DJ Shortee: “The World’s Premier Female DJ”

June 25, 2019 by Staci Nichols

DJ Shortee, a.k.a. Shannon Ames, might only be 5’1”, but the Grammy Foundation has expansively
referred to her as “the world’s premier female DJ.” If you are a turntablist (or aspiring to be one), you have no doubt run into her videos on YouTube. I met her on the last day of the NAMM Show in Anaheim in January. Her performance at the Rane/Jetpack/Beat Junkies booth was the buzz of the day, and there was a huge crowd gathered to watch her do things like beat juggling while spinning around—she’s like a “Harlem Globe Trotter” of turntablism! Although I didn’t meet her in person until NAMM, I had been chatting with DJ Shortee on Instagram for a while prior to that about doing scratching lessons with her.

The first thing that jumped out to me about her was her approachability and complete lack of ego. There are several “high profile” members of our community who won’t follow me back on Instagram despite knowing me personally for years; After three Instagram messages Shannon hit the “follow” button (and, not only that, but she comments on my posts and responds to my comments on hers). She told me, “I’ve never vibed with the competitive attitude. I think we should support each other, lift each other up.”

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