coast Champion



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