The 2013 DMC World Championships were held on October 5th at the O2 Arena in the UK this year and it was another huge success. By all accounts the battles were really close this year but there can only be one winner in each category! France's DJ Fly (above) took the top prize in the World Final, Ritchie Ruftone took first place in the Battle for World Supremacy, and France's Mr Viktor, Deska & DJ Hertz won the World Team battle by only one point!
This year's Guitar Center (ATL) Spin-Off DJ battle competition was a huge success. The battle was held on Sunday October 27th at the Marietta, Georgia Guitar Center retail store and they had a packed house with spectators out the door trying to catch a glimpse. Legends such as Jaycee, DJ Sky, Shakim, Andre 3000, DJ Scream, and more were on hand to take in the festivities. There were a total of eight competing DJ's and we've got a couple of the sets and results to share with you for this week's Turntablist Video Friday episode.
We've been fans of the Decksaver products since the beginning. For those who aren't familiar with them, the Decksaver is a clear shatter-proof cover that rests snugly over DJ equipment to provide protection and to look good while doing it. These covers always fit perfectly over their intended device and they also stand the test of time. Mixware.net (the US distributor for Decksaver) has announced that the Stanton ST-150/STR8-150 has a protective Decksaver on the way and we'll be sure to get a pair in the lab for our own custom turntables.
On Halloween night, I jumped on the Stanton T.120c turntables and my Vestax PMC-05proIV Mixer (with a new Traktor Flux Mode Mapping) for a quick freestyle session featuring my songs from my newest mixtape release; Blazing Cuts October 2013. I had my camera rolling to show you some of the skills. Every month I'll try to complete a quick freestyle DJ session while choosing songs from my newest Monthly Mixtape series called "DJ Blaze - Blazing Cuts". Check out my quick freestyle video session and download my latest October 2013 mixtape.
The winner of the 2013 Online DMC DJ Championships has been announced by the DMC judges. The performance which took top honors for the entire competition was by JON1ST from the UK who does some seriously crispy scratching and out-of-this-world juggling in one of the best performances I've seen to date. Watch this phenomenal set by as he rips it up on a set of Technics 1210's and a new Rane Sixty-Two Mixer and get ready to see him at the World DMC DJ Championships in a few short weeks.
Our very own Resident DJ Kutmaster TeeOh out of ATL is hosting the annual Spin-Off 2013 DJ Battle this Sunday October 27th at the Marietta, Georgia Guitar Center retail store. Special Guest Kool DJ Red Alert will be on-site along with the three judges of the competition DJ Jaycee, DJ Cowboy, and DJ Sky. There aren't any open slots for the competition but there will be 10% DJ Equipment discounts to all attendees.
Last month at the 2013 Atlantic City DJ Expo at the Trump Taj Mahal we were treated to DJ royalty at the Stanton, KRK, and Cerwin Vega booth (AKA Gibson Pro Audio) with both DJ Premier and Biz Markie showing everyone some turntable and mixing skills we won't soon forget. Premier and Biz appeared at the DJ Expo on separate days, but they both performed at the Gibson Pro Audio booth and we all had a blast. Check out the video performances if you weren't able to make it out in person.
The Reloop DJ Brand continues the vinyl-turntable based announcements at the BPM 2013 show with the new Reloop-Ortofon DJ cartridge venture. Reloop will work with the legendary Ortofon Phono Cartridge company to produce a new line of DJ cartridges for vinyl turntable users. These new Reloop branded Ortofon Concorde Cartridges come in Black (entry-level), Green (digital timecode vinyl), and Blue (all around performers), with two OM variations also available to accommodate all users.
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