DJ Step1 is a producer and turntablist based in the Bay Area
Stefanie Andersen (Step1) is a producer and turntablist based in the Bay Area. She's known for her exciting live performances that incorporate on-the-fly beatmaking, finger drumming, and scratching.
Step1 was recently featured by Ableton as a Push performance artist. She has also contributed lessons and content to Melodics, an app designed to help musicians hone their finger drumming skills.
A longtime educator, Step1 owns a music production school in Oakland called Sequence One, where she teaches the next generation of producers. She also co-organizes the SF Ableton User Group.
Step1’s musical journey started in 2004 when she bought her first pair of decks and fell in love with turntablism. Soon she was winning DJ contests and exhibiting her skills at scratch showcases.
In 2007, she made history when she released her groundbreaking DJ tools album Bikini Wax, co-created with DJ Shortee. It became the first and only battle record ever produced by women.
Step1’s interest in songwriting blossomed after she picked up a bass guitar in 2008 and began learning how to play. A few years later, she eventually started recording music and making beats.
Step1 also has an extensive background in education and music scholarship. A pioneer in the field of hip-hop studies, she taught the very first hip-hop course at Florida State University in 1999.
Step1 received her Master’s degree in cultural studies and has presented papers on hip-hop at academic conferences across the country. She's also a former college and high school English teacher.
More recently, Step1 has been a volunteer instructor with Today’s Future Sound, a non-profit group that provides a creative outlet for kids by teaching them how to produce music.
Mixes and Vinyl
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Door into Summer
House, Indie, Remixes
Transport yourself to the sun-soaked days of summer with this upbeat, funky set of house and indie tracks. Many are classic R&B, soul and hip-hop tracks reimagined and remixed, a perfect balance of old and new.
Back in the Day
Old School Funk Hip-Hop
Back in the Day is Step1's tribute to the pioneers of hip-hop and rap's Golden Era. Warning: While listening to this mix of hype old school hip-hop, funk, and freestyle jams, you may experience a strong urge to breakdance or roller skate.
Step1 flexes her scratch skills on this track, dropping intricate cuts and funky samples over classic hip-hop beats. One listen and you'll find yourself agreeing with KRS-ONE: "This DJ, she gets down."
Battle Record / DJ Tool
Step1 and Shortee made history with Bikini Wax, the first battle record ever produced by female DJs. A multipurpose battle weapon, this tool has instrumentals, disses, samples, skipless sounds, locked grooves, and a scratch sentence.
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