In today’s world of iTunes, naysayers say it doesn’t take much to be a DJ, but you’ve respected the turntable since before Jazzy Jeff was airborne out the front door of Uncle Phil’s. For a chance to witness the skills of the world’s best, check out the Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Finals December 13-17.
To earn a spot in the World Finals, hundreds of DJs from around the globe battled it out in regional and national qualifiers. At each stage the rules remain the same: 15 minutes to rock the crowd with a set that incorporates at least three genres of music and keeps partygoers on their feet. The worldwide winners will now congregate in Vancouver for a week with so much spinning Fox News considered being a sponsor.
Tuesday to Friday are the knock-out nights, with the winner of each battle advancing to the Red Bull Thre3Style World Final on Saturday, Dec. 17 @ Commodore Ballroom. Headlining each night is a wide range of DJ icons, including The Rub (Cosmo Baker and DJ Ayers), Stone Throw Records’ Peanut Butter Wolf, legendary producer Just Blaze, a special performance of Pete Rock vs DJ Premier (who knew Christy could throw down beats?), DJ Nu-Mark’s signature Toy Set, and a Red Bull Thre3Style World Final set by Z-Trip; not to be mistaken for DJ Zed — who’s dead baby, Zed’s dead.
The Red Bull Thre3style weeklong judging panel will include Canadian DJ stalwart Skratch Bastid, 2003 DMC Champion and MTV Canada resident DJ Dopey, and the 2010 Thre3style Champion DJ Karve of France. They will be tasked with evaluating each performer on originality/creativity, track selection, technical skills, stage presence, and audience response; just missing the criteria list was a category for the beat Parents Would be Least Likely to Understand — too bad Jazzy.
FULL FIVE NIGHT BREAKDOWN
Red Bull Thre3style Night 1
When? – Dec 13th
Where? – Bar None
Red Bull Thre3style competitors: DJ Perplex (Australia) vs. Javier Rossell (Bolivia) vs. Nedu Lopes (Brazil) vs. FMC (Norway)
Red Bull Thre3style Night 2
When? – Dec 14th
Where? – VENUE
Red Bull Thre3style competitors: Robert Moreno (Argentina) vs. Hedspin (Canada) vs. DJ Dippy (India) vs. Bitcode (Spain)
Red Bull Thre3style Night 3
When? – Dec 15th
Where? – Fortune Sound Club
Red Bull Thre3style competitors: DJ Pho (Columbia) vs. DJ Ken K (Denmark) vs. DJ 8 Man (Japan) vs. DJ Bazooka (Switzerland) vs. DJ Big Al (UK)
Red Bull Thre3style Night 4
When? – Dec 16th
Where? – FiveSixty
Red Bull Thre3style competitors: DJ Byte (Chili) vs. Sup (France) vs. DJ Spell (New Zealand) vs. Thomas Young (Peru) vs. DJ Big Once (USA)
Red Bull Thre3style World Finals
When? – Dec 17th
Where? – The Commodore Ballroom
Red Bull Thre3style competitors: The winners from the previous 4 nights of competitions
Red Bull Thre3Style (Emailed on December 5, 2011)